2008 Jerez Superleague Formula round

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2008 Jerez Superleague Formula round
Superleague Formula round Spain
Circuit Map
Date November 23, 2008
Location Spain Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
2.751 mi / 4.428 km
Laps 30 & 30
Pole position
Team England Liverpool F.C. Adrián Vallés
Time 1:29.088
Podium (1st race)
First Italy A.C. Milan Robert Doornbos
Second Portugal F.C. Porto Tristan Gommendy
Third England Tottenham Hotspur Duncan Tappy
Fastest lap (1st race)
Team Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Craig Dolby
Time 1:30.101 (on lap 12)
Podium (2nd race)
First Germany Borussia Dortmund James Walker
Second Brazil SC Corinthians Antônio Pizzonia
Third China Beijing Guoan Davide Rigon
Fastest lap (2nd race)
Team China Beijing Guoan Davide Rigon
Time 1:30.029 (on lap 12)


The 2008 Jerez Superleague Formula round was the sixth and final round of the inaugural Superleague Formula championship, with the races taking place on November 23, 2008. Eighteen football teams were represented on the grid, the same number of teams as there was at the previous four rounds. There were two driver changes before this round of the championship: James Walker replaced Enrico Toccacelo in the Borussia Dortmund car and Bertrand Baguette returned to the Al Ain cockpit replacing Dominick Muermans. Paul Meijer had been expected to return, however his injury from the previous round at Vallelunga kept him out.[1] The meeting saw a second win for A.C. Milan and a first win for Borussia Dortmund. With a ninth in the first race coupled with other low placings for Liverpool F.C. and PSV Eindhoven, Beijing Guoan clinched the first Superleague Formula title. With a third in the final race, Beijing won the title with 413 points, some 66 points clear of PSV, and two points further back were Milan.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

After the random draw which split the eighteen-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. Max Wissel (FC Basel 1893) and Bertrand Baguette (Al Ain) both missed out on the top eight, despite setting times faster than Group B 4th Borja García in the Sevilla FC car. As fastest drivers in their groups, Adrián Vallés (Liverpool F.C.) and Franck Perera (A.S. Roma) were expected to meet in the final, and sure enough, they did. Vallés became the first repeat polesitter in Superleague, with his 1:29.088 beating Perera's 1:29.328.

Race 1[edit]

At the start, Vallés led away from Perera, with Andy Soucek (Atlético Madrid) passing Tristan Gommendy (F.C. Porto) for third on the opening lap. On lap five, Wissel spun out of tenth place, and this allowed Craig Dolby's R.S.C. Anderlecht car into the top ten and towards the front, Soucek passed Perera for second place. Lap seven saw the first retirement, with Alessandro Pier Guidi pulling the Galatasaray S.K. car off with engine troubles. Lap eight saw the first pitstop - Antônio Pizzonia (SC Corinthians) pitting from sixth position. Vallés then brought in the Liverpool machine on lap nine, allowing Soucek through into the lead. Tuka Rocha retired on lap ten, having suddenly slowed the lap before in the CR Flamengo car, nearly taking out Davide Rigon's championship-leading Beijing Guoan car due to gearbox issues. Soucek continued to lead until his pitstop on lap 14 - except he didn't make it all the way to the garage. A spin on the way in, caused too much damage and Soucek retired. Vallés thus returned to lead by over 10 seconds from Robert Doornbos (A.C. Milan), Pizzonia, Gommendy and Duncan Tappy (Tottenham Hotspur). Fifteen of the sixteen laps remaining passed and Vallés looked untroubled. However, the engine in the Liverpool car died on the final lap, and Vallés fell from first to seventh, and with it went the championship hopes. Doornbos inherited victory ahead of Gommendy, Tappy, Dolby, Perera, García, Vallés, Yelmer Buurman (PSV Eindhoven), Rigon (which sealed the championship for Beijing Guoan), Baguette, Wissel, Pizzonia (who had been demoted due to pitting outside the window), Stamatis Katsimis (Olympiacos CFP), James Walker (Borussia Dortmund) and Ryan Dalziel (Rangers F.C.), who was seven laps down.

Race 2[edit]

