Formula Renault 3.5 Series: Maiden win for rookie Orudzhev
The Russian driver Egor Orudzhev (Arden Motorsport) gained his first victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series today at Hungaroring. Orudzhev successfully outraced Roberto Merhi (Pons Racing) and Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsport).
The 19-year-old Orudzhev is a rookie driver in the FR 3.5 Series, but at Hungaroring he could have easily passed off as an experienced driver. He was able to successfully defend his first place which he retook from pole-sitter Oliver Rowland at the start of the race. Rowland started too slow and dropped to fourth position but by the end of the opening lap he was back to second position.
Nicholas Latifi (Arden Motorsport) had an excellent start and jumped from seventh to third, ahead of Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) and Roberto Merhi. In lap 5, Latifi and Vaxiviere had a small run in, because the Canadian didn’t want to give up the fight. Unfortunately, he later had a punctured tyre and had to retire.
Vaxiviere was at the third spot until the penultimate lap, when Roberto Merhi decided to make some changes in the podium positions. Merhi first switched places with Vaxiviere and after that, in the very last turn of the race, he brilliantly overtook Rowland.
Tom Dillmann (Jagonya Ayam) rounded out the top five, which was separated by less than two seconds at the line. Dean Stoneman (DAMS) and Aurelien Panis (Tech 1 Racing) were next, ahead of Roy Nissany (Tech 1 Racing) and Beitske Visser (AVF), who scored their first points of the year. Gustav Malja (Strakka Racing) finished 10th, picking up the final point on offer.