The destination of the 2009 Superleague Formula by Sonangol title will be decided in Jarama this weekend where Liverpools Adrian Valles and Tottenhams Craig Dolby go head-to-head for the crown.
The pair have been locked together at the top of the league in a fierce battle all season long with Valles having sat atop the standings since the opening weekend at Magny-Cours back in June where he won the first race and lucrative Super Final. Dolby meantime had to wait until the second round at Zolder before recording his first victory of 2009. Now, after five rounds and 13 races, its the Spaniard who heads the Briton by 49 points going into the final weekend where only one can be crowned champion. And both men are talking up their chances ahead of this Sundays showdown.
Adrian Valles: Im quite confident. Weve got a healthy advantage at the top but that doesnt mean we can relax because its a really tough championship to win. There are a lot of strong drivers out there who will be pushing hard. Its best to treat it like any other race and hope that things play out like normal. If I start thinking about pressure, trying to win or not crashing instead of racing as I usually would then thats the wrong mentality. Im just going to go there and try to do my best. The whole team is working hard for it.
Craig Dolby: All Adrian needs is a mechanical failure or to make a mistake and, if I have a good result, Im right back in it for the second race. In Estoril, where I was taken off in one of the races, I only got something like 28 points so if he has a weekend like that then it will be close. You never say never and as theres still a realistic chance of the title then I wont give up. If it wasnt for the problems in Portugal I think wed be within 10 points right now. Its going to be difficult, Ill admit that, but I can still see theres a chance there, especially as I think well be fast.
Statistically, the championship remains a four-horse race with Olympiacos and FC Basel 91 and 97 points adrift respectively. But with only a maximum 100 points still available, their chances appear slim, relying on Liverpool to suffer retirements in both races and requiring victories in each themselves.
After just the two races in Monza at the beginning of October, the Superleague weekend reverts back to its familiar and unique format of two feature races followed by a winner-takes-all Super Final. With the championship out of reach for the majority of the field, its a chance to end the season in style by picking up a 100,000 first prize. One man sure to feature is Sevillas Sebastien Bourdais who has already won twice in two rounds since joining Sevilla in Portugal while Olympiacos Esteban Guerrieri is another in red hot form. Antonio Pizzonia meanwhile will be looking to score his first win of the campaign despite already notching up three pole positions.
Sevilla might be amongst Spanish footballs finest but theres one club in particular local interest will focus on this weekend. The tight and twisty Circuito del Jarama lies just 30 minutes drive from the centre of the countrys capital so expect Los colchoneros to be out in force supporting Atletico Madrid and Maria de Villota.
In driver news, Brazilian Enrique Bernoldi returns for Flamengo after missing Monza while AS Roma hang on to Julien Jousse who impressed many with his raw pace and podium finish on debut in Italy.
All three races from Superleague Formulas final fixture of the season can be seen live on British Eurosport 2 (Sky Digital 411 and Virgin Media 525) this Sunday at 9am, 11.30am and 12.30pm (November 7/8).