Nissany strolls to second Silverstone victory in Lotus 1-2

Roy Nissany - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Roy Nissany completed a near-perfect weekend by taking his second victory at Silverstone, comfortably leading home a Lotus 1-2 from team-mate Rene Binder.

For the second time this weekend, pole sitter Matthieu Vaxiviere was unable to convert his position into a first corner lead, and was forced down to third by the Lotus duo, with race one winner Nissany taking control of the race early and never looking threatened.

Such was Nissany’s pace that he took the chequered flag at the end of the 24-lap race 17.091 seconds clear of the field, with his win ensuring he moves up to second place in the championship behind Tom Dillmann.

Binder followed his team-mate through into second at the start, and likewise drove a strong race for his best finish of the season and ensuring that both Lotus drivers finished on the podium in both races this weekend.

Vaxiviere’s afternoon did not improve as he lost out again to Egor Orudzhev later on the lap, and was also relegated by Aurélien Panis before the pit stop cycle.

The SMP Racing driver then lost a position to Dillmann during the pit stops, and then whilst battling the Frenchman late on the race, lost a place to Louis Deletraz at Brooklands to ultimately finish down in seventh.

Orudzhev looked as though he had the pace to catch Binder late in the race, taking a few tenths of a second here and there from the Austrian driver, but the Arden Motorsport ace was forced to settle for third and the bottom step of the podium, finishing 3.001 seconds back.

Panis did finish on the road in fourth in the second Arden but was handed a one-place penalty early in the race for a misdemeanour after pushing Dillmann off track, and it was Dillmann who inherited fourth instead, with Deletraz sixth.

Vitor Baptista secured his second eighth place finish of the weekend for RP Motorsport ahead of Teo Martin Motorsport’s Yu Kanamaru and Beitske Visser, who rounded out the top ten, with the latter getting the better of AVF’s Alfonso Celis Jr for the final point late on.

A slow pit stop relegated Pietro Fittipaldi out from a top six position, but the Brazilian was forced to stop his car at turn two at the beginning of the seventeenth lap, the race’s only retirement.

Silverstone Race 2 Result

14Roy NissanyISRLotus42:19.344
23Rene BinderAUTLotus+17.091
37Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport+20.092
416Tom DillmannFRAAVF+25.205
58Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport+24.424
61Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports+25.967
723Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing+26.622
822Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport+30.239
925Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport+34.412
106Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport+50.856
1115Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF+51.793
1220Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team+1:29.298
RET2Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec MotorsportsRetired