Orudzhev leads French trio in opening Motorland test day

Russian Egor Orudzhev set the pace on the opening day of the Formula V8 3.5 Series test at Motorland Aragon on Saturday ahead of a trio of French drivers.

The Arden Motorsport driver set a best time of 1m40.675s to pip Tom Dillmann of AVF by just 0.017s, with two more Frenchmen third and fourth, Matthieu Vaxiviere of SMP Racing ahead of Aurélien Panis of Arden Motorsport.

Just fifteen cars took to the track on day one, with Strakka Racing and Comtec Racing absent from proceedings, while the Durango Racing Team once again only ran one car for gentleman driver Giuseppe Cipriani.

The afternoon’s running saw the quicker of the two sessions, with Vaxiviere having set the pace during the morning with a best time of 1m40.760s, which was enough to beat Panis by 0.053s, with Dillmann and Orudzhev third and fourth.

Beitske Visser ended both sessions in fifth position as she tested for Teo Martin Motorsport, with the Dutch female driver ending 0.392s back in the morning and only 0.178s back in the afternoon.

Louis Deletraz and Yu Kanamaru also finished in the same positions in both sessions, with the Swiss driver placing his Fortec Motorsports car sixth and the Japanese racer finishing seventh in the second Teo Martin Motorsports machine.

Pietro Fittipaldi ended the morning session in eighth ahead of Lotus driver Roy Nissany, while Johnny Cecotto Jr completed the top ten for RP Motorsport. The same three drivers filled those positions in the afternoon, although Nissany and Fittipaldi switched places in the final standings.

Matevos Isaakyan ran with SMP Racing in place of fellow Russian Vladimir Atoev, who’s participation in next weekend’s opening race of the season is surely now in doubt.

Motorland Aragon Pre-Season Test Day 1 Morning Times

123Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1m40.760s36
28Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1m40.813s39
316Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m40.975s32
47Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m41.000s34
56Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1m41.152s33
61Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m41.241s42
725Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m41.334s37
82Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m41.632s46
94Roy NissanyISRLotus1m42.023s35
1021Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport1m42.428s32
1115Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m42.568s29
1222Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1m42.572s31
1326Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1m42.835s18
143Rene BinderAUTLotus1m44.181s10
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1m47.769s22

Motorland Aragon Pre-Season Test Day 1 Afternoon Times

17Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m40.675s34
216Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m40.692s27
323Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1m40.728s19
48Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1m40.776s27
56Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1m40.853s22
61Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m40.942s31
725Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m40.952s26
84Roy NissanyISRLotus1m41.209s19
92Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m41.257s28
1021Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport1m41.492s33
1115Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m41.554s24
123Rene BinderAUTLotus1m41.845s19
1326Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1m43.438s11
1420Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing TeamNo Time3
1522Vitor BaptistaBRZRP MotorsportNo Time5