Fittipaldi and Orudzhev close at top in second Collective Test

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Pietro Fittipaldi headed the field in the second Collective Test session of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 weekend at a chilly Silverstone on Friday morning.

The Brazilian, who has switched from Fortec Motorsports to race for the Charouz-run Lotus outfit in 2017, lapped the circuit in a time of 1:41.044s to top the session, and with having finished a close second in the first session, will now be favourite heading into this afternoons qualifying session to take his maiden series pole position.

Running Fittipaldi close though was Egor Orudzhev, who got within 0.043 seconds in his SMP Racing by AVF machine, while Thursday pacesetter Alfonso Celis Jr was again at the sharp end of the field, setting the third fastest time for Fortec Motorsports, just 0.173 seconds back on the fastest time.

Having only been confirmed to race this weekend on Thursday, Canadian Nelson Mason continued to impress as the Teo Martin Motorsport driver was an impressive fourth fastest, just 0.621 seconds down on the overall pace, just ahead of Mexican Diego Menchaca in the second Fortec entry.

Rene Binder was sixth for Lotus, just ahead of his 2016 team-mate Roy Nissany, who is this year racing for RP Motorsport, while SMP Racing by AVF’s Matevos Isaakyan ended the session eighth.

Konstantin Tereschenko was ninth in the second of the Teo Martin Motorsport entries ahead of Il Barone Rampante duo Damiano Fioravanti and Giuseppe Cipriani, but there was disappointment for Yu Kanamaru, who missed the session due to illness, although he is hoping to be out for qualifying.

Silverstone Collective Test 2 Results

14Pietro FittipaldiBRZLotus1:41.044
25Egor OrudzhevRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:41.087
37Alfonso Celis JrMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.217
410Nelson MasonCANTeo Martin Motorsport1:41.665
58Diego MenchacaMEXFortec Motorsports1:41.712
63Rene BinderAUTLotus1:41.897
711Roy NissanyISRRP Motorsport1:42.081
86Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing by AVF1:42.524
99Konstantin TereschenkoRUSTeo Martin Motorsport1:42.678
1016Damiano FioravantiITABarone Rampante1:42.939
1115Giuseppe CiprianiITABarone Rampante1:44.924
1212Yu KanamaruJAPRP MotorsportNo Time