2009 Magny-Cours Superleague Formula round

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2009 Magny-Cours Superleague Formula round
Superleague Formula round France
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.svg
Circuit Map
Date June 28, 2009
Location France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
2.740 mi (4.410 km)
Laps 30 & 31
Pole position
Team Brazil SC Corinthians Antônio Pizzonia
Time 1:26.555
Podium (1st race)
First England Liverpool Adrian Valles
Second Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Yelmer Buurman
Third England Tottenham Hotspur Craig Dolby
Fastest lap (1st race)
Team England Tottenham Hotspur Craig Dolby
Time 1:27.284 (on lap 12)
Podium (2nd race)
First Italy A.C. Milan Giorgio Pantano
Second Greece Olympiacos CFP Davide Rigon
Third Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Max Wissel
Fastest lap (2nd race)
Team Brazil SC Corinthians Antônio Pizzonia
Time 1:28.120 (on lap 12)

The 2009 Magny-Cours Superleague Formula round was the opening round of the 2009 Superleague Formula season, with the races taking place on 28 June 2009. Liverpool F.C. and A.C. Milan shared the two race wins, with Liverpool also being the Weekend Winner after winning the six-car Super Final. The supporting events were the Euroseries 3000 and the Mitjet Series.[1]

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

As always, the field was split into two groups for qualifying, with the fastest four qualifiers from each progressing into the knockout stages to decide places 1 to 8 on the grid. Davide Rigon and Max Wissel driving the cars of Olympiacos and FC Basel 1893 both recorded times faster than Group A fourth place, Enrique Bernoldi (CR Flamengo). In the knockout stages, an all-British battle was the highlight of round one, with Rangers' John Martin and Tottenham's Craig Dolby recording the two fastest times of the first round. However, it was Melton Mowbray's Dolby who was faster, by three tenths of a second. Dolby's run ended at the semi-final stage, after spinning during his lap.

Antônio Pizzonia of SC Corinthians put pay to his hope, and would face Adrián Vallés in the Liverpool machine in the final. Pizzonia would come out on top by 0.299 seconds, to take his team's first pole position in Superleague Formula. Post-qualifying, the car of debutants FC Midtjylland, driven by Kasper Andersen was sent to the back of the grid, for failing to complete a round one lap due to a blistered tyre.[2]

Race 1[edit]

Pizzonia led away from the start, leading Vallés and Dolby before the safety car came out. Last year's champion driver Rigon attempted an over-optimistic passing move on F.C. Porto's Tristan Gommendy. The Italian ran into the back of the R.S.C. Anderlecht car of Yelmer Buurman, the drivers runner-up of last season, and spun at the Adelaide Hairpin. Gommendy and Martin also spun, while other cars had to drive through the gravel trap on the outside of the corner to avoid the hububb on track. Once the race got under away again, Pizzonia started to pull away from his two chasers, although Vallés started to re-catch the ex-Formula One driver, and by lap five had passed him in a similar move to his pass on Dolby on lap one.

Dolby then closed to the back of Pizzonia, before the Brazilian pitted at the end of lap nine. A sloppy stop cost him dearly, as Dolby, Buurman and reigning GP2 Series champion Giorgio Pantano, who was making his debut in the series, in the car of A.C. Milan. Vallés made his pit stop on lap five, and came out eight seconds to the good from Buurman, which he then extended to twelve seconds at one point. He did however back off towards the conclusion of the 45-minute race, and won by 6.5 seconds to give Liverpool their third win in Superleague Formula, tying the mark of Beijing Guoan for most wins. Buurman finished second, for Anderlecht's fourth second-place finish without success and Dolby finished third. Pantano had been all set to finish fourth, however a late spin saw him fall to twelfth. Pizzonia finished fourth ahead of Duncan Tappy (Galatasaray S.K.), Bernoldi, debutant Pedro Petiz (Sporting CP), Andersen, Miguel Molina (Al Ain) and Wissel rounded out the top ten. Gommendy, Martin and Rigon all retired, along with another debutant Jonathan Kennard in the car of A.S. Roma.[3][4]

Race 2[edit]

In the reverse grid race, Rigon started from pole position after his first lap antics in race one. However, he was jumped at the start by the fast-starting Martin, with Kennard in third ahead of Pantano. The Italian would take Kennard on lap three, to move into third place. Further back, Dolby (who started 16th after his race one podium) was charging his way through the field, having passed six cars to make the top ten, in as many laps. Pantano closed in on both Martin and Rigon, with Rigon blinking first for the mandatory pit stop. Pantano followed Martin, who pitted on lap nine, but that turned into a calamity for the Australian.

