Orudzhev Wins Race Two At Le Mans, As Rowland Clinches 3.5 Title

Egor Orudzhev took the win in the second race at Le Mans for the Formula Renault 3.5 series after making use of the clean air during the pitstops and defending well from a late surge by Matthieu Vaxiviere, who challenged for the lead in the closing stages with the Arden driver.

The Lotus driver started on the front row but lost out massively when the fight lights went out, dropping to seventh place behind Nyck de Vries. Vaxiviere knew he had to get past the DAMS driver, however before he could make a move stick the Safety Car was deployed for Andre Negrao and Sergio Kanamaru, after the pair locked wheels going into the Dunlop chicane, tipping Negrao into a barrel roll.

Rowland_World_Series_by_Renault_F1WeekendsBoth emerge unscathed, but it brought the race up to the pit stop window which prompted Fortec to pit Rowland who just managed to get himself into the points, and Strakka to pit Ellinas.

For a moment it looked like Dillmann would emerge as the leader, however with him pitting when everyone else did behind, it meant he was held for four seconds in the pit lane, which was enough for Ellinas and co. to overtake him at the pit exit.

Orudzhev meanwhile stayed out as did Vaxiviere, which allowed them to emerge as the leaders. Try as he might, on fresher rubber Vaxiviere went for the lead, but just as he did in Hungary Orudzhev managed to defend well and not get threatened, taking his second win of the series from Vaxiviere, with Tio Ellinas finishing third.

Further back Oliver Rowland finished in eighth, which is all he needed to do to become the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 champion!

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