Valtteri Bottas extended his GP3 championship lead with a dominant victory in wet conditions at Spa.
The ART driver grabbed the lead from his teammate James Calado by out-dragging him away from the start. Calado then had a look to the inside, but Bottas left just enough room to avoid contact and hold the advantage. From there, he pulled away at an incredible rate. His lead was four seconds after two laps, 6.5sec after five and up to 9.5sec by lap eight. From there, he backed off and cruised to victory.
Calado had a lonely race to second, while the battle for third provided plenty of action in the early laps. RSC Mucke driver Nigel Melker had to pass Manor's Adrian Quaife-Hobbs three times for the position, and on the first two times he made his move around the outside at the fearsome Blanchimont corner.
Quaife-Hobbs was faster on the run out of Eau Rouge though, and he twice took the place back on the long back straight. Melker then caught him by surprise with a lunge into Stavelot that proved to be the deciding moment in their scrap.
Behind them, Conor Daly resisted several laps of pressure from a charging Alexander Sims. The Status driver had climbed from 17th to seventh on the opening lap, and then picked off Tom Dillmann (Addax) in the early stages.
Daly kept him at bay for four laps, before the Status Grand Prix driver suffered a high-speed 360-degree spin as he looked to the inside at Blanchimont. Sims held his place initially, but he soon fell down the order before retiring on the penultimate lap.
The main beneficiary of his misfortune was series debutant Richie Stanaway, who took the final point and therefore pole position for race two in the third ART entry.