Pantano gained the advantage after the pit stops, with an advantage of some five seconds over his fellow Italian Rigon. However, the current GP2 racer closed in on Pantano, getting the gap down to as low as 1.9 seconds, before making a crucial error at the Adelaide Hairpin. Pantano thus won the race in only his second race, by 2.2 seconds from Rigon. After Martin's crashing out, Wissel came to clinch third and a spot in the Super Final. Molina was fourth, ahead of Buurman (up from 17th), Vallés (up from 18th), Gommendy, Bernoldi, Pizzonia and Dolby (who lost drive on the final lap). Joining Martin on the retirements list were Kennard, Andersen, Petiz and Dominick Muermans (PSV Eindhoven).[5][6]

Super Final[edit]

New for 2009, the "Super Final" race decides who will pick up a bonus of 100,000 and the title of "Weekend Winner". The top three cars from each race qualify for the event. Originally, the qualifiers were Liverpool, Anderlecht, Spurs, Milan, Olympiacos and Basel, but Spurs failed to take the start due to their sixth gear problem at the end of the second race. Therefore, Corinthians took their place on the six-car grid, for the eight-lap race.

Vallés took the lead from pole position, leading from Pantano, Buurman, Rigon, Pizzonia and Wissel. Pizzonia made the first attack, with a move on Rigon at Adelaide on lap one. He succeeded with the move, and set off after Buurman, passing him at the start of lap two. The Dutchman slipstreamed back to the Brazilian and tried to make a move on the Corinthians car, but failed to make it. Rigon had trouble at the start of lap three, dropping to last behind Wissel. Vallés continued his speed at the front, and unsurprisingly won the race, beating Pantano by close to five seconds. Pizzonia finished third, ahead of Buurman, Wissel and Rigon.[6][7]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Knockout stages[edit]

Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Pole Shoot Out
B1 SC Corinthians 1:27.129
A4 CR Flamengo 1:28.909 B1 SC Corinthians 1:27.896
B3 Rangers F.C. 1:26.982 A2 Tottenham Hotspur 1:47.696
A2 Tottenham Hotspur 1:26.670 B1 SC Corinthians 1:26.555
B2 F.C. Porto No time[2] A1 Liverpool F.C. 1:26.854
A3 R.S.C. Anderlecht 1:36.913 A3 R.S.C. Anderlecht 1:27.275
B4 FC Midtjylland No time[2] A1 Liverpool F.C. 1:26.421
A1 Liverpool F.C. 1:36.417

Grid[edit]

Pos. Team Driver Time
1 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 1:26.555
2 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 1:26.854
3 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 1:27.275
4 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Craig Dolby 1:47.696
5 Scotland Rangers F.C. Australia John Martin 1:26.982
6 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy No time
7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 1:28.909
8 Greece Olympiacos CFP Italy Davide Rigon 1:27.191
9 Spain Atlético Madrid China Ho-Pin Tung 1:27.574
10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 1:27.223
11 Portugal Sporting CP Portugal Pedro Petiz 1:27.686
12 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 1:27.386
13 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Spain Miguel Molina 1:27.909
14 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Dominick Muermans 1:30.051
15 France Olympique Lyonnais France Nelson Panciatici 1:28.129
16 Italy A.C. Milan Italy Giorgio Pantano No time
17 Denmark FC Midtjylland Denmark Kasper Andersen 1:27.158*
18 Italy A.S. Roma United Kingdom Jonathan Kennard 1:28.968
  • * Andersen sent to the back row of the grid, following his failure to complete a lap in the first round. He started 17th as he recorded a faster lap time than Kennard.[2]

