Matevos Isaakyan secured a maiden Formula V8 3.5 victory after capitalising on a mistake from SMP Racing team-mate Matthieu Vaxiviere in race one at the Circuito de Jerez on Saturday.
The Russian continued his strong form that he showed when he took his maiden podium at the Red Bull Ring before skipping the round at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza due to his GP3 Series commitments, but returned in spectacular fashion with the win.
Isaakyan fell in behind his team-mate at the start and looked to claim second when a mistake at the back chicane by Vaxiviere gave the Russian the opportunity to pass, and thereafter he was able to control the race from the front.
“The start was not so good but I managed to overtake [Jack] Aitken, while Matthieu’s was incredible and he pulled away,” said Isaakyan on formulav8.com.
“Before the safety-car I began to catch him a bit but after that, unfortunately, he made a mistake that handed me first place. I just tried to do my best to maintain it so I got my first victory”.
Isaakyan could not match his Saturday performance on Sunday, and was forced to settle for sixth, but now moves into the top ten in the points standings with just two races at the Circuit de Catalunya remaining this coming weekend.