BRIT WALKER SCORES FOR GERMANY IN SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA ! British driver James Walker scored his and German club's Borussia Dortmund's first Superleague Formula victory in the final race of the inaugural championship season at Jerez in Spain ...
BRIT WALKER SCORES FOR GERMANY IN SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA !
British driver James Walker scored his and German club's Borussia Dortmund's first Superleague Formula victory in the final race of the inaugural championship season at Jerez in Spain today.
In front of 34,000 fans, Walker started from fourth on the grid and actually dropped a spot after three laps. Following his pit stop on lap nine, Walker began to move through the pack to grab second place on lap 15.
He then began a pursuit of Galatasaray's Alessandro Pier Guidi who had opened up a large early lead. The Brit was able take the lead when Turkish car suffered a large spin while trying to hold off the German entry.
Walker was then able to run to the chequered flag to lead home Corinthians driver Antonio Pizzonia and newly crowned Superleague Formula champion, Davide Rigon aboard the Beijing Guoan machine. Walker's performance is even more remarkable considering the fact he missed an entire day's running yesterday.
The Brit also gave himself a major scare in race one when the removable steering wheel came off in his hands on the formation lap - forcing him to start from pit lane.
Walker becomes the first British driver to claim a victory in Superleague Formula. He also scored his new club's first victory in the championship. Walker's only other Superleague Formula outing this year came at the Nurburgring when he filled in at Rangers to score that club's season best result of fourth.
Liverpool FC's Adrian Valles completed a day to forget after suffering a gearbox issue in race two. The Reds had earlier dominated race one and were headed for victory until suffering a fuel pressure issue on the final lap.
Race one podium finisher Tottenham Hotspur also suffered a gearbox problem in race two, putting Duncan Tappy out the event.
Rangers driver Ryan Dalziel completed a solid final race of the 2008 Superleague Formula season finishing in sixth position.
RSC Anderlecht driver Craig Dolby completed the season as the highest placed British driver after finishing eighth in the final race. Dolby scored 303 points for his Belgian club to finish the championship in sixth position.
Liverpool FC was the highest performing UK club in the series with the Spaniard Valles behind the wheel. The Reds finished fourth overall ahead of Spurs (11th) and Rangers (13th).
Chinese club Beijing Guoan earned the Superleague Formula "Premiership" on 413 points ahead of PSV Eindhoven, 337; AC Milan, 335; Liverpool FC, 325; AS Roma, 307; RSC Anderlecht, 303, FC Porto, 277; Galatasaray, 277; Corinthians, 264; Sevilla, 262; Tottenham Hotspur, 257; Al-Ain, 244; Rangers, 227; Borussia Dortmund, 218; FC Basel, 205; Flamengo, 189; Olympiacos, 161; Atletico Madrid, 132.
James Walker (Borussia Dortmund)
"When I scored fourth for Rangers at the Nurburgring it was a surprise but this was an even bigger surprise.
"I had never been here before and we missed practice and qualifying yesterday so to come away with a victory has done the end of my year a world of good.
"I am actually pretty lucky because on the out lap in race one this morning the steering wheel came off in my hand which gave me a fright and forced me to get it checked and I had to start from pit lane on cold tyres.
"I just stayed out of trouble in the first race and got some more miles under my belt and aimed at really getting stuck in during race two. We have come away with an excellent result."
Duncan Tappy (Tottenham Hotspur)
"The car was fast in race one, it was really really fast, so we brought it home in third and I am really happy with that.
"In the second race we had a gear selection problem and it got to the stage where I could not change up a gear.
"It got so bad that it would not work anyway so I had to bring it in.
"The season in general has been great and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
"It is so different. It has been a breath of fresh air for motorsport and I am hoping I am going to be involved in it again.
"I have proved that when the car is right we are on the money. "
Ryan Dalziel (Rangers)
"Today was mixed, we had a good second race. We started near the front due to the gear box issue in the first race.
"We had good race pace and we made a bad call when we pitted and I think if we had pitted with everybody else we would have finished third or forth.
"We lost a lot of time with old tyres and we went from third to seventh I think but it was a good result, sixth, and it was a good way to finish off the season.
"It has been a difficult season for us, and I kind of wish we could start again at round three.
"Credit goes to Superleague for getting this thing going and it has been impressive for its first year. I have been in a couple of series' in their debut season, most recently was Champ Cars, and they did not do anywhere near as good a job as this."
Adrian Valles (Liverpool FC)
"We showed the car was good this weekend but we had some problems.
"We deserved to win this championship and I hope I can come back next year and win it for Liverpool.
"In the race I did a good move to take PSV Eindhoven and everything was looking good and then suddenly we started to have problems down shifting
"A few laps later we had fuel problems again and I had to bring it in."
Craig Dolby (RSC Anderlecht)
"Galatasary dropped a lot of oil and could see the line of oil and it just went round the corner.
"I must have caught a little bit of it and I spun which was a shame because up until then I was driving my socks off.
"I loved it, going round the outside of PSV in turn one, inside of Al Ain, I out braked Doornbos into turn six.
"I loved it and I never ever give up. I want to do well in both races and I want it to be exciting for people to watch.
"If someone had told me I was going to get these results today I would have taken them yesterday so I am over the moon in a way, and the car is back on some kind of form so I am happy with that. It is just a shame it is the end of the season."