FV8 3.5: Deletraz wins and boosts title bid

FV8 3.5: Deletraz wins and boosts title bid

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FV8 3.5: Deletraz wins and boosts title bid

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Fortec racer Louis Deletraz claimed his second victory of the Formula V8 3.5 season after a charging drive from third on the grid at Paul Ricard.

The Swiss reigning Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion used an undercut to leapfrog polesitter Roy Nissany and the long time leader’s pursuer Egor Orudzhev during the mandatory pit stop sequence.

After running third in the early laps, Deletraz opted to take on fresh rear Michelins on lap eight of 23, and thereafter displayed superb pace, setting the race’s fastest lap. In contrast, Orudzhev and Nissany stopped on lap 13 and 14, respectively.

Race one runner-up Nissany exited the pitlane with a 6.9-second deficit to Deletraz, and an up-to-temperature Orudzhev hounding the Charouz-run Lotus car’s gearbox.

Nissany succeeded in keeping Arden’s Russian charge in his mirrors, but Deletraz had the luxury of managing his cushion in the closing laps to achieve a 2.9s margin of victory.

“I knew that I had the pace [to win] since Friday,” said FV8 3.5 rookie Deletraz. “I really had no choice but to pit early, as because of the aero effect around here it was always going to be tough to pass Egor on the road.

“The guys asked me if I felt I was quicker, and I replied ‘Yes,’ so we stopped.I had a fantastic pit stop, and then I concentrated on doing five or six qualifying-style laps in succession.”

Nissany confessed that he did not realize that Deletraz was leading the race when he rejoined the action from his mandatory stop.

“The race started well and I was able to make a gap to Egor,” said Nissany, who received a minor fright when locking up his rears and cutting the Mistral Straight’s chicane on lap 10. “We had decided to pit towards the end of the window. When I came out I could see that Egor was still behind, but I didn’t know Louis was in front.

“He snatched the place, but I’ll try again next time.”

Aurelien Panis produced a solid performance to take fourth behind his Arden stablemate Orudzhev. SMP-backed Orudzhev leaves the Le Castellet track as the highest-scoring driver of the weekend thanks to his victory in race one on Saturday.

Rene Binder again achieved a solid points paying finish in fifth, just a second behind Panis.

Championship leader Tom Dillmann completed the top six, on a day in which his advantage in the drivers’ standings was reduced by Deletraz to 22 points.

Race one polesitter Matthieu Vaxiviere retired with five laps remaining. The French SMP Racing driver survived a spectacular off-track moment away from the grid before holding down sixth position prior to the pitstop sequence.

RESULTS – 23 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Louis Deletraz Fortec Motorsports 43m44.351s
2 Roy Nissany Lotus 2.878s
3 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 9.722s
4 Aurelien Panis Arden Motorsport 13.381s
5 Rene Binder Lotus 14.317s
6 Tom Dillmann AVF 22.114s
7 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports 23.489s
8 Alfonso Celis AVF 24.984s
9 Artur Janosz Rp Motorsport 32.318s
10 Beitske Visser Teo Martin Motorsport 37.204s
11 Yu Kanamaru Teo Martin Motorsport 39.792s
12 Matevos Isaakyan SMP Racing 40.632s
13 Giuseppe Cipriani Durango Racing Team 1m37.173s
Matthieu Vaxiviere SMP Racing Retirement
Vitor Baptista Rp Motorsport Retirement

 

Originally on Autosport.com

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