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: Series newsletter 2008-09-17

PUSH TO PASS BUTTON PROVIDES SUPERLEAGUE RACERS WITH MORE POWER With dry weather forecast for the Nurburgring for this weekend's second round of the Superleague Formula championship, drivers are eagerly awaiting the chance to exploit the "push...

PUSH TO PASS BUTTON PROVIDES SUPERLEAGUE RACERS WITH MORE POWER

With dry weather forecast for the Nurburgring for this weekend's second round of the Superleague Formula championship, drivers are eagerly awaiting the chance to exploit the "push to pass" (PTP) option that is enabled on the Menard-powered Panoz chassis. The 750 horsepower, V12 engine is normally limited to 11,000rpm, however by pushing a button on the steering wheel, drivers can raise that limit to 12,000rpm for a minimum duration of 15 seconds. Drivers can use the extra horsepower advantage to attempt to make a pass. After the 15 second period has elapsed, the PTP phase will end once engine speed drops below 9,000 rpm. During both races, drivers can use the PTP button a maximum of eight times. After each usage, the extra power option is unavailable for 120 seconds. The extra revs are not available during practice or qualifying.

"The push to pass option is a great idea. You can really feel the revs pick up -- the engine is really screaming," Tottenham Hotspur driver, Duncan Tappy said. "I used it twice in the first race and tried to keep a few button "presses" up my sleave in case I needed them towards the end of the race. "It is great in creating passing opportunities. That extra 1000 revs makes a big difference, because you are changing gear a little bit further down the road than the guy your chasing -- it provides you with a big advantage."

SUPPORT YOUR CLUB WITH GREAT SUPERLEAGUE TEAM MERCHANDISE

Football and race fans can now support their club's Superleague Formula efforts through a great range of merchandise available from the series' new online store -- www.superleagueformulashop.com The shop has launched with a huge range of Superleague Formula merchandise including shirts, jackets, caps, backpacks and other accessories. New club merchandise is being added every day. The shop already has supporter gear for Al Ain, RSC Anderlecht, Borussia Dortmund, Corinthians, FC Basel, FC Porto, Flamengo, Galatasaray, Olympiacos, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers and Sevilla. Fans can buy merchandise on-line and have it shipped anywhere in the world.

ACTION IN THE SKIES ABOVE THE NURBURGRING FOR SUPERLEAGUE

There will be action on the ground and in the skies above at the Nurburgring as a key part of the Superleague Formula entertainment package this weekend. The close proximity of the East Midlands airport to Donington Park kept the crowd entertainment at ground level for the first round of the championship. But from the Nurburgring onwards, World Aerobatic Champion Ramon Alonso will entertain the fans aboard his Superleague Formula-branded Sukhoi 31 aerobatic plane. Like the Superleague Formula cars on the ground, this exotic machine is built from carbon fibre, kevlar and titanium. Although it has got 350 less horsepower than the race cars, Alonso's machine wins the top speed race -- topping more than 500km/h.

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