He’s done it again! Dunne takes second GB3 win after another Voisin battle at Spa

He’s done it again! Dunne takes second GB3 win after another Voisin battle at Spa

03 June 2023

Hitech Pulse-Eight’s Alex Dunne claimed his second victory of the day at Spa-Francorchamps, as he again battled past Rodin Carlin’s Callum Voisin to claim the win.

Dunne started second on the grid, but had to find a way past a quick starting McKenzy Cresswell, before repeating his race one battles with Voisin, and making the move stick at his second attempt on the run to Les Combes.

While Voisin kept Dunne in his sights for a few laps, he wasn’t able to get close enough to challenge for the lead, with Dunne taking the flag 1.9 seconds clear of the Rodin Carlin car after pulling away late on. Voisin's double podium means he takes the championship lead from JHR's Joseph Loake. 

Cresswell took the lead from third place on the first lap, but was quickly dispatched by Voisin and Dunne on the run to Les Combes and had to settle for third for Elite Motorsport, a long way clear of the pack behind.

Hillspeed’s Gerrard Xie continued his best weekend of the season by climbing to fourth from eighth on the grid, with a decisive late pass on Douglas Motorsport’s Tymek Kucharczyk who finished fifth after starting seventh.

With a group of cars right behind the Polish driver, Arden VRD’s James Hedley made big progress to finish sixth from 14th on the grid, while JHR’s Matthew Rees seventh after some feisty early action.

Fortec’s Edward Pearson claimed eighth ahead of Arden VRD’s Nico Christodoulou, with former championship leader Joseph Loake completing the top-10.

At the start, it was Cresswell who made the best of it, immediately rising to the lead despite putting two wheels on the grass, as Dunne passed Voisin around the outside of the hairpin, only to fall behind on the run to Eau Rouge.

Voisin fought back on the approach to Les Combes and retook the lead, with Dunne following suit. The British-Swiss driver built a lead of over six tenths of a second on the first lap, but that was trimmed to four tenths next time around.

Then came Dunne’s first attempt, as the Irishman looked to repeat his race one move around the outside at Les Combes, only for Voisin to hold him off. But next time around he tried it again, and this time pulled it off as he drew level on the approach and made the move stick around the outside.

Just like in race one, he built enough of a gap to alleviate any pressure from behind, and claimed his second victory of the day, and the season so far.

The final race of the weekend at Spa, the reverse grid encounter, is due to commence at 11.53 local time (10.53 local) on Sunday morning.

GB3 Championship, partnered by the BRDC, Spa-Francorchamps provisional race two result:
1. Alex Dunne, Hitech Pulse-Eight, 9 laps
2. Callum Voisin, Rodin Carlin, +1.995s
3. McKenzy Cresswell, Elite Motorsport, +3.027s
4. Gerrard Xie, Hillspeed, +7.640s
5. Tymek Kucharczyk, Douglas Motorsport, +10.020s
6. James Hedley, Arden VRD, +11.019s
7. Matthew Rees, JHR Developments, +13.862s
8. Edward Pearson, Fortec Motorsport, +15.197s
9. Nico Christodoulou, Arden VRD, +16.305s
10. Joseph Loake, JHR Developments, +16.819s
11. Jarrod Waberski, Fortec Motorsport, +18.208s
12. John Bennett, Elite Motorsport, +18.502s
13. Costa Toparis, Rodin Carlin, +19.049s
14. David Morales, JHR Developments, +19.612s
15. Oliver Stewart, Elite Motorsport, +22.640s
16. Lucas Staico, Douglas Motorsport, +23.872s
17. Arthur Rogeon, Chris Dittmann Racing, +28.234s
18. Ayato Iwasaki, Elite Motorsport, +29.857s
19. Shawn Rashid, Douglas Motorsport, +32.040s
20. Zak Taylor, Chris Dittmann Racing, +37.660s
21. Noah Ping, Arden VRD, +43.756s
22. Daniel Mavlyutov, Hillspeed, +1m22.055s
DNF. Souta Arao, Hitech Pulse-Eight, 3 laps completed
DNF. Max Esterson, Fortec Motorsport, 2 laps
DNF. Michael Shin, Hitech Pulse-Eight, 1 lap