Campos Racing scores valuable points at a torrential rain-marred weekend at Spa

Season start was completely atypical with free practice, qualifying sessions, and the second race all cancelled due to rain. In the sole race on Friday, Zanfari finished fifth while Kluss, who claimed win among the rookies, came in seventh. Shin finished eleventh, whereas Ho and Lisle had to retire due to mechanical issues while running in point-scoring positions

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The 2024 Eurocup-3 season got off to an unprecedented start at Spa-Francorchamps due to the presence of torrential rain which forced clerk of the course to cancel the Friday morning free practice sessions and subsequently, also the two qualifying sessions that were meant to set the starting grids for both the first race, scheduled for that same afternoon, and the second race, scheduled for Saturday morning. The five Campos Racing drivers—Moroccan Suleiman Zanfari, Singaporean Christian Ho, German Valentin Kluss, Australian Noah Lisle, and South Korean Michael Shin—gave their all behind the wheel of their Tatuus Alfa Romeo-Autotecnica machinery despite being hindered in their chances over the course of the weekend.

As no free practice or qualifying sessions were held, the starting grid for the first race was determined by the best times achieved in private testing held earlier in the week at the Belgian circuit. Thus, Ho was the highest-placed Campos Racing driver on the grid in fourth place while Zanfari started from sixth. Meanwhile, Kluss and Lisle shared the fifth row of the grid just ahead of Shin, who started from sixth.

Due to the significant amount of water on the track surface, the 30-minute race began behind the safety car. After fourteen minutes behind the safety car, it returned to the pits and the green flags waved. However, merely keeping the cars on the track was already an achievement. Singaporean Ho, Moroccan Zanfari, and German Kluss navigated the early stages of the race among the top seven until a couple of laps later, when the safety car was deployed again due to several incidents. Specifically, Australian Lisle had to retire after experiencing a unexpected mechanical issue that prevented him from continuing the race. Shortly after, Ho himself was forced to retire from the race due to another random mechanical problem while leading among the rookie drivers.

With two minutes remaining, the race resumed. Zanfari made a fantastic start and momentarily climbed to third place. However, the challenging track conditions led him to go slightly wide in a corner, causing him to lose two positions, ultimately finishing fifth in a race that never saw its final lap due to a red flag caused by an accident at Eau Rouge. Kluss confirmed his victory among the rookies at the finish line, also securing seventh place overall, while Shin narrowly missed out on scoring points in eleventh place.

The rain, and at times even snow, meant that the Saturday morning's second race never even got underway.

The next race will take place at the Red Bull Ring on May 18-19.