Andy Priaulx continued his point-scoring form by taking eighth place in the penultimate round of the British Formula Three Championship at Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend.

The Promatecme driver had qualified in a disappointing eleventh place, but drove a solid race to gain three more championship points and strengthen his ninth place in the series standings.

The 13-lap race was run in dry and warm conditions, a far cry from the sort of weather being enjoyed by race fans back in the United Kingdom, as the F3 series travelled to continental Europe for its traditional away day meeting.

Priaulx and team-mate Matt Davies maintained a strong pace, staying together for the duration of the race and, at one time, both looked to increase the pressure on fellow Briton Ben Collins by challenging for the Carlin driver's seventh place. Under attack, Collins dropped back after a spin at the infamous Bus Stop chicane, and both Promatecme drivers were able to improve their race positions as a result.

''I am pleased with the result, and for me and Mat to be racing so close together throughout the race demonstrates our consistency,'' Priaulx said afterwards, ''Three championship points are valuable and, in these dry, warm conditions in Belgium, the result is a good one.''

The race was won by Portugal's Tiago Montiero, who was driving in the race as part of the F3 Masters Championship. Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia finished second, and claimed the 2000 British F3 title as a result, whilst Stewart Racing's Narain Karthikeyan took third.

Andy's progress during the race weekend was closely followed by a documentary film crew from Channel TV, which is expected to be aired in early October.

 

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