FC Basel on a swiss roll at Donington Park

FC Basel on a swiss roll at Donington Park

02.08.2009: FC Basel claimed its maiden Superleague Formula by Sonangol victory by winning the opening race at Donington Park today. The Swiss club’s Max Wissel (D) finished 2.18-secs ahead of the Glasgow Rangers

FC Basel claimed its maiden Superleague Formula by Sonangol victory by winning the opening race at Donington Park today.



The Swiss club’s Max Wissel (D) finished 2.18-secs ahead of the Glasgow Rangers machine of John Martin (AUS) in the 44 minute plus one-lap race around the 2.5 miles (4.02 km) parkland track in the Midlands area of Britain.

The heavy rain of yesterday which had caused qualifying to be abandoned – and cause minor damage to a section of the track – was thankfully replaced by sunny intervals encouraging a healthy crowd to attend.
 
Wissel took the opportunity to overtake Martin on lap 12 lap when the backmarker PSV Eindhoven car delayed Martin as the Australian attempted to lap the Dutch car.

SLF championship leader Adrián Vallés (SP), who started from his worst proper qualifying position of the season in 10th place, finished sixth – just a second behind the Tottenham Hotspur machine of Craig Dolby (GB).

The pole-starting Corinthians car of Antônio Pizzonia (BRA) finished third having led until pitting on lap nine but a slow compulsory pit-stop lost the Brazilian valuable time.

A second race, followed immediately by a Super Final, will be staged at the British venue later today with Flamengo’s Enrique Bernoldi (BRA) starting from pole-position after spinning out on the opening lap of race one which caused a brief Safety Car period which also saw the front-row starting Olympiacos machine of Davide Rigon (IT) retire with no oil pressure as the race resumed on lap five.

QUOTES:


FC Basel: Max Wissel (D)

“It’s a perfect result for FC Basel – I’m so happy for ‘my’ club. I pushed very hard but the car and pit-stop were all very good – I’m delighted.”

Glasgow Rangers: John Martin (AUS)

“I came out of the pits leading but was effectively robbed of a win due to a backmarker not getting out of the way. Nevertheless this is my second runners-up place in consecutive race weekends.”

 



Race 1 - SF Round 3 UK - Classification

 
1  10  FC Basel SF Racing Team  M. Wissel  45:15.840  31 laps 
2  17  Rangers FC SF Racing Team  J. Martin  45:18.020  2.180 
3  14  Corinthians SF Racing Team  A. Pizzonia  45:18.961  3.121 
4  3  AC Milan SF Racing Team  G. Pantano  45:19.793  3.953 
5  19  Tottenham Hotspur SF Racing Team  C. Dolby  45:27.330  11.490 
6  21  Liverpool FC SF Racing Team  A Vallés  45:28.422  12.582 
7  22  AS Roma SF Racing Team  J. Kennard  45:32.255  16.415 
8  16  FC Porto SF Racing Team  T. Gommendy  45:32.693  16.853 
9  15  Atletico de Madrid SF Racing Team  H. P. tung  45:39.373  23.533 
10  24  FC Midtjylland SF Racing Team  K. Andersen  45:40.327  24.487 
11  18  Sevilla FC SF Racing Team  E. Guerrieri  45:41.679  25.839 
12  2  Sporting Clube de Portugal Racing Team  P. Petiz  46:21.063  1:05.223 
13  4  Galatasaray SF Racing Team  S. Mansell  45:17.559  1 lap 
14  69  Olympique Lyonnais SF Racing Team  N. Panciatici  45:24.269  1 lap 
15  5  PSV Eindhoven SF Racing Team  D. Muermans  45:31.924  1 lap 
16  8  RSC Anderlecht SF Racing Team  Y. Buurman  13:03.937  24 laps 
17  9  Olumpiacos SF Racing Team  D. Rigon  6:03.415  28 laps 
18  7  Flamengo SF Racing Team  E. Bernoldi  -  - 

Race 2 Grid

 
Row 9  17- Rangers FC  18- FC Basel 
Row 8  15- AC Milan  16- Corinthians 
Row 7  13- Liverpool FC  14- Tottenham Hotspur 
Row 6  11- FC Porto  12- AS Roma 
Row 5  9- FC Midtjylland  10- Atletico e Madrid 
Row 4  7- Sporting Clube de Portugal  8- Sevilla FC 
Row 3  5- Olympique Lyonnais  6- Galatasaray 
Row 2  3- RSC Anderlecht  4- PSV Eindhoven 
Row 1  1- Flamengo  2- Olympiacos 
   POLE POSITION

 
 
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