Roy Nissany: “God was with me that I could keep the car rolling”

Roy Nissany - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Roy Nissany secured his maiden Formula V8 3.5 victory in race one at Silverstone on Saturday, his first victory since racing in the ADAC Formel Masters championship in 2012.

The Israeli survived a lap 15 clash with Egor Orudzhev to claim the victory, with the Lotus and Arden Motorsport drivers colliding at Stowe Corner, with the move investigated after the race by the stewards.

Nissany had made a good start to jump into second ahead of the slow starting Matthieu Vaxiviere, and then was the quickest car out there for pretty much the whole afternoon, including after his clash with Orudzhev.

“We saw a really strong pace already from Friday,” said Nissany to The Checkered Flag.  “I was a little bit disappointed not having a pole after we showed a really strong pace throughout Friday and in the morning during the first half of the qualifying.

“Then starting from P3, the start was a good one, I could overtake Matthieu, and I was pursuing Egor for about half of the race, and then we had our incident.

“Nothing to say, he was just closing the door and pushing me off the track, we both spun we had it all to lose, and as the stewards just decided it was his fault.

“God was with me that I could keep the car rolling and take the chequered flag, and of course take my maiden victory. It’s an amazing feeling. [We had strong pace at the end] with a half damaged car.”

Nissany is remaining focused heading into Sunday’s second race, keeping his feet firmly on the ground, but knows he will need to calculate any possible risk when making overtakes so not to have a similar incident than he did with Orudzhev on Saturday.

“I’m keeping my focus,” said Nissany. “Maybe calculating the risk a bit better, even though I was totally right sometimes you can be right but just a bit off, and I’m ready for tomorrow for the next win!”