Winning rookie Egor Orudzhev has thanked his team Arden Motorsport after beating Matthieu Vaxiviere to win race two at the eighth round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship from Le Mans.

The Russian, who partners Nicholas Latifi at the British outfit this year, secured his second career win from a fifth place grid slot at the French circuit. Orudzhev was aided on his way to race two glory by his team's impressive pit stop which saw him lead Vaxiviere at half distance. Meanwhile, pole-sitter Tio Ellinas finished down in third after his strategy

Speaking to after the race, the teenager took the time to praise Arden Motorsport and his mechanics after his blistering pit stop, and mature defensive driving, allowed him to fend off the fast-finishing Lotus.

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"I of course want to thank my team for a great pit stop and for helping me learn throughout the year so I can win," he said from the Arden garage at Le Mans. "I do not know how I am still the only rookie to win this year but it is good to be winning again."

Of the 19 driver grid last weekend, ten were rookies with Orudzhev the only race winner to date. His progress, he states, is thanks to the team, its experience and a season of debriefs. The Russian analyses the telemetry of 2014 Arden driver Pierre Gasly and compares it with his own, allowing him to compare his talents alongside that of the Red Bull junior in the 2015 challenger.

"They have a lot of telemetry from Pierre which has helped me, I like to look over that with my team," he continues. "If I have a good weekend, it is followed by a bad weekend so we will look at the telemetry to make sure that doesn't happen in Jerez."

The Arden rookie goes into the final round of the FR3.5 championship in seventh place, surpassing experienced Fortec driver Jazeman Jaafar in the title standings. 61 points, equivalent to more than two wins, separates Orudzhev from his team mate, Canadian racer Latifi as the well-respected outfit looks to keep Jagonya Ayam by Carlin at bay for fifth overall.