Toby Sowery secured a fifth win of the year at a sodden
Spa-Francorchamps to claim round seven of the 2014 F3 Cup
championship. Sowery passed Carlin Racing's Peter Li Zhi Cong on
the final lap to claim an impressive outright win.
Tristan Cliffe collected a fourth Cup 07 Class second place of
the season to keep tabs on Lanan Racing's championship hopeful,
shadowing Li's fellow Invitational Class runner Struan Moore to the
line. Oliver Rae was the third points-scorer ahead of Grays
Motorsport's Lee Morgan, who picked up a best ever result of third
The notorious Spa weather played its part, soaking the tarmac
just as the cars headed for the grid requiring a wet race to be
called. Slicks were replaced with wets, and the race began under
safety car conditions.
When the safety car peeled in, Sowery was quick to pressurise
Li, who's racing in a newer Dallara F308. Struan Moore in third ran
wide in the La Source puddles allowing Cliffe to pull
alongside, but the Omicron racer slotted in behind as the pair
tackled Eau Rouge and Radillon.
As rain continued to pour and add to the vast spray, Sowery and
Li duelled among the traffic. The gap fluctuated but it was rarely
more than one and a half seconds as they took turns setting fastest
lap. On the final lap, Sowery used that traffic perfectly to slide
past Li to secure a landmark win.
The final lap charge also saw him land the extra point for
fastest lap, even bettering Li's earlier benchmark.
Morgan, starting third in class and fifth on the road, struggled
for grip, allowing Rae to slingshot past and focus on Cliffe up the
road. Mark Harrison also lost out at the start, falling back behind
Robbie Watts and Tony Bishop. Stuart Wiltshire soon joined that
train before Tony Bishop spun off at Campus.
Watts used the cushion of a Monoposto car between himself and
the chasing pack to secure fourth in class and seventh on the road
ahead of Harrison and Wiltshire.
Sowery's win, and extra points for pole and fastest lap, puts
more breathing space between Sowery and Cliffe, who's second place
limited the damage to five points.
Round eight takes place on Sunday 29 June at 10:50 local time,
with Li and Sowery on the front row ahead of Moore and Cliffe.
Round seven classification
- Toby Sowery - Lanan Racing - 9 laps
- Peter Li Zhi Cong - Carlin Racing - +0.832s (Invitational
- Struan Moore - Lanan Racing - +26.922s (Invitational
- Tristan Cliffe - Omicron Motorsport - +30.030s
- Oliver Rae - Enigma Motorsport - +38.414s
- Lee Morgan - Grays Motorsport - +1:16.058s
- Robbie Watts - RAW Power Motorsport - +1:29.582s
- Mark Harrison - Omicron Motorsport - +1:33.460s
- Stuart Wiltshire - Gale Force Racing - +1:35.470s
- Tony Bishop - Chris Dittmann Racing - DNF
- James Ledamun - TRS Harnesses - DNF
View the provisional result
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Photo credit Andrew Cliffe/Norwich Photo