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Lotus' Roy Nissany took a controversial maiden victory in Formula V8 3.5 but is under investigation following a collision with Egor Orudzhev on lap 17 at Silverstone.

The duo made light work of overtaking pole-sitter Matthieu Vaxiviere on the first lap, dropping the Frenchman to an initial third place. Throughout the race, Nissany and Orudzhev were within a second of each other.

On several occasions, each attempted extravagant overtaking manoeuvres on each other, including one particular lap eight battle. 21-year-old Nissany's attempt at extravagant overtake manoeuvre was halted by Orudhzev and nearly forced the Israeli into the wall on lap 8. After an investigation, no further action was awarded to either drivers and each were permitted to continue racing.

However, on lap 17 their battle came to its conclusion when Nissany and Orudzhev collided and span on the hammer straight. Although the Lotus driver stayed ahead but was under investigation for the collision with a verdict is due after the race's conclusion. It was a significant blow for Arden who were forced to retire Orudzhev moments later.

With Nissany first, and taking his maiden FV8 win, pole-sitter Vaxiviere capitalised to take 18 points and second place. The Frenchman may inherit the lead should a time penalty of ten or more seconds be imposed on his Israeli rival.

Further down the grid and Rene Binder enjoyed a much quieter race to join his Lotus team mate on the podium, the Austrian's third of the season. Championship leader Tom Dillmann extended his title with fourth place, remaining in the same position as his grid slot.

Aurelien Panis was fifth with rookie Pietro Fittipaldi sixth and the highest-placed rookie of the 40-minute race. Meanwhile, Yu Kanamaru was a consistent force for Teo Martin Motorsport.

He was joined in the top ten by Vitor Baptista, Beitske Visser and Louis Deletraz. The Fortec Motorsports rookie stalled on the first formation lap and was subsequently forced to start from the pit lane. The Swiss racer salvaged one point after the frustrating start to his race.

UPDATE: No further action was taken by the stewards against Nissany after an investigation.

 

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