The World Series Formula V8 3.5 delivered another great day of racing at Jerez De La Frontera as Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus) cruised to a brilliant race 2 win from the pole in front of 25.000 fans. The Brazilian also set the fastest lap of the race making it the first hat-trick of the season so far. Despite facing tough fortunes in race 1, Russian Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF) brought home valuable points and a podium finish in second place followed by team-mate and fellow countryman Matevos Isaakyan.
With 5th place, Rene Binder (Lotus) was able to hold onto the lead of the driver championship albeit with a mere 1-point margin on his team-mate. Damiano Fioravanti (RP Motorsport) secured an outstanding rookie win in sixth overall.
The start featured some exciting action as Orudzhev nipped Fittipaldi off the line only for the Brazilian to fight back in turn 3 during the opening lap with spectacular side-by-side action going on. The Russian, remained in close pursuit as the leading duo traded fastest laps early.
All the field opted for early pit-stops. Binder and Alfonso Celis Jr. (Fortec Motorsports) were the first takers on lap 6 followed by Fittipaldi and Orudzhev not too much later. All the drivers on-track got rid of their mandatory tire change before lap 10 and no changes were to report in terms of the running order except for yesterday’s winner Roy Nissany (RP Motorsport) being forced to retire.
The middle part of the 27-lap distance saw Celis inching closer to Isaakyan for P3 while rookie Fioravanti soon started to become a concern for Binder despite a difficult start. Fittipaldi slowly but steadily began pulling away while an interesting battle developed for the rookie podium with Konstantin Tereschenko (Teo Martin Motorsport) who was fighting back from the last row of the grid to cross the line in seventh.
The top-5 stayed the same throughout the final stages. Fittipaldi rounded out his weekend with a well-deserved victory in front of Orudzhev while Isaakyan held off Celis Jr. to complete the podium. The Mexican was followed by Binder, Fioravanti, Tereschenko and Nelson Mason (Teo Martin Motorsport).