Sevilla's Marcos Martinez atoned for the mistakes that cost him a podium at Brands Hatch by scoring his maiden victory in the second Superleague race at Adria.
After a difficult first race -- where he struggled with a misfiring engine - Martinez went wheel-to-wheel with polesitter Celso Miguez at the rolling start, taking the lead at the first corner when the Olympique Lyonnais driver ran wide.
Having saved a new set of tires, Martinez quickly pulled away from his fellow Spanish racer by up to a second a lap, and eased to his first series victory by over five seconds. It was Sevilla's first race victory since Monza last autumn, and made Martinez the 12th different race winner in Superleague this season.
The championship lead changed hands again, courtesy of Craig Dolby's second-place finish for Tottenham. Dolby, angry that a collision with AC Milan's Yelmer Buurman in the first race had cost him valuable points, jumped ahead of PSV Eindhoven stand-in Hywel Lloyd at the rolling start to run third early on. He was promoted further on lap eight when a gearbox problem slowed Miguez dramatically on the start-finish straight.
After pressuring Dolby early on, Duncan Tappy (Flamengo) struggled in the closing stages on worn tires, and only just held a string of five cars at bay to take third position, his fifth podium in only four Superleague events this year. He was shadowed to the line by Buurman and Frederic Vervisch (Liverpool), who made a sublime late-braking maneuver around the outside of Robert Doornbos (Corinthians) into Turn 1 for fifth place. Moments later, the hard-charging Belgian pulled another bold move on ATECH-Reid team-mate Buurman to grab fourth place at the Turn 3 hairpin. One lap later, however, a bizarre loss of drive for the Liverpool car allowed Buurman back through again. Many in the paddock questioned if team orders had been administered between the two cars.
Max Wissel (FC Basel) enjoyed a quiet run to seventh - guaranteeing himself a place in the five lap 'dash for cash' Super Final in the process, ahead of race one winner Davide Rigon (Anderlecht).
John Martin (Beijing Guoan) finished a disappointed ninth. After a fighting first lap, the Australian again locked his brakes into Turn 2, repeating a similar error that arguably cost him victory in race one, while attempting to overtake eventual 10th-placed finisher, Ben Hanley (Olympiacos). He lost further time later on when he overshot the pitlane exit, and was forced to complete one lap more than scheduled as a consequence.
There was further disappointment in the AS Roma and FC Porto garages. Julien Jousse, after a clumsy collision with Tristan Gommendy (Galatasaray) early on, served a drive-through penalty, whilst Alvaro Parente was similarly penalized when his crew failed to change all four tires during his mandatory pi tstop.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Marcos Martinez Sevilla FC 45m53.970s
2. Craig Dolby Tottenham Hotspur + 5.651s
3. Duncan Tappy Flamengo + 9.576s
4. Yelmer Buurman AC Milan + 10.046s
5. Frederic Vervisch Liverpool FC + 10.567s
6. Robert Doornbos Corinthians + 11.021s
7. Max Wissel FC Basel + 11.975s
8. Davide Rigon RSC Anderlecht + 12.529s
9. John Martin Beijing Guoan + 13.223s
10. Ben Hanley Olympiacos + 20.156s
11. Alvaro Parente FC Porto + 26.606s
12. Hywel Lloyd PSV Eindhoven + 35.556s
13. Tristan Gommendy Galatasaray + 38.273s
14. Julien Jousse AS Roma + 40.639s
Celso Miguez Olympique Lyonnais 12 laps