Buurman tops practice for Anderlecht
|By Charles Bradley
||Saturday, September 5th 2009, 12:38 GMT
Anderlecht's Yelmer Buurman set the fastest time in practice ahead of this weekend's fourth round of Superleague Formula at Estoril in Portugal.
The Dutchman lapped the former Portuguese Grand Prix venue in 1m26.968s, as a rare fresh-tyre run was optimised by the relatively cool conditions of the first session.
Donington race winner Max Wissel was second in the first session and topped the second for FC Basel, just 0.064s and 0.066s faster than Esteban Guerrieri (Olympiakos) and John Martin (Rangers) respectively.
The third session was headed by Roma returnee Franck Perera, who lapped in 1m27.219s - 0.438s ahead of Corinthians' Antonio Pizzonia, who was just 0.042s faster than Giorgio Pantano of AC Milan.
Series newcomer Sebastien Bourdais set his best time in the final session for Sevilla, his 1m27.861s good enough for fifth place for the Formula 1 refugee. He was two places ahead in that session of fellow debutant Alvaro Parente (Porto), although the Spa GP2 race winner was fourth fastest in session two.
The other local hero, Pedro Petiz, did not get Sporting Lisbon's home race weekend off to a good start when he crashed exiting the final corner, swiping the front wing off his car and halting the final practice session.
Combined practice times:
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Yelmer Buurman Anderlecht 1m26.968s
2. Franck Perera AS Roma 1m27.291s
3. Antonio Pizzonia Corinthians 1m27.729s
4. Giorgio Pantano AC Milan 1m27.771s
5. Esteban Guerrieri Olympiacos 1m27.827s
6. Sebastien Bourdais Sevilla FC 1m27.861s
7. Max Wissel FC Basel 1m27.904s
8. Alvaro Parente FC Porto 1m28.179s
9. Adrian Valles Liverpool 1m28.932s
10. Kasper Andersen FC Midtylland 1m29.057s
11. John Martin Rangers 1m29.120s
12. Nelson Panciatici Olympique Lyonnais 1m29.164s
13. Enrique Bernoldi Flamengo 1m29.167s
14. Craig Dolby Tottenham Hotspur 1m29.299s
15. Carlo van Dam PSV Eindhoven 1m29.764s
16. Ho-Pin Tung Galatasaray 1m30.111s
17. Pedro Petiz Sporting 1m30.594s
18. Maria de Villota Atletico Madrid 1m32.322s