Rob Wickens has taken his first F3 Euroseries win after securing victory in the second race of the weekend at Le Mans.
The Signature-Plus driver survived challenging conditions at the French circuit which caused the race to be briefly halted to come home ahead of Dani Clos and team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay.
Wickens had taken the lead from Brendon Hartley when the race started for the first time and held top spot through until the race was halted after Jon Lancaster went off into the barriers after contact from behind. The Briton wasn't the only driver in the wars however, with Renger van der Zande amongst those to spin in the challenging conditions.
After the race was stopped, the restart took place with only a matter of laps remaining and Wickens was able to make the run to the flag without problems to take the win – although he only scores half points with less than 75 per cent of the race distance having been completed.
“I already feared that I had to come into the pits for a tyre change,” he said. “But then, fortunately, the red flag was out, so I didn't have to take this difficult decision myself. At the re-start, I could maintain the lead and drive my maiden victory in the Formula 3 Euro Series home. I am very happy.”
Clos took second after Hartley dropped back following a spin, with Vernay completing the podium in front of his home crowd. Koudai Tsukakoshi was fourth for Manor ahead of James Jakes and Rodolfo Gonzalez – who scored for the first time since moving into the Euroseries at the start of the year.