Lorenzo Colombo dominates from lights-to-flag in tricky wet conditions at Spa

The Italian driver stormed to win at Spa-Francorchamps after putting in a faultless performance in his Campos Racing-run car. Colombo lapped more than a second quicker per lap than Crawford, who classified in second place, in which was an outstanding performance never seen in such a competitive racing series

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Lorenzo Colombo and Campos Racing have clinched Saturday’s FIA Formula 3 race 1 win this morning at Spa-Fancorchamps. The Italian young ace mastered the rainy conditions to secure a sensational triumph at the iconic Belgian venue. A well-deserved result as the whole team didn’t stop working during the summer break following a top performance at the Hungaroring last month.

Campos Racing and its drivers already made an extremely positive start to the weekend. During the free practice session held in the morning, Colombo topped the timesheets for most part of the session finally finishing third with a lap time of 2m06.100s. Further adrift, Belgian driver Amaury Cordeel and Hungarian László Tóth also lapped in competitive lap times. Track conditions dramatically changed for qualifying as it was a rain-marred session. There, Colombo was 12th-fastest with a lap time of 2m24.062s which a valuable pole position on the reverse grid for Saturday’s race 1.

Saturday saw a very difficult race start. The procedure was delayed as a result of heavy rain and finally race 1 started with the field following the safety car. After three laps, finally the race was green-flagged and immediately Colombo pulled away from his closest rival Jak Crawford. After just two laps, Colombo had built a 5-second gap on Crawford and continued posting a succession of fastest laps. By lap 11, Colombo managed to break the 2:23 barrier and, lapping in 22s, the Italian racer had extended the gap to Crawford to more than ten seconds. After fifteen laps, Colombo took the checkered flag more than thirteen seconds ahead of Crawford. Besides, he scored two extra points after clocking the fastest lap of the race.

Belgian Cordeel’s performance rapidly improved during the race and in the closing stages he was one of the fastest drivers on track gaining several places. At the end, Cordeel finished in 17th place. Tóth crossed the finish line in 25th place.

Race 2 will take place this afternoon at 17.55 (CET) and race 3 will bring the curtain down on the weekend tomorrow at 10.40 (CET).