Michael Devaney came close to a top ten finish for the Ultimate Motorsport team on what proved to be a trying Formula 3 Masters event at Zolder.
The Irish driver had qualified in 19th place after losing out on his best lap in qualifying following a red flag, but avoided the carnage ahead on the opening lap to find himself embroiled in a heated battle with Jean-Karl Vernay, Erik Janis and Henry Arundel for tenth place.
Despite suffering damage to his front wing, Devaney was able to take the flag in twelfth place to lead the Mygale challenge.
"There was a lot of contact with a lot of people,” he said. “I think I must have gone off the track ten times and made contact with ten cars as well. It was mayhem. Those races are good fun to drive in because it's just non-stop battling, but there's no result to take away. There was carnage at the first corner but I gained a few places and made some good moves in the first few laps. I tried to press more but ended up touching with people or going wide because there was one dry line and it was difficult to go off it."
Things didn't go to plan for the other Ultimate drivers however, with Esteban Guerrieri being hit on the opening lap. Ricardo Teixeira, who was unfortunate to be next on the scene, had to take to the grass in avoidance and he was unable to stop the car once it hit the wet grass and went into the wall.
Guerrieri fared only slightly better and after another car collected him in the incident, he returned to the pits for repairs. The Argentine was able to rejoin and run at a competitive pace, but his hopes of a strong result were ruined and he had to settle for 19th place.
"The first lap was very busy and the chicane was too tight for two or three cars to go in side by side,” he said. “Coming out, someone was inside of me and as they got traction they spun and hit me. Ricardo had to avoid it and he went into the wall, and someone else hit me on the other side.
“I came to the pits to fix the damage to the front and the car was okay after that, but I could only push, there was nothing more I could do.”