2008 Nürburgring Superleague Formula round

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2008 Nürburgring Superleague Formula round
Superleague Formula round Germany
Circuit Map
Date September 21, 2008
Location Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
3.199 mi / 5.148 km
Laps 26 & 25
Pole position
Team Italy A.C. Milan Robert Doornbos
Time by default
Podium (1st race)
First Italy A.C. Milan Robert Doornbos
Second Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Craig Dolby
Third Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Alessandro Pier Guidi
Fastest lap (1st race)
Team Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Yelmer Buurman
Time 1:43.890 (on lap 14)
Podium (2nd race)
First Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Yelmer Buurman
Second Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Craig Dolby
Third China Beijing Guoan Davide Rigon
Fastest lap (2nd race)
Team Brazil SC Corinthians Antônio Pizzonia
Time 1:43.463 (on lap 13)


The 2008 Nürburgring Superleague Formula round was the second round of the inaugural Superleague Formula championship, with the races taking place on September 21, 2008. Eighteen football teams were represented on the grid, one more than at the opening round at Donington Park, with the introduction of the car representing Atlético Madrid driven by Andy Soucek. Other driver changes saw debuts for James Walker (replacing Ryan Dalziel in the Rangers F.C. car) and Antônio Pizzonia (replacing Soucek in the SC Corinthians car - with the Spaniard moving to the new Atlético Madrid car as mentioned above). The meeting saw wins for A.C. Milan and PSV Eindhoven, while Beijing Guoan extended their championship lead to 24 points.

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. For the second race in succession, two drivers missed out on places in the knockout stages, despite setting a faster time than the fourth-placed qualifier in the slower group. On this occasion, Group A was the faster group, and saw Olympiacos CFP (Kasper Andersen) and for the second time Borussia Dortmund (Nelson Philippe) miss out on qualifying for the knockout stages, despite recording a time nearly two tenths of a second faster than fourth-placed Group B qualifier CR Flamengo (Tuka Rocha). Having qualified fastest in their respective groups, FC Basel 1893 (Max Wissel) and A.C. Milan (Robert Doornbos) were expected to meet in the final, but Wissel was eliminated by Galatasaray S.K. (Alessandro Pier Guidi) in the semi-final stage, after the German didn't set a time. This semi-final was also the end of the Turkish side's participation in the session, as Pier Guidi had run out of fuel in his machine, thus handing Superleague's second pole to Milan by default.[1]

Race 1[edit]

The race began with a rolling start, just like at Donington but this race saw the introduction of pitstops to the Superleague fray. From the start, the A.C. Milan car of Robert Doornbos got a fantastic jump and would leave Alessandro Pier Guidi's Galatasaray S.K. car behind to battle with the cars of Antônio Pizzonia (SC Corinthians) and Craig Dolby (R.S.C. Anderlecht). Dolby held second for a few yards before Pizzonia took second into turn one. Pizzonia would close up rapidly to the back of Doornbos' car, nearly colliding at some points of the circuit and he led the chasers by a couple of seconds. Following them was the Borussia Dortmund car of Nelson Philippe and the FC Basel 1893 car of home driver Max Wissel. Philippe's stay in fifth was short-lived however, as an engine failure on lap three forced him to retire from the race and would not return to the track for the rest of the meeting. Doornbos began to pull away from his challengers by the time of the pitstops. For the pitstops, only two mechanics per wheel are allowed. Pier Guidi was the first to pit, removing his fairly well worn set of boots off the car, with Dolby, Doornbos and the others bar Pizzonia and Yelmer Buurman's PSV Eindhoven car pitting around half-distance. When Buurman did make his stop, he stalled as he was exiting losing valuable time. He would end up 10th, with the only consolation being a fastest lap of the race. Pizzonia had an equally fraught pitstop, losing half a minute with a stall and would go on to finish 7th. When all the dramas had calmed down, Doornbos held on to win by 6.631 seconds from Dolby with Pier Guidi capitalising on the errors by others to take the final podium spot. Debutant James Walker finished fourth for gers F.C. having started on row six, followed by championship leader Davide Rigon (Beijing Guoan), fellow Donington winner Borja García (Sevilla FC), Pizzonia, Tristan Gommendy's F.C. Porto machine, Wissel, Buurman and Andreas Zuber completed the finishers for Al Ain.

