Egor Orudzhev claimed his third victory of the season as the young Russian jumped from fifth on the grid to lead into turn one, and only lost the lead briefly though the pit stop cycle thereafter.
The SMP Racing-backed Arden Motorsport driver took advantage of an issue for Roy Nissany on the formation lap where the pole sitter was forced to start from the pit lane after stalling, but made a great start to jump ahead of Rene Binder, William Buller and Tom Dillmann into the first turn.
Binder was never far away from the tail of Orudzhev’s car throughout the race, but with overtaking difficult, but not impossible, in the Formula V8 3.5 Dallara’s at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the Austrian was never truly in a position to challenge for the win, with the Lotus driver being forced to accept second place as a result.
The podium was completed by Louis Deletraz, who survived an early battle with Matthieu Vaxiviere to further reduce the deficit to Dillmann in the championship, with the AVF by Adrian Vallés driver finishing down in eighth after his second difficult race of the weekend.
Deletraz was followed home by his Fortec Motorsports team-mate Pietro Fittipaldi, who enjoyed by far his most competitive and impressive race of the season, with the young Brazilian finishing ahead of Teo Martin Motorsport racer Yu Kanamaru, who was the last driver to make his mandatory pit stop and was the only driver other than Orudzhev to lead the race.
Despite starting from the pit lane and having a slow pit stop, Nissany finished sixth, with the Lotus driver proving how quick his car really was as he made a number of overtakes during the race.
Buller finished seventh for RP Motorsport, and was battling hard with team-mate Vitor Baptista before the Brazilian spun out of the race at the first chicane, allowing Dillmann to move up to eighth, while Beitske Visser and Alfonso Celis Jr completed the top ten.
The race was neutralised early by the safety car when Aurélien Panis found himself in the middle of an every-closing gap that ultimately saw the Arden Motorsport driver hit the back of both Baptista and Celis as they crossed the start line on the first lap, jumping in the air and landing back down heavily with a broken suspension. The Frenchman was attended to trackside, meaning the safety car stayed out for six laps before racing could resume once more.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race 2 Result
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