Liverpool topple AC Milan in Vallelunga Pole Shoot-Out

Italian fans looking to celebrate an AC Milan pole position in Italy had their hearts broken by Liverpool's Adrian Valles at Vallelunga today.

The two-time race winning "Reds" star earned his club's first pole today after beating AC Milan's Robert Doornbos in the pole shoot-out.

Italian fans had already suffered the disappointment of seeing local club AS Roma drop out at the quarter-final stage at the hands of championship leader, Davide Rigon from Beijing Guoan. Roma's Franck Perera will start seventh in the opening race tomorrow.

Valles scored race victories at Zolder and Estoril this season, but today's result was the first pole position for an English club in Superleague Formula.

Brazilian fans also had plenty to cheer about after strong results from both Flamengo and Corinthians.

Tuka Rocha's run of misfortune aboard the Flamengo car looked to have turned the corner with a strong qualifying performance only for him to suffer a misfire in his semi-final against Liverpool. The Brazilian will start fourth behind Beijing's Rigon.

Corinthians star Antonio Pizzonia set the fastest time in group A qualifying but was beaten in his quarter final against Beijing.

Damp more practice conditions claimed a number of victims in the morning with Stamatis Katsimis (Olympiacos), Paul Meijer (Al Ain) and Tristan Gommendy (FC Porto) all making contact with the wall.

Meijer suffered a wrist injury but x-rays confirmed no broken bones. His car however, suffered tub damage and his Al Ain team is unsure whether they will make it onto the grid tomorrow.

Borussia Dortmund is another club that required a "nose job" after Enrico Toccacelo damaged the car on the opening lap of qualifying.

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