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Red Bull Ring FV8 3.5: Vaxiviere defeats Deletraz in race one

SMP Racing's Matthieu Vaxiviere held off Louis Deletraz to score his second victory of the season in the opening Formula V8 3.5 race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring

Deletraz lost his pole advantage away from the lights, and the Fortec racer was passed by both front row starter Vaxiviere and Egor Orudzhev on the uphill run to Turn 1.

Swiss racer Deletraz was also made to fight to hold onto his third spot from AVF twins Tom Dillmann and Alfonso Celis Jr.

He eventually settled down and found his pace, attempting a late dive down the inside into the tight, right-hand, Turn 3 on lap three that resulted in minor contact with Orudzhev.

After running wheel-to-wheel, Deletraz finally secured the place by driving around the outside of the Arden racer at the downhill left Turn 4.

Vaxiviere enjoyed a 3.5s advantage at the time of the move, and resisted the temptation to use his DRS allocation over the following laps as Deletraz swiftly closed to within half a second.

"I am happy for myself and the team that we have this result," said Vaxiviere, whose consistently strong qualifying pace this season has been neutered by high tyre degradation in races.

"We had the win in Spa, but that was a race where others had some problems, this feels like a real win.

"Louis was quicker than me, but I was also managing the gap by saving my DRS.

"After the safety car late in the race I could use DRS once a lap for three consecutive laps, and then twice on the last lap."

After dropping behind championship leader Dillmann to fourth, Orudzhev pitted to retire on lap nine.

Dillmann's AVF car entered anti-stall mode at the start, but after losing two positions the Frenchman recovered to score a seventh podium of the season.

Force India Friday driver Alfonso Celis Jr claimed fourth place in the second AVF entry ahead of Aurelien Panis. Mexican Celis picked up a two-place grid penalty for Sunday's race two for an overly-aggresive defensive manoeuvre on Rene Binder.

Home driver Binder appeared to be squeezed onto the grass in the incident, and his Charouz-run Lotus machine subsequently faltered on the pit straight, possibly as a result of grass in the car's sidepods.

A safety car period six laps from the finish was required to allow marshals to move Binder's stranded car behind the pit wall.

Binder's team-mate Roy Nissany used the congested restart at Rauch to steal sixth from Yu Kanamaru's Teo Martin Motorsport entry.

Series returnee and factory Audi sportscar racer Marco Bonanomi demonstrated much improved pace over his practice form and ended the afternoon in ninth for RP Motorsport.

Dillmann leads the standings on 171 points, 34 clear of Deletraz in second. Roy Nissany holds third on 132, while Matthieu Vaxiviere's victory propels him to fourth, equal on 122 points with Panis.

RACE ONE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing 31 42m26.793s
2 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 31 0.977s
3 Tom Dillmann AVF 31 4.527s
4 Alfonso Celis AVF 31 8.836s
5 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport 31 10.268s
6 Roy Nissany Lotus 31 10.504s
7 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport 31 11.060s
8 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport 31 13.800s
9 Marco Bonanomi RP Motorsport 31 15.874s
10 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport 31 16.412s
11 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports 31 16.892s
12 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing 31 17.493s
13 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team 31 32.387s
- Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 23 Retirement
- Rene Binder Lotus 22 Retirement


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