Egor Orudzhev has secured his first Formula 3.5 V8 win of the 2016 season after prevailing in an entertaining tussle with championship leader Tom Dillmann at Spa-Francorchamps

A pre-season title favourite after two race wins with the Arden team in 2015, Orudzhev has endured a torrid start to his 2016 campaign but got it back on course with a well-judged performance around the Belgian circuit.

After original pole sitter Matthieu Vaxiviere was demoted to the back of the grid, Aurelien Panis led an all-Arden front row but the Aragon race winner got away poorly and handed the advantage to Orudzhev.

The Russian would then have to contend with the race long attentions of Dillmann, the Frenchman using a low downforce setting in contrast to his rival using high downforce. It meant there was a noticeable difference in strength for the cars at different points of the circuit, though Dillmann's AVF car generally appeared quickest overall.

However, though Dillmann did pass into La Source on the penultimate lap when Orudzhev ran wide, a better run down to Les Combes would hand back a lead he'd retain to the chequered flag.

Extending his lead by finishing second, Dillmann finished ahead of top rookie Louis Deletraz, while a last lap move on Rene Binder secured Yu Kanamaru his best finish yet of fourth place.

A last lap clash between Pietro Fittipaldi and Johnny Cecotto would allow Vitor Baptista and Beitske Visser sixth and seventh respectively, with Panis only eighth after his terrible opening.



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