Roy Nissany lead a dominant Lotus 1-2 at Silverstone, just 24hrs after scoring his first ever Formula V8 3.5 race win yesterday.
Nissany started on the front row alongside Matthieu Vaxivière, who was on pole for the second time this weekend, and got the better start to lead into turn one.
Vaxivière had a very sluggish getaway and was swamped at the first corner, falling to third by the end of lap one and down to fifth by the end of lap three.
With fellow Lotus driver Rene Binder up to P2, Nissany began to settle into a rhythm before setting the fastest lap of the race on lap four.
One driver who caught the eye early one was Fortec rookie Pietro Fittipaldi, who after starting eighth, was able to pass championship leader Tom Dillmann and teammate Louis Deletraz to run as high as fifth in the opening laps.
As the pit window opened, a flurry of cars dived in to take on fresh tyres with Vaxivière, Dillmann, Panis and Deletraz all in within the space of two laps.
Shortly after returning to the track, Arden’s Aurélien Panis was handed a one-place demotion on his final race result for pushing Tom Dillmann off the track.
With most drivers now having pitted, Victor Baptista became the last to do so on lap 13, and in doing so, he handed the lead of the race back to Nissany. In clear air, Nissany then began to increase the pace, and just a few laps later the gap to Binder was up to almost nine seconds.
After running fifth in the opening laps, Fittipaldi has dropped out of the points after a long pit-stop halted his progress, and his day went from bad to worse when he retired from the race on lap 17.
With Orudzhev now closing on second place man Binder, the battle behind was intensifying. Just five seconds covering Panis, Dillmann, Vaxivière, Deletraz and Baptista at the end of lap 18.
After a bad start, Vaxivière had spent most of the race battling with Tom Dillmann, and with two laps remaining, Vaxivière saw his chance and dived up the inside of his compatriot. Unable to stop the car in time, Vaxivière locked up and ran wide, letting Fortec’s Louis Deletraz through to steal the place and dropping Vaxivière down to seventh in the process.
With Binder seemingly having given up the fight, Nissany crossed the line to win by over 17s from his teammate, with Orudzhev making amends for yesterday with the final spot on the podium.
Roy Nissany now sits second in the drivers’ standings, 33 points behind championship leader Tom Dillmann, and just 5 points ahead of top rookie Louis Deletraz.
The championship resumes on September 10th at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Final Race 2 Result
- Roy NISSANY 42m 19.344
- René BINDER +17.091
- Egor ORUDZHEV +20.092
- Tom DILLMANN +25.205
- Aurélien PANIS +24.254
- Louis DELÉTRAZ +25.967
- Matthieu VAXIVIERE +26.622
- Vitor BAPTISTA +30.239
- Yu KANAMARU +34.412
- Beitske VISSER +50.586
- Alfonso CELIS jr +51.793
- Giuseppe CIPRIANI +89.298
- Pietro FITTIPALDI DNF