LIVERPOOL FC AND HITECH ARE SUPERLEAGUE CHAMPIONS Liverpool FC has clinched the 2009 Superleague Formula by Sonangol Championship with two strong performances by Adrian Valles in the final rounds at Jarama on Sunday. FC Midtjylland's Kasper ...
LIVERPOOL FC AND HITECH ARE SUPERLEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Liverpool FC has clinched the 2009 Superleague Formula by Sonangol Championship with two strong performances by Adrian Valles in the final rounds at Jarama on Sunday. FC Midtjylland's Kasper Anderson ended his year with a podium finish, while FC Porto and Tristan Gommendy jumped to fifth in the overall standings.
The weekend didn't start well for the Silverstone-based team who went into the Spanish rounds with a 49 point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur. However, despite 100 points on offer for the two race wins, their main rival needed victory with a disaster for Liverpool FC to realistically have any chance of claiming the title.
But such has been the form of the Hitech Junior Team and Valles this season, there was little Spurs' Craig Dolby could do to wrest the title from the Spaniard's hands. Despite a storming second race for the Briton, the title was already Valles' with a 100% reliability record and a top ten finish at every race.
The opening round proved disastrous for Anderson however, the young Dane the unfortunate victim of a first corner incident which saw him lock up his wheels and run straight on into the gravel his race over on the spot. For Gommendy a superb pass on Flamenco early on put him ninth before the mandatory pit stops with Valles up to 12th.
After the stops, the pair rejoined in ninth and tenth, another fantastic job by the Hitech mechanics, elevating the Liverpool FC car up two places. As the race settled down the duo were soon on the tail of the eighth-placed Olympique Lyonnaise car, the trio running nose to tail.
Just a few laps from the flag, a collision between AS Roma and Corinthians put them both out of the race and promoted Gommendy and Valles while a lap later they both found a way past Olympique Lyonnaise to take the flag sixth and seventh.
Starting race two from pole position, Anderson made the perfect getaway to lead into the first corner. A multi-car tangle midfield was avoided by a fast-starting Liverpool FC in seventh and FC Porto in tenth, but resulted in the deployment of the safety car.
At the restart Galatasary got the jump on the FC Midtjylland car of Andersen, while Liverpool FC also dropped a place, the order staying the same up to the pit stops. As the race settled down again after the stops, a great effort by Valles moved him up to sixth but Anderson dropped to third with Gommendy now into eighth, with a superb move on Flamengo.
A strong second half of the race allowed Anderson to hold onto third place to take a well-earned podium finish. While Valles was briefly held up by the Atletico Madrid car, which rejoined in front after a pit stop, which allowed the fourth-placed Seville car to stretch the gap back to Valles.
The Liverpool car though was soon past Madrid while behind, a charging Gommendy passed AC Milan before a great pass on Madrid to move into sixth. Just a few laps from home a mistake by Sevilla FC allowed both Liverpool FC and FC Porto through, the pair crossing the line fourth and fifth just behind the FC Midtjylland car of Anderson to give the title to Liverpool FC.
The final dash for cash five-lap race that rounded off the day, netted third place for Liverpool FC with FC Porto, running off the track at the first corner, recovering to finish fifth.