HITECH JUNIOR WINS SECOND SUCCESSIVE SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA EVENT The Hitech Junior Team consolidated its lead in the 2009 Superleague Formula by Sonangol at Zolder this weekend after a brace of third places netted overall victory for Liverpool FC...
HITECH JUNIOR WINS SECOND SUCCESSIVE SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA EVENT
The Hitech Junior Team consolidated its lead in the 2009 Superleague Formula by Sonangol at Zolder this weekend after a brace of third places netted overall victory for Liverpool FC and Adrian Valles. Rapid Kasper Andersen drove a stunning qualifying lap to take his first ever SL pole for FC Midtjylland while the teams third driver Tristan Gommendy in the FC Porto car had his best qualifying of the year to post the fifth quickest time.
The David Hayle-led team, once again dominated Friday's free practice with the trio topping the times in the second of three sessions. At the conclusion of the day, it was Liverpool FC on top, with FC Midtjylland third and FC Porto fifth.
However in the qualifying shoot-out it was the young Dane Andersen who shone, with an impressive run that started with the quickest time in his group. Thereafter the 24 year-old was the man to beat, moving through the semi-finals into the final dash for pole against Glasgow Rangers.
Andersen set the fastest time of 1m 19.878 seconds, just 0.078sec quicker than John Martin, to take his first ever Superleague Formula pole position at the 2.471mile former Grand Prix track.
In the first of two 45 minute races, Kasper made a dream start to lead into the first corner while a fast-starting Valles was quickly into third. Gommendy was the unfortunate victim of a clash with Tottenham Hotspur into the first corner which caused a slow puncture and broke the front wing.
Andersen gradually extended his lead as the cars pitted for their compulsory tyre change but the young Dane, bidding for his first win, saw his hopes vanish when the engine stalled. This dropped him to 13th when he rejoined however a spin on lap 19 brought out the safety car and ended his race.
This left Liverpool FC fighting for race victory with Valles, winner of the previous round, comfortably among the quickest on track however the young Spaniard had to settle for third at the flag. After pitting to replace his puncture, Gommendy recovered well to finish 13th.
With the whole grid reversed for race two it was again FC Midtjylland that lined up first of the three Hitech-run cars, Andersen starting sixth with FC Porto just behind and Liverpool FC 16th. Torrential rain prior to the race forced a safety car start and later as the track dried during a safety car period caused a flurry of pit activity to change tyres.
A fantastic drive through the field allowed the Liverpool FC car of Valles to claw his way back into the race as the 24 year-old moved up into third place and claim his second podium finish of the day to become weekend winner.
FC Midtjylland's Andersen drove a steady race to finish sixth ahead of the FC Porto car of Gommendy just behind in seventh.
The team now heads to its and Liverpool FC's home event at Donington Park over the weekend of 1/2 August with a 24 point lead in the championship with both FC Midtjylland and FC Porto aiming for join the series leader as they bid for maiden wins.