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SUPERLEAGUE NEWS 

Olympiacos' Hanley wins at Ordos

Ben Hanley leads at Ordos for OlympiacosBen Hanley won the first-ever international motor race at the new Ordos circuit in China on Sunday morning, leading the opening Superleague Formula race from start to finish for the Olympiacos club.

The start was a chaotic affair, as fourth-placed Andy Soucek (Flamengo) tagged the fast-starting Robert Doornbos (Corinthians), who cannoned into front-row starter John Martin (Beijing Guoan) before the startline. The multiple impacts removed all three cars.

Hanley was gifted a huge lead as a result, but Bordeaux's Franck Perera kept him honest in the first stint. That became academic after the pitstops, as first of all Perera suffered a slow stop and then he was caught for speeding in the pitlane.

Perera's drive-through penalty dropped him from third (as Basel's Max Wissel had passed him at Turn 1 on lap 13) to sixth, behind Earl Bamber (Porto), Craig Dolby (Tottenham) and series leader Davide Rigon (Anderlecht).

Yelmer Buurman (AC Milan) also passed Perera in the closing stages to finish sixth from 12th on the grid. Marcos Martinez finished eighth for Sevilla after spinning out of sixth early on.

Up front, Hanley won by 2.6 seconds from Wissel, Bamber (on his Superleague debut), Dolby (who escaped a brief off-track moment early on), Rigon and Buurman.

Pos  Driver             Team                      Time/Gap
 1.  Ben Hanley         Olympiacos              46m07.003s
 2.  Max Wissel         FC Basel                  + 2.620s
 3.  Earl Bamber        FC Porto                 + 27.207s
 4.  Craig Dolby        Tottenham Hotspur        + 30.628s
 5.  Davide Rigon       RSC Anderlecht           + 35.231s
 6.  Yelmer Buurman     AC Milan                 + 38.822s
 7.  Franck Perera      Girondins de Bordeaux    + 41.593s
 8.  Marcos Martinez    Sevilla FC             + 1m05.356s
 9.  Bruno Mendez       Atletico de Madrid     + 1m54.527s
10.  Adderly Fong       PSV Eindhoven              + 1 lap
11.  Julien Jousse      AS Roma                    + 1 lap
12.  Ma Qing Hua        Team China                 + 1 lap

Retirements:

     Giacomo Ricci      Galatasaray            28 laps
     Tristan Gommendy   Olympique Lyonnais     25 laps
     Frederic Vervisch  Liverpool FC           1 lap
     Adrian Valles      Sporting Lisbon        1 lap
     Andy Soucek        Flamengo               0 laps
     Robert Doornbos    Corinthians            0 laps
     John Martin        Beijing Guoan          0 laps
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