One of the worst kept secrets in Formula 3.5 V8 has been confirmed, with Egor Orudzhev remaining with Arden Motorsport for a second season.
The young SMP Racing-backed Russian surprised many by taking two victories in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2015, securing wins in both the Hungaroring and Le Mans, and returns for the first season of Formula 3.5 V8 with one eye on claiming the championship.
“I am delighted to be with Arden again for another season,” revealed Orudzhev. “Next year could be a very good year, I am aiming to fight for the top 3 positions at every round and of course fight for the Championship.
“I have good knowledge of the car now and working with the team, so I am more confident going into a second season. It will be good to continue in the manner that we finished the 2015 season. Thank you to SMP for their continued support.”
General Manager of Arden, Julian Rouse, has welcomed the announcement that Orudzhev will remain with his squad for a second season, and believes the young Russian was the ‘revelation’ of 2015.
“It’s great to have Egor back with us next season in F3.5 V8, he was a revelation in the 2015 season winning 2 races,” said Rouse.
“I think it has opened people’s eyes to his talent and also shows the high level that our team works to as it is was the second season in a row we had fantastic results with a rookie driver.
“If we can build on the consistency which naturally comes in a drivers second season in a category, then the Championship title is definitely a realistic target.”