George Russell secured his second victory of the season after overcoming the early challenge of Joel Eriksson during race two at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday.
Pole sitter Russell led into the first corner but was shuffled down to third down the Kemmel Straight behind Eriksson and Nikita Mazepin as the top four ran almost side by side.
Unfortunately Mazepin’s challenge ended at the exit of the Bus Stop chicane, with Eriksson getting a gap to the chasing pack as a result of Russell being delayed by his Hitech GP team-mate’s retirement.
Russell closed the gap down again and was in position to get back to the front of the race on the sixth lap, passing Eriksson on the Kemmel Straight, and from there on in was untouchable, winning by 7.398 seconds from the Motopark driver.
Mikkel Jensen was involved in the first lap tussle down and claimed his first podium finish of the season for Mücke Motorsport, while Anthoine Hubert secured fourth despite having taken a two-place grid penalty for track limit offences in the opening race.
Hubert led a trio of Van Amersfoort Racing drivers ahead of team-mates Callum Ilott and Pedro Piquet, the latter securing his best result of the season, while all three managed to pass Maximilian Günther of Prema Powerteam, with the team unable to show any sign of good pace throughout the race.
Günther was the only points scorer of the four-car team that has won twelve races in 2016, with Ralf Aron the next best finisher in fourteenth, while Nick Cassidy ended seventeenth. Championship leader Lance Stroll pitted at the end of the first lap with a puncture and was never in contention again, ending two laps down in nineteenth.
Guanyu Zhou took eighth for Motopark, while Ryan Tveter of Carlin and Niko Kari of Motopark claimed the final points on offer in ninth and tenth, with the latter holding off the late race challenge of Ben Barnicoat, who had stalled on the formation lap and was forced to start from the pit lane.
Spa-Francorchamps Race 2 Result
|1||12||George Russell||GBR||Hitech GP||35:40.974|
|3||7||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||+8.738|
|4||21||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+10.587|
|5||6||Callum Ilott||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+13.708|
|6||5||Pedro Piquet||BRZ||Van Amersfoort Racing||+17.398|
|7||17||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Prema Powerteam||+18.932|
|11||24||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Hitech GP||+25.365|
|12||20||Harrison Newey||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+29.113|
|14||16||Ralf Aron||EST||Prema Powerteam||+42.480|
|16||8||David Beckmann||GER||Mucke Motorsport||+1:28.322|
|17||2||Nick Cassidy||NZL||Prema Powerteam||+1:52.545|
|18||15||Ukyo Sasahara||JAP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+1 Lap|
|19||1||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+2 Laps|
|RET||9||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||Retired|
|RET||11||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Hitech GP||Retired|