Buurman wins race one for AC Milan

AC Milan's Yelmer Buurman more than halved the gap to Superleague Formula points leader Craig Dolby of Tottenham Hotspur in race one at the Nurburgring in Germany with a dominant victory, his third of the season, on Sunday morning

Buurman wins race one for AC Milan

The start was wild, with front row starters Julien Jousse of Roma and Corinthians' Robert Doornbos getting mugged on the long drag to the first corner.

The pack ran three abreast and three deep into the hairpin, but only Galatasaray's Tristan Gommendy ran wide, despite a host of locked-up cars, with Buurman grabbing the lead on the inside from Davide Rigon (Anderlecht), who also jumped ahead of Jousse.

Doornbos slumped to sixth, behind Franck Perera (Flamengo) and Olympiacos's Chris van der Drift, and would lose a further place just before the mandatory pitstops to Liverpool's James Walker.

In the stops, Buurman waited a lap later than most to take new tyres, and a scruffy out-lap allowed Rigon right onto his tail.

"I think I hit the pit speed-limiter with my hand at Turn 1 after the pitstop as I was talking on the radio," said Buurman. "Traffic is always difficult to judge, and Maria [de Villota] got in my way a bit, but once I got past her I could pull away again."

He won by 7.7s and didn't even need to use all of his push-to-pass allocation to do it. Rigon (who admitted he had a "boring race") finished well clear of van der Drift, who enjoyed a brilliant pitstop to leap to third, ahead of Perera.

"It was a great race for me," said Buurman. "I overtook Robert on the start and got on the inside for the first corner. It was close after the pitstop, but I could pull out the gap again.

"I'll start way down at the back for the second one, but hopefully I'll work my way back to the front again."

Jousse finished fifth, heading a train of cars comprising Walker, Doornbos, Max Wissel (up from 12th for FC Basel) and Gommendy. Despite a huge amount of squabbling, no-one was able to make a pass stick.

Dolby finished 10th, scoring 18 points but losing 32 of his 60-point lead to Buurman.

Jarama winner John Martin failed to start for Beijing Guoan following a problem with one of his rear wheels on the warm-up lap.

 Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Yelmer Buurman AC Milan 46m36.469s 2. Davide Rigon RSC Anderlecht + 7.724s 3. Chris van der Drift Olympiacos + 11.562s 4. Franck Perera Flamengo + 13.958s 5. Julien Jousse AS Roma + 33.766s 6. James Walker Liverpool FC + 34.291s 7. Robert Doornbos Corinthians + 34.961s 8. Max Wissel FC Basel + 35.410s 9. Tristan Gommendy Galatasaray + 36.045s 10. Craig Dolby Tottenham Hotspur + 47.015s 11 Marcos Martinez Sevilla FC + 53.273s 12. Borja Garcia Sporting Clube de Portugal + 1m02.313s 13 Narain Karthikeyan PSV Eindhoven + 1m19.568s 14 Sebastien Bourdais Olympique Lyonnais + 1 lap 15. Franck Montagny Girondins de Bordeaux + 1 lap Retirements: Maria de Villota Atletico de Madrid 15 laps Alvaro Parente FC Porto 12 laps John Martin Beijing Guoan 0 laps 
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