Hingeley Claims Dramatic Victory at Spa Francorchamps
Race 1 – Ben Hingeley claimed a dramatic victory in race one of the BRDC F3 championship at Spa Francorchamps.
Hingeley started third on the grid, but passed Toby Sowery for the lead on lap three at the Bus Stop chicane. At the end of Kemmel straight into Les Combes, Ben was able to make use of the tow to draft past Ahmed. Ben then set about building a lead of two seconds.
Ben said: “Last time out I claimed a win on a brilliant track like Silverstone and I’ve done the same today so I’m really made up. I got a great start and a lovely tow down the back straight on both Toby and Enaam and managed to get around the outside of Enaam. I pushed on to catch Toby and I had the pace on him.”
Race 2 – Race two ended not as Ben had hoped. After starting on 8th on reverse grid Ben got up to 6th by lap two but unfortunately ended up in the pits after having contact with Guilherme Samaia. Hingeley finished 16th but with a good lap time to start higher up on the grid in the next race and Samaia having a five place grid penalty for race 3.
Race 3 – Finishing in third place Ben had said – “It’s great to be back on the podium coming from 6th place on the grid, especially after what happened in race 2, that really put us on the back foot. I think the track had changed today from yesterday especially this morning when it was a bit quicker, and after the GT race it seemed to slow down a lot. It probably hurt us a bit more than it hurt the other two and they had just a tenth or two more every lap which helped them get away. In the end that was enough and I couldn’t catch them. I was hoping that their battling would bring them closer to me but it didn’t happen and third was the best we could do I think.”