Formula Renault 3.5

Magnussen Wins Treacherous Second Racing In Belgium

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Kevin Magnussen leads into La Source in the rain (Photo Credit: Vincent Curutchet/DPPI)

Kevin Magnussen leads into La Source in the rain (Photo Credit: Vincent Curutchet/DPPI)

Kevin Magnussen took victory in race two at Spa in appalling conditions took make it five different winners in the first five races.

Magnussen, who headed the field behind the safety car with the circuit deemed to be too dangerous, stormed away from Robin Frijns in the early stages but as the two made their mandatory pit stops it appeared the Dane would once again be denied victory in Belgium.

A problem with his left rear saw Frijns usurp the Carlin driver but Magnussen, no doubt spurred on by his team’s pit lane dramas, snatched back the lead by diving down the inside into Les Combes.

After the safety car was brought out again following a nasty accident involving Richie Stanaway and Carlos Huertas, Magnussen took his deserved maiden win despite not actually being the first car on the road.

Lewis Williamson and Jake Rosenzweig did not pit after the safety car period and once the race was restarted following a red flag to extricate Stanaway from his Lotus, therefore received a one minute time penalty.

Magnussen said: “I've had ups and downs this weekend. It started well with my first pole, but in the first race we didn't have the level of performance that we'd expected.

‘This race was incredibly difficult. With the drivers not having made their stops, I didn't really know if I was in the lead.

“The only negative was that we had a bad pitstop. Fortunately I managed to regain the advantage over Robin.”

Frijns eventually finished third behind Nick Yelloly after the Briton’s fortuitously timed pit stop, not to mention a superb drive in the Ardennes valleys, saw him jump the Dutchman after his stop.

Yelloly passed Williamson in the first lap after the safety car period and improved another place after Jules Bianchi’s slow pit stop.

The Comtec driver briefly lead as Magnussen and Frijns pitted and got ahead of the latter with his stop timed just after Stanaway’s accident and took his second podium of the campaign.

He said:  “What a race! We really couldn't see anything.

“I'm happy to finish second, given our performance level in qualifying. We're moving up in the championship, which is the most important thing.”

Despite being so close to a win, Frijns had to settle for third.

The Fortec Motorsport driver said: “It hasn't all gone perfectly this weekend. Yesterday was not a good day, but we were better today.

“All I tried to do was to go all the way. It paid off and I've finished third, which puts me back on the championship trail… even though, and I repeat, I'm not thinking about it. Well, not much…”

Nico Muller scored his best result of the season to finish fourth, while Sam Bird produced a remarkable recovery drive from the back of the field to complete the top five thus retaning the championship lead.

Bird’s pass around the outside of Walter Grubmuller into Les Combes typified the bravery on show at Spa in the most appalling conditions.

Results - 18 laps:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
 1.  Kevin Magnussen     Carlin       1h02m43.958s
 2.  Nick Yelloly        Comtec           + 2.682s
 3.  Robin Frijns        Fortec           + 6.820s
 4.  Nico Muller         Draco            + 9.688s
 5.  Sam Bird            ISR             + 12.820s
 6.  Walter Grubmuller   P1              + 14.643s
 7.  Marco Sorensen      Lotus           + 15.611s
 8.  Will Stevens        Carlin          + 17.457s
 9.  Nikolay Martsenko   BVM Target      + 20.322s
10.  Giovanni Venturini  BVM Target      + 23.429s
11.  Yann Cunha          Pons            + 27.977s
12.  Andre Negrao        Draco           + 28.427s
13.  Kevin Korjus        Tech 1          + 29.596s
14.  Daniil Move         P1              + 36.684s
15.  Anton Nebylitskiy   RFR             + 41.765s
16.  Lewis Williamson    Arden           + 49.840s
17.  Jules Bianchi       Tech 1          + 54.040s
18.  Jake Rosenzweig     ISR             + 56.803s


     Alexander Rossi     Arden             12 laps
     Carlos Huertas      Fortec             8 laps
     Richie Stanaway     Lotus              8 laps
     Arthur Pic          DAMS               7 laps
     Vittorio Ghirelli   Comtec             6 laps
     Zoel Amberg         Pons               6 laps
     Mikhail Aleshin     RFR                5 laps
     Lucas Foresti       DAMS               4 laps
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