2008 Superleague Formula season

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2008 Superleague Formula season
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Olympiacos CFP (Kasper Andersen) at Superleague Formula Round 1
Galatasaray S.K. (Alessandro Pier Guidi) at Superleague Formula Round 1

The 2008 Superleague Formula season was the inaugural Superleague Formula championship. The season started very late in 2008 with the first round being on August 31 at Donington Park. There were six rounds (twelve races) in total with the successful season finale at Circuito Permanente de Jerez on 23 November. In the 18 cars on the grid were established A1GP and GP2 drivers as well as two ex-Formula One race starters, Robert Doornbos and Antônio Pizzonia.

Beijing Guoan, run under former Formula One team Zakspeed with driver Davide Rigon, were eventually crowned the first ever champions at the last event of the season.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Entrant Race team No. Race driver(s) Rounds
Italy A.C. Milan[1] Italy Scuderia Playteam[1] 3 Netherlands Robert Doornbos[2] All
Turkey Galatasaray S.K.[1] 4 Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi[1] All
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven[1] Belgium Azerti Motorsport[3][4] 5 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman[3] All
United Arab Emirates Al Ain[1] 6 United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber[5] 1–2
Belgium Bertrand Baguette[6] 3, 6
Netherlands Paul Meijer 4
Netherlands Dominick Muermans[7] 5
Brazil CR Flamengo[1] Belgium Team Astromega[1] 7 Brazil Tuka Rocha[5] All
Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht[1] 8 United Kingdom Craig Dolby[8] All
Greece Olympiacos CFP[1] Germany GU-Racing International[1] 9 Denmark Kasper Andersen[9] 1–4
Greece Stamatis Katsimis[10] 5–6
Switzerland FC Basel 1893[1] 10 Germany Max Wissel[1] All
Germany Borussia Dortmund[1] Germany Zakspeed[1] 11 France Nelson Philippe[5] 1–2
Netherlands Paul Meijer[6] 3
Italy Enrico Toccacelo 4–5
United Kingdom James Walker 6
China Beijing Guoan[1] 12 Italy Davide Rigon[5] All
Brazil SC Corinthians[1] Italy EuroInternational[1] 14 Spain Andy Soucek[5] 1
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia[11] 2–6
Spain Atlético Madrid[12] 15 Spain Andy Soucek[12] 2–6
Portugal F.C. Porto[1] United Kingdom Alan Docking Racing[13] 16 France Tristan Gommendy[14] 1–4
Scotland Rangers F.C.[1] 17 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel[15] 1, 3–6
United Kingdom James Walker[16] 2
Spain Sevilla FC[1] Spain GTA Motor Competición[17] 18 Spain Borja García[17] All
England Tottenham Hotspur[18] 19 United Kingdom Duncan Tappy[5] 1–3, 5–6
United Kingdom Dominik Jackson 4
Portugal F.C. Porto[19] United Kingdom Hitech Junior Team[20] 16 France Tristan Gommendy[14] 5–6
England Liverpool F.C. 21 Spain Adrián Vallés[21] All
Italy A.S. Roma[1] Italy FMS International[1] 22 Italy Enrico Toccacelo[1] 1–3
France Franck Perera 4–6
  • No numbers 1 or 2 because it was the first season.
  • Cars 16 and 17 were run by Team West-Tec during pre-season.
  • Atlético Madrid did not enter until prior to round 2.
  • FC Porto switched from Alan Docking Racing to Hitech Racing prior round 5.

Test/reserve drivers[edit]

Driver Driver
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio France Bruce Jouanny
South Africa Jimmy Auby[22] United Kingdom Robbie Kerr[23]
Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Paolo Maria Nocera
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Italy Giacomo Ricci[1]
United Kingdom Dan Clarke[22] Germany Daniel la Rosa[1]
Italy Giambattista Giannoccaro Turkey Jason Tahincioglu[23]
Belgium Jan Heylen Belgium Nico Verdonck[23]
Germany Jens Höing[24] Germany Andreas Wirth[25]

2008 Schedule[edit]

Race calendar and results[edit]

