2008 Donington Park Superleague Formula round

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2008 Donington Park Superleague Formula round
Superleague Formula round UK
Circuit Map
Date August 31, 2008
Location United Kingdom Donington Park, Leicestershire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
2.500 mi / 4.023 km
Laps 28 & 22
Pole position
Team China Beijing Guoan Davide Rigon
Time 1:18.529
Podium (1st race)
First China Beijing Guoan Davide Rigon
Second Italy A.S. Roma Enrico Toccacelo
Third England Tottenham Hotspur Duncan Tappy
Fastest lap (1st race)
Team China Beijing Guoan Davide Rigon
Time 1:20.183 (on lap 10)
Podium (2nd race)
First Spain Sevilla FC Borja García
Second Brazil CR Flamengo Tuka Rocha
Third England Liverpool F.C. Adrián Vallés
Fastest lap (2nd race)
Team Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Yelmer Buurman
Time 1:40.926 (on lap 22)


The 2008 Donington Park Superleague Formula round was the inaugural round of the Superleague Formula championship, with the races taking place on August 31, 2008. Seventeen football teams were represented on the grid, with a win each for Beijing Guoan and Sevilla FC.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

The first ever qualifying session for Superleague saw the introduction of a new qualifying system. Following a random draw which split the seventeen-car field into two groups, the fastest four qualifiers from each progressed into the knockout stages to decide places 1 to 8 on the grid. This meant that in Group B, fifth placed Al Ain (Andreas Zuber) and sixth placed Borussia Dortmund (Nelson Philippe) would both miss out on qualifying for the knockout stages, despite recording a time some four tenths of a second faster than fourth-placed Group A qualifier Galatasaray S.K. (Alessandro Pier Guidi). After negotiating their way through the knockout stages, Sevilla FC (Borja García) and Beijing Guoan (Davide Rigon) would meet in the final. In the one-lap shootout, Rigon came out on top by 0.822 seconds and would become Superleague's inaugural pole-sitter.

Race 1[edit]

The race began with a rolling start, to eradicate a potential chink in the 750 bhp car's armour, and would also delay the introduction of pitstops until the next round. From the start, the Olympiacos car of Kasper Andersen got a fantastic run from fourth on the grid, and was alongside Rigon as the grid headed for Redgate. However, he ran wide and fell back to fourth behind García and a fast-starting Yelmer Buurman in the PSV Eindhoven car. This would become fifth by the end of the lap, as Duncan Tappy also got by, in the Tottenham Hotspur machine. The safety car was deployed on lap three, as A.C. Milan and CR Flamengo had both gone off at Coppice with engine failures on the first and third laps respectively. There were further problems down the field with a midfield incident between Philippe and Andy Soucek in the SC Corinthians car and both would later retire from the race. Enrico Toccacelo would also become a factor in the race, having started sixth in the A.S. Roma car, moving up to third which became second, as García had to shift to manual gear-shifting after developing a problem on down-shifts. Toccacelo did get to within a second and a half of Rigon, but the Italian in the Chinese team's car would hold on, to be the first race-winner of the series. Toccacelo finished 2nd, while Tappy just held off Buurman for the final podium spot. Star of the race though, fell to Adrián Vallés. Having missed qualifying due to an electrical problem, the Liverpool F.C. car charged through from 17th on the grid, to finish fifth ahead of the other finishers Zuber, Tristan Gommendy (F.C. Porto), Ryan Dalziel (Rangers F.C.), Max Wissel (FC Basel 1893) and the troubled García. Of the seven retirees, six were down to technical problems.

Race 2[edit]

A storm engulfed the track, before the start of race two. With the reverse grid system in use, A.C. Milan were expected to start on pole, but did not start due to the fuel-system failure that took Robert Doornbos out of the first race. This put Flamengo on the pole, and would give Tuka Rocha an advantage at the start of the race. Rocha sped away into the distance as all hell broke loose behind. Zuber would go off at the Old Hairpin, who would later deploy the safety car and Philippe, who had challenged Rocha at Redgate, spun down to fifth at Coppice, letting Pier Guidi, Wissel and García through. As quickly as the safety car had gone in, it was back out again after Dalziel and latterly Pier Guidi had both gone off at Hollywood and Wissel had run wide at Melbourne in the Basel car. This left García to charge down Rocha at a rate of knots, and with eight laps to go, caught and passed Rocha in the Melbourne Loop and scampered off to a 10.074-second victory over Rocha. The battle for the final podium spot was decided on lap twenty, when Philippe slid sideways and knocked on his pit-lane limiter which allowed Vallés, who started 12th on the grid into third and third in the championship. Tappy, Rigon, Wissel, Buurman, Gommendy, Toccacelo and Andersen completed the finishers as 11 of the 16 starters finished the race. Rigon's first and sixth allowed Beijing Guoan to be seven points clear of Tottenham and Liverpool in the standings.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

