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GP Week : Issue 52
Liverpool takes the 100 large! SUPER League Formula, the self dubbed ‘Beautiful Race’, kicked off its second season at France’s Magny Cours circuit at the weekend, with a new race weekend format in place for the 18 international football clubs to contest. The new format saw three races over the course of the event, with the first two counting for championship points. The third race was a special shootout between the podium finishers in the first two races, for a jackpot prize of 100,000 Euros for the race winner. The championship saw a number of returning drivers and teams, but also featured some high profile new boys, amongst them reigning GP2 champion Giorgio Pantano driving for AC Milan. The shootout pole position had gone to Antonio Pizzonia, driving for Corinthians, who pipped Liverpool’s Adrian Valles by over a quarter of a second to take the top spot for the first race. Pantano, however, was left on the back row after suffering gearshift issues. It was Valles who took the first race win, passing Pizzonia early on and pulling out an easy lead. He was never troubled for the victory as Pizzonia fell out of touch and second place was taken by Yelmer Buurman for Anderlecht, who had to hold off the advances of Craig Dolby in the Tottenham Hotspur car. Fourth should have gone to the amazing Pantano, who had fought up from the last row of the grid, but he pulled into bitter retirement with just a few corners of the race left to run. Pantano’s disappointment turned to joy in the second reverse grid race. He took AC Milan’s first ever victory in the series after a great battle with fellow Italian and reigning Superleague champion Davide Rigon, who has moved teams to Olympiakos in 2009. Wissel took third for Basel. In the ‘super final’, Valles took the 100,000 Euros with Pantano second in the eight lap sprint. The weekend sees Liverpool top the early standings on 79, two points ahead of Anderlecht with AC Milan third on 64 points. Round two takes place at Zolde, Belgium, on the weekend of 18/19 July. to access a HUGE global audience 10 ADVERTISE in GPWEEK