Egor Orudzhev secured his first victory of the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 season in dominant fashion, jumping into the lead at the start and winning by more than thirteen seconds on Saturday afternoon at Motorland Aragon.
But there was disappointment for polesitter Pietro Fittipaldi, who endured yet another poor start to drop down the order before a collision with Konstantin Tereschenko at turn four ended his afternoon and brought out the safety car.
On the races resumption, Orudzhev stole a march on his rivals and was never under threat again, with Roy Nissany and Alfonso Celis Jr being left in his tracks.
Matevos Isaakyan made it a SMP Racing by AVF 1-2 after a sterling driver from eighth on the grid, with the Russian making impressive moves on Yu Kanamaru, Celis Jr and then Nissany to take second place.
Celis Jr kept the pressure on Nissany, with the Fortec Motorsports driver making a move to take the final spot on the podium on the final lap, with the RP Motorsport finishing just ahead of championship rival Rene Binder.
Binder had started the race seventh but a good start had moved him up to fourth, but he found himself shuffled down the pack on the restart before passing both Kanamaru and Tereschenko to reclaim fifth.
Tereschenko survived his clash with Fittipaldi to claim sixth at the chequered flag in the sole Teo Martin Motorsport machine, while Kanamaru, who ran third early on, finished down in seventh for RP Motorsport, just ahead of team-mate Damiano Fioravanti and Fortec Motorsports’ Diego Menchaca, while Giuseppe Cipriani completed the top ten.
Motorland Aragon Race 1 Result
|1||5||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||SMP Racing by AVF||41:48.398s|
|2||6||Matevos Isaakyan||RUS||SMP Racing by AVF||+13.134s|
|3||7||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||Fortec Motorsports||+19.577s|
|4||11||Roy Nissany||ISR||RP Motorsport||+20.084s|
|6||9||Konstantin Tereschenko||RUS||Teo Martin Motorsport||+29.415s|
|7||12||Yu Kanamaru||JAP||RP Motorsport||+37.911s|
|8||21||Damiano Fioravanti||ITA||RP Motorsport||+38.606s|
|9||8||Diego Menchaca||MEX||Fortec Motorsports||+38.946s|
|10||15||Giuseppe Cipriani||ITA||Barone Rampante||+50.849s|