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GP Week : Issue 26
Interesting d Beijing scores early goal in SuperLe F3000 champ takes the points away from first encounter BEIJING Gouan FC has taken the lead of the SuperLeague Formula after the inaugural race weekend of the motorsport/football hybrid at Donington Park. The team that nobody had heard of was the class of the weekend as reigning Euro F3000 champion Davide Rigon combined well with the Beijing- operating Zakspeed team to take pole position, Race 1 win and a sixth in the totally reversed grid in Race 2. The first weekend for the championship was marred by a number of technical issues for the cars, but the racing and weekend format provided a great deal of interest and entertainment for the fans and media alike. Rigon had won the first pole position in the football style shootout finals, and as the fastest man from all of Saturday’s running was duly untouchable in Race 1 on Sunday morning. Although facing a tough challenge from Borja Garcia 12 (Sevilla) in the early running, Garcia suffered gearbox issues and fell back leaving Rigon to lead home Enrico Toccacello (AS Roma) and Duncan Tappy (Tottenham Hotspur). Race 2 saw a total reverse grid from the finishing positions of the first event, and pole sitter Tuka Rocha (Flamengo) led the field in appalling conditions through two Safety Car periods. Garcia made his way up onto the Brazilian’s rear wing from the third row, and passed him shortly after the second safety car period. Rocha held on for second and was followed in third by driver of the weekend Adrian Valles in the Liverpool FC car. Valles had run just two laps on Saturday as the Hitech engineered car had suffered from fuel pickup issues. Starting dead last in Race 1, he had fought through to sixth, and then from the reverse grid’s seventh row took the final podium spot in Race 2. It is Beijing Gouan FC which leads the championship on 79 points after the first weekend with the two English clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC joint second on 72. Read our SuperLeague feature on page 24