>


Advertisement
Hot News
for your iPhone
for your iPad
Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
02/12/09
speedcar
Liuzzi fastest at practice while Melandri impresses

Vitantonio Liuzzi set the quickest time at practice this evening at the Losail International Circuit for the first ever Speedcar Series night event this weekend. He was followed very closely by Jean Alesi and Gianni Morbidelli.

Alesi was ahead of the pack for the most part of the hour long practice session that began at 19:00 local time. Liuzzi however managed to clock 2:04.818 in the final minutes, bettering the Frenchman's time by .049 and half a second faster than fellow Italian Morbidelli.

The surprise outcome of the day was from MotoGP Champion Marco Melandri, who has ridden on the circuit in Qatar before but has only just driven on it in a Speedcar. He fared impressively finishing in fifth place only 0.025 slower than Johnny Herbert. The Italian rider said, "I had the advantage of knowing the track but the racing lines are different when comparing a Speedcar to a motorbike. The car understeers quite a lot but I had a great time on the track. It's a difficult car to drive but not as hard as I expected. I had estimated to finish around 10th place so to finish in 5th was a great result." Melandri was quick from the start and stayed between 6th and 4th places.

The practice session classification is as follows:

Pos Driver Teams Laps Time
1. V.Liuzzi UP Team 19 2:04.818
2. J. Alesi HPR 12 2:04.867
3. G. Morbidelli Palm Beach Racing 20 2:05.323
4. J. Herbert JMB 21 2:05.946
5. M. Melandri Team Lavaggi 23 2:06.146
6. H. Frentzen Team Lavaggi 18 2:06.171
7. T. Biagi Palm Beach 22 2:06.397
8. H. Al Maktoum UP Team 22 2:06.462
9. J. Villeneuve Durango 19 2:06.778
10. M. Lee HPR 16 2:06.882
11. C. Zoechling Durango 25 2:07.133
12. D. Passini JMB 7 2:07.622
13. N. Al Attiyah Team Barwa 23 2:09.478
14. A. Al Kuwari QMMF Team 16 2:15.225
15. F. Al Thani QMMF Team 10 2:22.627


The 30 minute qualifying session will be held tomorrow at 17:45 local time followed by Race 1 at 21:40. Fans can watch the races through race footage televised by 13 broadcasters across Asia, the Middle East and Europe

The list of provisional broadcasters for Speedcar Series Season 2 is as follows:

Channel Country/Region Transmission
ESPN Star Sports Pan Asia Delayed
Sport 5 Czech Republic, Slovakia Live
Sport TV Slovenia Delayed
Viasat Scandinavia Delayed
Telenova Italy Delayed
Rai Italy Delayed
Dubai Sports Middle East Live
Abu Dhabi Sports Middle East Live
Showtime Middle East Live
Al Jazeera Middle East Live
Charlton TV Middle East Delayed
Al Dawri and Al Kass Middle East Delayed highlights

Channel

Country/Region Transmission
ESPN Star Sports Pan Asia Delayed
Sport 5 Czech Republic, Slovakia Live
Sport TV Slovenia Delayed
Viasat Scandinavia Delayed
Telenova Italy Delayed
Rai Italy Delayed
Dubai Sports Middle East Live
Abu Dhabi Sports Middle East Live
Showtime Middle East Live
Al Jazeera Middle East Live
Charlton TV Middle East Delayed
Al Dawri and Al Kass Middle East Delayed highlights

Hot News Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003
2004200520062007
2008200920102011
2012201320142015

Search Hot News
Search Help