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The reigning Formula Renault NEC champion Louis Deletraz secured his transition to Formula V8 3.5 with a race one victory for Fortec Motorsports at Motorland, Aragon.

Deletraz qualified second on the grid with solid one lap pace but inherited the lead from pole-sitter Egor Orudzhev when the Russian's Arden Motorsport model suffered front wing damage at turn five. With Orudzhev forced to retire from the race, the Swiss race led from the front to greet the chequered flag first.

2015 Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up Matthieu Vaxiviere was the biggest climber during the 45-minute race, using his experience to push his SMP Racing car from tenth to second at the Spanish circuit for new team SMP Motorsport.

AVF's Tom Dillmann secured the final podium slot when his team mate, Force India test and development driver Alfonso Celis Jr span at turn four in the final moments, slipping the Mexican down to sixth.

After a one-off appearance for Pons Racing in 2015 Rene Binder was a career-best fourth in his first race since a move to Lotus. Binder enjoyed a tough fight with Dillmann in the Spanish sun.

Meanwhile, following Orudzhev's retirement, Aurelien Panis was the highest-placed Arden Motorsport driver in sixth with Celis Jr, Roy Nissany, Vitor Baptista, Beitske Visser and Johnny Cecotto Jr collecting the minor points.

Teo Martin Motorsport's Visser, her team mate Yu Kanamaru and Fortec's Brazilian talent Pietro Fittipaldi, were all involved in incidents and are subject to a steward's investigation, thus rendering Visser's ninth-placed finish in doubt. Fittipaldi also endured a broken front wing flap with just minutes remaining.

Race winners today, Fortec Motorsports are the defending champions as four new teams, SMP Racing, RP Motorsport, Teo Martin Motorsport and Durango Racing make their d?buts in the RPM-endorsed 3.5 litre category.

Race two qualifying will take place on Sunday morning with Swiss driver Deletraz leading the points and four-time FR3.5 podium finisher Orudzhev looking for redemption, having not scored a single point in Aragon since his 2015 d?but.

 

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