Spa F2: Setta Camara gets first win, Leclerc and Rowland charge

Sergio Sette Camara claimed a maiden Formula 2 race win by heading a thrilling sprint event at Spa ahead of McLaren Formula 1 junior driver Nyck de Vries

Spa F2: Setta Camara gets first win, Leclerc and Rowland charge

Luca Ghiotto completed the podium for Russian Time ahead of Arden International's Norman Nato.

Championship leaders Charles Leclerc and Oliver Rowland charged back to fifth and eighth, with both scoring points after being excluded from the feature race for technical infringements.

At the start, MP Motorsport driver Sette Camara shot off the line to jump from third to first, demoting polesitter Nato, who was then challenged by de Vries and eventually lost second to the Dutch driver on the run to Les Combes.

In the pack behind, Rowland made a bold move to get past Nabil Jeffri the first time through Eau Rouge as he battled his way up to 14th from last on the 20-car grid on the opening lap, with Leclerc just one place behind.

Leclerc then pulled off his own stunning move going up Eau Rouge - getting by Nobuharu Matsushita in breathtaking fashion on lap two of 18 - before then getting ahead of Rowland as they raced along the Kemmel Straight.

Up front, Sette Camara gradually eked out a gap over de Vries, as they moved clear of Nato in third.

Leclerc continued his charge with moves on Robert Visoiu at the outside of the Fagnes chicane and Louis Deletraz at Les Combes.

He caught up to the points paying positions and passed his team-mate Antonio Fuoco - who had made a sensational move on Artem Markelov around the outside of Blanchimont - as the Italian lost out to both Leclerc and the DRS-aided Russian Time driver on the Kemmel Straight.

Leclerc then dispatched promoted race one-winner Markelov - who reported an engine problem soon afterwards and failed to finish - before challenging former F1 racer Roberto Merhi.

He tried a move around the outside of Les Combes but went wide, with Merhi following him off track and taking the place back.

That incident was investigated but no penalties were handed out, and Leclerc made it past Rapax's Merhi on the run up the Kemmel Straight one lap later.

Shortly after Luca Ghiotto passed Nato for third using DRS on the approach to Les Combes on lap 15, the race was suspended when Matsushita crashed heavily at the top of Eau Rouge.

The ART Grand Prix driver lost control following Gustav Malja through the famous high-speed sequence and smashed sideways into the barrier - although he was able to quickly climb out of the car.

The safety car was deployed as Matsushita's car was recovered and the race finished under its authority, which sealed Sette Camara's first F2 win.

Merhi ended up sixth ahead of Fuoco, with Rowland claiming the final points place after making his own exciting 12-place charge through the pack that featured attacking moves on Santino Ferrucci - 10th at the end - and Malja.

Nicholas Latifi, who also started at the back after suffering an engine problem ahead of the feature race, made similar progress through the pack to finish ninth, just outside the points.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 18 39m40.215s
2 Nyck de Vries Racing Engineering 18 0.623s
3 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 18 2.403s
4 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 18 3.109s
5 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 18 3.820s
6 Roberto Merhi Rapax 18 4.894s
7 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 18 5.448s
8 Oliver Rowland DAMS 18 5.828s
9 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 18 6.690s
10 Santino Ferrucci Trident 18 9.202s
11 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 18 9.629s
12 Louis Deletraz Rapax 18 10.556s
13 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 18 10.865s
14 Jordan King MP Motorsport 18 11.095s
15 Nabil Jeffri Trident 18 12.070s
16 Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 18 13.709s
17 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 18 14.121s
18 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 18 17.543s
- Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 14 Retirement
- Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 12 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Charles Leclerc 218
2 Oliver Rowland 159
3 Artem Markelov 150
4 Luca Ghiotto 123
5 Nicholas Latifi 115
6 Nyck de Vries 96
7 Nobuharu Matsushita 91
8 Norman Nato 91
9 Alexander Albon 65
10 Jordan King 49
11 Antonio Fuoco 40
12 Gustav Malja 40
13 Sergio Sette Camara 23
14 Sergio Canamasas 21
15 Johnny Cecotto Jr. 16
16 Ralph Boschung 11
17 Roberto Merhi 10
18 Sergey Sirotkin 9
19 Santino Ferrucci 4
20 Sean Gelael 3
21 Robert Visoiu 1
22 Louis Deletraz 1
23 Nabil Jeffri 0
24 Stefano Coletti 0
25 Callum Ilott 0
26 Raffaele Marciello 0


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