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Hartley wins race 2 at Spa.

Carlin Motorsport's Brendon Hartley took the spoils on Saturday in round 16 of British F3 International Series at Spa in Belgium.

Hartley, who was delayed at the start when pole position holder Oliver Turvey was left stranded on the grid after his car developed an engine problem, passed T-Sport's Sergio Perez on the very last lap after fighting his way back up from fifth.

Nick Tandy meanwhile scored his first ever British F3 podium finish after briefly leading on the opening lap.

After being fastest all weekend in free practice, in qualifying and winning round 15, Turvey was hopeful of making it a clean sweep at Spa as he lined up on pole position for race 2.

However the Mercedes engine in the back of his Carlin Motorsport Dallara had other ideas and as the lights went out to begin the race, Turvey's car ground to a halt causing the cars behind him to take avoiding action.

Luckily nobody hit the hapless driver but it did shake up the order with fifth placed Nick Tandy and sixth place Sergio Perez exiting La Source in first and second respectively. Perez harried Tandy all the way through Eau Rouge and up the hill to Les Combes, with the Mexican overtaking the Mygale before the corner and then Jaime Alguersuari deciding to have a look down the inside of Tandy as well but the Englishman held onto second place.

Behind these the front runners John Martin and Walter Grubmuller collided at La Source with the unlucky Atte Mustonen getting caught up in the mayhem, putting all three cars into retirement. Another casualty was Sam Abay who limped into the pits with a punctured front left tyre after a clash with Marcus Ericsson. Abay rejoined after receiving replacement Avon rubber but his hopes of his first podium finish after qualifying third were completely dashed.

Meanwhile back at the front it was Perez, who was 1.7 seconds ahead of Tandy, Alguersuari, with fourth placed Ericsson coming under pressure from Brendon Hartley who had lost out at the start. The New Zealander swept past the Swede's Fortec run Dallara into Les Combe and the Red Bull driver set off after his team-mate to try and take third, which he duly did two laps later.

Round 16 meanwhile will be a race that Ultimate Motorsport will want to forget in a hurry. Michael Devaney's Mygale slowed to a halt on the outside of Turn 13, bringing out the yellow flags on lap 2 and then on lap 4 both Alistair Jackson and Ricardo Teixeira were given drive through penalties for corner cutting, which dropped both drivers out of points scoring positions.

Another retirement was Kristjan Einar, pulling his Carlin Dallara off the track with one wheel off the ground.

Lap 6 saw Brendon Hartley close the gap to Tandy and he chased the Mygale through Eau Rouge and up the hill trying desperately to use the superior speed of his car to drag past the British Driver. However Tandy had learnt a trick or two from his Formula Ford days and defended his position vigorously and as they went into Les Combes Tandy was still holding second place.



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