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Jake Dennis fought off a number of rivals to take his second victory of the weekend at a drying Spa-Francorchamps circuit while Charles Leclerc steered clear of trouble to grab second and extend his championship lead.
The British driver got the better of Tatiana Calderon in the early stages and pulled out a gap to the chasing pack to take victory from the charging Leclerc. Earlier in the race Dennis and Calderon enjoyed an excellent battle on a greasy track after pole sitter Mikkel Jensen crashed out from the lead.
George Russell took the final spot on the rostrum ahead of his Carlin team-mate Callum Ilott as Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the top five despite suffering an off after clashing with Markus Pommer.
The majority of the field got away cleanly but on a greasy track a number of cars drifted and skidded into spins on the opening laps. The hazardous conditions played into Calderon's hands who started the race on wets and sliced through the field.
At the start of the second lap Raoul Hyman and Arjun Maini connected on the exit of turn one, with Hyman's rear suspension breaking and stranding him on the exit of the corner. As a result a safety car was required to securely retrieve the stricken car.
The race restarted with Mikkel Jensen darting away at the front but the damp conditions continued to play havoc with drivers on slick tyres. Calderon, on full wets, carved her way into the top three just as Dennis tangled with Jensen at the exit to Les Combes, sending the Mucke Motorsport driver spinning on the slippery surface and into the barriers.
Dennis was able to continue in the race but it opened the door for Calderon who inherited the lead and in the process became the first female driver to lead a lap in the FIA European Formula 3 championship.
As the race entered its middle distance the track gradually began to dry out which saw Calderon on wets and Dennis on slicks battle for the race lead. Unfortunately for the Colombian the battle was taken out of her hands as the track dried out and she started to fall down the order on overheating rubber.
Further back Pommer was penalised for dangerous driving as he tussled with Rosenqvist but after failing to adhere to the authorities the German was black flagged from the race.
Dennis pulled out a comfortable lead at the front which kept the charging Leclerc at bay to take his second victory at Spa, as the Monegasque driver extended his lead in the championship over Antonio Giovinazzi and Rosenqvist.
Race two podium finisher Brandon Maisano took sixth spot ahead of Alessio Lorandi and Maximilian Gunter, as Alexander Albon and Pietro Fittipaldi completed the points-paying positions.