Kanamaru and Orudzhev lead on Day 1 of Jerez test

Yu Kanamaru and Egor Orudzhev topped the two respective sessions of the first Formula Renault 3.5 post-season test day at Jerez.

Kanamaru and Orudzhev lead on Day 1 of Jerez test
Egor Orudzhev, Arden Motorsport
Yu Kanamaru, Pons Racing
Egor Orudzhev, Arden Motorsport
Yu Kanamaru, Pons Racing
Aurelien Panis, Tech 1 Racing
Alfonso Celis Jr., AVF
Aurelien Panis, Tech 1 Racing

Kanamaru's morning lap kept him at the top of the combined timesheets for the rest of the day, with Orudzhev coming up just 0.016s short in the afternoon.

The Japanese driver had taken over at the top of the timesheets in the dying minutes of the first session, deposing Eurocup champion Jack Aitken.

Aitken himself had dethroned Matthieu Vaxiviere shortly before, the Formula Renault 3.5 2015 frontrunner testing for newcomer squad Spirit of Race.

Strakka duo Jake Hughes and Gustav Malja completed the morning's top five, the former a teammate of Aitken's in Formula Renault 2.0.

Orudzhev, who ended the first half of the day in 10th, stormed to the top of the afternoon run with an hour remaining.

And despite numerous drivers improving later on, his time stood, while Hughes, Vaxiviere, Aitken and GP3 ace Marvin Kirchhofer made up the rest of the top five, despite the German stopping on track in the final hour.

Pos. Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Yu Kanamaru Pons 1'28.067 1'28.668
2  Egor Orudzhev Arden 1'29.817 1'28.083
3  Jake Hughes Strakka 1'28.909 1'28.226
4 Matthieu Vaxiviere Spirit of Race 1'28.791 1'28.300
5  Jack Aitken Fortec 1'28.588 1'28.438
6 Marvin Kirchhofer AVF 1'30.314 1'28.440
7 Gustav Malja Strakka 1'28.955 1'28.872
8 Louis Deletraz Fortec 1'29.092 1'28.952
9  George Russell Tech 1 1'30.252 1'29.088
10 Matevos Isaakyan Pons 1'29.194 1'29.762
11 Alfonso Celis AVF 1'29.419 1'29.561
12 Richard Gonda Lotus 1'30.684 1'29.589
13 Nikita Zlobin Carlin 1'29.740 1'30.022
14 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 1'30.062 1'29.932
15 Jehan Daruvala Comtec 1'30.784 1'29.988
16 Kevin Jorg Arden 1'31.159 1'30.676
17 Vladimir Atoev Carlin 1'31.792 1'30.933
18 Mahaveer Raghunathan Comtec 1'35.191 1'32.787
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