Spaniard Alex Palou takes home a sensational debut win

The 20 year-old Spaniard Alex Palou took home a sensational debut win in the second race of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 weekend at the Nürburgring, also the first of Teo Martin Motorsport since they joined the Series in 2016. Starting from pole position, the Spaniard successfully faced a challenging situation which featured a wet racetrack that dried up as the session progressed. SMP Racing by AVF drivers Matevos Isaakyan and Egor Orudzhev secured a double podium finish for the team. Capping a positive day for him, Isaakyan also cruised to the lead of the driver standings.

The start was given behind the safety-car due to the heavy rain that hit the track in the morning forcing all the drivers to use wet weather tires. Taking advantage of the mandatory pit-stop, all contenders moved to slick rubber, and the pit-stops also saw Isaakyan take the lead. On lap 12 though, the Russian lost his braking point with Palou and Konstantin Tereschenko (Teo Martin Motorsport) going by.

Tereschenko was eventually penalized 10 seconds for having crossed the white line at the exit of the pit-lane, and Alfonso Celis Jr. (Fortec Motorsports) also followed the same luck.

Isaakyan thus managed to get back to P2, grabbing the series lead with 163 points, while team-mate and fellow countryman Orudzhev also celebrated his second podium finish of the weekend. In addition, SMP Racing by AVF moved to the lead of the team standings taking advantage of an ill-fated weekend for Lotus. In race 2, Pietro Fittipaldi ended up sixth, while team-mate Binder finished in ninth place. Despite his 10-second penalty, Tereschenko was fourth to take his best result of the season.

After lining-up in Germany, the series will now leave Europe for a three-round stint alongside the FIA WEC in Mexico, USA and Bahrain. The race for the championship is still extremely open with six drivers covered by just 23 points.

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