Mid-season substitutions and transfers ...
....for Superleague Formula Teams
While Davide Rigon’s performances have sent Beijing Guoan to the top of the Superleague Formula championship, it is the club, rather than the driver that will be award the series "premiership" at the end of the year.
With that in mind, a number of clubs will substitute their pilot or event arrange a mid season transfer as they aim for championship glory.
For this weekend’s fourth round of the championship at Estoril in Portugual, a number of new faces will appear behind the wheel for the first time, while other old faces will be wearing new colours in the unique football-themed championship.
Newcomers this weekend will include ex-Formula 1 driver Enrique Bernoldi and Frenchman Franck Perera while Enrico Toccacelo and Zolder pole-sitter Paul Meijer will switch teams for the Portuguese weekend.
Bernoldi will fill in this weekend for Tottenham Hotspur driver Duncan Tappy. The Brazilian ex-Arrows F1 star has been competing in the US this year in the IRL IndyCar Series.
Star Superleague Formula rookie Paul Meijer switches from Borussia Dortmund to the Al Ain car for his second weekend in the championship.
Perera will make his Superleague Formula debut for AS Roma – replacing Enrico Toccacelo who has been snapped up by Borussia Dortmund.
The young French star was actually teammates with Bernoldi at Conquest Racing at the start of the year in the US. He finished second in last year’s Champ Car Atlantic Series and qualified third fastest for the final event Champ Car race at Long Beach earlier this year.
Tottenham Hotspur : Enrique Bernoldi (Brazil)
Borussia Dortmund : Enrico Toccacelo (Italy)
Al Ain : Paul Meijer (Holland)
AS Roma : Frank Perera (France)
"I am really looking forward to making my Superleague Formula debut this weekend. I have heard a lot about the cars and it will be great to represent AS Roma," Perera said.
"I have tested previously for Fisichella Motor Sports who manage the AS Roma Racing Team and I am a big fan of Italian football.
"I lived in Italy for six years racing in Formula Renault and Formula Three so it will be great to represent this club.
"Superleague looks like a really nice series with a great future so it is a great opportunity for me to do some racing back in Europe."
After beginning the season in the IRL IndyCar Series this year, Perera also completed a partial season in Indy Lights where he scored a race win, a pole position and a podium finish.
This weekend’s Superleague Formula round at Estoril kicks off with three practice sessions on Saturday morning before the unique qualifying shoot-out kicks off at 13.15.
The first of Sunday’s two races begins at 11.00. Both races are run to 44 minutes, plus 1 lap. The second race at 14.00 is a complete reverse grid event – the finishing positions of the opening race are completely reversed to determine the starting grid.
Alessandro Pier Guidi Galatasaray SK Pier finish 12th
Robert Doornbos AC Milan finish 4th
Scuderia Playteam SaraFree started the second Superleague Formula race at Zolder starting from pole and third row respectively for Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) and Alessandro Pier Guidi (Gala weiter >>
Beijing Guoan’s Davide Rigon bounced back from a race 1 disaster to win race two of round three of the Superleague Formula championship today at Zolder in Belgium.
Rigon started on the outside of the front row of the reverse grid race and challenged pole man Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) at the start and edged away on the opening lap. The pair made con weiter >>
Location: Zolder Circuit
Date: 5th October 2008
Race 2 - Superleague Formula Round 3 Belgium - Classification
1 12 Beijing Gouan SF Racing Team D. Rigon 47:23.624
2 19 Tottenham Hotspur SF Racing Team D. Tappy 47:47.060 23.436
3 5 PSV Eindhoven SF Racing Team Y. Buurman 47:48.128 24.504
4 3 AC Milan SF Racing Tea weiter >>
PAUL MEIJER (Borussia Dortmund)
"It was a very exciting qualifying. I didn’t really know what to expect this morning. I arrived yesterday afternoon after I got asked the night before whether I wanted to drive. Tom Coronel knows the team well and he gave me a good recommendation. Yesteday I had a seat made, this morning I drove the car for the first time and weiter >>
Rookie Borussia Dortmund driver Paul Meijer stunned his Superleague Formula opposition after clinching pole position over RSC Anderlecht driver Craig Dolby in a dramatic shoot-out at Zolder in Belgium today.
