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Legris, Mendez win Open F3 at Spa.

Jonathan Legris took a stunning first victory in the Euro F3 Open series, and Bruno Mendez strengthened his championship ambitions with a win of his own, as Spa-Francorchamps provided a dramatic backdrop to the fledgling championship.

Legris' victory was also the first for EmiliodeVillota Motorsport, and came after a disappointing first outing in contemporary machinery in round two at Jarama, as the Briton turned in an outstanding performance, producing several spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. Main rival Celso Míguez chased hard until the end, but had to settle for second place, while Méndez, who had won race one, had to be content with third.

With the top six positions from Saturday's reversed on the race two grid, Míguez took an early lead, from Augusto Scalbi, Cup Class leader Callum McLeod, Carlos Muñoz and Méndez. Legris, meanwhile, was eager to be involved having been disappointed with seventh in race one, and quickly disposed of Muñoz, McLeod and Scalbi on his way to second place. A few laps later, and he was attacking former World Series by Renault regular Míguez, finally claiming the lead at Les Combes on lap seven.

Scalbi, trying to defend his position from Méndez, had an off-track excursion at Kemmel, dropping to 16th, while McLeod, in fourth overall, again claimed Cup honours as he came home ahead of Muñoz, Adrian Campos Jr, Sergio Canamasas and Thor-Christian Ebbesvik.

Méndez had previously dominated race one, the Campos Racing driver reinforcing his lead of the championship. The Spaniard's second success of the season continued his unbroken podium streak after moving to the front on lap three. He then benefited when main rival Miguez was given a drive-thru' penalty for an aggressive early move on the Campos car and dropped to the tail of the top ten.

Muñoz, on his return to the series with Porteiro Motorsport, moved into second place, ahead of McLeod, who strengthens his lead in the Cup competition over the weekend. Samuele Buttarelli had taken an early third position, but went off the road in the closing stages as one of a handful of incidents that littered the race. The final laps were highlighted by the battle for fourth between Canamasas, Scalbi, Legris and Míguez, with the recovering Miguez making it back to sixth, and Canamasas overshooting a chicane allowing Scalbi to finish fourth.



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