FC BASEL complete a hat-trick for Superleague Formula

FC BASEL complete a hat-trick for Superleague Formula

07.12.2007: FC BASEL complete a hat-trick for Superleague Formula

FC Basel 1983 today completed a hat-trick of unveilings for Superleague Formula with the club’s red and blue entry for the new championship unveiled for the first time at St. Jakob-Park today.

Today’s launch was the third in three weeks for the new series which will feature the colours of the world’s leading football clubs aboard 750 horsepower, V-12 powered single seaters.

The FC Basel launch follows unveilings by Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and RSC Anderlecht in Brussels, Belgium; over the past two weeks.

Today, Basel coach Christian Gross and club President Gigi Oeri unveiled the Swiss club’s car with the entire squad on hand.

FC Basel fans will get their turn on Sunday when the club takes on Neuchâtel Xamax FC at home. The car will be unveiled on the pitch and will be on display outside the stadium after the game.

The club has enjoyed a remarkably successful season to date, sitting on top of the league with 12 wins from 17 games – three more than arch-rivals FC Zürich.

FC Basel have scored 11 Swiss championships and eight Swiss Cup victories since being formed in 1893. They are one of only two Swiss clubs to ever compete in the UEFA Champions League

Opened in 2001, St. Jakob-Park has been a happy hunting ground for the Swiss club – Basel enjoying an undefeated run at home of 59 games in a row through to 2006.

"As the president of FC Basel 1893, I am looking forward to working in conjunction with Superleague Formula," said FC Basel President, Gigi Oeri.

"The colours of FCB will compete together with some of the world’s biggest football clubs in a new and unique sports promotion, combining two of the most popular sports at great venues across Europe."

FC Basel coach, Christian Gross believes football and motorsport actually have a lot in common.

"Car racing and football has a lot of similarities: both sports have speed, precision, teamwork, technology, show and targeted efforts," said FC Basel coach, Christian Gross.

"Therefore, I am pleased that FC Basel 1893 is the only Swiss football team to join Superleague Formula and that our Basel red and blue colours will get additional exposure in an exciting new market."

For 2008, FC Basel fans will be able to head north of the border to Germany for round two of the Superleague Formula championship.

Next year’s Superleague Formula championship will include races at Donington Park (UK), August 29/30; Nurburgring (Germany), September 20/21; Zolder (Belgium), October 4/5; Italy - location TBA, October 18/19; Estoril (Portugal), November 1/2; and Jerez (Spain), November 22/23.

* subject to FIA confirmation.

FC Basel join already announced teams AC Milan, PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto, Olympiacos, Borussia Dortmund, RSC Anderlecht, Flamengo, and Galatasaray SK on the grid. In total, 20 clubs will fight it out for race honours over the six rounds with 1 million Euro prizemoney up for grabs at each event.

"Wherever we have been – from Brazil to Belgium – and everywhere in between, the passion that fans have for their club confirm the outstanding potential for our championship," Superleague Formula President and CEO, Alex Andreu said.

"That passion for the colours is truly a global phenomenon. At every launch, the fans are so excited to see their car and we expect more of the same in Basel this week.

"Staging three launches in three weeks has been an extremely busy period for our people but also remarkably rewarding. We are currently in discussion with many teams at the moment and are looking forward to making further additions to the Superleague Formula field early in the new year."

 

- Paul Ryan- photos copyright Superleague -

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07.12.2007 / MaP

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