Lotus WSR’s Matthieu Vaxiviere took his second win of the Formula Renault 3.5 season in the Saturday race at Spa-Francorchamps.
Despite a slow getaway, Vaxiviere recovered to pass Nicholas Latifi for the lead and subsequently eased to victory.
The Canadian had built up a very solid lead after a great start, but saw it evaporate when the safety car came out for Pietro Fantin‘s heavy shunt into the tyre wall.
With thirty minutes to go in the race, Latifi managed the restart well enough and kept Vaxiviere behind through La Source on two occasions.
However, the Frenchman managed a rare overtake around the outside later in the lap and was back into the lead.
The poleman immediately started to check out from the rest of the field and, while points leader Jazeman Jaafar also quickly cleared Latifi, Vaxiviere was already too far up the road to be challenged.
Latifi had a solid shot at reclaiming second, but ended up under pressure from Dean Stoneman instead and eventually led the Red Bull junior through.
Jaafar and Stoneman went on to complete the podium, with Latifi and Oliver Rowland making up the top five.
Tom Dillmann kept Tio Ellinas at bay to claim sixth place, with the Cypriot’s teammate Gustav Malja following in eighth.
Nyck de Vries ended up ninth, with Egor Orudzhev picking up the final point.
Aurelien Panis and Roberto Merhi joined Fantin among the retirements, the former pitting in with an issue early on and the latter calling it a day with four laps to go.
Beitske Visser did not start the race after being excluded from the front row.
|1||Matthieu Vaxiviere||Lotus||19 laps in 41:17.060|
|2||Jazeman Jaafar||Fortec Motorsports||+5.043|
|4||Nicholas Latifi||Arden Motorsport||+12.414|
|5||Oliver Rowland||Fortec Motorsports||+14.032|
|6||Tom Dillmann||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+15.104|
|7||Tio Ellinas||Strakka Racing||+15.875|
|8||Gustav Malja||Strakka Racing||+17.917|
|9||Nyck de Vries||DAMS||+19.224|
|10||Egor Orudzhev||Arden Motorsport||+20.940|
|11||Meindert van Buuren||Lotus||+25.811|
|12||Bruno Bonifacio||International Draco Racing||+31.008|
|14||Roy Nissany||Tech 1 Racing||+32.615|
|15||Sean Gelael||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+44.304|
|16||Patric Armand||Pons Racing||+58.019|
|Roberto Merhi||Pons Racing||+4 laps|
|Aurelien Panis||Tech 1 Racing||+14 laps|
|Pietro Fantin||International Draco Racing||+19 laps|