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Aragon Formula V8 3.5: Pietro Fittipaldi boosts title bid with win

Pietro Fittipaldi put his title aspirations back on track with his fourth Formula V8 3.5 victory of the season at Aragon, as his Lotus team-mate Rene Binder crashed out on lap one

After making a poor start in Saturday's race, the Brazilian - celebrating his 21st birthday - shot off the line from his pole position to lead into Turn 1, as fellow front row starter Binder was swamped by the pack.

Binder had fallen back into a battle for fourth place and the pre-race championship leader then clipped the kerb at Turn 8 while competing with RP Motorsport's Yu Kanamaru and bounced into the Japanese driver's car, forcing the Lotus driver into retirement.

Konstantin Tereschenko took over the lead as Fittipaldi made his mandatory pit stop, but the Russian's car started to smoke and he was shown the black flag for mechanical reasons.

His Teo Martin mechanics had to put out a fire on the right side of his car as he pitted, but he went off into the barriers at Turn 5 on his out-lap as the culmination of nightmare race.

After the pitstops cycled through Fittipaldi regained a lead he would not relinquish, with Fortec's Alfonso Celis Jr three seconds behind and the Force India reserve driver unable to significantly close the gap.

Saturday's winner Egor Orudzhev rounded out the podium for AVF, ahead of Kanamaru, with their respective team-mates Matevos Isaakyan and Roy Nissany in fifth and sixth.

RACE TWO - 24 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Pietro Fittipaldi Lotus 42m26.477s
2 Alfonso Celis Fortec Motorsports 2.381s
3 Egor Orudzhev SMP Racing by AVF 11.554s
4 Yu Kanamaru RP Motorsport 16.570s
5 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing by AVF 20.087s
6 Roy Nissany RP Motorsport 29.252s
7 Diego Menchaca Fortec Motorsports 30.863s
8 Damiano Fioravanti RP Motorsport 35.204s
9 Nelson Mason Teo Martin Motorsport 44.461s
10 Giuseppe Cipriani Il Barone Rampante 1m16.934s
- Konstantin Tereschenko Teo Martin Motorsport Retirement
- Rene Binder Lotus Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Pietro Fittipaldi 144
2 Rene Binder 130
3 Alfonso Celis 128
4 Roy Nissany 126
5 Egor Orudzhev 125
6 Matevos Isaakyan 120
7 Yu Kanamaru 55
8 Diego Menchaca 48
9 Konstantin Tereschenko 43
10 Nelson Mason 42
11 Damiano Fioravanti 35
12 Giuseppe Cipriani 10

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