Jack Doohan won the Formula 2 feature race at Spa as Felipe Drugovich extended his championship lead after a problem for Theo Pourchaire took him out early on.
It was a good start for Doohan, who jumped up from fourth on the grid to second off the line. He stuck with Drugovich through the first half of the race, though wouldn’t make a move for the lead until the pit window opened.
Doohan was one of the earlier pitters, coming in on lap 10 of 25. It was a clean pit stop and he set personal bests in every sector on the outlap. Drugovich pitted the following lap and came out just ahead of Doohan, but couldn’t hold off the Virtuosi driver on tyres that were up to temperature.
Doohan quickly pulled out a four-second lead to Drugovich, but then came up against drivers who had started on the harder compound of tyre. Amaury Cordeel, who was yet to pit, but up a strong defence which allowed Drugovich to close back onto Doohan’s tail.
Together, Doohan and Drugovich picked their way back through the order as the late pitters made their stops.
By the time the pitstops had cycled out, they were almost six seconds clear of the rest of the field. Doohan again managed to break the tow to Drugovich and finished a comfortable 1.9s ahead of the championship leader.
Drugovich took second, his best result since his Monaco feature race win, and further extended his gap in the championship to 43 points with three rounds remaining.
Pourchaire had been running inside the top 10 when he slowed to a stop on track early on.
Meanwhile, Drugovich’s next closest title rival Logan Sargeant could only finish sixth. Sargeant, who had started third, got a poor start and fell down the order. He fell back to fifth by the end of the pit stop sequence and spent the closing stages of the race battling to stay ahead of the charging Richard Verschoor.
Verschoor would come through, demoting Sargeant to sixth.
Ahead, Liam Lawson took third. He spent much of the race battling against Enzo Fittipaldi for position.
Early on, Fittpaldi ran wide defending and was forced to give the position to Lawson shortly afterwards. But a slow stop for Lawson meant he came out of the pits only just ahead of Fittipaldi, who had the tyres up to temperature. Fittipaldi came through only to run wide and again hand the place to Lawson.
Lawson was eventually able to shake Fittpaldi and finished comfortably ahead, while the late charge from Verschoor dropped Fittipaldi back to fifth ahead of Sargeant and David Beckmann.
Ayumu Iwasa took eighth after a lengthy battle with Marcus Armstrong, who dropped down the order with a five-second penalty for forcing a driver wide early on.
Juri Vips took ninth, moving ahead of Dennis Hauger shortly before a late race virtual safety car, brought out for Lirim Zendelli who stopped at turn nine. The incident was quickly cleared, allowing for a short dash to the flag.
Clement Novalak pipped Hauger for P10 on the final lap, though Hauger dropped further back in the corrected timings due to two five-second time penalties, one for forcing Armstrong wide and another for exceeding track limits.
Race result (25 laps)
|2||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||+1.942s|
|5||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||+20.481s|
|7||David Beckmann||Van Amersfoort Racing||+22.365s|
|9||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||+23.899s|
|10||Clement Novalak||MP Motorsport||+24.746s|
|11||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||+31.001s|
|13||Marcus Armstrong||Hitech GP||+39.756s|
|14||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||+40.683s|
|17||Amaury Cordeel||Van Amersfoort Racing||+52.243s|
|18||Tatiana Calderon||Charouz Racing System||+57.384s|
|Ret||Lirim Zendeli||Campos Racing|
|Ret||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix|
|Fastest lap: Daruvala, 2m00.677s