VICTORY FOR FC PORTO AND LIVERPOOL FC MAINTAINS LEAD Hitech-run FC Porto enjoyed its first Superleague Formula victory of the year in the second race at Donington Park on Sunday, with Tristan Gommendy storming through from tenth on the grid to...
VICTORY FOR FC PORTO AND LIVERPOOL FC MAINTAINS LEAD
Hitech-run FC Porto enjoyed its first Superleague Formula victory of the year in the second race at Donington Park on Sunday, with Tristan Gommendy storming through from tenth on the grid to the club's second ever win. Two sixth places for Liverpool FC's Adrian Valles were enough to keep him at the top of the points table ahead of FC Basel, with three rounds remaining.
FC Midtjylland, which secured its first ever pole last time out in Zolder had to be content with a fifth place finish in race two, leading home Valles in the second main 44 minute plus one lap race to ensure all three Hitech cars finished in the top six.
The Donington Park rounds five and six were badly affected by torrential rain during Saturday's qualifying runs, with the sessions being abandoned and the grid for race one being determined by the Group qualifying from the morning. This put Liverpool FC in its lowest grid position of the year after Valles was badly baulked during his flying lap, the young Spaniard lining up tenth.
Immediately behind Valles on the grid, Gommendy lined up the FC Porto car in 12th with the FC Midtjylland car of Anderson two rows further back. Valles once again showed the class that resulted in winning the opening two rounds and leading the championship, with a spirited drive into sixth place.
Gommendy (FC Porto) and Anderson (FC Midtjylland) also showed their potential as race winners, Gommendy making up four places from his grid spot to finish eighth and Anderson completing the top ten, moving up six places from his qualifying position.
For race two with the whole grid reversed, it was FC Midtjylland who lined up first of the three Hitech-run cars, Andersen who so very nearly won last time out in Zolder, starting ninth. Immediately behind him was the FC Porto car in 11th with Liverpool FC 13th.
All three drivers made great progress through the race, the most impressive being Gommendy who made his way through to the front of the field to take his first win of the year, his second Superleague Formula victory for FC Porto.
Behind him FC Midtjylland and Liverpool FC crossed the line nose to tail in fifth and sixth places, both greatly improving from their start positions but neither qualifying through to the ten minute 100,000 Euro dash for cash super finale.
That was left to FC Porto to fight out with the top three from each race, Gommendy lining up alongside FC Basel, winner of round one, on the front row. A slow getaway for the Frenchman however, handed the lead to FC Basel with the FC Porto car entering the first corner in fourth.
Despite a valiant effort to get back on terms with the leaders, contact with Sporting Portugal forced Gommendy into a spin and dropped him to fifth, which he claimed at the finish.
Liverpool FC maintains its lead at the top of the point table ahead of FC Basel while victory has promoted FC Porto to fifth with FC Midtjylland sharing eighth place. The team now heads to the stunning Estoril circuit in Portugal over the weekend of 5/6 September for rounds seven and eight.