Olympiacos triumph after late comeback victory

Olympiacos triumph after late comeback victory

06.09.2009: Olympiacos scored a superb first-ever Superleague Formula by Sonangol victory after a stunning second half fight back saw the Greek giants grab a win from Liverpool with just three minutes remaining in race 1 at Estoril.

Olympiacos scored a superb first-ever Superleague Formula by Sonangol victory after a stunning second half fight back saw the Greek giants grab a win from Liverpool with just three minutes remaining in race 1 at Estoril.

New signing Esteban Guerrieri, a summer transfer from Spanish club Sevilla, made a scintillating debut for his new club but still had to win the hard way. Leading at the first corner from second on the grid, the Argentinian driver was in control of the race early on but dropped to third during the compulsory pit stops. A late charge, aided by some slower traffic, saw him recover the win with clean passing moves on Corinthians and Liverpool in the dying stages.

Liverpool and their driver Adrian Valles will not be too disappointed with second place however, as the British club extended its lead at the top of the Superleague Formula by Sonangol League Table to a healthy 43 points as main title rival FC Basel failed to even make the grid due to gearbox problems.

A messy start to the race combined to give Guerrieri a comfortable lead by the first corner. Pole sitter Antonio Pizzonia in the Corinthians car slowed dramatically just before the cars crossed the start/finish line on the rolling grid which allowed Olympiacos to streak into the lead.

Pizzonia’s poor getaway also caused problems for third placed Liverpool, Valles ramming the back of the Cornithians machine, although both drivers escaped relatively unharmed to slot into second and third.


Race 1 Estoril


1     Olympiacos SF Racing Team     45:47.271
2     Liverpool FC  SF Racing Team     +2.166
3     Corinthians  SF Racing Team     +3.010

Qualyfing Rounds Estoril
Pole Position     Corinthians SF Racing Team
Finalist     Olympiacos SF Racing Team
Semifinalist     Liverpool FC SF Racing Team
Semifinalist



1     21     Liverpool FC     217
2     10     FC Basel     207
3     19     Tottenham Hotspur     196
4     3     AC Milan     154
5     16     FC Porto     146
6     14     Corinthians     139
7     6     Al-Ain *     135
8     24     FC Midtjylland     122
9     15     Atlético de Madrid     120
10     17     Rangers FC     118
11     9     Olympiacos     118
12     8     RSC Anderlecht     117
13     22     AS Roma     110
14     2     Sporting Clube de Portugal     110
15     4     Galatasaray     101
16     7     Flamengo     98
17     69     Olympique Lyonnais     82
18     5     PSV Eindhoven     59
19     18     Sevilla FC     28

* Al-Ain FC left the Championship after Round 2 2009


- Andy Wilkinson - photos Superleague Formula

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