Red Bull junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr completed a race-win double at Spa-Francorchamps as the DAMS driver dominated the second race of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series on Sunday much like he did race one on Saturday.
Oliver Rowland was Sainz’s closest rival before the pit stop period but a delay for the Briton cost him the chance of the win, leaving Sainz to win by over twelve seconds from Strakka Racing’s Will Stevens.
Fortec Motorsport’s Rowland ultimately finished fourth on the road, but was promoted back up to the podium in third when Lotus driver Richie Stanaway was given a 20-second penalty for making his pit stop outside the pit window that saw the New Zealander fall to eighth.
Pierre Gasly was promoted to fourth for Arden Motorsport with his fellow Frenchman Norman Nato fifth for DAMS, while Jazeman Jaafar added a sixth place in race two to his podium in Saturday’s opener for ISR Racing. Matias Lainé took the second Strakka Racing machine to seventh, while Meindert van Buuren for Pons Racing and Marco Sorensen for Tech 1 Racing completed the top ten behind the penalised Stanaway.
Sainz now leads Gasly in the championship by a comfortable 124 points to 81 points, with Rowland third on 74 points. The series now moves on to Russia and the Moscow Raceway at the end of June.
Spa-Francorchamps Race 2 Result
|1||Carlos Sainz Jr||ESP||DAMS||43m24.524s|
|2||Will Stevens||GBR||Strakka Racing||+12.330s|
|3||Oliver Rowland||GBR||Fortec Motorsport||+15.045s|
|4||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Arden Motorsport||+15.888s|
|6||Jazeman Jaafar||MAL||ISR Racing||+26.953s|
|7||Matias Lainé||FIN||Strakka Racing||+27.434s|
|9||Meindert van Buuren||NED||Pons Racing||+45.751s|
|10||Marco Sorensen||DEN||Tech 1 Racing||+45.937s|
|12||Will Buller||GBR||Arden Motorsport||+47.099s|
|13||Roberto Merhi||ESP||Zeta Corse||+57.776s|
|14||Beitske Visser||NED||AV Formula||+1m02.128s|
|15||Oscar Tunjo||COL||Pons Racing||+1m10.605s|
|16||Roman Mavlanov||RUS||Zeta Corse||+1m21.931s|
|RET||Luca Ghiotto||ITA||International Draco Racing||15 Laps|
|RET||Sergey Sirotkin||RUS||Fortec Motorsport||6 Laps|
|RET||Pietro Fantin||BRZ||International Draco Racing||0 Laps|
|RET||Zoel Amberg||SWI||AV Formula||0 Laps|