Raikkonen Robertson Racing endured a tough outing at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, as the team took part in rounds 13 and 14 of the 2009 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series.  A strong qualifying performance by Daisuke Nakajima and Carlos Huertas in first qualifying ended in disappointment in race one, following a penalty for Huertas and a first lap crash for Nakajima.  Despite numerous incidents in a chaotic race two Huertas and Nakajima brought home a seventh and eighth place finish respectively, while Kevin Chen finished 15th in both races on his maiden F3 weekend.

Nakajima and Huertas delivered two top ten qualifying positions for round 13 on Thursday;   Nakajima put his Mercedes powered Dallara eighth on the grid, with Huertas just behind in ninth place.

Despite the strong showing in qualifying, hopes of a strong finish in the first race of the weekend were dashed early on in Friday afternoon, after Huertas stalled on the grid as the cars began their parade lap.  Managing to get away after a few seconds, Huertas made his way through the field to take his original starting position as the cars filed onto the grid for the race start.  All three Raikkonen Robertson cars made it down to the first corner, but on the exit Nakajima tangled with Riki Christodoulou and Walter Grubmuller, putting him into instant retirement.

Meanwhile team mate Huertas was running a strong race; taking fifth place early on the young driver had somewhat of a lonely race.  Finishing fifth on the road, Huertas was later handed a one minute penalty for taking his original grid position, as the rules stipulated that once all cars have left the grid, stranded cars must line up at the back of the grid for the start.  That penalty put Huertas 17th overall, making Chen the top Raikkonen Robertson car in 15th place.

Race two was much more of a chaotic affair; rain just minutes before the start forced race officials to postpone the start by 10 minutes and declare the event a wet race. As the cars waited on the grid, it looked certain that wet tyres would be the only option, until the rain eased and track quickly dried.  As the race start drew closer it became clear that slick tyres were the sensible choice, despite the tricky conditions on track.

This time round all three Raikkonen Robertson drivers made it round the first lap safely, with Huertas making up one place to move up to fourth, while Nakajima was caught out by the partially wet track; running wide at Pouhon.  The Japanese racer stayed clear of the barriers however to rejoin in 16th place.  A clash with Henry Arundel on lap two saw Huertas drop to 13th place, leaving the young Colombian with plenty to do in the remaining laps.

As the rain started to fall again on lap five, both Nakajima and Huertas excelled in the tricky conditions, overtaking numerous drivers as they made their way through the field.  Huertas made his way past his team mate to cross the line in seventh place.