Driving for SMP Racing by AVF, Russian Matevos Isaakyan delivered his second win of the season in race 1 of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 weekend at the German venue. The Russian is back to the top step of the podium after cruising to victory in race 2 at Spa. In both occasions, the series was supporting the FIA WEC weekend.
Isaakyan crossed the line in front of Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team third driver Alfonso Celis Jr. (Fortec Motorsports) and teammate Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF) while Diego Menchaca (Fortec Motorsports) ended up as the best rookie of the day in P8.
As the lights went off, pole sitter Alex Palou (Teo Martin Motorsport) and Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus) had tough starts from the front row, while Isaakyan quickly got at the front followed by Celis. In turn three, Palou lost braking point and hit Fittipaldi. The Spaniard had to come back to the pits to replace a damaged front wing, while the Brazilian dropped back several spots.
Orudzhev took advantage of the incident to grab the final podium position followed by Roy Nissany (RP Motorsport), Yu Kanamaru (RP Motorsport) Rene Binder (Lotus) and Fittipaldi. Palou will have the chance to fight back in tomorrow’s race 2 at 11:00 AM as he secured his second pole of the weekend in the morning’s qualifying 2 session.
Despite finishing seventh, Fittipaldi remained at the top of the championship table with 150 points although his contenders were able to trim the gap considerably. Celis made it back to second place with 146 points, one more than Isaakyan.
|1||Matevos Isaakyan||SMP Racing by AVF||43m26.086s|
|2||Alfonso Celis||Fortec Motorsports||6.357s|
|3||Egor Orudzhev||SMP Racing by AVF||19.145s|
|4||Roy Nissany||Rp Motorsport||19.792s|
|5||Yu Kanamaru||Rp Motorsport||35.361s|
|8||Diego Menchaca||Fortec Motorsports||42.254s|
|9||Konstantin Tereschenko||Teo Martin Motorsport||43.421s|
|10||Damiano Fioravanti||Rp Motorsport||55.198s|
|11||Alex Palou||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m08.021s|
|12||Giuseppe Cipriani||Il Barone Rampante||1m21.699s|