CLICK: Full GP3 race 2 results and latest GP3 championship standings from Spa-Francorchamps

After the previous day's frantic and at times chaotic events, the weekend's second GP3 race at Spa-Francorchamps was a rather more traditional and orderly affair in which pole sitter Alex Lynn secured his third win of the season for Carlin.

However it wasn't quite the same lights-to-flag run that we're used to seeing in GP3, with Lynn losing the lead mid-way through the race when he slowed and came close to spinning in Les Combes on lap 8. Richie Stanaway was able to get past him in the Status GP #27, but Lynn was quickly back on the power and dived back down the inside into the next sweeping right hander, forcing Stanaway wide and reclaiming the lead in the process.

While Lynn continued to look as though he might be experiencing braking issues through sector 1, he made sure never to present Stanaway with another chance to get by him and at the finish of the race he had built up a comfortable two second lead at the line.

By this point the pair had almost six places in hand over ART's Alex Fontana, who ended up having a fairly quiet and lonely run to the final spot on the podium given that he was able to pull out five seconds over the battle for fourth place between Jan Mardenborough (Arden) and Nick Yelloly (Status GP) which was finally resolved in Mardenborough's favour.

The biggest mover during the race was Lynn's team mate Emil Bernstorff, who started in ninth place. He was able to get past Dean Stoneman in the first run up to Eau Rouge only to lose the position again a few laps later when the Briton pulled off a nice move down the inside into the bus stop chicane.

However that proved a temporary setback for Bernstorff who was soon ahead again and monitoring the testy battle between Pal Varhaug and Dino Zamparelli for sixth place. Varhaug finally buckled under the pressure and went wide at La Source to release Zamparelli, and while the Norwegian returned to the track just ahead of Bernstorff he didn't have the momentum to hold off the Carlin in the climb up the Kemmel Straight.

Now firmly set in attack mode, Bernstorff was then able to hunt down Zamparelli in the time remaining and duly overtook him at Les Combes despite straying onto the wet grass down the right hand side of the straight in the process. With not quite enough time left to catch and pass Yelloly, Bernstorff crossed the line in sixth ahead of Zamparelli and Varhaug with Saturday race winner Stoneman just outside the points in ninth ahead of Hilmer Motorsport's Nelson Mason who rounded out the top ten.

Patric Niederhaus and Luis Sa Silva were both less lucky with the conditions, which started with a damp track from heavy overnight rain but with a dry line soon appearing in the chilly early morning sunshine once the fog had cleared which meant that everyone had started the race on slicks. Niederhauser locked up and crashed the Arden into the barrier at Les Combes early in the race, while Sa Silva got caught out in Eau Rouge and the Carlin speared off into a big impact with the tyre wall at the start of the final lap.

The only other retirements from the race were Carmen Jorda (Koiranen GP) and Sebastian Balthasar (Hilmer Motorsport) who both brought their cars to pit lane. In Balthasar's case it was after a spin on the formation lap which meant that he didn't even start the race. Earlier, his team mate Riccardo Agostini had got caught out in the damp conditions and spun on his way from the pits to the grid, but the Italian had gathered it together and started the rae as planned, going on to finish in 12th place just behind his compatriot Kevin Ceccon who was 11th in his first outing for Jenzer Motorsport.

Heading to Monza in two week's time, Lynn continues to lead the drivers' championship with 153 points to Stanaway's 121 points. Nick Yelloly and Emil Bernstorff are within 30 points of Stanaway, while a frustrating weekend at Spa without any points leaves Jimmy Eriksson losing ground in fifth place with 85 points.

See full GP3 race 2 results and latest GP3 championship standings from Spa-Francorchamps


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