2008 Jerez Superleague Formula round

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.

2008 Jerez Superleague Formula round
Superleague Formula round Spain
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Circuit Map
DateNovember 23, 2008
LocationSpain Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
CoursePermanent racing facility
2.751 mi (4.427 km)
Laps30 & 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)

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

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 1Edit

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 2Edit

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.

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

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

Group AEdit

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

Group BEdit

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

Knockout stagesEdit

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

GridEdit

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

Race 1Edit

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

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

ReferencesEdit

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

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