Beijing extends Championship lead with stunning Vallelunga victory

02.11.2008: 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.

Beijing Guoan now hold a 60 point lead in the championship over AC Milan who have now risen to second place.

Milan took its third consecutive second place finish while Galatasaray's Alessandro Pier Guidi also scored his second consecutive third place finish.

For Liverpool, the chance for victory evaporated during the pit stop when the team had trouble changing on of the front tyres – dropping behind AC Milan and Beijing

Valles later began suffering a fuel pressure issue that dropped him back to ninth place overall.

Flamengo's recent run of misfortune turned the corner with Tuka Rocha scoring a fighting fourth place – holding off a trail of cars for much of the race.

Rangers scored a strong finish to move from 10th on the grid to fifth place at the finish while local heroes AS Roma suffered a disappointing finish.

Franck Perera ran wide after locking a brake and lost a number of positions after running in 6th place. The Roma car later retired to pits with only three laps remaining.

Other cars to suffer misfortune during the opening race included Borussia Dortmund (suspension issue) and Spanish clubs Sevilla (flat tyre and subsequent throttle sensor problem) and Atletico Madrid (overheating).

Beijing Guoan now lead on 321 ahead of AC Milan, 261; Liverpool FC, 255; PSV Eindhoven, 254; Galatasaray, 220; RSC Anderlecht, 215; Sevilla FC, 205; AS Roma, 198; Corinthians, 198; Tottenham Hotspur, 189; Al Ain, 177; FC Basel, 175; FC Porto, 168; Flamengo, 166; Rangers, 164; Borussia Dortmund, 148; Olympiacos, 122; Atletico Madrid, 106. 

 

- Paul Ryan -

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02.11.2008 / MaP

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