Trident’s Jack Doohan dominated the 2021 Belgian Race Two to cut his championship deficit to Dennis Hauger to 46 points.
Doohan made a clean start to lead David Schumacher and Logan Sargeant as the top seven settled into a controlled pattern ahead of Aleksandr Smolyar who dropped to eighth ahead of Johnathan Hoggard who got spun by Arthur Leclerc on lap four to ruin his chances of points.
The Safety Car was deployed on lap 11 after marshals struggled to clear Matteo Nannini’s HWA Racelab after the Italian stalled following a spin, but Amaury Cordeel and Calan Williams collided at the top of Raidillon to cause a Safety Car finish as Doohan took victory.
In the driver standings, Hauger’s lead over Doohan is now down to 46 points as Vesti consolidated third on 93 points, seven points clear of fourth-placed Olli Caldwell who could only finish this race in 15th place.
Following a hour delay due to F1 Qualifying overrunning following a mixture of rain delay and red flag which in turn delayed W Series’ race, Doohan made a clean start at lights out ahead of Schumacher as Sargeant climbed to third ahead of Collet.
Novalak, Vesti and Martins found themselves fifth, sixth and seventh as Smolyar dropped to eighth after a slow start, coupled with a squeeze from Sargeant on exit of La Source as he tried to reclaim third.
The top eight consequently settled into a disciplined order whilst Hoggard was spun out on inside of Pouhon by Leclerc on lap four, which promoted the Monegasque to ninth as Hauger moved up to tenth.
At the end of lap nine, Nannini was tagged by Hunter Yeany who had snuck up his inside through the Bus Stop Chicane, sending the Italian into a race-ending spin as he stalled his HWA Racelab which caused a Safety Car was deployed after marshals struggled to move his car which blocked the pit entry.
Racing resumed on lap 14 in wet conditions after heavy rain returned during the Safety Car, with Doohan leading as the top eight held position with Hauger overtaking Leclerc into Eau Rouge for ninth.
Further behind the front runners, Amaury Cordeel spun at top of Raidillon and caused a melee in which Calan Williams hit the Campos and slammed into the barriers to cause a second Safety Car, as both Cordeel and Williams walked away without injury.
The race ultimately finished under the Safety Car as Doohan took the checkered flag for his second victory of this season.
|1||Jack Doohan||Trident||16||45m 11.332|
|2||David Schumacher||Trident||16||+ 0.488|
|3||Logan Sargeant||Charouz||16||+ 1.093|
|4||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||16||+ 1.965|
|5||Clement Novalak||Trident||16||+ 2.780|
|6||Frederik Vesti||ART GP||16||+ 3.049|
|7||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||16||+ 3.580|
|8||Aleksandr Smolyar||ART GP||16||+ 4.330|
|9||Dennis Hauger||PREMA||16||+ 4.946|
|10||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA||16||+ 6.459|
|11||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||16||+ 7.194|
|12||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||16||+ 7.546|
|13||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||16||+ 8.988|
|14||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos||16||+ 9.690|
|15||Olli Caldwell||PREMA||16||+ 10.756|
|16||Tijmen Van Der Helm||MP Motorsport||16||+ 11.488|
|17||Jonny Edgar||Carlin||16||+ 12.457|
|18||Juan Manuel Correa||ART GP||16||+ 13.638|
|19||Filip Ugran||Jenzer||16||+ 14.086|
|20||Ido Cohen||Carlin||16||+ 14.956|
|21||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA Racelab||16||+ 15.881|
|22||Laszlo Toth||Campos||16||+ 16.286|
|23||Zdenek Chovanec||Charouz||16||+ 17.045|
|24||Rafael Villagomez||HWA Racelab||16||+ 17.404|
|25||Johnathan Hoggard||Jenzer||16||+ 19.666|
|26||Hunter Yeany||Charouz||16||+ 23;279|
|RET||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||8||Spin|