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Spa FR3.5: Sainz Jr converts pole for second Spa win

A twenty second penalty cost Richie Stanaway his maiden podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps.
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Carlos Sainz Jr was unstoppable as he charged to his second win of the weekend in Spa.

Securing his fifth career pole position in the morning, the Red Bull junior led from the front, holding off a fast-starting Oliver Rowland into turn one to maintain the advantage. With the help of a quick pit stop from his team, defending champions DAMS Racing, the Spaniard remained poised to claim another twenty five points for his 2014 title hunt.

Will Stevens jumped from third on the grid following his pit stop and maintained the gap to secure second place for Strakka Racing. The Silverstone based outfit were tantalisingly close to a podium with Matias Laine on Saturday.

Returning racer, Richie Stanaway greeted the chequered flag in third but faced a twenty second penalty. Subsequently, Matthieu Vaxiviere's temporary replacement drops to eighth. This allowed Oliver Rowland to secure third ahead of his 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup rival, Pierre Gasly. The Briton and his team, Fortec Motorsports lost their second place starting position following a slow mandatory pit stop.

Eight seconds behind series rookie Gasly, Norman Nato secured yet more points for DAMS Racing in fifth. The Frenchman enjoyed a strong battle with his compatriot and an on-form Jazeman Jaafar, who finished in sixth for ISR. Matias Laine climbed to fourth at the start but settled for seventh after the pit stops in the second Strakka Racing model. The Finn was consistent throughout the weekend and can now add sixth points to his fourth place finish from race one.

A demoted Stanaway was confirmed in eighth place with Meindert Van Buuren and Marco Sørensen completing the top ten. An inconsistent Will Buller once again finished outside the points and adrift of his Arden Motorsport team mate, Gasly in twelfth.

It was a weekend to forget for Pietro Fantin, Zoel Amberg and Sergey Sirotkin who were added to the list of double retirements at the popular Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. They will hope for redemption when Formula Renault 3.5 returns in Moscow later this month. Sainz Jr will enter the fifth round with a forty-three point lead over his fellow Red Bull junior, Gasly as the championship reaches the halfway mark.
by Katie Grimmett

Tagged as: Spa , Formula Renault , dams , Sainz Jr

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