Hitech Pulse Eight’s Alex Dunne claimed his second victory of the day in GB3 race two at Zandvoort, as the championship fight tightened even further.
Dunne took the lead from second on the grid at the first corner, passing polesitter McKenzy Cresswell up the inside at Tarzan and then pulled away from the pack after an early safety car in a near identical showing to his race one performance, winning by almost five seconds. The Irishman now has four wins to his name this season, with all of them coming overseas.
Elite's Cresswell and Nico Christodoulou (Arden VRD) completed the podium ahead of the Canadian's teammate James Hedley, who made amends for his race one first lap incident.
Behind, one of the major talking points was between the pre-race championship leaders Callum Voisin and Joseph Loake. Loake had started fifth on the grid and Voisin ninth after his qualifying misfortune, but after an early challenge for a podium spot, Loake fell behind Hedley and into the clutches of Voisin, who had made a great start to run sixth.
The two battled for several laps, before the contest for fifth was decided on lap 10, as Voisin pulled off a lunge at the banked turn three. Loake therefore had to settle for sixth, and losing ground on the British-Swiss driver in the ever changing title battle.
Voisin, Dunne and Loake are now covered by just seven points at the top of the championship, with just four races remaining including tomorrow's reverse grid encounter. Dunne's position being all the more remarkable considering he headed into the event 42 points in arrears.
Loake's teammate Matthew Rees followed him home to take seventh ahead of Elite's Oliver Stewart, who is enjoying perhaps his best event of the season, with the top-10 completed by Hitech's Souta Arao and Douglas Motorsport's Tymek Kucharczyk.
The final race of the weekend, the reverse grid encounter, is scheduled to start at 11.05 (10.05 UK) local time on Sunday morning.
GB3 Championship, partnered by the BRDC, Zandvoort race two provisional result
1. Alex Dunne, Hitech Pulse-Eight, 12 laps
2. McKenzy Cresswell, Elite Motorsport, +4.884s
3. Nico Christodoulou, Arden VRD, +8.716s
4. James Hedley, Arden VRD, +9.439s
5. Callum Voisin, Rodin Carlin, +12.850s
6. Joseph Loake, JHR Developments, +13.332s
7. Matthew Rees, JHR Developments, +13.651s
8. Oliver Stewart, Elite Motorsport, +14.463s
9. Souta Arao, Hitech Pulse-Eight, +15.469s
10. Tymek Kucharczyk, Douglas Motorsport, +15.756s
11. David Morales, Arden VRD, +17.687s
12. Noah Ping, Arden VRD, +19.328s
13. Max Esterson, Fortec Motorsport, +20.332s
14. John Bennett, Rodin Carlin, +20.808s
15. Costa Toparis, Rodin Carlin, +26.606s
16. Arthur Rogeon, Chris Dittmann Racing, +28.430s
17. Edward Pearson, Fortec Motorsport, +31.039s
18. Michael Shin, Hitech Pulse-Eight, +31.145s
19. Gerrard Xie, Hillspeed, +31.642s
20. Shawn Rashid, Douglas Motorsport, +32.079s
21. Daniel Mavlyutov, Hillspeed, +32.311s
22. Patrick Heuzenroeder, Elite Motorsport, +38.372s
23. Zak Taylor, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1 lap
24. Jarrod Waberski, Fortec Motorsport, 5 laps completed
DNF. Jack Sherwood, Chris Dittmann Racing, 0 laps completed