The World Series Formula V8 3.5 teams and drivers carry on with their Season preps. In a beautiful day with another cleared skies and warm temperatures, SMP Racing by AVF driver Egor Orudzhev set the best timed lap in 1.40.389 ahead of Yu Kanamaru (RP Motorsport) and the rookie Diego Menchaca (Fortec Motorsports).
In the morning, both SMP Racing by AVF drivers, Egor Orudzhev and Matevos Isaakyan, were the first to step in the track. Times were dropping down early with Pietro Fittipaldi improving his own best record in 1.41.280 but finally the car was found underweight.
Canadian Nelson Mason (Teo Martin Motorsport) finally completed his first run in the Formula Renault 3.5 car.
Rookie Diego Menchaca (Fortec Motorsports), the first to lap in 1.40, opened a series of improvements and soon Egor Orudzhev and the rest of the drivers joined the Mexican replacing him from the provisional pole. RP Motorsports Yu Kanamaru and Roy Nissany finally installed in the first row using new Michelin slicks with the Japanese in 1.40.493.
Menchaca and Orudzhev rejoined the track with fresh tyres and the Russian set a new mark, in 1.40.389 while the Nippon kept his second place ahead of the Rookie Diego Menchaca.
Best Timed Lap – 1.40.389 – Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF)
“The way SMP Racing by AVF is very nice. Compared to Arden is different. I’m still adapting. We are working as a normal day, we had some struggle yesterday but today everything is in order. It’s not important if you are P1 or P6, this is just testing but obviously I want to win this discipline and this is a good start”
Yu Kanamaru – RP Motorsport
“I’m happy in my new team RP Motorsport. They offered me this opportunity and I know them well from the EuroFormula Open so here I am. This morning everything worked really well specially with one set of tyres. I’m looking forward to the new Season!
Diego Menchaca – Fortec Motorsport
“My time to adapt to this new discipline is being faster than I expected. Yesterday I was P1 and P2 and now here I am. Obviously I still have a big margin of improvement but I feel very happy to work with Fortec Motorsports and the organisation. Loads to learn though, especially in the tyre management”.