Walker claims shock win for Dortmund

British driver James Walker took a surprise first Superleague Formula win for Borussia Dortmund in the final race of the season at Jerez

Walker claims shock win for Dortmund

For most of the race Galatasaray's Alessandro Pier Guidi seemed to have the win in the bag. He stormed away from pole and maintained a handsome lead after the bout of mandatory pitstops played out.

But in the closing stages he began to slow, and Walker - who didn't take part in free practice or qualifying while the Dortmund car was assembled - started to close. Pier Guidi spun as the pressure mounted, and Walker duly claimed an unlikely win.

He was followed home closely by ex-Formula One racer Antonio Pizzonia in the Corinthians car and newly-crowned champion Davide Rigon, who drove an impressive race to take third for Beijing Guoan.

Pier Guidi trailed home a distant fourth, just fending off Franck Perera in the Roma car.

Race one winner Robert Doornbos showed just how hard passing is at Jerez. Starting last under the series' reverse grid system, he made up a few spots in the pits, but finished back in 10th, more than half a minute behind the winner.

Pos Driver Team Time 1. James Walker Borussia Dortmund 46:42.999 2. Antonio Pizzonia Corinthians + 1.535 3. Davide Rigon Beijing Guoan + 2.345 4. Alessandro Pier Guidi Galatasaray + 25.500 5. Franck Perera AS Roma + 25.731 6. Ryan Dalziel Rangers + 30.622 7. Bertrand Baguette Al Ain + 31.906 8. Craig Dolby Anderlecht + 32.986 9. Yelmer Buurman PSV Eindhoven + 34.756 10. Robert Doornbos AC Milan + 38.723 11. Borja Garcia Sevilla FC + 40.878 12. Tristan Gommendy FC Porto + 41.205 Retirements: Driver Team Laps Tuka Rocha Flamengo 23 Duncan Tappy Tottenham Hotspur 14 Adrian Valles Liverpool 13 Stamatis Katsimis Olympiacos 7 Maximilian Wissel FC Basel 7 Andy Soucek Atletico Madrid 5 

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