Basel's Wissel tops Jarama practice

Max Wissel boosted FC Basel's slim Superleague Formula title aspirations by setting the quickest time in practice ahead of qualifying for the season finale at Jarama in Spain

Basel's Wissel tops Jarama practice

The young German, who is 91 points in arrears with 100 on offer this weekend, lapped the former Spanish Grand Prix venue in 1m20.002s, three tenths clear of AS Roma's Julien Jousse. Ex-Formula 1 racer Sebastien Bourdais was third fastest for leading Spanish club Sevilla, ahead of Galatasaray's Ho-Pin Tung.

Also quick were FC Midtjylland's Kasper Andersen, Porto's Tristan Gommendy and Esteban Guerrieri of Olympiacos.

Surprisingly, the title favourites - Adrian Valles of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur's Craig Dolby - did not figure among the leading times after the three half-hour sessions. Dolby actually topped the opening period, but his eventual 1m22.340s best left him down in 15th in the quickest of the sessions. Valles was 10th fastest, on a 1m21.760s.

Liverpool and Tottenham have been drawn in the same qualifying group for this afternoon's crucial session, so each will be keen to progress to the knock-out stages to ensure a top eight position on Sunday's grid. Liverpool holds a 49-point lead at the head of the standings.

Practice one: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Craig Dolby Tottenham Hotspur 1m22.459s 2. Kasper Andersen FC Midtylland 1m22.596s + 0.137s 3. Sebastien Bourdais Sevilla FC 1m22.713s + 0.254s 4. Max Wissel FC Basel 1m23.029s + 0.570s 5. Esteban Guerrieri Olympiacos 1m23.103s + 0.644s 6. Adrian Valles Liverpool  1m23.116s + 0.657s 7. Antonio Pizzonia Corinthians 1m23.235s + 0.776s 8. Tristan Gommendy FC Porto 1m23.356s + 0.897s 9. Nelson Panciatici Olympique Lyonnais 1m23.479s + 1.020s 10. Giorgio Pantano AC Milan 1m23.528s + 1.069s 11. Ho-Pin Tung Galatasaray 1m24.013s + 1.554s 12. John Martin Rangers 1m24.063s + 1.604s 13. Enrique Bernoldi Flamengo 1m24.067s + 1.608s 14. Yelmer Buurman Anderlecht 1m24.201s + 1.742s 15. Pedro Petiz Sporting 1m24.255s + 1.796s 16. Julien Jousse AS Roma 1m24.286s + 1.827s 17. Carlo van Dam PSV Eindhoven 1m25.098s + 2.639s 18. Maria de Villota Atletico Madrid 1m26.197s + 3.738s 
Practice two: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Yelmer Buurman Anderlecht 1m20.783s 2. Sebastien Bourdais Sevilla FC 1m22.158s + 1.375s 3. Tristan Gommendy FC Porto 1m22.301s + 1.518s 4. Adrian Valles Liverpool 1m22.323s + 1.540s 5. Max Wissel FC Basel 1m22.324s + 1.541s 6. Antonio Pizzonia Corinthians 1m22.336s + 1.553s 7. Kasper Andersen FC Midtylland 1m22.396s + 1.613s 8. Ho-Pin Tung Galatasaray 1m22.452s + 1.669s 9. Giorgio Pantano AC Milan 1m22.496s + 1.713s 10. Julien Jousse AS Roma 1m22.551s + 1.768s 11. Esteban Guerrieri Olympiacos 1m22.678s + 1.895s 12. John Martin Rangers 1m22.953s + 2.170s 13. Pedro Petiz Sporting 1m23.106s + 2.323s 14. Craig Dolby Tottenham Hotspur 1m23.145s + 2.362s 15. Enrique Bernoldi Flamengo 1m23.225s + 2.442s 16. Carlo van Dam PSV Eindhoven 1m23.379s + 2.596s 17. Nelson Panciatici Olympique Lyonnais 1m23.528s + 2.745s 18. Maria de Villota Atletico Madrid 1m26.782s + 5.999s 
Practice three: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Max Wissel FC Basel 1m20.002s 2. Julien Jousse AS Roma 1m20.364s + 0.362s 3. Sebastien Bourdais Sevilla FC 1m20.522s + 0.520s 4. Ho-Pin Tung Galatasaray 1m20.656s + 0.654s 5. Kasper Andersen FC Midtylland 1m20.856s + 0.854s 6. Tristan Gommendy FC Porto 1m20.931s + 0.929s 7. Esteban Guerrieri Olympiacos 1m20.946s + 0.944s 8. Nelson Panciatici Olympique Lyonnais 1m21.049s + 1.047s 9. Enrique Bernoldi Flamengo 1m21.365s + 1.363s 10. Adrian Valles Liverpool 1m21.760s + 1.758s 11. Yelmer Buurman Anderlecht 1m21.823s + 1.821s 12. Pedro Petiz Sporting 1m22.109s + 2.107s 13. Giorgio Pantano AC Milan 1m22.132s + 2.130s 14. Antonio Pizzonia Corinthians 1m22.264s + 2.262s 15. Craig Dolby Tottenham Hotspur 1m22.340s + 2.338s 16. John Martin Rangers 1m22.401s + 2.399s 17. Carlo van Dam PSV Eindhoven 1m22.872s + 2.870s 18. Maria de Villota Atletico Madrid 1m22.972s + 2.970s 
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