Scuderia Playteam Sarafree takes two podiums on home soil - AC Milan Racing Team n. 3 - Robert Doornbos - Galatasaray SK Racing Team n. 4 - Alessandro Pier Guidi This weekend brought a lot of emotion for Scuderia Playteam Sarafree and a great...
Scuderia Playteam Sarafree takes two podiums on home soil
- AC Milan Racing Team n. 3 - Robert Doornbos
- Galatasaray SK Racing Team n. 4 - Alessandro Pier Guidi
This weekend brought a lot of emotion for Scuderia Playteam Sarafree and a great result for the team with two podium finishes for the third time of the season.
AC Milan took its third consecutive second place finish in the 32-lap first race, while Galatasaray's Alessandro Pier Guidi also scored his second consecutive third place finish in the first race.
It ended up being a very special weekend for Scuderia Playteam Sarafree that started with plenty of emotion during the qualifying session. At the end of the group A window where Robert Doornbos was defending the colours of AC Milan, Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) had clocked the third fastest time. But in the semi-final Galatasaray SK then lost out to Flamengo while AC Milan started from the front row.
Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) had a strong start climbing to fourth while Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) managed to keep his second place behind Liverpool. Eventually Beijing Guaon took the lead of the race while AC Milan scored its third second place finish.
After the grid was reversed following the morning race for race two, Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) and Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) started from 16th and 17th respectively. Only seven cars made to the finish after a series of spectacular incidents. Tuka Rocha (Flamengo) launched off the back of AC Milan's Robert Doornbos at the end of the main straight. All drivers emerged unscathed the same could not be said for their cars and Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) was forced to retire from the race without even completing the first lap. It was a retirement that could compromise the fight for the Championship.
Meanwhile Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray SK) was pushing hard and was up to fifth until he was involved in a final incident that took place on lap 27 when Greek rookie Stamatis Katsimis spun and was collected by Tottenham Hotspur's Duncan Tappy and Galatasaray driver Alessandro Pier Guidi. As a result Pier Guidi was also forced to retire. Porto, Roma and PSV Eindhoven shared the podium.
Robert Doornbos (AC Milan) commented, "After race one, I thought I should write my name on the back of the seat here in second place. I have to say a big thank you to my team who did a fantastic job on the pit stop. I really pushed on the last lap before the pit stop and was right on the gearbox of Liverpool going into the pits. I knew if we made a good stop I had a chance of getting past but then on my out lap I saw Davide coming on hot tyres and it was the same as what happened to me at Estoril. I tried to close the door in turn one but I was on cold tyres and I really had to give him room otherwise we would have both crashed. It is still great to get a podium in Italy for AC Milan. In any case it was a strange weekend and I want to forget race two, because we were more than unlucky even if I had passed four cars before the first corner. After the first race we were ranking second in the championship. Now we have lost our chance to win the title. We still have the opportunity to finish second, but it is a pity, especially because we were helpless victims and there was nothing I could do."
Alessandro Pier Guidi (Galatasaray) commented, "I am very happy to score this result on my home track. It is fantastic. A big thank you to my team because they did an incredible job on the starting grid because we had a gearbox problem which they were able to fix before the start of the race. I took a great start and the car was perfect during the race. But the enthusiasm from race one vanished in race two. We took a good start despite a few problems with the engines. I was feeling great not to have been involved in the first incident that cost Robert Doornbos his race. I climbed to fifth but just a few laps before the end of the race I was collected in an accident and that was it. I feel it is a bit unfair.
Before the final round of the Superleague Formula championship that will be staged at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain on November 21-22, Beijing now holds a 59 point championship lead with only two races remaining.
The Chinese club leads on 353 ahead of PSV Eindhoven, 294; Liverpool FC, 291; AC Milan, 267; RSC Anderlecht, 244; AS Roma, 243; Galatasaray, 236; FC Porto, 218; Sevilla FC, 217; Tottenham Hotspur, 207; Corinthians, 205; Al-Ain, 200; Rangers, 190; FC Basel, 183; Flamengo, 171; Borussia Dortmund, 158; Olympiacos, 142 and Atletico Madrid, 120.