Vergne leads Carlin podium sweep

Jean-Eric Vergne led a Carlin 1-2-3 in the first British Formula 3 race at Spa today

Vergne leads Carlin podium sweep

The championship leader made a poor start and was jumped by team-mate James Calado on the run to La Source. Fortec's Oliver Webb then slipstreamed past the Frenchman on the run to Les Combes and Calado escaped as the title rivals fought.

Vergne overtook Webb on the run to Les Combes on the second lap and set about cutting into the impressive gap Calado had built up.

It took Vergne four laps to catch Calado and he then slipstreamed by on the run out of Eau Rouge. Calado remained close for the rest of the race, despite increasing understeer from his worn front tyres, but could not challenge Vergne.

"I'm really happy for Carlin," said the Frenchman. "We have a really good car here."

After Vergne passed him Webb fell back into the clutches of Carlin's Rupert Svendsen-Cook. The Fortec driver held his rival off for several laps before being overcome at half-distance.

Webb then had to hold off a charging Adriano Buzaid (Carlin), who had fought hard to come through from row five to secure fifth.

Prema's Daniel Juncadella was best of the Formula 3 Euro Series visitors as ART struggled. Traffic in qualifying limited Juncadella to 15th, but he charged through to 10th and just ran out of time to catch Hywel Lloyd.

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap 1. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin D/V 29m36.710s 2. James Calado Carlin D/V + 1.114s 3. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin D/V + 12.484s 4. Oli Webb Fortec D/M + 13.407s 5. Adriano Buzaid Carlin D/V + 14.234s 6. Daniel McKenzie Fortec D/M + 14.877s 7. Felipe Nasr Raikkonen Robertson D/M + 17.232s 8. Lucas Foresti Carlin D/V + 18.108s 9. Hywel Lloyd CF/Manor D/M + 20.032s 10. Daniel Juncadella Prema D/M + 21.254s 11. Carlos Munoz Mucke D/M + 30.767s 12. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport D/H + 32.896s 13. Alexander Sims ART D/M + 42.375s 14. Nicolas Marroc Prema D/M + 42.744s 15. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin D/V + 43.672s 16. Jay Bridger Litespeed D/M + 45.001s 17. Jim Pla ART D/M + 47.815s 18. Alex Brundle T-Sport D/V + 49.024s 19. Nathanael Berthon ART D/M + 49.541s 20. Daisuke Nakajima Raikkonen Robertson D/M + 50.565s 21. James Cole T-Sport D/H + 59.392s 22. Maxim Snegirev Fortec D/M + 1m04.850s 23. Adderly Fong Sino Vision D/M + 1 lap Retirements: Gabriel Dias Hitech D/V 5 laps William Buller Hitech D/V 3 laps Carlos Huertas Raikkonen Robertson D/M 0 laps 
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