Barcelona FV8 3.5: Egor Orudzhev wins, Deletraz extends points lead

Egor Orudzhev claimed a dominant fifth Formula V8 3.5 victory of the season in the final round of the season at Barcelona

Barcelona FV8 3.5: Egor Orudzhev wins, Deletraz extends points lead

The Arden driver's win, and fourth place for team-mate Aurelien Panis, hands the Banbury-based squad the 2016 FV8 3.5 teams' championship.

Key to Orudzhev's success was a repeat of his stunning start from Jerez a week earlier; on both occasions the SMP-backed car launched from fifth on the grid into the lead by Turn 1.

"My only fight during the race was at the first corner with [Tom] Dillmann," said Orudzhev.

"I knew Tom could not afford to take a big risk, so I decided to be aggressive.

"After that, the pace in the car helped make things comfortable for me, and I don't think I made a single mistake."

The Russian's faultless and unchallenged drive helped accentuate attention on an engrossing battle for second between championship leader Louis Deletraz and his closest points rival Dillmann.

Pole-sitter Dillmann held Fortec's Deletraz at guard until lap 19, when the Renault Academy driver gained a slipstream on the AVF car along the pit straight.

Dillmann covered the inside line, but he locked up and missed the apex, taking to the asphalt run-off.

Deletraz took advantage to grab second place, and once in clear air he extended a 2.4s advantage over Dillmann at the chequered flag.

"I had to try and brake late," said Dillmann. "If I hadn't attempted to do so, Louis would have passed me anyway.

"I am very happy that we've shown that we're back on the pace.

"I couldn't do anything about Egor's monster start, and then later in the race I was suffering from rear tyre degradation."

The result gives Deletraz a six-point lead over Dillmann in the drivers' standings. Of the seven drivers who arrived at the Circuit de Catalunya in contention for the drivers' crown, only these two can lift the title in the final race of the season on Sunday.

Orudzhev's progress from fifth at the start was assisted by third-qualifier Jack Aitken stalling his RP Motorsport machine and causing the first attempt at a start to be aborted.

Front row qualifier Vaxiviere's tenure in third position in the early laps was brief.

The Frenchman developed a problem that caused him to lose three seconds a lap to the leaders and retire on lap 15.

Vaxiviere's SMP Racing team-mate Matevos Isaakyan ended the afternoon in fifth, ahead of Vitor Baptista, who ran through the gravel at Turn 7 on the last lap in his pursuit of the Russian.

RACE ONE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 25 39m40.100s
2 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 25 9.891s
3 Tom Dillmann AVF 25 12.240s
4 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport 25 13.422s
5 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing 25 22.646s
6 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport 25 26.592s
7 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports 25 31.454s
8 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport 25 32.139s
9 Roy Nissany Lotus 25 35.321s
10 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport 25 37.188s
11 Jack Aitken RP Motorsport 25 1m23.722s
12 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team 24 1 Lap
- Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing 15 Retirement
- Tom Randle Comtec Racing 7 Retirement
- Rene Binder Lotus 3 Retirement
- Alfonso Celis AVF 0 Retirement

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