Egor Orudzhev took his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 Series victory at the Hungaroring after a thrilling five-car battle that went right down to the flag.
The SMP Racing-backed Arden Motorsport driver jumped into the lead at the start and drove a great race to finish 0.413s clear of Roberto Merhi at the chequered flag. It was Arden Motorsport’s first victory in the series since Antonio Felix da Costa took victory at Paul Ricard back in 2013.
Merhi, driving for Pons Racing on top of his Formula 1 commitments with the Manor F1 Team, snatched the runners-up spot at the final corner from Oliver Rowland, who could only finish third for Fortec Motorsports despite starting the race from pole position.
Merhi had earlier deposed Matthieu Vaxiviere for third, with the Lotus driver finishing off the podium in fourth, just ahead of Tom Dillmann of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin. After 27 laps, just 1.745s covered the top five at the chequered flag.
Both Rowland and Vaxiviere had moments off track as they attempted to make moves up the order, while Nicholas Latifi, who was part of the battle in the early laps after a good start in the second Arden Motorsport entry, made contact with Vaxiviere on the fifth lap heading into turn one, with the Canadian driver suffering a puncture and retiring in the pits.
Dean Stoneman climbed from twelfth on the grid to claim sixth on the road for DAMS, ahead of Tech 1 Racing duo Aurélien Panis and Roy Nissany, while Beitske Visser claimed her first points of the season in ninth for AVF, ahead of Gustav Malja, who climbed from the back of the field to finish tenth for Strakka Racing.
Monaco race winner Jazeman Jaafar was unfortunate to suffer a puncture during the race, ending his hopes of points, ultimately finishing down in eighteenth and losing himself valuable ground in the championship battle.
Hungaroring Race 1 Result
|1||6||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||Arden Motorsport||42m35.436s|
|2||40||Roberto Merhi||ESP||Pons Racing||+0.413s|
|3||4||Oliver Rowland||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+0.450s|
|5||26||Tom Dillmann||FRA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+1.745s|
|7||18||Aurelien Panis||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+4.321s|
|8||17||Roy Nissany||ISR||Tech 1 Racing||+9.427s|
|10||12||Gustav Malja||SWE||Strakka Racing||+27.711s|
|11||1||Nyck de Vries||NED||DAMS||+32.986s|
|12||20||Bruno Bonifacio||BRZ||International Draco Racing||+36.294s|
|13||39||Philo Paz Patric Armand||INO||Pons Racing||+37.024s|
|14||15||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||AVF||+38.052s|
|15||25||Sean Gelael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+38.697s|
|16||10||Meindert van Buuren||NED||Lotus||+40.190s|
|17||11||Tio Ellinas||CYP||Strakka Racing||+42.784s|
|18||3||Jazeman Jaafar||MAL||Fortec Motorsports||+47.016s|
|RET||19||Pietro Fantin||BRZ||International Draco Racing||Retired|
|RET||5||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Arden Motorsport||Retired|