Pier Guidi started from pole for the final race of the season, with Rocha alongside. Again, Soucek made up a place at the start, passing Walker for fourth. Pier Guidi's lead was up to nine seconds on lap six, when Soucek exited from fourth - spinning out to complete a miserable weekend. Lap eight saw a massive shunt, involving seventh-placed Katsimis and eighth-placed Wissel clashed in spectacular fashion - Wissel going over the back over the Olympiacos machine. Most teams started pitting on lap ten, with Pier Guidi pitting on lap twelve. Pizzonia took the lead for one lap before his pitstop, handing Dalziel the lead. During these stops, Vallés and Tappy both retired with gearbox failures. Pier Guidi returned to the lead, leading by some fourteen seconds from Walker, Pizzonia, Rigon and Rocha. However, Pier Guidi was struggling with his new set of tyres, and within five laps, the lead was only four seconds and was one second by lap 23. The pressure got to the Italian as he spun down to fourth at the entrance to the back straight. At the same time, Rocha exited fifth place with a spin into the barriers. That's how it finished, as Walker went on to claim the first victory for Dortmund, winning by 1.5 seconds from Pizzonia and Rigon, before a massive gap to the rest of the field led by Pier Guidi followed by Perera, Dalziel, Baguette, Dolby, Buurman, Doornbos, García and Gommendy.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Group A[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 1:28.998
2 Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Andy Soucek 1:29.192
3 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 1:29.208
4 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 1:29.598
5 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 1:29.600
6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Belgium Bertrand Baguette 1:29.851
7 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 1:29.948
8 Greece Olympiacos CFP Greece Stamatis Katsimis 1:30.280
9 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 1:43.254

Group B[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 Italy A.S. Roma France Franck Perera 1:28.986
2 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 1:29.040
3 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 1:29.571
4 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 1:29.940
5 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 1:30.088
6 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 1:30.114
7 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 1:30.142
8 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 1:30.771
9 Germany Borussia Dortmund United Kingdom James Walker no time

Knockout stages[edit]

Quarter-Finals   Semi-Finals   Pole Shoot Out
A1  Liverpool F.C. 1:28.778  
B4  Sevilla FC 1:29.742     A1  Liverpool F.C. 1:28.952  
A3  F.C. Porto 1:29.041   A3  F.C. Porto 1:29.499  
B2  A.C. Milan 1:29.223       A1  Liverpool F.C. 1:29.088
A2  Atlético Madrid 1:29.634       B1  A.S. Roma 1:29.328
B3  Galatasaray S.K. 1:30.811     A2  Atlético Madrid 1:29.317
A4  SC Corinthians 1:29.598   B1  A.S. Roma 1:28.889  
B1  A.S. Roma 1:28.986  

Grid[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 1:29.088
2 Italy A.S. Roma France Franck Perera 1:29.328
3 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 1:29.499
4 Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Andy Soucek 1:29.317
5 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 1:30.811
6 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 1:29.223
7 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 1:29.742
8 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 1:29.966
9 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 1:30.088
10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 1:29.600
11 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 1:30.114
12 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Belgium Bertrand Baguette 1:29.851
13 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 1:30.142
14 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 1:29.948
15 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 1:30.771
16 Greece Olympiacos CFP Greece Stamatis Katsimis 1:30.280
17 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 1:43.254
18 Germany Borussia Dortmund United Kingdom James Walker no time

Race 1[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 3 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 30 46:39.203 6 50
2 16 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 30 +1.290 3 45
3 19 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 30 +4.122 9 40
4 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 30 +5.428 13 36
5 22 Italy A.S. Roma France Franck Perera 30 +7.059 2 32
6 18 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 30 +7.684 7 29
7 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 30 +7.984 1 26
8 5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 30 +8.208 14 23
9 12 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 30 +15.810 17 20
10 6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Belgium Bertrand Baguette 30 +27.206 12 18
11 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 30 +28.989 10 16
12 14 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 30 +30.628* 8 14
13 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Greece Stamatis Katsimis 30 +52.609 16 12
14 11 Germany Borussia Dortmund United Kingdom James Walker 30 +53.063 18 10
15 17 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 23 +7 Laps 11 8
16 15 Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Andy Soucek 13 Spin 4 7
17 7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 9 Gearbox 15 6
18 4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 6 Engine 5 5
Fastest lap: Craig Dolby (R.S.C. Anderlecht) 1:30.101 (109.934 mph)

* - Pizzonia penalised 30 seconds for pitting outside the compulsory window.

Race 2[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 11 Germany Borussia Dortmund United Kingdom James Walker 30 46:42.999 4 50
2 14 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 30 +1.535 7 45
3 12 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 30 +2.345 10 40
4 4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 30 +25.500 1 36
5 22 Italy A.S. Roma France Franck Perera 30 +25.731 14 32
6 17 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel 30 +30.622 3 29
7 6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Belgium Bertrand Baguette 30 +31.906 9 26
8 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 30 +32.986 15 23
9 5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 30 +34.756 11 20
10 3 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 30 +38.723 18 18
11 18 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 30 +40.878 13 16
12 16 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 30 +41.205 17 14
13 7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 23 Spin 2 12
14 19 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 14 Gearbox 16 10
15 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 13 Gearbox 12 8
16 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Greece Stamatis Katsimis 7 Accident 6 7
17 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 7 Accident 8 6
18 15 Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Andy Soucek 5 Spin 5* 5
Fastest lap: Davide Rigon (Beijing Guoan) 1:30.029 (?? mph)

* - Soucek penalised two places for causing an avoidable accident.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baguette back in Al Ain". Autosport 194 (9): p. 15. 27 November 2008. 

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