Race 2[edit]

Following their first race retirement, A.S. Roma (Enrico Toccacelo) was on pole for the reverse grid race. Toccacelo led away, with the Liverpool F.C. car of Adrián Vallés tucking into second place behind the Italian, at the expense of Tuka Rocha in the CR Flamengo machine. His race would be concluded early along with Kasper Andersen (Olympiacos CFP) in a final-corner incident on lap one. Another first lap retiree was Duncan Tappy in Tottenham Hotspur's car having been hit by Zuber at the opening hairpin. Again, there was drama in the pitstops with race leader Toccacelo narrowly avoiding a stray wheel from the car of Walker. Walker would also cause the series' first safety car period when he spun in the Mercedes Arena. From the restart, Toccacelo led away from Buurman, Dolby and Rigon. However, a box of neutrals exiting the opening hairpin saw those three pass the unlucky Italian driver. It would finish in that order, with Buurman holding off Dolby by 0.611 seconds. Gommendy would finish 5th followed home by Doornbos, Pier Guidi, García, Andy Soucek (Atlético Madrid), Pizzonia and again, Zuber completed the finishers. In the championship, Beijing Guoan extended their lead to 24 points over PSV Eindhoven with Sevilla a further seven points behind.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Group A[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 1:42.652
2 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 1:42.960
3 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 1:43.363
4 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 1:43.662
5 Greece Olympiacos CFP Denmark Kasper Andersen 1:43.690
6 Germany Borussia Dortmund France Nelson Philippe 1:43.718
7 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom James Walker 1:44.214
8 Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Andy Soucek 1:44.223
9 Italy A.S. Roma Italy Enrico Toccacelo 1:45.601

Group B[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 1:42.920
2 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 1:43.181
3 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 1:43.320
4 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 1:43.888
5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 1:43.950
6 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 1:43.987
7 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 1:44.114
8 United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 1:44.185
9 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García no time

Knockout stages[edit]

Quarter-Finals   Semi-Finals   Pole Shoot Out
A1  FC Basel 1893 1:42.481  
B4  CR Flamengo 1:44.626     A1  FC Basel 1893 no time  
A3  Galatasaray S.K. 1:42.726   A3  Galatasaray S.K. 1:43.482  
B2  R.S.C. Anderlecht 1:43.239       A3  Galatasaray S.K. no time
A2  SC Corinthians 1:42.207       B1  A.C. Milan no time[1]
B3  Liverpool F.C. 1:42.534     A2  SC Corinthians 1:42.637
A4  F.C. Porto 1:43.350   B1  A.C. Milan 1:42.457  
B1  A.C. Milan 1:42.338  

Grid[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos no time[1]
2 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi no time
3 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 1:42.637
4 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel no time
5 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 1:43.239
6 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 1:42.534
7 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 1:43.550
8 Greece Olympiacos CFP Denmark Kasper Andersen 1:43.690
9 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 1:43.950
10 Germany Borussia Dortmund France Nelson Philippe 1:43.718
11 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 1:43.987
12 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom James Walker 1:44.214
13 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 1:44.114
14 Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Andy Soucek 1:44.223
15 United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 1:44.185
16 Italy A.S. Roma Italy Enrico Toccacelo 1:45.601
17 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja Garcia no time
18* Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 1:44.626

* - Flamengo were given a ten-place grid penalty for disobeying flags.[2]

Race 1[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 3 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 26 46:13.313 1 50
2 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 26 +6.631 5 45
3 4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 26 +19.978 2 40
4 17 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom James Walker 26 +23.002 12 36
5 12 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 26 +29.603 13 32
6 18 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 26 +30.140 17 29
7 14 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 26 +34.028 3 26
8 16 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 26 +42.546 7 23
9 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 26 +43.436 4 20
10 5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 26 +53.033 9 18
11 6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 26 +53.541 15 16
12 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Denmark Kasper Andersen 20 Gearbox 8 14
13 19 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 18 Accident 11 12
14 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 7 Electrical 6 10
15 11 Germany Borussia Dortmund France Nelson Philippe 3 Engine 10 8
16 7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 0 Accident 18 7
17 22 Italy A.S. Roma Italy Enrico Toccacelo 0 Electrical 16 6
DNS 15 Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Andy Soucek Alternator 14 0
Fastest lap: Yelmer Buurman (PSV Eindhoven) 1:43.890 (110.846 mph)

Race 2[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 25 46:41.041 7 50
2 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht United Kingdom Craig Dolby 25 +0.611 15 45
3 12 China Beijing Guoan Italy Davide Rigon 25 +1.630 12 40
4 22 Italy A.S. Roma Italy Enrico Toccacelo 25 +6.574 1 36
5 16 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 25 +7.914 9 32
6 3 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands Robert Doornbos 25 +8.318 16 29
7 4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 25 +8.713 14 26
8 18 Spain Sevilla FC Spain Borja García 25 +9.060 11 23
9 15 Spain Atlético Madrid Spain Andy Soucek 25 +9.418 17 20
10 14 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 25 +10.075 10 18
11 6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 24 +1 Lap 6 16
12 17 Scotland Rangers F.C. United Kingdom James Walker 15 Spin 13 14
13 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 13 Throttle 8 12
14 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 4 Electrical 3 10
15 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Denmark Kasper Andersen 2 Accident 5 8
16 7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Tuka Rocha 1 Accident 2 7
17 19 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 1 Accident 4 6
DNS 11 Germany Borussia Dortmund France Nelson Philippe Engine 0
Fastest lap: Antônio Pizzonia (SC Corinthians) 1:43.463 (111.303 mph)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Scuderia Playteam locks out front row with AC Milan on pole". superleagueformula.com. 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2008-10-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Doornbos claims Superleague pole". autosport.com. 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 

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