Sergey Sirotkin put the troubles of an inconsistent season behind him as he charged to his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 victory in Russia.

After securing his first win at the Moscow Raceway, the Russian driver celebrated his first pole to flag victory, noting the importance of a strong weekend in front of an adoring home crowd.

"It is the best moment of my life!", he exclaimed moments after his race win. "The season got off to a bad start but the team made good use of the short break to bounce back and there is no better place to do it!", he continued, referencing his four consecutive retirements in Spain, Monaco and Belgium respectively.

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"We started strong in practice and it moved on today. It wasn't easy to manage the temperature in the rear tyres but we came through", the Sauber test driver explained post-race. Successfully holding off a fast-finishing Zoel Amberg in the latter stages, the teenager was able to sustain the pace and claim Fortec Motorsport's fifth win in the Russian capital, their first since 2012.

Fortec and Arden Motorsport are engrossed in a tight battle for second place in the constructors' championship and a pointless finish in race one leaves the latter trailing in the standings. Sirotkin was quick to thank the team personnel as the Birtish outfit looks to continue its dominance in Russia.

"Thank you to everyone, this is incredible", he concluded. "Thanks to the entire team".

The win, and subsequent twenty-five point haul, sees the young racer move up to joint sixth in the championship standings with nine races still to contest. Sirotkin's rookie team mate was unable to capitalise on a strong qualifying result in the second Fortec model after he was forced to retire from race one.

Carlos Sainz Jr has been penalised for his part in Rowland's retirement and will endure a two place grid penalty for tomorrow's race. The championship leader trailed the Russian for the first time this year, finishing race one down in fourteenth place.