Orudzhev loses runner-up spot after race 1 disqualification

Egor Orudzhev was disqualified from race one - Credit: Paul Davies Photography

Egor Orudzhev has lost his second place finish from the opening race of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship weekend at Silverstone after his car was found to be underweight in post-race scrutineering.

The SMP Racing by AVF driver had finished 0.749 seconds behind race winner Pietro Fittipaldi during Saturday’s first race of the season, but due to the weight of the car being under the required minimum weight, it means the Russian has been excluded from the final results.

The weight of the car #5 is 712.5 Kg (under the minimum weight)’ read the statement from the stewards. This is a ‘breach of the art.21 Sporting regulations, and art 4.2 Technical Regulations’ and as such it means ‘disqualification from the Race 1 Results.

The disqualification means that Alfonso Celis Jr moves up to second place for Fortec Motorsports, while the podium places are now completed by Orudzhev’s team-mate Matevos Isaakyan.

SMP Racing by AVF have revealed they intend to appeal the decision.

Teo Martin Motorsport’s Konstantin Tereschenko received a reprimand after a first lap clash with Roy Nissany that saw the RP Motorsport driver retire from the race. Nissany crawled back to the pit lane with damage that was too much to continue, while Tereschenko did go on and ended the race in eighth.