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Louis Deletraz benefitted from a clever pit stop strategy to take his second win of the season at the third round of the Formula V8 3.5 championship from Paul Ricard, France.

The Swiss racer - a rookie in the series - made good use of Fortec Motorsport's title winning experience, allowing him to displace Roy Nissany in the final minutes. All drivers are forced to pit between laps five and 15 for a mandatory change of tyres. A last-minute pit stop by the race leader Roy Nissany on lap 15 helped Deletraz on his way to a second win of the season.

A race winner on Saturday, Egor Orudzhev settled for third in what was a quiet race for the young Russian, currently in his second year of 3.5 litre competition. His Arden Motorsport team mate Aurelien Panis was just behind in fourth and the first Frenchman to greet the chequered flag on home soil.

Once in podium contention, Rene Binder dropped to fifth for Lotus with Tom Dillmann sixth. On a risky strategy, championship leader Tom Dillmann was the first to pit for fresh tyres in the French sun. Immediately, he was setting purple times in sector; allowing him to gain the early advantage on fresh tyres.

Behind them was rookie Pietro Fittipaldi and Force India prodigy Alfonso Celis Jr. Making his FV8 debut this weekend, Artur Janosz leaves with two points for ninth,

Yu Kanamaru qualified fifth but started from the pit lane after his Teo Martin Motorsport model was found to be underweight at the close of morning running. In the final moments, he lost tenth place to his team mate Beitske Visser.

A poor start for Matevos Isaakyan dropped him from eighth to fourth by the end of lap four. His pace did not improve and the Russian SMP driver finished 12th.

Despite finishing off the podium twice this weekend, Dillmann will head into the next round at Silverstone as championship leader and Deletraz just behind. The Frenchman has a best finish of fifth at the British circuit from 2015 when he was competing for Carlin.

 

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