Spirit of Race leads maiden Formula 3.5 V8 test with Vaxiviere

The new Spirit of Race outfit ended its maiden test in the rebranded Formula 3.5 V8 series on top, with Lotus F1 junior Matthieu Vaxiviere

The French driver, runner-up to Oliver Rowland in the 2015 series, set his time of 1m27.331s in the morning session of the second day at Jerez.

Vaxiviere was third on the opening day, for Amato Ferrari's team, which has acquired Draco's infrastructure.

Personnel from Draco ran the car for Spirit of Race.

"Yesterday we worked all day to set up the car for this morning," Vaxiviere said.

"We were the fastest so I'm quite happy about that.

"Now, we just need to work on small details on the car but also on my side."

The day's fastest times were set in the morning, with Vaxiviere leading Pons Raing pair Yu Kanamaru and Matevos Isaakyan.

Having set the pace on Tuesday, Kanamaru was 0.3 seconds behind Vaxiviere, and 0.02s ahead of Isaakyan, who was the top rookie.

Jake Hughes was fourth for Strakka Racing, with fellow Brit George Russell 10th for the team, after testing with Tech 1 Racing on Tuesday.

"Both of these testing days have been absolutely mega," Hughes said.

"The car is unbelievable, especially compared to the Formula Renault 2.0.

"My laptimes have been very competitive. I've been measuring pretty well against the previous year's drivers.

"I'm just a bit disappointed about the red flag this morning when I was on new tyres as it maybe cost me a chance to be fastest but overall I'm happy and surprised how well I've done with the car."

Louis Deletraz was fifth for Fortec Motorsport, ahead of AVF pair Marvin Kirchhofer and Egor Orudzhev and Jack Aitken for Arden Motorsport.

New Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Aitken spent the opening day with Fortec.

Russell led the way for the bulk of the afternoon session, in which teams focused on long runs, but was pipped in the final half an hour minutes by Isaakyan.

"We used only one set of tyres when everyone used two in the morning," Isaakyan, a race winner in FR2.0 Alps, said.

"I still managed to get P3, which is quite good, and I'm really happy with that result.

"Then we decided to completely change the car to take the setups from Yu Kanamaru.

"I was struggling quite a lot with the balance at first, but it was quite productive and I show my speed."

Celis Jr, Orudzhev and Kevin Jorg completed the top five in the afternoon.

The series' next test will be on November 4-6 at Aragon.


Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere Spirit of Race 1m27.331s - 23
2 Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1m27.631s 0.300s 40
3 Matevos Isaakyan Pons Racing 1m27.651s 0.320s 29
4 Jake Hughes Strakka Racing 1m27.768s 0.437s 32
5 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m27.965s 0.634s 23
6 Marvin Kirchhofer AVF 1m28.029s 0.698s 43
7 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m28.042s 0.711s 25
8 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m28.226s 0.895s 33
9 Jack Aitken Arden Motorsport 1m28.227s 0.896s 32
10 George Russell Strakka Racing 1m28.273s 0.942s 31
11 Kevin Jorg Lotus 1m28.516s 1.185s 28
12 Gustav Malja Fortec Motorsports 1m28.517s 1.186s 38
13 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m28.745s 1.414s 20
14 Jehan Daruvala Comtec Racing 1m28.886s 1.555s 32
15 Vladimir Atoev Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.250s 1.919s 19
16 Nikita Zlobin Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.272s 1.941s 29
17 Mahaveer Raghunathan Comtec Racing 1m30.767s 3.436s 30


Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matevos Isaakyan Pons Racing 1m28.392s - 25
2 George Russell Strakka Racing 1m28.539s 0.147s 28
3 Alfonso Celis AVF 1m28.817s 0.425s 40
4 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 1m28.889s 0.497s 17
5 Kevin Jorg Lotus 1m28.978s 0.586s 20
6 Yu Kanamaru Pons Racing 1m29.056s 0.664s 23
7 Marvin Kirchhofer AVF 1m29.218s 0.826s 30
8 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 1m29.258s 0.866s 36
9 Gustav Malja Fortec Motorsports 1m29.359s 0.967s 27
10 Jehan Daruvala Comtec Racing 1m29.363s 0.971s 24
11 Jake Hughes Strakka Racing 1m29.434s 1.042s 16
12 Vladimir Atoev Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m29.667s 1.275s 18
13 Jack Aitken Arden Motorsport 1m29.735s 1.343s 25
14 Nikita Zlobin Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m30.191s 1.799s 23
15 Matthieu Vaxiviere Spirit of Race 1m30.339s 1.947s 11
16 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 1m30.505s 2.113s 27
17 Mahaveer Raghunathan Comtec Racing 1m31.725s 3.333s 34


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