Formula V8 3.5

Orudzhev leads Jerez tests as Aitken impresses

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Egor Orudzhev - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Egor Orudzhev set the overall pace in the collective test sessions at the Circuito de Jerez on Friday, but Formula V8 3.5 debutant Jack Aitken impressed as he topped the second session.

Russian driver Orudzhev was quick out of the blocks at the Spanish circuit, and set a time of 1:28.548 to lead the way for Arden Motorsport, with Aitken slotting into second in his first race in the championship for RP Motorsport, 0.188 seconds adrift.

Aitken actually set the same time as championship leader Tom Dillmann of the AVF by Adrian Vallés squad, but as the Briton set the time first, the Frenchman was forced to settle for third.

Yu Kanamaru and Beitske Visser completed the top five for Teo Martin Motorsport, with the top five separated by just 0.199 seconds, while Aurélien Panis was sixth in the second Arden machine, a further 0.118 seconds down.

Matevos Isaakyan, who missed the previous round at Monza due to his GP3 Series commitments in Malaysia, was seventh quickest for SMP Racing ahead of Fortec MotorsportsLouis Deletraz, with Rene Binder and Vitor Baptista completing the top ten.

Aitken ended the second session on top with a time of 1:29.246, 0.085 seconds faster than Lotus racer Binder, with Isaakyan third ahead of Fortec Motorsport’s Pietro Fittipaldi and the second Lotus of Roy Nissany.

Baptista put his RP Motorsport machine into sixth ahead of another series debutant Thomas Randle, who is making his bow with Comtec Racing, who return to the championship for the first time this season.

Deletraz again was eighth ahead of AVF’s Alfonso Celis Jr, while SMP Racing’s Mathieu Vaxiviere completed the top ten.

Circuito de Jerez Collective Test 1 Result

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Circuito de Jerez Collective Test 2 Result

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