Jordan King Wins Second Spa Race


King went one better than his race one second place (Credit: SRO)

Jordan King took the lead from Antonio Giovinazzi then had to fend off that pressure from race one winner Will Buller to win the reverse grid second race of the British F3 International Series at Spa-Francorchamps.

The pole position handed to National Class driver Chris Vlok by virtue of him being the lowest classed finisher in the first race lasted only a matter of metres. By the end of the first 7km lap he had fallen to eighth overall as Giovanzzi, whose first race had been interrupted by a pitstop of fix a failed rain light, moved into the lead chased by King and Tatiana Calderon.

Morning winner Buller, meanwhile had passed the complete National Class contingent and Jann Mardenbourgh, racing despite his dramatic race one exit. Nicholas Latifi, who crashed with Mardenborough at Eau Rouge in the earlier race failed to take to the grid, his car too badly damaged in the accident.

Buller quietly moved through the still bunched field, passing Sean Gelael on lap two for fourth and knocking Calderon out of a podium place two laps later. With Giovinazzi fading after he lost the lead to King Buller pushed him back to third through sector one of lap seven, setting his sights on catching and passing King for a second win of the day.

Buller was able to complete the first part of the task, cutting King’s advantage to just half a second at the checkered flag but he ran out of time in the 12 lap race to mount any more of a challenge to the leader.

After losing time as he fell behind King and Buller Giovinazzi arrested his slide down the order in third place, keeping a three second buffer back to Calderon until the end of the race.

Gelael finished fifth with an anonymous Mardenborough in sixth. After his early exit in the first race Felipe Guimaraes took three laps to make his way through the three National Class racers but from then on failed to make any impression on the Carlin man ahead, instead slowing seconds a lap as he settled into a lonesome drive to seventh place.

Jordan Oon’s pass on pole position man Vlok on the opening lap gave him the National Class for a majority of the race, only falling back behind Sun Zheng in the middle of the seventh lap as the Chinese driver claimed his second class win of the day 12 seconds ahead of Oon and Vlok in a carbon copy of the first race result.