Matthieu Vaxiviere recovered from a poor start to clinch his second Formula Renault 3.5 Championship win of the season by a comfortable margin at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Frenchman, a race winner already in 2015 at Aragon, started from pole position but wheelspin from the lights would see him slot into second place behind fellow front row sitter Nicholas Latifi through La Source.

Fending off the attentions of those behind up to Les Combes, an early safety car would bunch the pack up with the Frenchman tailed by Jazeman Jaafar, Nyck de Vries and Dean Stoneman, but he would pounce shortly after the restart with a bold outside pass for the lead at Pouhon.

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From here Vaxiviere was not convincingly challenged, his cause aided by Jaafar and Latifi holding each other up side-by-side into Les Combes, with the Canadian going across the run-off area to hold position and waiting until nearly the end of the lap to cede it back.

By this stage Jaafar had no way of reply to Vaxiviere as he circulated five seconds adrift, but second place means the Monaco winner retains his advantage in the overall standings.

With Latifi unsettled, Dean Stoneman attacked straight away to grab third at La Source, the Englishman then holding off the rejuvenated Canadian in the closing stages to clinch another podium for DAMS.

Behind Latifi, Oliver Rowland rounded out the top five, followed at a distance by Tom Dillmann, Tio Ellinas, Gustav Malja and de Vries, the Dutchman making an error and dropping to the bottom end of the top ten early in the race.

Elsewhere, Pietro Fantin was responsible for the early safety car when he crashed on lap one, while F1 driver Roberto Merhi spun at Les Combes on the opening revolution after tapping the rear of Rowland's Fortec beeefore retiring late on. Beitske Visser, who had her front row starting position stripped due to car irregularities, failed to