Egor Orudzhev took yet another win today in the first race in Barcelona, as Louis Deletraz moved even closer to the title.
Orudzhev produced what is now becoming his trademark, launching off the line and gaining the advantage at the start, pulling clear of Tom Dillmann, while behind the rest of the field had to avoid the slow starting Jack Aitken, who for the second weekend running couldn’t capitalize on an impressive qualifying display. Deletraz was initially fourth, however quickly disposed of Matthieu Vaxiviere, the Frenchman suffering with car issues which lead to his eventual retirement.
Orudzhev had it all his own way at the front, while the battle behind was tense. Down the long straight Deletraz got ever closer, but Dillmann held his own, until the 19th lap, where Deletraz had a much better run and managed to force the error from his rival, gaining second and those all-important points.
Dillmann managed to keep third but will be disappointed not to keep his main rival behind. Aurelien Panis took fourth, a result which ensures that Arden win the teams championship.
Going into the final race, only Deletraz and Dillmann can win the championship, and if promises to be a tense Sunday in Spain.