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Hartley wins in Belgium


Kiwi teenager back in title contention

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley is back in contention for the British Formula 3 motor racing title after he scored a second placing and a win in the latest rounds in Belgium.

Hartley, from Palmerston North, fought back from sixth place, snatching the lead on the final lap at the Spa Francorchamps circuit on Sunday.

The teenager's seventh podium finish of the season backed up a solid second in the previous day's 15th round.

With bonus points for fastest laps in both Belgian races, the 18-year-old Red Bull driver is now fourth, just 22 points off the overall lead with 126 points up for grabs at the six remaining races.

“There was a first lap crash that pushed me down to sixth place – it seemed like I was passed by everyone,” said a delighted Hartley. “I decided to take the sensible approach and spent the race catching and passing them one at a time.”

The next two races are at Silverstone on August 16, followed by two races on the streets of Bucharest in Romania the following weekend.

The final round is at Donington Park in October.

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