Eriksson secures maiden triumph in Spa finale


Joel Eriksson - Credit: Craig Robertson / www.speedchills.com

Joel Eriksson became the tenth different winner of the season after capitalising on a slow getaway from polesitter George Russell in the final race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday.

Russell dropped down towards the back end of the top ten due to his sluggish getaway, allowing Eriksson to streak into the lead, a position he was never to lose until the chequered flag to give him his maiden series victory and Motopark’s first trip to victory lane of 2016.

Anthoine Hubert secured second place for Van Amersfoort Racing, 1.613 seconds behind Eriksson, with the Frenchman being kept honest for much of the race by Prema Powerteam’s Lance Stroll, only for the Canadian to lose out to Russell for the final spot on the podium after a great battle in the final few laps.

Russell made his first move on Stroll at the Bus Stop chicane with three laps remaining, only to find the Canadian attack the Briton on the Kemmel Straight, with Stroll getting momentarily ahead on two consecutive laps only to find Russell get back ahead around the outside of Les Combes both times.

Nick Cassidy and Maximilian Günther also found themselves caught and passed by the recovering Russell, with the Prema team-mates being forced to settle for fifth and sixth, ahead of Motopark’s Niko Kari.

Kari passed Nikita Mazepin on the penultimate lap, with the Russian being forced to settle for eighth, a disappointing result especially when the Hitech GP driver was running third in the opening stages.

Mücke Motorsport claimed the final two places in the points, with Mikkel Jensen just ahead of team-mate David Beckmann.

It was a disappointing day for both Ben Barnicoat and Callum Ilott, who, whilst running second and third on the run down to Les Combes on the opening lap clashed, spinning Ilott around and giving Barnicoat a puncture that saw him fall to the back of the field.

Ilott was unable to get any higher than eighteenth with a car showing less than ideal speed before the Van Amersfoort Racing racer pulled into the pits to retire with a handful of laps remaining.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 3 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
122Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark35:32.758
221Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing+1.613
312George RussellGBRHitech GP+3.563
41Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+4.315
52Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam+5.976
617Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+9.543
710Niko KariFINMotopark+11.124
811Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP+12.643
97Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+15.696
108David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport+16.101
1123Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark+20.699
1220Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+22.765
1316Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam+23.744
145Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+26.081
153Ryan TveterUSACarlin+36.174
169Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+30.578
174Alessio LorandiITACarlin+39.329
1819Weiron TanMALCarlin+45.772
1915Ukyo SasaharaJAPThreeBond with T-Sport+47.150
2024Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP+1:27.867
RET6Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort RacingRetired