The Superleague Formula Championship is set to hit the track for the first time this weekend as the Tottenham Hotspur SF Racing Team heads for Donington Park.
It's the global debut of the new football-themed motor racing championship that brings together the international passion of club football with the speed and excitement of top-level international motorsport.
Clubs from across the globe will be represented on-track with their colours adorning 750 horsepower, V12-powered single seaters - each time fighting it out for 1 million euro prizemoney at every round.
The Donington weekend will be the first of six championship rounds in 2008 with other races scheduled for the Nurburgring, Germany (September 20-21); Zolder, Belgium (October 4-5); Estoril, Portugal (October 18-19); Vallelunga, Italy (November 1-2); and Jerez, Spain (November 22-23).
The Superleague Formula grid for Donington Park will include teams from the UK (Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur), Scotland (Rangers), Italy (AC Milan and AS Roma), Spain (Sevilla), Portugal (FC Porto), Netherlands (PSV Eindhoven), Germany (Borussia Dortmund), Belgium (RSC Anderlecht), Switzerland (FC Basel), Greece (Olympiacos), Turkey (Galatasaray), UAE (Al Ain), Brazil (Flamengo and Corinthians) and China (Beijing Guoan).
Each club will compete in identical single-seaters designed and built for the series by Elan Motorsport Technologies in the US. The beautiful music of the 750 horsepower, V12 engine was created for the championship by Menard Competition Technologies in the UK.
The teams will hit the track for two practice sessions on Saturday morning followed by a new unique qualifying system.
Teams are split into two groups for 15-minute sessions. The top four cars from each group will then go into a shootout competition - 1st vs 8th, 2nd vs 7th, 3rd vs 6th and 4th vs 5th.
Two cars are sent out on track for a single lap time attack - each car getting the opportunity to set a time with their rival running five seconds behind.
The four winners of the quarter-finals, go into a semi-final battle. The final shoot-out for pole will be fought out between the two semi-final victors.
Sunday's race format will also offer unique action with two races, the grid for the second event being a complete reverse grid of the race finish of the first event. The races will be be run through to a 44 minute time limit - at which point, drivers will receive the 'one lap to go' signal.
Off track activities at Donington will kick off at the Superleague Formula Central Stage that will be equipped with giant screen displaying on-track images. This area will also include entertainment from DJs, break-dancers, a freestyle football show, fashion shows, autograph sessions, interviews with drivers and prize draws.
The Superleague Formula Football Zone will include a spectacular array of activities including a giant inflatable human football table - just like a normal table football game, but using real people. Penalty shoot-outs, radar shoots and an extra-large table football game featuring up to 10 players on each side are also on site.
Go-karting, radio control cars (featuring the colours of the Superleague Formula clubs), entertainers, comedians, cheerleaders and face-painters will also provide added entertainment for the fans.
Sunday's race action kicks off at Donington Park on Sunday at 11.00am for the first race. Race two is scheduled for 2.00pm.
Tickets - priced £24 for the weekend or £20 per day - are available on the day from Donington Park.
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