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Reception of Superleague Formula's first season consolidates the championship for 2009

• A total amount of 100.000 people relished six races of Superleague Formula this season in different European circuits.


• 34.000 fans attended the last race in Jerez and was broadcasted live in 70 countries. 

The Championship which began three months ago in the UK, attracted 100.000 football and motorsport fans in six countries during their first inaugural season and lead them to the most emblematic circuits such as Donington in the UK, Nürburgring in Germany, Zolder in Belgium, Estoril in Portugal, Vallelunga in Italy and Jerez in Spain.


The new and original format of the Superleague Formula Championship being open to the public, allowed the fans to visit the boxes of their teams, meet their favorite pilot and even touch the V12 de 750 CV which ran for their colours. Fans who assisted were also able to enjoy the different activities organized in the Paddock which accompanied the Championship throughout this first season. Motorsport lovers, football club fans and their families were quivered by the acrobatics of Ramon Alonso, the world’s air acrobatic champion, the exhibitions of extreme motorcycling stunts by Chris Pfeiffer, the international champion of Streetbike free style, the performance of professional dancers of Break Dance, a Karts circuit of 2.000 m2, football amusement games , etc…

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Brit scores for Germany in Superleague in front of 34,000 fans

British driver James Walker scored his and German club's Borussia Dortmund's first Superleague Formula victory in the final race of the inaugural championship season at Jerez in Spain today.

In front of 34,000 fans, Walker started from fourth on the grid and actually dropped a spot after three laps. Following his pit stop on lap nine, Walker began to move through the pack to grab second place on lap 15.

He then began a pursuit of Galatasaray's Alessandro Pier Guidi who had opened up a large early lead.
The Brit was able take the lead when Turkish car suffered a large spin while trying to hold off the German entry.

Walker was then able to run to the chequered flag to lead home Corinthians driver Antonio Pizzonia and newly crowned Superleague Formula champion, Davide Rigon aboard the Beijing Guoan machine.
Walker's performance is even more remarkable considering the fact he missed an entire day's running yesterday.

The Brit also gave himself a major scare in race one when the removable steering wheel came off in his hands on the formation lap – forcing him to start from pit lane.

Walker becomes the first British driver to claim a victory in Superleague Formula. He also scored his new club's first victory in the championship. Walker's only other Superleague Formula outing this year came at the Nurburgring when he filled in at Rangers to score that club's season best result of fourth.

Liverpool FC's Adrian Valles completed a day to forget after suffering a gearbox issue in race two. The Reds had earlier dominated race one and were headed for victory until suffering a fuel pressure issue on the final lap.

Race one podium finisher Tottenham Hotspur also suffered a gearbox problem in race two, putting Duncan Tappy out the event.

Rangers driver Ryan Dalziel completed a solid final race of the 2008 Superleague Formula season finishing in sixth position.

RSC Anderlecht driver Craig Dolby completed the season as the highest placed British driver after finishing eighth in the final race. Dolby scored 303 points for his Belgian club to finish the championship in sixth position.

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FC Porto brings down the fall of Rome at Vallelunga

FC Porto driver Tristan Gommendy shattered the hopes of AS Roma fans will a final lap pass for victory over Franck Perera at Vallelunga today.

In a dramatic crash-filled reverse grid event, Gommendy started 11th
and gradually worked his way through the pack – making passes and dodging drama to take the Portuguese club's first Superleague Formula victory.

Gommendy passed eventual third placed man Yelmer Buurman on lap 17 and then hunted down fellow-Frenchman
FranckPerera who was leading for AS Roma.
Perera looked set to grab a popular home town win only for Gommendy to pull off a pass on the final lap. The ex-Macau F3 Grand Prix winner and Champ Car stormed to victory but struggled to get himself out of the car in parc ferme – nursing an injured left hand which he hurt in a practice crash yesterday.

Only seven cars made to the finish after a series of spectacular incidents. Tuka Rocha (Flamengo) launched off the back of AC Milan's Robert Doornbos at the end of the front straight and then cannoned straight into Brazilian rival Antonio Pizzonia (Corinthians) on the opening lap at Curva Cimini. All drivers emerged unscathed – the same could not be said for their cars.


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Beijing extends championship lead with stunning Vallelunga victory

Beijing Guoan's Davide Rigon scored his third victory of the Superleague Formula season with a stunning win at Vallelunga in Italy today.

Racing on home soil, Italian Rigon started third and trailed race leader Liverpool FC (Adrian Valles) and Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) in the opening laps.

Rigon was one of the first to make his compulsory pit stop on lap nine while Liverpool and Milan pitted a lap later.

The Reds suffered a slow stop allowing Milan ahead but Doornbos was unable to hold off Rigon who made a pass while Doornbos was bringing his tyres up to speed on his out lap.

From that pass onwards, the Italian ace was untouchable and Rigon took his third win – backing up his previous victories from Donington Park and Zolder.

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Injured Meijer out of Al-Ain Car - Muermans to make debut

Estoril race winner Paul Meijer's hopes of leading Al Ain to victory again at Vallelunga have been shattered – the Dutch driver arriving at the Italian circuit this morning with his arm in a cast.

Both Meijer and Al Ain's original Panoz chassis are both on the "injury list" – Meijer now out for four weeks with a broken bone in his hand, and the Al Ain car out with damage to the tub.

However, the UAE club will be represented on the grid with a spare chassis pressed into service and re-branded in Al Ain colours.

Superleague Formula test driver Bruce Jouanny actually shook down the car – at that stage in a bare carbon fibre livery - yesterday afternoon during the rookie session.

Dutchman Dominick Muermans will now take over the driving duties aboard the Al Ain machine.

Muermans took also part in the rookie session yesterday afternoon aboard the PSV Eindhoven car but will now switch to the purple and white Al Ain machine.

The 24-year-old has competed in the US this year in the Formula Atlantic championship. He began his racing career in Europe taking part in the Dutch and German Formula Renault championships also competed in the ATS Formula 3 Cup and Dutch F3 series.

Meijer now faces a race against time to be ready in time for the final round of the championship at Jerez.


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