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Liverpool FC claims first blood
Liverpool FC claimed first blood in the Superleague Formula by Sonangol when Spaniard Adrian Vallés comfortably won the opening race at Magny Cours in France today (28 June).

Dutchman Yelmer Buurman in the Anderlecht car, despite being involved in an opening lap multiple car accident, came home second after successfully defending from the Tottenham Hotspur car of Britain Craig Dolby – the pair separated by less than a second at the checkered flag.

The pole-starting SC Corinthians car of Antonio Pizzonia (BRA) ultimately finished fourth after reigning GP2 champion Giorgio Pantano dropped from fourth to 12th place after spinning his AC Milan car at high speed with less than five minutes remaining.

A second 45-minute race, with the 18-cars lining up in the reverse of the opening race finishing order, plus a new three-lap non-points scoring “shoot out” for the top-three in races one and two, are staged later today.

Liverpool FC: Adrian Vallés (SP)
It was a good race – pretty comfortable. My only problem was that at the start I had to switch the gearbox to manual mode at the start so for the opening two laps I was getting used to that. But I got in to a rhythm, caught up the Corinthians car again and overtook him. It was a good race and a great way to start the SLF season.”

Anderlecht: Yelmer Buurman (NED)
“The start was difficult as the pole-starting Corinthians car seemed to back off just before the green light at the start line and the Tottenham car overtook me at the first corner. But then I was hit further around the opening lap, causing me to spin and damaging the bodywork. Despite being unsure about the level of damage, I continued. It was a good fight with the Tottenham car in the closing stages and I’m very happy with second place.” 

Tottenham Hotspur: Craig Dolby (GB)
“We started on ‘old’ tires but I got around the outside of the Liverpool and Anderlecht cars at the start before Liverpool got me back going into turn 2. I didn’t stop exactly right in my pit box for the tire change which delayed us. But on new tires I was able to push hard and recover the places I’d lost due to the stop. I pressed the Anderlecht car hard for second place but came up a little short. Nevertheless I’m very proud to give Spurs a rostrum finish on my debut for the London club.”

Race 1 - SF Round 1 France - Classification


1 21 Liverpool FC SF Racing Team A. Vallés 45:57.400 30 laps
2 8 RSC Anderlecht SF Racing Team Y. Buurman 46:03.698 6.298
3 19 Tottenham Hotspurs SF Racing Team C. Dolby 46:04.637 7.237
4 14 Corinthians SF Racing Team A. Pizzonia 46.14.368 16.968
5 4 Galatasaray SF Racing Team D. Tappy 46.25.201 27.801
6 7 Flamengo SF Racing Team E. Bernoldi 46.35.207 37.807
7 2 Sporting Clube de Portugal SF Racing Team P. Petiz 46:41.578 44.178
8 24 FC Midtjylland SF Racing Team K. Andersen 46:53.303 55..903
9 6 AL-Ain SF Racing Team M. Molina 47:00.681 1:03.907
10 10 FC Basel SF Racing Team M. Wissel 47:01.307 1:03.907
11 5 PSV Eindhoven SF Racing Team D. Muermans 47:23.955 1:26.555
12 3 AC Milan Racing Team G. Pantano 44:47.472 1 lap
13 69 Olympique Lyonnais SF Racing Team N. Panciatici 46:22.919 1 lap
14 15 Atlético de Madrid SF Racing Team H.P. Tung 46:44.320 1 laps
15 22 AS Roma SF Racing Team J. Kennard 27:50.298 13 laps
16 16 FC Porto SF Racing Team T. Gommendy 46:39.628 22 laps
17 17 Rangers FC SF Racing Team J. Martin 3:50.676 -29 laps
18 9 Olympiacos SF Racing Team D. Rigon -

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