Orudzhev retained for new championship with Arden

Egor Orudzhe will be remaining with Arden Motorsport for the 2016 season
Egor Orudzhe will be remaining with Arden Motorsport for the 2016 season

Arden Motorsport have retained young SMP racing driver Egor Orudzhev for a second consecutive season in pursuit of the Formula 3.5 V8 Championship.

The 20-year-old Russian will compete in the newly titled Formula 3.5 V8 Championship for the 2016 season with the Banbury motorsport team.

I think it has opened people’s eyes to his talent and also shows the high level our team works to

Team boss Julian Rouse

Orudzhev had a successful rookie season last year.

He finished fifth in the drivers’ championship, winning at the fourth round at the Hungaroring in Budapest, finishing second and also winning again in the races at Le Mans before taking second place at the season finale in Jerez.

The team had a constructive post-season testing schedule with Orudzhev, working through preparations for the 2016 season.

Formula 3.5 V8 has released a provisional nine-event calendar for the 2016, seeing Paul Ricard and Monza returning to the race schedule following a 12-month absence.

The Series will join other headline events such as Blancpain Endurance, GT Open and World Touring Car Championship.

Orudzhev said: “I’m delighted to be with Arden again for another season. This year could be a very good year, I am aiming to fight for the top three positions at every round and of course fight for the championship.

“I have good knowledge of the car now and working with the team, so I am more confident going into a second season. It will be good to continue in the manner that we finished the 2015 season.”

Arden general manager Julian Rouse added: “It’s great to have Egor back with us next season in F3.5 V8.

“He was a revelation in the 2015 season, winning two races.

“I think it has opened people’s eyes to his talent and also shows the high level that our team works to as it is was the second season in a row we had fantastic results with a rookie driver.

“If we can build on the consistency which naturally comes in a drivers second season in a category, then the title is definitely a realistic target.”