  • In each group, the top four qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group A[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 1:19.822
2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 1:19.872
3 Greece Olympiacos CFP Denmark Kasper Andersen 1:20.035
4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 1:20.087
5 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 1:20.685
6 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 1:24.359
7 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel no time
8 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés no time

Group B[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 1:18.746
2 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 1:19.155
3 Italy A.S. Roma Italy Enrico Toccacelo 1:19.562
4 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 1:19.580
5 United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 1:19.640
6 Germany Borussia Dortmund France Nelson Philippe 1:19.671
7 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 1:20.440
8 Brazil SC Corinthians Spain Andy Soucek 1:20.511
9 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 1:20.584

Knockout stages[edit]

Quarter-Finals   Semi-Finals   Pole Shoot Out
A1  Sevilla FC 1:19.463  
B4  Tottenham Hotspur 1:19.690     A1  Sevilla FC 1:19.655  
A3  Olympiacos CFP 1:20.022   A3  Olympiacos CFP 1:20.244  
B2  A.C. Milan 1:20.173       A1  Sevilla FC 1:19.351
A2  PSV Eindhoven 1:19.411       B1  Beijing Guoan 1:18.529
B3  A.S. Roma 1:19.977     A2  PSV Eindhoven 1:19.565
A4  Galatasaray S.K. 1:20.683   B1  Beijing Guoan 1:19.071  
B1  Beijing Guoan 1:18.566  

Grid[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 1:18.529
2 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja Garcia 1:19.351
3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 1:19.565
4 Greece Olympiacos CFP Denmark Kasper Andersen 1:20.244
5 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 1:20.173
6 Italy A.S. Roma Italy Enrico Toccacelo 1:19.977
7 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 1:20.683
8 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 1:19.690
9 United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 1:19.640
10 Germany Borussia Dortmund France Nelson Philippe 1:19.671
11 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 1:20.440
12 Brazil SC Corinthians Spain Andy Soucek 1:20.511
13 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 1:20.584
14 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 1:20.685
15 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 1:24.359
16 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel no time
17 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés no time

Race 1[edit]

Davide Rigon (green) leads Borja García (red and white) and Enrico Toccacelo (red and orange) under the safety car, during the first race.
Duncan Tappy (white) lines up a pass on Toccacelo.
Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 12 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 28 41:29.425 1 50
2 22 Italy A.S. Roma Italy Enrico Toccacelo 28 +2.577 6 45
3 19 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 28 +14.909 8 40
4 5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 28 +15.305 3 36
5 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 28 +20.184 17 32
6 6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 28 +22.996 9 29
7 16 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 28 +23.675 11 26
8 17 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 28 +24.571 13 23
9 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 28 +25.449 16 20
10 18 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 28 +29.431 2 18
11 14 Brazil SC Corinthians Spain Andy Soucek 14 Alternator 12 16
12 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Denmark Kasper Andersen 10 Water Temp. 4 14
13 4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 9 Engine 7 12
14 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 7 Engine 14 10
15 11 Germany Borussia Dortmund France Nelson Philippe 6 Acc. Damage 10 8
16 7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 2 Engine 15 7
17 3 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 0 Engine 5 6
Fastest lap: Davide Rigon (Beijing Guoan) 1:20.183 (112.243 mph)

Race 2[edit]

Tristan Gommendy's F.C. Porto car in the treacherous conditions of race two.
Max Wissel and Borja García tussling for position at the Melbourne Hairpin.
Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 18 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 22 41:56.268 7 50
2 7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 22 +10.074 1 45
3 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 22 +12.224 12 40
4 11 Germany Borussia Dortmund France Nelson Philippe 22 +14.962 2 36
5 19 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 22 +23.666 14 32
6 12 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 22 +24.681 16 29
7 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 22 +27.225 8 26
8 5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 22 +42.915 13 23
9 16 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 22 +54.513 10 20
10 22 Italy A.S. Roma Italy Enrico Toccacelo 22 +57.398 15 18
11 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Denmark Kasper Andersen 22 +59.946 5 16
12 14 Brazil SC Corinthians Spain Andy Soucek 19 Accident 6 14
13 4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 8 Accident 4 12
14 17 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 6 Accident 9 10
15 6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 0 Accident 11 8
16 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 0 Engine 3 7
DNS 3 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos Engine 0
Fastest lap: Yelmer Buurman (PSV Eindhoven) 1:40.926 (89.174 mph)

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