>


Advertisement
Hot News
for your iPhone
for your iPad
Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
11/22/08
superleague
Liverpool keeps title hopes alive at Jerez
(L to R) Tristan Gommendy (3rd), Adrian Valles (pole), Franck Perera (2nd) and Andy Soucek (4th)
Pieter Slinger/AR1.com
Liverpool FC Superleague Formula driver Adrian Valles has kept the Reds in the championship hunt after scoring the pole position for the final round of the championship in Jerez, Spain today.

Valles and the Liverpool squad are 62 points behind championship leader Beijing Guoan but their driver Davide Rigon spun early in the qualifying session and will now start from the back row of the grid in tomorrow's

To get the chance to taste championship glory, Liverpool must win both races and hope that Beijing finished worse than 9th in both events. 

With the second race staged as a complete reverse grid event, Beijing's poor qualifying performance may not be as big a problem.  Valles has his sights set on scoring 50 points from each of the two races – the second event a tougher challenge as the race one winner will start from the back of the grid in race two.  

Adrian Valles (pole), in the Liverpool car
Pieter Slinger/AR1.com
Liverpool earned the pole position after defeating AS Roma's Franck Perera in the shoot-out.  The Reds other main rival – PSV Eindhoven – also endured a tough qualifying performance to be 14th fastest. 

FC Porto continued its strong form after winning at Vallelunga to qualify third in the shoot-out with Tristan Gommendy while Atletico Madrid earned the honor of the top Spanish club with Andy Soucek starting fourth tomorrow – his best effort in the championship to date. 

Robert Doornbos and AC Milan continued their consistent qualifying efforts – making the shoot out for the sixth consecutive event – the only club to earn that honor.  Doornbos will start sixth tomorrow 

Local favorite Sevilla FC bounced back after losing the front wing in the timed session to sneak into the shootout on the final lap.  The team replaced the front wing on Borja Garcia's car and he was able to displace Tottenham Hotspur at the checkered flag. Sevilla will start 7th tomorrow. 

Tomorrow's two final 2008 Superleague Formula races will be staged at 11.00am and 2.00pm. 

Adrian Valles (Liverpool FC) "I did what I had to do and pushed on the limit every time I was on the track.  We had some problems this morning when the car wasn't really good but we managed to turn it around.

"The car is good now and we have a lot of possibilities for tomorrow considering Beijing had a problem in qualifying and spun off.

"I've got the pole and now I have to win the race and score as many points as I can – the rest is not up to me.

"I'm really happy to get pole position, especially at my home race – it's not home for Liverpool but personally I have many fans coming here so I hope I can do a really good job tomorrow."

Franck Perera will start 2nd on Sunday
Pieter Slinger/AR1.com
Franck Perera (AS Roma) "It is good to be in the first row again.  I raced here quite a long time ago but in practice we worked hard to try to find the right set-up.

"We have been strong in each practice and I knew that if I ended up running against Liverpool in the shoot-out it was going to be tough because he is a little bit faster. "It is good to be in the first row and the race is quite long and I will certainly be out for the win.

"I came close to winning two times before in Estoril and Vallelunga so we will see tomorrow.  I had a problem with a pit stop in Portugal and then had contact with BVB in Italy and also made a mistake on my final lap. But here I think we are very competitive and I am looking forward to tomorrow."

Tristan Gommendy (FC Porto) "I had a good car today.  It is a pleasure to get onto the second row of the grid and tomorrow I think anything is possible. "Last time out I started eighth and won the race so anything is possible form third.

"The team did a good job and Adrian was very strong as well.

"The reaction from the Porto fans after the win was just crazy.

"Everybody was crying afterwards and it was nice because the club has really supported me all year and it was very rewarding to give them a victory."

Andy Soucek (Atletico Madrid) "It is the best qualifying I have had all year because it was the first time we haven't had any problems. "I still had a few problems with the gearbox so I am not really 100 per cent happy.

"Fourth is great but I was expecting to be a little higher after being second and third in practice. "I'm still pleased and I think we can do a good job tomorrow.

"I think it can be a good weekend and I am very pleased to race here at home.  It is nice to have both Spanish teams running here in Jerez."

