Victory for Rowland in Spa

The first race of the weekend at Spa saw a delayed start after an extra formation lap was needed to remove the AVF driver Celis, who blocked on the starting grid.

Following a victory in Monaco last week, Jazeman Jaafar, after starting in third, claimed second place finishing 6.8 seconds ahead of Stoneman. After a hectic opening lap, Jaafar remained in third position, following Latifi and Vaxiviere while Rowland followed closely behind in forth.

Rowland, in his battle with Stoneman, lost some momentum in a tight move at Eau Rouge. It was not long before a safety car was deployed after Fantin crashed into the barriers on the exit of Bruxelles.

Soon after the restart, Jaafar rocketed and was caught in the battle for second between Latifi and Stoneman.

Jaafar achieved a superior exit to Latifi at La Source on lap seven to momentarily steal the position. Minor wheel-to-wheel contact was made between Jaafar and a stubborn Latifi took to the escape road before rejoining back in second position. Rather than relinquish his position, Latifi held on until Blanchimont, where he made an error and allowed Jaafar to reclaim the place.

Oliver Rowland finished fifth, edging out Carlin driver Tom Dillmann by 1.1s.

The second race of the weekend saw Rowland take the lead for the second time this season.

Jaafar also enjoyed a strong race after being relegated to the back of the grid following technical inspections, and able to make his way up to sixth position.

Starting from pole, Rowland held on to the lead ahead of De Vries and Stoneman and quickly increased the gap. Jaafar meanwhile, charged through the pack. In the opening lap of the race, Jaafar battled through into the top ten.

As the laps ticked down, Rowland continued to expand the gap and remained in the lead after the mandatory tyre changes.

Rowland leaves Belgium with a six point lead and is just eight points ahead of his team mate Jaafar.

Oliver Rowland, Fortec, Spa2015-2-39

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