Round Race Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Club Winning Team Report
1 R1 United Kingdom Donington Park August 31 China Beijing Guoan China Beijing Guoan China Beijing Guoan Germany Zakspeed Report
R2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Spain Sevilla FC Spain GTA Motor Competición
2 R1 Germany Nürburgring September 21 Italy A.C. Milan Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Italy A.C. Milan Italy Scuderia Playteam Report
R2 Brazil SC Corinthians Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Belgium Azerti Motorsport
3 R1 Belgium Zolder October 5 Germany Borussia Dortmund England Liverpool F.C. England Liverpool F.C. United Kingdom Hitech Junior Team Report
R2 Spain Atlético Madrid China Beijing Guoan Germany Zakspeed
4 R1 Portugal Estoril October 19 Italy A.S. Roma Spain Atlético Madrid England Liverpool F.C. United Kingdom Hitech Junior Team Report
R2 Germany Borussia Dortmund United Arab Emirates Al Ain Belgium Azerti Motorsport
5 R1 Italy Vallelunga November 2 England Liverpool F.C. China Beijing Guoan China Beijing Guoan Germany Zakspeed Report
R2 Spain Atlético Madrid Portugal F.C. Porto United Kingdom Hitech Junior Team
6 R1 Spain Jerez November 23 England Liverpool F.C. Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Italy A.C. Milan Italy Scuderia Playteam Report
R2 China Beijing Guoan Germany Borussia Dortmund Germany Zakspeed
  • Race 2 starts with reverse grid from finishing order of Race 1.

Test calendar and results[edit]

Championship standings[edit]

Pos Entrant Drivers United Kingdom DON Germany NÜR Belgium ZOL Portugal EST Italy VAL Spain JER Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1 China Beijing Guoan Davide Rigon 1 6 5 3 17 1 5 5 1 5 9 3 413
2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Yelmer Buurman 4 8 10 1 7 3 9 8 10 3 8 9 337
3 Italy A.C. Milan Robert Doornbos 17 DN 1 6 18 4 2 2 2 17 1 10 335
4 England Liverpool F.C. Adrián Vallés 5 3 14 14 1 6 1 12 9 4 7 15 325
5 Italy A.S. Roma Enrico Toccacelo 2 10 17 4 13 7 307
Franck Perera 3 16 15 2 5 5
6 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Craig Dolby 14 16 2 2 2 16 14 9 7 6 4 8 303
7 Portugal F.C. Porto Tristan Gommendy 7 9 8 5 6 15 16 DN 8 1 2 12 277
8 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Alessandro Pier Guidi 13 13 3 7 14 12 7 3 3 11 18 4 277
9 Brazil SC Corinthians Andy Soucek 11 12 264
Antônio Pizzonia 7 10 10 18 4 4 6 16 12 2
10 Spain Sevilla FC Borja García 10 1 6 8 16 8 8 7 17 13 6 11 262
11 England Tottenham Hotspur Duncan Tappy 3 5 13 17 12 2 11 10 3 14 257
Dominik Jackson 15 11
12 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Andreas Zuber 6 15 11 11 244
Bertrand Baguette 11 10 10 7
Paul Meijer 12 1
Dominick Muermans 14 8
13 Scotland Rangers F.C. Ryan Dalziel 8 14 8 17 13 15 5 7 15 6 227
James Walker 4 12
14 Germany Borussia Dortmund Nelson Philippe 15 4 15 DN 218
Paul Meijer 3 11
Enrico Toccacelo 17 6 18 14
James Walker 14 1
15 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Max Wissel 9 7 9 13 4 5 18 14 12 15 11 17 205
16 Brazil CR Flamengo Tuka Rocha 16 2 16 16 9 14 11 10 4 18 17 13 189
17 Greece Olympiacos CFP Kasper Andersen 12 11 12 15 15 9 10 13 161
Stamatis Katsimis 13 9 13 16
18 Spain Atlético Madrid Andy Soucek DN 9 5 13 6 17 16 12 16 18 132
Pos Entrant Drivers R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 Pts
United Kingdom DON Germany NÜR Belgium ZOL Portugal EST Italy VAL Spain JER
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify (X)
Black Disqualified (DQ)
White Did not start (DN)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Excluded (EX)
Withdrew (WD)
Bold Pole position
Italics Fastest lap

NOTE – R2 starts
with reverse grid

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd DNS
Points 50 45 40 36 32 29 26 23 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

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