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Voisin triumphs in heavily disrupted half-points GB3 race at Spa

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Carlin’s Callum Voisin took his third GB3 victory in a shortened reversed-grid race at Spa-Francorchamps that only had three racing laps.

Fortec Motorsports’ Zak Taylor led away from pole into La Source ahead of fellow front-row starter Tommy Smith, while Roberto Faria fended off a challenge for third from Taylor’s team-mate Mikkel Grundtvig, who then lost ground on the exit and dropped to seventh.

That allowed Voisin to gain one spot to fourth, and a great run up the Kemmel Straight enabled him to pass Carlin team-mate Faria before snatching the lead into the Les Combes in a three-wide battle with Smith and Taylor. 

Douglas Motorsport’s Smith fought back on the exit to move back ahead of Voisin and lead the remainder of the opening lap.

Voisin tried to reclaim first from him on the run up to Les Combes on lap two, but Taylor moved up the outside to steal second, as Smith fended off the pair to maintain his place at the front.

The safety car was then deployed after Arden’s Nico Christodoulou suffered a rear-left puncture and left debris on the Kemmel Straight, with the red flags then shown after his Arden team-mate David Morales crashed heavily at Blanchimont.

After a short delay, the race resumed behind the safety car, with initially enough time for three more laps when the green flags were waved.

Voisin immediately dispatched Tayor for second exiting Raidillon and took the lead away from Smith before the end of the lap, when the safety car was deployed again after Grundtvig slid into the gravel at Stavelot.

The chequered flag was then waved at the end of the next tour, with Voisin declared winner ahead of Smith, and Faria taking third after passing Taylor at the chicane moments before the final safety car period.

Hillspeed’s Nick Gilkes finished fifth, having gained two places at the start, with Arden’s Alex Connor also making up ground on lap one to come home sixth.

Marcos Flack was seventh, ahead of Matthew Rees and Max Esterson, while Branden Lee Oxley claimed 10th despite suffering front wing damage.

Luke Browning once again edged title rival Joel Granfors to extend his points lead, the pair climbing from the back of the field to 11th and 12th.

John Bennett tumbled to 17th after contact with Morales on lap two put the Elite Motorsport driver into a spin at La Source, and Carlin’s Javier Sagrera damaged his front wing in a late battle with Flack and trailed home 20th.

Race result (3 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Callum Voisin Carlin 10m13.289s
2 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport +0.395s
3 Roberto Faria Carlin +0.818s
4 Zak Taylor Arden +1.316s
5 Nick Gilkes Hillspeed +1.792s
6 Alex Connor Arden +2.143s
7 Marcos Flack Douglas Motorsport +2.457s
8 Matthew Rees JHR Developments +3.206s
9 Max Esterson Douglas Motorsport +3.420s
10 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing +3.786s
11 Luke Browning Hitech GP +4.101s
12 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports +4.488s
13 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport +4.673s
14 James Hedley JHR Developments +5.569s
15 Bryce Aron Hitech GP +5.989s
16 McKenzy Cresswell Chris Dittmann Racing +6.356s
17 John Bennett Elite Motorsport +6.804s
18 Cian Shields Hitech GP +7.682s
19 Nico Christodoulou Arden +8.899s
20 Javier Sagrera Carlin +9.370s
Ret Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports
Ret David Morales Arden
Fastest lap: Voisin, 2m18.716s

Championship standings
Browning 322.5   2 Granfors 297   3 Esterson 240.5   4 Voisin 210   5 Faria 204.5   6 Lebbon 183.5   7 Rees 176   8 Bennett 159   9 Connor 156   10 Cresswell 154