Orudzhev leads Kanamaru on final day of Aragon Test

by Paul Hensby

Russian Egor Orudzhev was quickest on the second day at Motorland Aragon for SMP Racing by AVF as the two-day test at the Spanish circuit concluded on Thursday.

Orudzhev, who is set to compete in his third season in the rebranded World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship in 2017, set a best time of the whole test during the morning session with a 1:40.389, just 0.104 seconds faster than Japanese racer Yu Kanamaru of RP Motorsport.

Diego Menchaca was the leading rookie in third for Fortec Motorsports, a further 0.052 seconds back, while Roy Nissany made it two RP Motorsport drivers inside the top four.

Matevos Isaakyan was fifth for SMP Racing by AVF ahead of Sahara Force India F1 Team reserve driver Alfonso Celis Jr, who is also heading into his third campaign in the championship, this season with Fortec Motorsports.

Pietro Fittipaldi and Rene Binder finished seventh and eighth respectively for Lotus despite the former having his times deleted when his car was found to be underweight early in the session.

Barone Rampante and Teo Martin Motorsport rounded out the order, with Damiano Fioravanti finishing ahead of Konstantin Tereschenko and Giuseppe Cipriani, while Nelson Mason finally got his first laps in, but finished at the bottom of the time sheets.

The afternoon session was more disjointed, with teams and drivers initially reluctant to venture onto the track. Both Cipriani and Orudzhev caused red flags at turn five, while Kanamaru led a RP Motorsport 1-2 ahead of Nissany.

Fittipaldi and Binder placed third and fourth ahead of Isaakyan and Celis Jr, with Tereschenko seventh for Teo Martin Motorsport ahead of Menchaca and Cipriani.

After spinning into the gravel trap, Orudzhev did return to the track but was one of three drivers not to set a time along with Mason and Fioravanti.

Yu Kanamaru left Motorland Aragon with the best time of the afternoon session – Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Motorland Aragon Test 1 Day 2 AM Times

15Egor OrudzhevRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:40.389
212Yu KanamaruJAPRP Motorsport1:40.493
38Diego MenchacaMEXFortec Motorsports1:40.545
411Roy NissanyISRRP Motorsport1:40.752
56Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:40.784
67Alfonso Celis JrMEXFortec Motorsports1:40.819
74Pietro FittipaldiBRZLotus1:40.910
83Rene BinderAUTLotus1:40.916
916Damiano FioravantiITABarone Rampante1:41.489
109Konstantin TereschenkoRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:41.604
1115Giuseppe CiprianiITABarone Rampante1:43.393
1210Nelson MasonCANTeo Martin Motorsport1:43.496

Motorland Aragon Test 1 Day 2 PM Times

112Yu KanamaruJAPRP Motorsport1:41.284
211Roy NissanyISRRP Motorsport1:41.327
34Pietro FittipaldiBRZLotus1:41.365
43Rene BinderAUTLotus1:41.394
56Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:41.716
67Alfonso Celis JrMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.724
79Konstantin TereschenkoRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:42.100
88Diego MenchacaMEXFortec Motorsports1:42.340
915Giuseppe CiprianiITABarone Rampante1:47.561
105Egor OrudzhevRUSSMP Racing by AVFNo Time
1110Nelson MasonCANTeo Martin MotorsportNo Time
1216Damiano FioravantiITABarone RampanteNo Time

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