F-Atlantic: Markus Niemelä é o Campeão de 2008

O finlandês Markus Niemelä, da Brooks Associates Racing, é o Campeão da temporada 2008 do Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. Estreando na categoria, Niemelä somou 245 pontos, 17 a mais do que o norte-americano Jonathan Bomarito, da Mathiasen Motorsports.

Foram onze provas disputadas, com sete vencedores diferentes; Niemelä (2), Bomarito (3), o norte-americano Jonathan Summerton (2), o canadense James Hinchcliffe (1), o holandês Junior Strous (1), o norte-americano Carl Skerlong (1) e a suíça Simona de Silvestro (1).

Apenas um brasileiro disputou a temporada. Douglas Soares, da Condor Motorsports, terminou em 18º, com 70 pontos.

Confira os resultados das quatro últimas etapas:

Trois-Rivieres:

1 – Jonathan Bomarito – Mathiasen – 44 voltas em  50:17.453
2 – Jonathan Summerton – Newman Wachs – 1.590
3 – Junior Strous – Condor – 5.682
4 – Simona De Silvestro – Newman Wachs – 7.878
5 – Dane Cameron – Genoa – 10.015
6 – Daniel Morad – Eurointernational – 10.774
7 – David Martinez – Forsythe/Pettit – 11.251
8 – Tom Sutherland – Brooks – 13.396
9 – Greg Mansell – Walker – 15.010
10 – Henri Karjalainen – Jensen – 15.460
11 – Douglas Soares – Condor – 16.155
12 – Frankie Muniz – Pacific Coast – 18.436
13 – Leo Mansell – Walker – 19.947
14 – Dominick Muermans – Condor – 26.125
15 – Eric Jensen – Jensen – 27.224
16 – Luis Schiavo – Eurointernational – 37 voltas
17 – Markus Niemela – Brooks – 30 voltas
18 – Carl Skerlong – Pacific Coast – 21 voltas
19 – Kevin Lacroix – Walker – 6 voltas
20 – James Hinchcliffe – Forsythe/Pettit – 6 voltas

Pole Position: Jonathan Bomarito 58.989
Volta mais rápida: Jonathan Summerton 1:00.181

New Jersey:

1 – Carl Skerlong – Pacific Coast – 42 voltas em 50:49.282
2 – Markus Niemela – Brooks – 2.464
3 – Jonathan Summerton – Newman Wachs – 10.441
4 – Kevin Lacroix – Walker – 22.772
5 – Junior Strous – Condor – 23.914
6 – Tom Sutherland – Brooks – 41.054
7 – Greg Mansell – Walker – 45.288
8 – David Martinez – Forsythe/Pettit – 46.872
9 – Jonathan Bomarito – Mathiasen – 56.488
10 – Frankie Muniz – Pacific Coast – 1:01.535
11 – Simona De Silvestro – Newman Wachs – 1:02.038
12 – Leo Mansell – Walker – 1 volta
13 – Douglas Soares – Condor – 1 volta
14 – Dominick Muermans – Condor – 1 volta
15 – Henri Karjalainen – Jensen – 1 volta
16 – James Hinchcliffe – Forsythe/Pettit – 2 voltas
17 – Rich Zober – Polestar – 2 voltas
18 – Eric Jensen – Jensen – 13 voltas
19 – Dane Cameron – Genoa – 27 voltas

Pole Position: Carl Skerlong 1:10.211
Volta mais rápida: 1:11.533

Miller Motorsport Park:

1 – Markus Niemela – Brooks – 20 voltas 50:40.529
2 – Jonathan Summerton – Newman Wachs – 0.446
3 – Dane Cameron – Genoa – 2.296
4 – Carl Skerlong – Pacific Coast – 2.828
5 – Simona De Silvestro – Newman Wachs – 22.363
6 – Jonathan Bomarito – Mathiasen – 25.508
7 – Tom Sutherland – Brooks – 27.723
8 – Junior Strous – Condor – 29.294
9 – Greg Mansell – Walker – 32.060
10 – James Hinchcliffe – Forsythe/Pettit – 33.914
11 – Kevin Lacroix – Walker – 34.549
12 – Henri Karjalainen – Jensen – 36.509
13 – David Martinez – Forsythe/Pettit – 37.301
14 – Frankie Muniz – Pacific Coast – 53.241
15 – Douglas Soares – Condor – 1:11.908
16 – Leo Mansell – Walker – 1:15.856
17 – Dominick Muermans – Condor – 1:40.101

Pole Position: Markus Niemela: 2:28.915
Volta mais rápida: Carl Skerlong 2:29.564

Road Atlanta:

1 – Markus Niemela – Brooks – 35 voltas em 50:19.931
2 – Kevin Lacroix – Walker – 0.730
3 – James Hinchcliffe – Forsythe/Pettit – 1.311
4 – Simona De Silvestro – Newman Wachs – 1.807
5 – Greg Mansell – Walker – 4.170
6 – David Garza – Forsythe/Pettit – 4.433
7 – Luis Schiavo – Eurointernational – 5.395
8 – Junior Strous – Condor – 6.290
9 – Frankie Muniz – Pacific Coast – 7.346
10 – Tom Sutherland – Brooks – 9.445
11 – Leo Mansell – Walker – 10.328
12 – Dominick Muermans – Condor – 10.914
13 – Jonathan Summerton – Newman Wachs – 2 voltas
14 – Dane Cameron – Genoa – 3 voltas
15 – J.R. Hildebrand – TKM – 6 voltas
16 – Douglas Soares – Condor – 9 voltas
17 – Jonathan Bomarito – Mathiasen – 23 voltas

Pole Position: Jonathan Summerton 1:14.137
Volta mais rápida: J.R. Hildebrand 1:15.006

Campeonato, classificação final:

1. Markus Niemelä    Brooks Associates Racing    245
2. Jonathan Bomarito    Mathiasen Motorsports    228
3. Jonathan Summerton    Newman/Wachs Racing    224
4. James Hinchcliffe    Forsythe Championship Racing    196
5. Junior Strous    Condor Motorsports    196
6. Carl Skerlong    Pacific Coast Motorsports    189
7. Dane Cameron    Genoa Racing    169
8. Simona de Silvestro    Newman/Wachs Racing    167
9. Kevin Lacroix    Walker Racing    161
10. Greg Mansell    Walker Racing    105
11. Frankie Muniz    Pacific Coast Motorsports    102
12. Daniel Morad    EuroInternational    95
13. David Garza    Forsythe Championship Racing    94
14. Dominick Muermans    Condor Motorsports    80
15. Tom Sutherland    Brooks Associates Racing    78
16. David Martinez    Forsythe Racing    74
17. Henri Karjalainen    Jensen Motorsport    70
18. Douglas Soares    Condor Motorsports    70
19. Leo Mansell    Walker Racing    68
20. Luis Schiavo    EuroInternational    60
21. Tonis Kasemets    Newman/Wachs Racing    51
22. Andreas Wirth    Brooks Associates Racing    45
23. Alan Sciuto    Genoa Racing    27
24. Christopher Zöchling    Paladin Motorsports    18
25. Eric Jensen    Jensen Motorsport    9
26. J.R. Hildebrand    Genoa Racing    7
27. Rich Zober    Polestar Racing    4
28. Brian Thienes    Condor Motorsports    1
29. Mike Forest    PR1 Motorsports    
30. Greg Minium    Paladin Motorsports    

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