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: Scuderia Playteam Nurburgring qualifying report

Scuderia Playteam locks out front row with AC Milan on pole Scuderia Playteam Sarafree has qualified its two cars on the front row of the grid for the second round of the new Superleague Formula season at the Nuerburgring in Germany.

Scuderia Playteam locks out front row with AC Milan on pole

Scuderia Playteam Sarafree has qualified its two cars on the front row of the grid for the second round of the new Superleague Formula season at the Nuerburgring in Germany. Robert Doornbos took pole in the AC Milan car while Alessandro Pier Guidi took second in the Galatasaray SK car.

The morning draw placed Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) in Group A for qualifying and Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) in Group B. At the end of his 15 minute qualifying session Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) had covered seven laps and was third fastest with a lap of 1.43.363. In Group B, Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) set the overall fastest time of 1.42.920 and both progressed to the knockout stage.

In the knockout session the eight fastest cars battled in a time attack format where no tyre change or refuelling was allowed. The first two cars were sent off as a pair for three laps in following sequence: FC Basel-Flamengo, AC Milan-FC Porto, Corinthians-Liverpool, RSC Anderlecht-GalatasaraySK. Both Galatasaray SK and AC Milan won their rounds and set themselves up for a pole position shootout between them. However Galatasaray SK's car did not have enough fuel on board for the shootout and AC Milan took pole position.

Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) commented: "Overall I had great fun in this qualifying session; it was much better than at Donington. I am really happy for the team. We arrived as favourites in Donington but suffered from fuel problems and the car caught fire. The team made changes showing that we are learning fast. It's a good thing that we're allowed to use tyre warmers here with these low temperatures. We need to work hard now on the race strategy with the engineers. I hope the weather won't change. I am very used to the rolling starts from my previous career in Champcar, but anything can happen in a race."

Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) added: "I am happy because I only drove four laps this morning because of parts that arrived late making it a bit hard to catch up. The whole team worked so hard. I am glad to repay them with this good position. It was a great result for someone like me who had never seen the track before. To be honest, I was not hoping for this outcome. The set up is perfect. The track is difficult, but I am learning and getting more confident with every lap. I have to find the good rhythm for tomorrow's race but it was a great day for us."

Giambattista Giannoccaro, team owner and founder commented, "I am really pleased that the good work created a solid front row for our two teams. I want to thank the engineers and the mechanics for their late night work. Hard work always pays off!"

Q and A with Robert Doornbos - AC Milan

Q) A pole at Nuerburgring - is it the best possible position after the Donington weekend?

A) Yes, it is a really great position to be in. I am happy to have worked so hard with the team. When the car did not work like in Donington, I couldn't do miracles. So here, at Nuerburgring, it is a great result and basically my championship starts here.

Q) How similar is this car to Champcar?

A) Every car has its own traits. Starting with the engine, it is heavy in tis formula. So I'm not as comfortable as I was in Champcar. Donington was disappointing because of the technical issues. But Superleague is a competitive car. I hope to win some races here.

Q and A with Alessandro Pier Guidi - Galatasaray SK

Q) No fuel for the final shoot out, what happened?

A) Indeed, in the first shoot out we completed a lot of laps. So I remained without fuel for the last part. So we could not finish the final shoot out with Robert. We would have been disqualified if we had refuelled.

Q) Any team orders for the start tomorrow?

A) Of course not! We have two different cars and two different situations. As long as we do not do anything stupid at the start, that's the main thing!

-credit: scuderiaplayteam.com

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