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Wickens goes flag-to-flag in race 1 at Spa
Robert Wickens took a flag-to-flag victory in the opening Formula Renault 3.5 race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Canadian led every lap from pole position and completed his dominance by setting fastest lap. Wickens' Carlin team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne was second, 2.6 seconds adrift at the checkered flag.

Front row qualifier Albert Costa made a outbraking attempt on Wickens at Les Combes on the opening lap. After locking-up spectacularly, Costa ran wide over the grass on the exit of the corner and was passed by Vergne. Costa held on to finish 3rd despite flat spotted tires.

"The start was much better than Motorland [Aragon]," said Wickens, referring to his minor first corner mistake in round one. "But I knew I was going to be in trouble on the straight after Eau Rouge. Albert had a pretty good run, but fortunately he braked a little too late. After that I opened up a small gap and maintained it for the next 23 laps."

Results - 22 laps:


Driver Team Behind
1. Robert Wickens Carlin +0.000s
2. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin +2.694s
3. Albert Costa EPIC +19.544s
4. Brendon Hartley Gravity-Charouz +19.867s
5. Nelson Panciatici KMP +20.958s
6. Daniil Move P1 +21.919s
7. Alexander Rossi Fortec +22.273s
8. Jan Charouz Gravity-Charouz +24.697s
9. Sergio Canamasas BVM Target +27.214s
10. Daniel Ricciardo ISR +28.072s
11. Chris van der Drift Mofaz +29.011s
12. Walter Grubmuller P1 +29.663s
13. Cesar Ramos Fortec +35.079s
14. Nathanael Berthon ISR +39.601s
15. Jean-Karl Vernay Pons +45.077s
16. Arthur Pic Tech 1 +47.335s
17. Stephane Richelmi Draco +48.731s
18. Daniel Zampieri BVM Target +49.145s
19. Daniel McKenzie Comtec +50.486s
20. Jake Rosenzweig Mofaz +1m06.863s
21. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 DNF 10 laps
22. Oliver Webb Pons DNF 5 laps
23. Daniel de Jong Comtec DNF 4 laps
24. Sten Pentus EPIC DNF 2 laps
25. Andre Negrao Draco DNF 0 laps
26. Anton Nebylistkiy KMP DNF 0 laps

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