Wickens clinches bizarre Spa victory

Robert Wickens scored perhaps the most bizarre win of his career in a rain-struck opening GP3 race at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon

Wickens clinches bizarre Spa victory

The Canadian Status driver rode his luck but arguably played the rules to perfection after a heavy storm hit the track midway through the race.

When the field reached La Source nearly everybody spun, including leader Wickens, who hit the wall hard. But Wickens managed to get going and tiptoe round with a broken nose cone as the safety car came out to restore order.

Wickens then stayed out as everyone else bar Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Manor) pitted for wets, and thus he retained the lead. That looked a bad call when it was announced that the safety car was coming in with four laps to go, as Wickens would get eaten alive on slicks on a flooded circuit.

But the race time limit was approaching, and Wickens managed to slow the field just enough to ensure that the clock wound down to zero before the pack reached the flag - thus ensuring he took the chequer in first.

A multi-car pile-up at the first corner had earlier ensured the first four laps were run behind the safety car - only two full racing laps were completed.

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Robert Wickens Status 30m10.463s 2. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden + 0.395s 3. Pal Varhaug Jenzer + 0.482s 4. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS + 0.519s 5. Esteban Gutierrez ART + 3.957s 6. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor + 4.094s 7. Nico Muller Jenzer + 4.215s 8. Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 + 4.957s 9. Dean Smith Carlin + 5.678s 10. Pedro Nunes ART + 6.048s 11. Simon Trummer Jenzer + 7.740s 12. Miki Monras MW Arden + 8.639s 13. Michael Christensen MW Arden + 10.282s 14. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke + 10.932s 15. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke + 11.293s 16. Alexander Rossi ART + 24.286s 17. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS + 30.799s 18. Rio Haryanto Manor + 1m50.226s Retirements: Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 6 laps Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke 6 laps Ivan Lukashevich Status 6 laps Felipe Guimaraes Addax 5 laps Mirko Bortolotti Addax 5 laps Stefano Coletti Tech 1 1 lap Daniel Morad Status 0 laps Josef Newgarden Carlin 0 laps Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS 0 laps Adrien Tambay Manor 0 laps Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax 0 laps Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 0 laps 
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