Orudzhev, Fittipaldi share Aragón wins
26 June 2017 – Egor Orudzhev secured his first win of the season before Pietro Fittipaldi re-claimed the championship lead during Formula V8 3.5's visit to MotorLand Aragón.
Despite taking pole in both qualifying sessions, Lotus' Fittipaldi was guilty of another poor start in the opening race, and SMP Racing's Orudzhev duly capitalised.
As Orudzhev moved into the lead, Fittipaldi dropped behind several cars before running wide on the run to Turn 4 while battling Konstantin Tereshchenko. Fittipaldi spun off and was unable continue.
Orudzhev remained unchallenged and secured a comfortable win ahead of team-mate Matevos Isaakyan – who had started the race in eighth – and Fortec Motorsport's Alfonso Celis Jr.
Both Isaakyan and Celis Jr. passed Roy Nissany in the closing laps of the race to demote the RP Motorsport driver to fourth, ahead of Lotus' René Binder and Tereshchenko.
Fittipaldi responded to his Race 1 disaster by maintaining first position at the start of the second encounter and converting it into a commanding victory.
Elsewhere, team-mate and championship rival Binder who had a poor getaway from the front row.
Binder was left battling for fourth place when he clipped the kerb at Turn 8 and collided with RP Motorsport's Yu Kanamaru. The damage sustained to the car was enough to force Binder into retirement.
Tereshchenko had climbed up to second place at the start, but mechanical troubles and a spin into the barriers at Turn 5 resulted in a retirement for the Russian.
Celis Jr. was thus Fittipaldi's closest challenger, but was unable to pose a serious threat and settled for a comfortable second place over Orudzhev.
Kanamaru improved to take fourth in Race 2, ahead of Isaakyan and team-mate Nissany.
1. Pietro Fittipaldi - 144 points
2. René Binder - 130 points
3. Alfonso Celis Jr - 128 points
The next round of the season takes place at the Nürburgring on July 15-16