DOUBLE RACE VICTORY FOR ATECH REID AT THE NURBURGRING The Atech Reid team scored two more victories in the latest rounds of the Superleague Formula by Sonangol at the Nurburgring this weekend with Yelmer Buurman (AC Milan) and Alvaro Parente (FC...
DOUBLE RACE VICTORY FOR ATECH REID AT THE NURBURGRING
The Atech Reid team scored two more victories in the latest rounds of the Superleague Formula by Sonangol at the Nurburgring this weekend with Yelmer Buurman (AC Milan) and Alvaro Parente (FC Porto) taking lights to flag wins.
The remaining pair of Liverpool FC's James Walker and Sporting Club de Portugal's Borja Garcia also showed strong pace throughout the weekend. Walker narrowly missed out on fourth place, taking sixth at the flag in the opening race while Garcia once again showed fine form to take a stirring seventh place in race two.
Saturday's qualifying session had Walker and Parente out first with Jerseyman Walker off to a great start, posting the third fastest lap to qualify for the quarter finals. There was disappointment for Parente however; after holding a comfortable fourth place for much of the session, the Portuguese was pushed down to seventh, his qualifying over.
In Group B, second-placed championship runner Buurman (AC Milan) took to the track and was immediately on the pace, nearly a second ahead of his nearest rival. Garcia narrowly missed the cut, posting the sixth fastest time, but happy with his performance.
In to the quarter finals and it was AC Milan's Buurman out first, the Dutchman nearly half a second ahead of his rival to move through to the semi finals with ease. Next out was Walker looking to repeat his good form but a brake problem in the one-lap shootout sadly ended his charge, losing 12 seconds to his opponent.
This left Buurman flying the Atech Reid flag in to the semi finals, but the AC Milan driver struggled with oversteer in the session and was knocked out by just 0.080seconds.
Starting the first race from third, Buurman took the lead into the first turn and never backed off, taking a very convincing 7.724 seconds advantage to the flag. "It's been a good weekend and I have to say a huge thank you to the guys on the team as we had to change our clutch between the first two races and they worked flat out to get it done," Buurman said. "We've been quick everywhere this season and I see no reason why we can't be in Zolder in the next round too."
Parente drove a fantastic first half of the race, the Portuguese driver enjoying a fierce battle with ex Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyen before retiring. Garcia made up a lot of ground in the race also battling with Karthikeyen, who was clearly struggling for grip. The ex F1 driver spun right in front of Garcia who was lucky to escape with very little damage damage, just a slight mishandling problem with his SCP car.
Walker made a fantastic move on the SC Corinthians car to move him up the order board during the race. He wasn't able to demonstrate the speed of last year's championship-winning machine during qualifying due to his brake issues, but clearly the car had the pace finishing with a solid sixth place.
Parente lined up on pole for Sunday's race two and after taking the lead into the first turn led all of the 45 laps, pulling out a comfortable lead to take his maiden Superleague Formula victory.
"I am thrilled for myself, the team and FC Porto to finally take a race win, said Alvaro. "It was a shame we didn't finish race one because we could have made more impact on the championship points and the car was fast." Alvaro said.
Sadly for Walker his was the first retirement of the second race just before the green light after suffering with a compressor failure resulting in no shift in the gearbox system. Garcia was sitting pretty in the top ten for the majority of the race, finishing in seventh place, just ahead of a hard-charging Buurman who started last on the reverse grid.
The final six-car, five-lap dash-for-cash had Buurman start from pole but almost as soon as the cars had lined up, the lights went out signalling the start, catching the front row drivers out. Buurman held on to take third place however, his results from the weekend allowing him to close down the gap at the head of the points table to just 28 points.