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Egor Orudzhev improved in the afternoon to remain at the top of the Friday practice time sheets at the fourth round of the Formula V8 3.5 championship from Paul Ricard, France.
The Russian - currently in his second year with Arden Motorsport - produced a last-minute flyer to climb up the order in the closing moments and secure bragging rights going into Saturday morning qualifying.
Renault Sport F1 Academy driver Louis Deletraz is second in the championship and was once again on form to take the chequered flag two hundredths of a second behind Orudzhev. The Fortec prodigy is the most successful rookie of the season so far with a round one win in Aragon.
It was a French 3-4 for Aurelien Panis and championship leader Tom Dillmann at their home circuit with Roy Nissany the fastest Lotus driver on Friday for fifth. Nissany completed fewer laps of all racers, taking to the circuit for just five laps over the 50-minute session. However, it was the Israeli's morning time which slotted him comfortably within the top ten overall.
Fortec driver Pietro Fittipaldi climbed from 12th to sixth overall in the heat of the French afternoon sun, separating the second Lotus driver Rene Binder from his team mate.
Matthieu Vaxiviere stayed eighth fastest having made little improvement in the afternoon with Vitor Baptista and Beitkse Visser rounding off the top ten. Meanwhile, a morning infringement by Yu Kanamaru forced him to incur a ten-minute time penalty for the afternoon, rendering him unable to improve on his 11th place.
The 15 drivers will return to the track for Saturday qualifying and race with Dillmann looking to extend his championship lead. The Frenchman has secured a podium finish at each of the races so far this season.