Orudzhev’s Silverstone Disqualification overturned after appeal


Egor Orudzhev has regained his second place finish from race one at Silverstone followign an appeal by his SMP Racing by AVF team - Credit: Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency

Egor Orudzhev has been reinstated to his runners-up spot in the opening race of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 season at Silverstone after initially being disqualified for having an underweight car.

The SMP Racing by AVF driver had initially finished on the tail of race winner Pietro Fittipaldi but was excluded from the results when his car was deemed to be 0.5 kilograms lighter than the regulations permit.

His team immediately appealed the decision and after further investigations, the decision to disqualify the Russian has been overturned, meaning he regains the fourteen points he initially lost from the event to move into second place in the championship standings.

The second round of the championship takes place this weekend at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, again as support to the FIA World Endurance Championship, and the event sees one driver change following a change in regulations.

Teams are now permitted to run a third car as Silverstone only had twelve cars, and RP Motorsport are taking advantage of that to run Damiano Fioravanti alongside Roy Nissany and Yu Kanamaru. The Italian raced for Il Barone Rampante at Silverstone, with Giuseppe Cipriani now the only representative from that outfit this weekend in Belgium.