HITECH POLE KEEPS SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA TITLE HOPES ALIVE Silverstone-based Hitech secured pole position for the penultimate round of the Superleague Formula at Jerez this weekend. Spaniard Adrian Valles in the Liverpool FC car, currently third in...
HITECH POLE KEEPS SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA TITLE HOPES ALIVE
Silverstone-based Hitech secured pole position for the penultimate round of the Superleague Formula at Jerez this weekend. Spaniard Adrian Valles in the Liverpool FC car, currently third in the standings following two wins so far, won the shoot out against AS Roma to take the top spot. His Hitech team-mate FC Porto's Tristan Gommendy, winner last time out, lines up third.
Valles and the Liverpool squad are 62 points behind championship leader Beijing Guoan but their driver spun early on in the qualifying session and will start from the back of the grid. The Hitech team need victory in both races, each worth 50 points, with Beijing finishing lower than ninth to clinch the title.
The grid for race two is completely reversed from the result of race one, leaving the winner to start from the back of the grid. However the David Hayle-led team and Valles will be pulling out all the stops and hoping for the double as it bids for victory in the championship's inaugural season.
"It was another super performance by Adrian, Tristan and the whole team and gives us the best possible chance for the title," said Hayle. "For Adrian it's personally very satisfying to be on pole for his home race and hopefully he can get the win he deserves. Tristan again drove superbly in only his second appearance with us and it should produce a good result, maybe we can even get a 1-2."
"It's too soon to talk about the second race though as so much depends on the results of race one. But Adrian came from the back of the grid following his wins at Zolder and Estoril to get up near the front so anything is possible. Tristan started from row four in Italy and won so from third he should also be a strong position."
"I did what I had to do and pushed on the limit every time I was on the track," said Adrian. "The car is good and we have a lot of possibilities for tomorrow. I've got pole and now I have to win the race and score as many points as I can. I'm really happy to get it, especially at my home race. It's not home for Liverpool but I have many fans coming here so I hope I can do a really good job tomorrow."
"I had a good car today," said Tristan. "It's a pleasure to get onto the second row of the grid and tomorrow I think anything is possible. The team did a great job and Adrian was also very strong. Last time out I started eighth and won the race so anything is possible from third."
Race one gets underway at 11.00 local time tomorrow with the second race due to start at 14.00. Both races will be broadcast live on Eurosport and Setanta.