Race 1[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 30 45:57.400 2 50
2 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 30 + 6.298 3 45
3 19 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Craig Dolby 30 + 7.237 4 40
4 14 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 30 + 16.968 1 36
5 4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 30 + 27.801 12 32
6 7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 30 + 37.807 7 29
7 2 Portugal Sporting CP Portugal Pedro Petiz 30 + 44.178 11 26
8 24 Denmark FC Midtjylland Denmark Kasper Andersen 30 + 55.903 17 23
9 6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Spain Miguel Molina 30 + 1:03.281 13 20
10 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 30 + 1:03.907 10 18
11 5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Dominick Muermans 30 + 1:26.555 14 16
12 3 Italy A.C. Milan Italy Giorgio Pantano 29 Spin 16 14
13 69 France Olympique Lyonnais France Nelson Panciatici 29 + 1 Lap 15 12
14 15 Spain Atlético Madrid China Ho-Pin Tung 29 + 1 Lap 9 10
15 22 Italy A.S. Roma United Kingdom Jonathan Kennard 17 Brakes 18 8
16 16 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 8 + 22 Laps 6 7
17 17 Scotland Rangers F.C. Australia John Martin 1 Acc. Damage 5 6
18 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Italy Davide Rigon 0 Accident 8 5
Fastest lap: Craig Dolby (Tottenham Hotspur) 1:27.284 (113.046 mph)

Race 2[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 3 Italy A.C. Milan Italy Giorgio Pantano 31 46:57.511 7 50
2 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Italy Davide Rigon 31 + 2.273 1 45
3 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 31 + 11.372 9 40
4 6 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Spain Miguel Molina 31 + 15.455 10 36
5 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 31 + 17.987 17 32
6 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 31 + 18.811 18 29
7 16 Portugal F.C. Porto France Tristan Gommendy 31 + 19.759 3 26
8 7 Brazil CR Flamengo Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 31 + 21.740 13 23
9 14 Brazil SC Corinthians Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 31 + 21.998 15 20
10 19 England Tottenham Hotspur United Kingdom Craig Dolby 31 + 23.594 16 18
11 4 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. United Kingdom Duncan Tappy 31 + 31.831 13 16
12 15 Spain Atlético Madrid China Ho-Pin Tung 31 + 1:08.911 5 14
13 69 France Olympique Lyonnais France Nelson Panciatici 31 + 1:26.911 6 12
14 22 Italy A.S. Roma United Kingdom Jonathan Kennard 28 Clutch 4 10
15 24 Denmark FC Midtjylland Denmark Kasper Andersen 17 Mechanical 11 8
16 17 Scotland Rangers F.C. Australia John Martin 16 Accident 2 7
17 2 Portugal Sporting CP Portugal Pedro Petiz 6 Accident 12 6
18 5 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Dominick Muermans 0 Accident 8 5
Fastest lap: Antônio Pizzonia (SC Corinthians) 1:28.120 (111.974 mph)

Super Final[edit]

Pos No Team Driver Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 21 England Liverpool F.C. Spain Adrián Vallés 8 11:49.172 1
2 3 Italy A.C. Milan Italy Giorgio Pantano 8 + 4.813 2
3 14 Brazil SC Corinthians* Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 8 + 6.774 5
4 8 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 8 + 9.402 3
5 10 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 Germany Max Wissel 8 + 24.385 6
6 9 Greece Olympiacos CFP Italy Davide Rigon 8 + 26.246 4
Fastest lap: Adrián Vallés (Liverpool F.C.) 1:28.245 (111.815 mph)
  • * Corinthians lined up in the super final, as Tottenham could not start due to their problems in race two.

Standings after the round[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 England Liverpool F.C. 79
2 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht 77
3 Italy A.C. Milan 64
4 England Tottenham Hotspur 58
5 Switzerland FC Basel 1893 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.superleagueformula.com/superleague/SF-Races/Magny-Cours/SF-Round-1-France-Programme
  2. ^ a b c d Bradley, Charles (2009-06-27). "Andersen sent to back of grid". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  3. ^ Bradley, Charles (2009-06-28). "Valles wins opener for Liverpool". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool FC with Adrian Valles wins Race 1 at Magny Cours". Superleague Formula. 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  5. ^ Bradley, Charles (2009-06-28). "Pantano wins for AC Milan in France". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Liverpool Two Up After Opening French Races". Superleague Formula. 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  7. ^ Bradley, Charles (2009-06-28). "Valles wins super final for LFC". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 

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