Egor Orudzhev leads very close Formula V8 3.5 test at Aragon

Egor Orudzhev led the way on a closely contested opening day of Formula V8 3.5 testing at Aragon

Egor Orudzhev leads very close Formula V8 3.5 test at Aragon

The two days of running represent the final pre-season test before next weekend's opening round of the season at the Spanish venue.

Arden racer Orudzhev's quickest lap of 1m40.675s was just 0.017 seconds faster than fellow series returnee Tom Dillmann.

The top 12 drivers on Saturday set their fastest times in the afternoon session.

Morning pacesetter Matthieu Vaxiviere also came within a tenth of Orudzhev's best effort, finishing the day third fastest on a time of 1m40.728s.

Vaxiviere was partnered at SMP Racing by Koiranen GP3 driver Matevos Isaakyan, who filled the seat previously occupied by Vladimir Atoev.

Isaakyan had been fastest in the final session of last month's Barcelona FV8 3.5 test for Teo Martin Motorsport.

Aurelien Panis, another leading runner from Barcelona's test in March, took fourth on Saturday.

Beitske Visser claimed fifth ahead of Fortec's Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion Louis Deletraz.

Visser has endured pre-season tribulations following the sudden withdrawal of Pons Racing. After testing for Strakka Racing last month, Visser switched to Teo Martin Motorsport this weekend.

Strakka was absent from the test, leaving just 15 cars present, but the Towcester-based team tweeted that it is "still pushing for 2016".

MORNING TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing 1m40.760s - 36
2 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport 1m40.813s 0.053s 39
3 Tom Dillmann AVF 1m40.975s 0.215s 32
4 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m41.000s 0.240s 34
5 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport 1m41.152s 0.392s 33
6 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m41.241s 0.481s 42
7 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport 1m41.334s 0.574s 37
8 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports 1m41.632s 0.872s 46
9 Roy Nissany Lotus 1m42.023s 1.263s 35
10 Johnny Cecotto Jr. RP Motorsport 1m42.428s 1.668s 32
11 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m42.568s 1.808s 29
12 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport 1m42.572s 1.812s 31
13 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing 1m42.835s 2.075s 18
14 Rene Binder Lotus 1m44.181s 3.421s 10
15 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team 1m47.769s 7.009s 22

AFTERNOON TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m40.675s - 34
2 Tom Dillmann AVF 1m40.692s 0.017s 27
3 Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing 1m40.728s 0.053s 19
4 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport 1m40.776s 0.101s 27
5 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport 1m40.853s 0.178s 22
6 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m40.942s 0.267s 31
7 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport 1m40.952s 0.277s 26
8 Roy Nissany Lotus 1m41.209s 0.534s 19
9 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports 1m41.257s 0.582s 28
10 Johnny Cecotto Jr. RP Motorsport 1m41.492s 0.817s 33
11 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m41.554s 0.879s 24
12 Rene Binder Lotus 1m41.845s 1.170s 19
13 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing 1m43.438s 2.763s 11
14 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team - - 3
15 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport - - 5


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