Orudzhev finishes on top in Paul Ricard test sessions

Egor Orudzhev - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

SMP Racing-backed Arden Motorsport driver Egor Orudzhev was quickest in both collective test sessions at Paul Ricard as the Formula V8 3.5 season resumed on Friday.

Orudzhev set a best time of 1:49.606 in the opening session to lead Fortec MotorsportsLouis Deletraz by 0.153s, with the two at the front the only drivers to get beneath the 110-second barrier.

Aurélien Panis was third in the second Arden ahead of Roy Nissany of Lotus, while RP Motorsport saw Vitor Baptista claim fifth as the Brazilian continues to show improvement this season after a slow start since coming in as the 2015 EuroFormula Open champion.

Rene Binder was sixth in the second Lotus ahead of championship leader Tom Dillmann, who had a relatively quiet session for AVF, while Matthieu Vaxiviere was eighth for SMP Racing ahead of Teo Martin Motorsport duo Beitske Visser and Yu Kanamaru.

Orudzhev set the pace again in the afternoon session with a best time of 1:49.730, this time ending 0.298 seconds clear of Deletraz, while Dillmann improved to third, a further 0.152 seconds back on the Renault Sport Academy star.

Panis was fourth ahead of the second Fortec of Pietro Fittipaldi, with the Brazilian finishing ahead of Binder, Vaxiviere, Baptista, Visser and Kanamaru.

Artur Janosz finished thirteenth in the first session as he made his debut in the championship for RP Motorsport, before improving to twelfth in the second session, just behind SMP Racing’s Matevos Isaakyan.

Paul Ricard Collective Test 1 Times

17Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1:49.606
21Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1:49.759
38Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1:50.032
44Roy NissanyISRLotus1:50.226
522Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1:50.629
63Rene BinderAUTLotus1:50.703
716Tom DillmannFRAAVF1:50.714
823Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1:50.952
96Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:50.955
1025Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1:51.019
1126Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1:51.309
122Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1:51.583
1321Artur JanoszPOLRP Motorsport1:53.378
1415Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1:53.936
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1:54.001

Paul Ricard Collective Test 2 Times

17Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1:49.730
21Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1:50.028
316Tom DillmannFRAAVF1:50.180
48Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport1:50.242
52Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1:50.354
63Rene BinderAUTLotus1:50.385
723Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing1:50.448
822Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport1:50.609
96Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport1:50.721
1025Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1:50.820
1126Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing1:50.848
1221Artur JanoszPOLRP Motorsport1:51.164
1315Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1:51.912
144Roy NissanyISRLotus1:53.105
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team1:53.896