DOORNBOS JOINS AC MILAN SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA ASSAULT Ex-Formula 1 driver and Champ Car World Series race winner Robert Doornbos has been signed as the race driver for AC Milan's assault on the inaugural Superleague Formula championship.
DOORNBOS JOINS AC MILAN SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA ASSAULT
Ex-Formula 1 driver and Champ Car World Series race winner Robert Doornbos has been signed as the race driver for AC Milan's assault on the inaugural Superleague Formula championship. The 25-year-old Dutchman drove for Minardi and Red Bull in Formula 1 before earning the rookie of the year title and three race wins in Champ Car last year. "I am so pleased to have reached an agreement with AC Milan and Scuderia Playteam," Doornbos said. "For me it is a really exciting as I've always been a huge AC Milan fan. My aunt Jeanine actually used to be the physio of the famous successful trio of Dutch players Marco van Basten, Franck Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit. "At school I could show off and share with my friends all the latest stickers of the club. Now they have left or retired, but current Dutch champion Clarence Seedorf who is currently at the club is my best friend. "I also drove in F1 for Minardi and I have kept good contacts with Giancarlo Minardi whose son now manages Scuderia Playteam. It's definitely a small world. My first chief engineer in racing was Gabriele Tredozi -- now the technical director for the team. "I speak fluent Italian also so that will be very handy!" Doornbos will get his first opportunity to drive the 750 horsepower, V12 powered Superleague Formula car at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville from July 9-10-11.
FINAL SPEC SUPERLEAGUE CAR READY FOR ESTORIL TEST
The Superleague Formula prototype chassis/engine combination is ready for its final development test coming up at Estoril in Portugal from June 2-4. After an extensive series of tests at Donington Park, Monteblanco, Estoril and Magny-Cours, series technical director Steve Farrell believes the Superleague Formula chassis is now ready to race. "Each test we have done has produced a discernable improvement in the car and we are now starting to run race simulations, complete with pit stops," Farrell said. "If we were ready to race tomorrow, I wouldn't be at all concerned. We have solved 95% of the issues we had with the new car and run all the new parts and designs. "At the next test we will be putting the final new pieces on the car - we are now very close to production spec. We will be tackling some cooling, gearbox calibration and damper changes but all in all, this car is now ready to race."
SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA RACE TEAMS TO BE UNVEILED
The line-up of race teams for the inaugural Superleague Formula Championship season will be revealed this Friday at the Nurburgring. The classic German circuit will host round two of the inaugural football-themed championship (September 20/21) and this weekend will feature one of the world's toughest endurance events - the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
More than 230 GT teams are signed up for the endurance classic including one of the squads which will run a pair of cars in the Superleague Formula championship - one of which will be the Borussia Dortmund car. BVB was the first club to stage a public unveiling last year and the eye-catching yellow and black liveried Superleague Formula car will be on display throughout the 24 Hour race weekend.