‘Mega start’ propels Orudzhev to Jerez triumph

Egor Orudzhev - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Egor Orudzhev became the first four-time race winner of the 2016 Formula V8 3.5 season as a great start took him into the lead from fifth on the grid on Sunday at the Circuito de Jerez.

The Arden Motorsport driver had finished second in race one on Saturday after following Matevos Isaakyan in taking advantage of a mistake by erstwhile race leader Matthieu Vaxiviere, but saved his best for Sunday as he comfortably held off the challenge of Louis Deletraz.

Orudzhev revealed that he had been working hard with his team to improve on his getaways, and he was delighted that the hard work paid off with the start he made in Spain.

“We worked hard on the starts as you can win a race on that, as it happened today,” said Orudzhev on Formulav8.com. “I had a mega start then I just had to keep my pace.

“We pitted a bit earlier than we planned as my team-mate stopped and we weren’t sure if there would have been a safety-car, so we put on a fresh set of tyres and I was able to control from that point of the race.

“Louis put a big pressure on us but I just cruised to the win. Thanks to all Arden Motorsport for the great pit-stop as well as to SMP Racing for their great effort”.