Orudzhev beats Deletraz to first Formula V8 3.5 pole

Russian driver Egor Orudzhev took the first pole position of the Formula V8 3.5 Series era as the Arden Motorsport beat Louis Deletraz by just 0.013s at Motorland Aragon on Saturday.

It is Orudzhev’s first pole position in the championship that was formerly known as Formula Renault 3.5, but it was a close run thing with Deletraz, with the Fortec Motorsports driver having made the move up from Formula Renault 2.0 Series racing that he was so strong in during 2015.

Orudzhev set a time of 1m40.328s to take top spot, with Deletraz’s time of 1m40.341s just shy of the Russian.

Tom Dillmann will start the race from the third position for AVF ahead of Teo Martin Motorsport’s Yu Kanamaru, who was the best placed of the new teams at Motorland Aragon.

Rene Binder was fifth for Lotus ahead of the second Teo Martin Motorsport entry of Beitske Visser, while Pietro Fittipaldi of Fortec Motorsports and Alfonso Celis Jr will start side by side on row four.

Aurélien Panis was only seven-tenths of a second off the pole position time but ended up down in ninth in the second Arden machine, and will start alongside fellow Frenchman and the first of the SMP Racing team entries Matthieu Vaxiviere.

Motorland Aragon Race 1 Qualifying Result

17Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m40.328s
21Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m40.341s
316Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m40.444s
425Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m40.526s
53Rene BinderAUTLotus1m40.793s
66Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1m40.803s
72Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m40.855s
815Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m40.931s
98Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1m41.039s
1023Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1m41.109s
114Roy NissanyISRLotus1m41.119s
1221Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport1m41.397s
1322Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m41.577s
1426Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1m41.733s
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1m46.396s