Matevos Isaakyan has taken an opportunistic maiden Formula V8 3.5 victory at Jerez as Louis Deletraz saw his title hopes hit by a penalty for colliding with main rival Tom Dillmann.

Dillmann, who has led the standings for much of the year, came into the penultimate round with a comfortable lead over Deletraz, but would see it wiped out when he spun into the gravel trap after contact with his title rival.

Deletraz had successfully planted a move for fourth on Dilmann on lap 17 at Dry Sac, only to run wide and allow the Frenchman back through. However, Deletraz's next attempt moments later into Nieto would prove less successful, making contact with Dillmann and forcing the AVF driver out.

With Deletraz going on to finish in fourth place, he provisionally nosed ahead of Dillmann at the head of the standings by a single point for the first time this year. However, a post-race penalty of 10secs demotes Deletraz out of the points, giving Dillmann back his 11 point advantage.

Up the road, Isaakyan produced an accomplished performance to claim his first career FV8 win, snatching the lead from long-time leading SMP Racing team-mate Matthieu Vaxiviere when he ran wide on cool tyres following a safety car period.

A fine result for the Russian youngster, who has only managed a part-season campaign with SMP Racing, he was chased home by countryman Egor Orudzhev and the frustrated Vaxiviere.

Following Deletraz's penalty, Aurelien Panis was classified in fourth, though his title hopes - along with those of ninth place Roy Nissany - appear to be over now. Rene Binder, Yu Kanamaru and Beitske Visser followed in fifth, sixth and seventh.

Meanwhile, pole sitter Jack Aitken endured an eventful afternoon after a terrible start dropped him from first to last by the opening bend. The FV8 debutant - who has been racing in GP3 this year - was already racing under appeal after his pole was challenged by stewards, but he struggled to recover from his bad getaway, finishing 10th.

 

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