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Egor Orudzhev put on an impressive display to snatch victory from pole-sitter Matthieu Vaxiviere at the fourth round of the Formula V8 3.5 championship from Paul Ricard, France.

The Russian started third but quickly pulled off a double overtaking manoeuvre at the end of lap one, promoting him to first. Although Vaxiviere promptly retook his leading position from Orudzhev one lap later, by lap 11 and Orudzhev was back in front, sufficiently using 350 seconds of available DRS to his advantage throughout their race-long battle for a maximum 25 points haul. The gap between the two drivers was as low as two tenths of a second at times.

With Vaxiviere forced to defend from the charging Arden Motorsport model of Orudzhev, Roy Nissany was able to himself overtake the ailing Frenchman, denying him of a win on home soil. Rene Binder, in the second Lotus was third and championship leader Tom Dillmann fourth.

Dillmann benefitted from Aurelien Panis' faltering start to climb from seventh to fourth, his first time finishing outside the top three all season. The Frenchman was consistently the fastest over the first sector therefore giving him an advantage over his compatriot Vaxiviere who settled for fifth place.

Louis Deletraz was once again the highest-placed rookie in sixth for defending champions Fortec Motorsports while Yu Kanamaru finished a solid seventh place. Forced to start from the pit lane, Panis clawed his way back to a points finish for eighth, just in front of Beitske Visser and Matevos Isaakyan who completed a competitive top ten.

In his race debut for RP Motorsport, Artur Janosz - replacing race winner Johnny Cecotto this weekend - was 12th.

Prior to the Paul Ricard round, there had been six different drivers from six separate races. In securing the win Orudzhev is the first driver to secure a second victory in the 2016 season.

 

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