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Magny-Cours: Atech GP event summary

DOUBLE VICTORY FOR BUURMAN IN MAGNY COURS Atech GP's Yelmer Buurman scored a superb double victory for AC Milan in the third round of the Superleague Formula by Sonangol at Magny Cours today, taking wins in the opening race and the final dash...

DOUBLE VICTORY FOR BUURMAN IN MAGNY COURS

Atech GP's Yelmer Buurman scored a superb double victory for AC Milan in the third round of the Superleague Formula by Sonangol at Magny Cours today, taking wins in the opening race and the final dash for cash five-lap finale. Liverpool FC's James Walker bounced back from a small electrical fire in practice to net sixth in race one and eighth in race two to put him also in the finale in which he finished fifth.

Flying Dutchman Buurman got his race-winning weekend off to the perfect start, lining up on the front row alongside championship leader Tottenham Hotspur's Craig Dolby for race one. At the lights Buurman slotted in behind Dolby and made his move for the lead, diving down the inside at the chicane, after just three laps.

Thereafter the AC Milan racer gradually pulled away to open up a comfortable 12 second margin over the Spurs driver to take his first win of the season and move into second place in the series.

For Walker, the weekend got off to a tricky start with the fire, and as a consequence had little running before the vital qualifying on Saturday. Despite that, the Jerseyman drove a storming race from ninth on the grid, helped by a super-slick pit stop, to finish sixth.

The second race was largely determined by the safety car, deployed to retrieve the stricken cars of Lyon's Sebastien Bourdais, Franck Perera (Flamengo) and Franck Montagny (Bordeaux). The safety car wrongly picked up the second placed Atletico Madrid car of Maria de Villota instead of race-leader Max Wissel, allowing the FC Basel man to gain almost a full-lap lead by joining the back of the train.

When the safety car waved the other drivers by, the pit window had already opened and everyone scrambled into the pit lane together, except for Wissel who was stuck behind the safety car on his own. As a result, there was chaos in the pits with both AC Milan and Liverpool FC amongst those having to wait to reach their pits, the pair eventually crossing the line in seventh and eighth after losing a whole lap.

In the final, five-lap dash-for-cash Buurman from second on the grid, timed his start to perfection, blasting past pole-sitter Craig Dolby (Tottenham Hotspur) to take an immediate lead and going onto an untroubled second victory of the weekend.

Starting fifth for the finale, Liverpool FC's Walker made a great start and leapt into fourth place however, he lost the place to Julien Jousse, running on new tyres, to cross the line fifth. His strong finishes from the weekend have elevated James to tenth and got his bid to regain the title for Liverpool firmly on track.

Buurman was delighted with his first wins of the season for Atech Grand Prix. "It is absolutely superb to win two races in one weekend. The team did a great job and I am very happy, although I wasn't so happy after race two! I really think we had the pace for a top five finish, which would have been very good for the championship, but there was confusion in the pits and I rejoined right behind the leader but a lap down, and there was nothing I could do."

Team Principal David Hayle was equally delighted with the performance of both drivers; "Yelmer drove superbly all weekend and thoroughly deserved his two race wins. Apart from the chaos in race two where he and James lost a whole lap in the pit stop, it was dream weekend.

"I'm really pleased for James too. Another three strong finishes which have catapulted him up the league table and have really got his title bid back on track and I know it won't be long before he's on the top step of the podium."

The Superleague Formula by Sonangol resumes in Jarama, Spain for the next rounds of the series which take place over the weekend of 19-20 June.

-source: atech gp

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Drivers Franck Montagny , Sébastien Bourdais , James Walker , Maria de Villota , Julien Jousse , Yelmer Buurman , David Hayle , Max Wissel , Craig Dolby , Franck Perera