Jerez FR3.5: Egor Orudzhev and Matthieu Vaxiviere lead practice

Egor Orudzhev followed up his Le Mans victory by setting the pace in Formula Renault 3.5 practice at Jerez on Friday

Jerez FR3.5: Egor Orudzhev and Matthieu Vaxiviere lead practice

The Arden rookie held a top-three spot on the timing screens for the majority of Friday morning's opening 50 minute session.

Orudzhev used new tyres to produce his quickest time of 1m28.875s in the final three minutes of running, and was satisfied to achieve the result after leaving the road earlier in the session.

"On the first set I felt quite comfortable straight away," said Orudzhev. "But on the second set I made a small mistake at Turn 5 and went over the kerbs and through the gravel, damaging the floor a little bit.

"We put new tyres on at the end, as we expect qualifying tomorrow morning to be in similar conditions."

Championship runner-up Matthieu Vaxiviere topped the second session in the afternoon, thanks to a late lap of 1m28.893s.

The Lotus Formula 1 junior driver had earlier ended the morning down in the penultimate position on the first practice classification.

"We were on old tyres and testing many things this morning," said Vaxiviere.

"I am quite looking forward to these two days because when we ran here at the beginning of the year the car was really good."

AVF's pairing of Beitske Visser and Alfonso Celis Jr took second and third in practice one.

"We tried new tyres, as did two other teams," said team boss Adrian Valles.

"I don't think we put our best laps together so there is a couple of tenths to come."

McLaren junior racer Nyck de Vries took fourth in the morning session on the final outing for DAMS in the series.

Orudzhev's Arden team-mate Nicholas Latifi was fifth, ahead of double 2015 winner Tio Ellinas.

Cypriot Ellinas was Vaxiviere's closest challenger in the afternoon, finishing 0.524s adrift of the Frenchman's benchmark.

Hunting his first win of the season, Carlin's Tom Dillmann took third ahead of recently crowned FR3.5 champion Oliver Rowland.

At Jerez this weekend the Fortec racer will aim to move clear of last year's champion Carlos Sainz Jr record for the number of wins in a single season - they are currently tied on seven victories.

The second Fortec entry of Monaco winner Jazeman Jaafar ended the afternoon in fifth, just over a tenth clear of de Vries.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m28.758s - 20
2 Beitske Visser AVF 1m29.021s 0.263s 20
3 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m29.056s 0.298s 18
4 Nyck de Vries DAMS 1m29.138s 0.380s 17
5 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1m29.171s 0.413s 19
6 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m29.398s 0.640s 19
7 Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.480s 0.722s 18
8 Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 1m29.644s 0.886s 20
9 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m29.759s 1.001s 20
10 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.886s 1.128s 20
11 Dean Stoneman DAMS 1m29.939s 1.181s 21
12 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m29.969s 1.211s 21
13 Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 1m30.164s 1.406s 11
14 Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1m30.241s 1.483s 20
15 Andre Negrao International Draco Racing 1m30.264s 1.506s 24
16 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m30.292s 1.534s 20
17 Marlon Stockinger Lotus 1m30.678s 1.920s 8
18 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m30.888s 2.130s 13
19 Nikita Zlobin Pons Racing 1m30.987s 2.229s 19

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m28.893s - 15
2 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 1m29.417s 0.524s 17
3 Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.443s 0.550s 18
4 Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 1m29.453s 0.560s 20
5 Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 1m29.572s 0.679s 17
6 Nyck de Vries DAMS 1m29.715s 0.822s 17
7 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 1m29.773s 0.880s 15
8 Dean Stoneman DAMS 1m29.810s 0.917s 18
9 Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1m29.878s 0.985s 18
10 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m30.219s 1.326s 19
11 Marlon Stockinger Lotus 1m30.314s 1.421s 17
12 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m30.518s 1.625s 23
13 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 1m30.560s 1.667s 10
14 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m30.573s 1.680s 15
15 Andre Negrao International Draco Racing 1m31.069s 2.176s 20
16 Beitske Visser AVF 1m31.174s 2.281s 23
17 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 1m31.196s 2.303s 19
18 Nikita Zlobin Pons Racing 1m31.546s 2.653s 17
19 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m32.003s 3.110s 14


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