What they said: Spa race three

What they said: Spa race three

04 June 2023

Oliver Stewart, Joseph Loake and Jarrod Waberski were the top-three finishers in the final race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. Here’s how each contender reacted afterwards.

Winner, Oliver Stewart, Elite Motorsport: 
“It was an amazing race, honestly. I got a decent start and managed to re-pass Daniel (Mavlyutov) down into Les Combes. So that was good, but after the safety car came out I had to try and maintain the pace and get going at the right point. I managed to catch them off guard and get a good gap to start with, but I could see them coming back at me through Eau Rouge, and I had to make sure I stayed defensive and maintain the corner, which I managed to do successfully. Then I tried to stay consistent, keep lapping away at a decent pace and edge the gap to 2.5 seconds, and I’m really happy with that.

“Spa is an amazing track, probably the best in the world and it’s special to win my first race in GB3. We’ve not had the best of luck so far this season, there’s been a few things not on our side, so to get across the line finally with a win is special, especially at a track like this.”

Second, Joseph Loake, JHR Developments:
“We saved a good set of tyres for that race but it was always going to be tricky to do anything. I gave it my best and we had a good first lap, up to P2 from P12 and I’m happy with that race. Obviously I wanted to win but we didn’t have the pace today. We’ve had a weak weekend but we’ll come back strong next time.

“The safety car probably gave me more of a chance than I would have had, purely because I didn’t have Oli’s pace anyway. It gave me that chance at the restart to attack him, which I gave my best shot but he just out braked me into Les Combes and there was nothing I could do after that. But I’m really happy with that, P2 after a very tricky weekend and happy to bring home the points and thankful to the team for all the hard work.”

Third, Jarrod Waberski, Fortec Motorsport:
“To finish third is a really good result, we’ve been struggling with the car all weekend so we had our new tyres on in the last race so the win was kind of out of reach after the first two laps. But overall we’ve made a few good improvements and need to keep our head down to keep getting better.

“On the first lap, I knew if we were struggling a bit and that’s where I had to do all my moves. I had a really good first lap and to be honest I think the safety car saved us a bit as it brought me some more time on the tyres. Towards the end of the race we were struggling quite a bit, so the safety car definitely helped us a little bit.”