Meijer stepped aboard the BVB car for the first time this morning and snuck into the shoot-out portion of qualifying after finishing fourth fastest in the Group A ses weiter >>
Superleague Formula ZOLDER Round 3 Belgium - Qualification resultsLocation: Zolder CircuitDate: 4th September 2008
Qualifying Group A
1 3 AC Milan SF Racing Team R. Doornbos 1:17.309
2 18 Sevill weiter >>
SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA ZOLDER - SEMI FINALS
Semi Final 1: RSC Anderlecht vs Liverpool do battle first
Sector 1: Anderlecht ahead by .717
Sector 2: Anderlecht headed for front row
Chequered Flag: Belgian club RSC Anderlecht will start from the front row tomorrow on home soil at Zolder
Semi Final 2: Borussia Dortmund vs Sevilla FC
SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA ZOLDER Quarter Finals
Quarter Final 1: First up it is BVB vs Atletico Madrid
Sector 1: Very close at sector 1
Sector 2: BVB eke out an advatage
Final Sector: BVB wins ! Great effort from rookie driver Paul Meijer making his Superleague Formula debut
Quarter Final 2: Anderlecht vs AC Milan
Se weiter >>
SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA ZOLDER Qualification Group A
15:00: Group B heads out onto the track
13:00: Group B includes Galatasaray, Al-Ain, Flamengo, Beijing, Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Corinthians, Atletico Madrid and Anderlecht
9:30: Atletico fastest so far followed by Galatasaray, Corinthians and Porto
8:15: Problems for Anderlech weiter >>
SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA ZOLDER Qualification Group A
15:00: Start of the session - a number of cars are waiting at the end of pit lane ready to go out
13:32: Paul Meijer - the new driver for BVB is the first on track
12:26: This group will include AC Milan, Olympiacos, PSV Eindoven, FC Basel, BVB, Rangers, Sevilla, Liverpool and AS Roma
11:31: A weiter >>
Practice 2 - Classification - Round 3 Belgium
04/10/2008 SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA
Location: Zolder, Belgium
1 15 Andy Soucek Atletico de Madrid SF Racing Team 1:17.903
2 21 Adrian Valles Liverpool FC SF Racing Team 1:18.925 1.022
3 11 Paul Meijer BVB Borussia Dortmund SF Racing Team 1:19.489 1.586
4 12 Davide Rigon Beijing Goua weiter >>
Practice 1 - Classification - Round 3 Belgium
04/10/2008 Location: Zolder, Belgium
1 15 Andy Soucek Atletico de Madrid SF Racing Team 1:32.669
2 18 Borja Garcia Sevilla FC SF Racing Team 1:32.755 0.086
3 12 Davide Rigon Beijing Gouan SF Racing Team 1:33.356 0.687
4 21 Adrian Valles Liverp weiter >>
La Superleague Formula, c'est en quelque sorte la Champions League de la course automobile. Le principe est simple: prenez une vingtaine de grosses voitures de course, habillez-les d'un maillot d'une grande équipe de football, pla weiter >>
Dutch fans had plenty cheer about at the Nurburgring with a pair of Superleague Formula victories for Netherlands drivers Robert Doornbos and Yelmer Buurman – now the duo are set to cross the border to attempt a repeat performance in Belgium this weekend at Zolder.
Doornbos bounced back from a unlucky opening round for AC Milan at Donington Park by setting the po weiter >>
Ce week-end, la Superleague Formula, cette nouvelle discipline qui implique quelques-uns des meilleurs clubs de foot de la planète, fera étape à Zolder... et Bertrand Baguette sera de la partie !
"Wim Coekelbergs, qui veille à weiter >>
The former home of the Belgian Grand Prix will play host to a cross-border battle as Nurburgring podium rivals RSC Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven renew their fight in the next round of the Superleague Formula championship at weiter >>
Superleague Formula Round 3 Belgium Programme Zolder (GP Circuit)
Saturday 4th October 2008 Programme
09:05:00 09:50:00 00:45:00 Superleague Formula Free Practice 00:10:00
10:00:00 10:30:00 00:30:00 Euroboss F weiter >>
Although yesterday Atletico de Madrid took on Sevilla on the football pitch in La Liga competition, the red and white club also did already battle against their rivals in Nurburgring one week before.
In weiter >>
RSC Anderlecht's Superleague Formula star Craig Dolby is set to make a guest appearance at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium next Friday night to see his football colleagues take on Excelsior Mouscron.
H weiter >>
photo Scuderia Playteam Sarafree
AC Milan’s Robert Doornbos became the third different winner in three Superleague Formula races staged to date with a stunning drive from pole position at the Nurburgring today.
Doornbos grabbed weiter >>
Superleague Formula, Nuerburgring:
Scuderia Playteam Sarafree will fight in groups A and B respectively for the second qualifying of the 2008 Superleague Formula season at the Nuerburgring. Scuderia Playteam Sa weiter >>
AC Milan ace Robert Doornbos returned to his pre-season testing form to grab pole position for round two of the Superleague Formula championship at the Nurburgring today.
Doornbos set the fatest time in the Group B weiter >>
SF Round 2 Germany Nürburgring Circuit
Date: 20th september 2008
Pole Position AC Milan SF Racing Team
Finalist Galatasaray SK FC SF Racing Team
Semifinalist 1 Corinthians SF Racing Team
Semifinalist 2 FC Basel SF Racing Team
Qualification Final Classification Group A
1 weiter >>
1 12 Beijing Gouan FC SF Racing Team 79
2 19 Tottenham Hotspur SF Racing Team 72
3 21 Liverpool FC SF Racing Team 72
4 18 Sevilla FC SF Racing Team 68
5 22 AS Roma SF Racing Team 63
6 5 PSV Eindhoven SF Racing Team 59
7 7 Fla weiter >>
The Superleague Formula grid has grown for the second round of the championship with series organisers welcoming the second Spanish club to join the series – Atletico de Madrid.
The red, white and blue squad finished fourth in las weiter >>