Scuderia Playteam Sarafree 2 drivers on the podium and win from pole

Scuderia Playteam Sarafree 2 drivers on the podium and win from pole

21.09.2008: Scuderia Playteam Sarafree 2 drivers on the podium and win from pole

Superleague Formula at Nürburgring:

The start of the 44 minutes first race of the week-end was perfect for all 18 cars on the grid with AC Milan keeping the lead. However, Galatasaray's Alessandro Pier Guidi

Galatasaray SK lost time at the start and ranked 11th. Corinthian was immediately in second place and lapping fastwith 1.45.606. Meanwhile Alessandro Pier Guidi Galatasaray SK was pushing to get back from 11th to 4th and stabilize the car in the top of the classification.

As for them, Roma's Enrique Toccaccello , Soucek (Atletico Madrid) and Adrian Valles (Liverpool) started from the pitlane. Nelson Philippe (BVB Borussia Dortmund) stopped and was out of the race.

In the first laps, Robert Doornbos AC Milan was under pressure from SC Corinthians but tries to dig the gap and manages a fast lap with a 1.44.924 on lap 5. A good performance to resist to Antonio Pizzonia's pressure Corinthians.

Robert Doornbos AC Milan is pushing hard, and the strategy works. He manages to extend the lead. On lap 8, he is 4.420s ahead of SC Corinthians.The window for pitstops is now opened.

Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) is the first of the cars to stop and change for fresh tires. Pier Guidi is sooned followed by Porto car stopping but lost 8 seconds in the pitstop with a rear-wheel stuck. Anderlecht ranking in third makes a quick pitstop on lap 10, ahead of Robert Doornbos AC Milan. Doornbos rejoins the race in the lead after a perfect pitstop. Soon after him, it was Alessandro Pier Guidi Galatasaray SK's turn to go fast on lap 11 with 1.44.148 on lap 11.

In the second part of the race after all cars have completed their pitstop, Milan AC is still in the lead of the race with Alessandro Pier Guidi Galatasaray SK in third place, 6.856 behind Craig Dolby, (RSC Anderlecht).

A bit of emotion in the race as Duncan Tappy (Tottenham Hotspur) spun but the position where he stopped did not cause the pace car to come ouit.

The two Playteam SaraFree drivers manage to hold on to their positions and take a one and three that brings them to the podium.

Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) commented: "Overall the week-end went well. A pole position and a win for the 24 laplong first race. It was an incident free race. But my focus was on the tires. They were quite cold and I had a bit of a tire lock up at the start. So I was really taking care. I felt vibrations on the first stint. I wanted to maximize the tires. It is easy to the get pressure wrong on the tires and the team did a good job.

What a good guess today. I had a good pace and wanted to bring the car home with a win. The team did a great job in the pitstop. I am really pleased to hand the team a win, because they worked so hard after the bad first race in Donington. At least now we have started to score points in the classification. 56 points is a good start. The car is easy to drive. It is fun to drive. I loved the race today."

Giambattista Giannoccaro, Team owner and Team founder. " An excellent result for the team. It is a great success because Playteam has never raced this high level and is not a specialist of single seater races. I am really pleased to have two drivers on the podium today. Proud of Robert of course and enthousiastic about Alessandro who had never raced on this track before in his career. A first for him.

Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) added: "I am so happy to have scored a podium today. The first of my career with Superleague Formula. The car was well set-up. The team did a great job today. I am very happy to be on the podium. I am sorry that the start was not so OK.

But I did a great effort and I managed coming back strongly. Now we have 64 points in the classification. A good start for the day. A reverse grid start will be interesting. It will be difficult not to have an accident with anyone."

Gabriele Tredozi, Technical Manager, Scuderia Playteam Sarafree added: "I want to thank the team as everyone did a very good job to prepare for this race after DOnington. Let's see how our second race will go in two hours time as Robert this time will not be leaving from pole as the grid will be reversed."


- Agnes Carlier - photos and Podium by ACARLIER

More photos on under PHTOS - FORMULA


21.09.2008 / MaP

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