Carlin’s British F3 squad enjoyed a strong outing at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon, as Daniel Ricciardo took another podium finish while Henry Arundel and Max Chilton took competitive fifth and sixth places respectively. In a race which saw rain showers throughout, the Carlin drivers did well to stay on track in the slippery conditions. Philip Major dealt well with tricky conditions and made his first pit stop when he stopped for wet tyres late on the race. Jake Rosenzweig unfortunately saw his strong weekend end early; when he tangled with several cars on lap one which put him out of the race.

Just as the cars headed to the grid for round 14 of the season, light rain began to fall making conditions on track treacherous. As the weather deteriorated, officials made the decision to postpone the start by ten minutes and declared it a wet race. 10 minutes is a long time in the Ardennes Mountains however and the rain eased as the start drew closer, prompting the majority of teams to switch back to slick tyres. Rosenzweig was an exception to the rule; the young American took a chance on wet tyres, in what was a nonchampionship race for him.

At the start, all Carlin cars made a good getaway. Ricciardo and race leader Buzaid made a good start, breaking away from the rest of the field, while Arundel also did well, moving up to sixth place on lap one from his ninth place grid slot. Chilton was also making a lot of progress having moved up three place on the first lap. Rosenzweig saw his race end early on; the young American was collected by a spinning car that promptly ended his afternoon.

Arundel was still on a charge; the Links of London backed driver was pushing hard, but went off on lap two. The British racer recovered his car and rejoined the field to slot in just behind team mate Chilton, who had moved up to eighth place. With the track drying, Ricciardo was catching Buzaid but as the rain started to fall again on lap five, the conditions deteriorated and Ricciardo backed off.

By lap six, Arundel, Chilton and Boyd found themselves in a three way battle, with Arundel coming out on top to pass both Boyd and Chilton to take fifth place as Chilton dropped to eighth. Arundel and Chilton both made up places on lap seven when Christodoulou crashed off track and Boyd pitted for wets. Major meanwhile was in 16th place and made his first F3 pit stop for wet tyres on lap seven. The order remained unchanged, until the final lap when Arundel and Chilton suddenly caught a slowing Renger van der Zande. Both drivers tried to find a way past but couldn’t despite a close battle at the Bus Stop on the final lap.

Ricciardo said, “I’m pleased with the result today, Buzaid drove well, but I was happy to come away with the points for second. It was actually a good thing to have someone in front – as I could judge the conditions and which parts of the track were very wet. It’s all good for the championship.”

Team principal Trevor Carlin added, “Spa has proved to be a happy hunting ground again for Carlin Motorsport, with yet another win to add to our British F3 tally. Daniel drove very maturely in the second race to bag the necessary points. Henry and Max had a super exciting race, mixing it lap after lap with the Hitech duo. Philip had a taste of his first pit stop, when we made a strategic tyre change and he dealt with this perfectly. A gamble on strategy with Jake unfortunately backfired and to add insult to injury, he was rudely forced off the circuit by another runner. Nevertheless he can be proud of his British F3 debut.”