Qualification Final Classification

Qualifying Group A

POS

NO

RACING TEAM

DRIVER

TIME

GAP

1 21 Liverpool FC SF Racing Team A. Vallés 1:28.998  
2 15 Atlético de Madrid SF Racing Team A. Soucek 1:29.192 0.194
3 16 FC Porto SF Racing Team T. Gommendy 1:29.208 0.210
4 14 Corinthians SF Racing Team A. Pizzonia 1:29.598 0.600
5 10 FC Basel SF Racing Team M. Wissel 1:29.600 0.602
6 6 Al-Ain SF Racing Team B. Baguette 1:29.851 0.853
7 5 PSV Eindhoven SF Racing Team Y. Buurman 1:29.948 0.950
8 9 Olympiacos SF Racing Team S. Katsimis 1:30.280 1.282
9 12 Beijing Guoan FC SF Racing Team D. Rigon 1:43.254 14.256

Qualifying Group B

POS

NO

RACING TEAM

DRIVER

TIME

GAP

1 22 AS Roma SF Racing Team F. Perera 1:28.986  
2 3 AC Milan SF Racing Team R. Doornbos 1:29.040 0.054
3 4 Galatasaray SK SF Racing Team A. Pier Guidi 1:29.571 0.585
4 18 Sevilla FC SF Racing Team B. García 1:29.940 0.954
5 19 Tottenham Hotspur SF Racing Team D. Tappy 1:30.088 1.102
6 17 Rangers FC SF Racing Team R. Dalziel 1:30.114 1.128
7 8 RSC Anderlecht SF Racing Team C. Dolby 1:30.142 1.156
8 7 Flamengo SF Racing Team T. Rocha 1:30.771 1.785

Quarter-finals

POS

NO

RACING TEAM

DRIVER

TIME

GAP

Group 1
2 22 AS Roma SF Racing Team F. Perera 1:29.008 0.230
7 14 Corinthians SF Racing Team A. Pizzonia 1:29.966 1.188
Group 2
1 21 Liverpool FC SF Racing Team A. Vallés 1:28.778  
6 18 Sevilla FC SF Racing Team B. García 1:29.742 0.964
Group 3
3 16 FC Porto SF Racing Team T. Gommendy 1:29.041 0.263
4 3 AC Milan SF Racing Team R. Doornbos 1:29.223 0.445
Group 4
5 15 Atlético de Madrid SF Racing Team A. Soucek 1:29.634 0.856
8 4 Galatasaray SK SF Racing Team A. Pier Guidi 1:30.811 2.033

Semi-finals

POS

NO

RACING TEAM

DRIVER

TIME

GAP

Group 1
1 22 AS Roma SF Racing Team F. Perera 1:28.889  
3 15 Atlético de Madrid SF Racing Team A. Soucek 1:29.317 0.365
Group 2
2 21 Liverpool FC SF Racing Team A. Vallés 1:28.952 0.063
4 16 FC Porto SF Racing Team T. Gommendy 1:29.499 0.610

Pole Position Shoot Out

POS

NO

RACING TEAM

DRIVER

TIME

GAP

1 21 Liverpool FC SF Racing Team A. Vallés 1:29.088 POLE
2 22 AS Roma SF Racing Team F. perera 1:29.328 0.240

Pole Knockout Summary Results

Order

Quarter Final

Result

Semi Final

Result

Final

Result

Pole

Result

Pair 1 AS Roma Winner AS Roma Winner AS Roma 2nd
Liverpool FC Pole
Corinthians 8th
Pair 2 Galatasary SK 5th Atlético de Madrid 4th
Atlético de Madrid Winner
Pair 3 AC Milan 6th AC Milan 3rd Liverpool FC Winner
FC Porto Winner
Pair 4 Sevilla FC 7th Liverpool FC Winner
Liverpool FC Winner

Race 1 Grid

Race 1 Grid

Row 9 17- Beijing Guoan FC  
Row 8 15- Flamengo 16- Olympiacos
Row 7 13- RSC Anderlecht 14- PSV Eindhoven
Row 6 11- Rangers FC 12- Al-Ain
Row 5 9- Tottenham Hotspur 10- FC Basel
Row 4 7- Sevilla FC 8- Corinthians
Row 3 5- Galatasaray SK 6- AC Milan
Row 2 3- FC Porto 4- Atlético de Madrid
Row 1 1- Liverpool FC 2- AS Roma
 

Pole Position

 

Hot News Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003
2004200520062007
2008200920102011
2012201320142015

Search Hot News
Search Help