2011 Superleague Formula season

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2011 Superleague Formula season
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The 2011 Superleague Formula season was the fourth Superleague Formula championship. The series reverted to being known simply as "Superleague Formula", with 2009's two-year sponsorship deal with Sonangol also having expired.[1] The first race of the season was held on 5 June at Assen and was due to finish at a venue in New Zealand after 8 race weekends.

After three seasons in which the cars were run in club team colours, the 2011 season saw drivers competing in the colours of their nation,[2] with countries adorning team names as had been set out by Team China in 2010, thus beginning a severing of the strong links the series had attempted to make by linking each team entry with a football club. As many as eight of the announced fourteen entries no longer had links with football teams.

The season ended after just two of the scheduled rounds after a number of complications, which saw tracks not being ready in time for the series,[3] and disagreements with race organisers.[4]

Teams and drivers[edit]

  • All teams are again competing on Michelin tyres for the fourth season in a row.[5]
Entrant Race team No. Race driver(s) Rounds
Belgium Belgium – R.S.C. Anderlecht[6] Belgium Azerti Motorsport 1 Switzerland Neel Jani[7] All
Netherlands Netherlands – PSV Eindhoven[8] 2 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman[9] All
France France – Girondins de Bordeaux[10] 3 France Tristan Gommendy[11] All
Czech Republic Czech Republic – AC Sparta Prague[12] United Kingdom Atech Reid Grand Prix[13][14] 4 Czech Republic Filip Salaquarda[15] All
Luxembourg Luxembourg[2] 5 Belgium Frédéric Vervisch[2] All
New Zealand New Zealand[12] 6 New Zealand Earl Bamber[11] 1
New Zealand Chris van der Drift[16] 2
Japan Japan[11] 7 United Kingdom Duncan Tappy[11] 1
Netherlands Robert Doornbos[9][17] 2
Netherlands Netherlands[9] 8 1
Russia Russia[18] 17 Russia Mikhail Aleshin[18] 2
Spain Spain – Atlético de Madrid[11] Spain EmiliodeVillota Motorsport[11] 9 Spain María de Villota[11] 1
Spain Andy Soucek[11][19] 2
Turkey Turkey – Galatasaray S.K.[11] 10 1
United Kingdom Duncan Tappy[19] 2
China China[12] 11 China Ho-Pin Tung[11] 1
South Korea South Korea[12] 19 Germany Max Wissel[20] 2
Brazil Brazil[11] United Kingdom Alan Docking Racing[21] 14 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia[22] All
Australia Australia[2] 24 Australia John Martin[21] All
England England[2] 31 United Kingdom Craig Dolby[21] All

Driver changes[edit]

Entering/Re-Entering Superleague Formula

Leaving Superleague Formula

Mid-season changes[edit]

2011 Schedule[edit]

  • Superleague Formula announced its full 2011 calendar on May 2, which saw the championship embark on a "Nations Cup", with races on four different continents this season in 8 rounds. For the first time, races were scheduled to be held in Russia, Brazil (two races), the Middle East and New Zealand.[33] The Russian round, due to be held at the newly built Smolensk Ring, was later cancelled.[34] The Middle East round was later replaced by a round in South Korea and a second round in China was added to replace the Russian round.[citation needed] The two rounds in Brazil were cancelled after apparent issues with the track in Goiânia.[3] The series finale in New Zealand was later cancelled. The "Nations Cup" branding also had to be abandoned due to issues with naming rights which the series was still looking to resolve.[35]
  • With the announcement of the calendar, it was confirmed that each round was known as a 'Grand Prix'.[33]
  • The SF World Feed commentators at Zolder were Andrew Coley and Earl Bamber.

Race calendar and results[edit]

Round Grand Prix Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Club Winning Team Weekend Winner Report
1 R1 Netherlands GP Assen – Holland 4–5 June France France – GDB France France – GDB Netherlands Netherlands – PSV Belgium Azerti Motorsport England England Report
R2 Czech Republic Czech Republic – SPR Japan Japan United Kingdom Atech Reid Grand Prix
2 R1 Belgium GP Zolder – Belgium 16–17 July England England New Zealand New Zealand England England United Kingdom Alan Docking Racing Luxembourg Luxembourg Report
R2 Australia Australia Australia Australia United Kingdom Alan Docking Racing

Cancelled races[edit]

Grand Prix Date
Russia GP Russia[34] 3–4 September
Brazil GP Goiânia – Brazil[3] 8–9 October
Brazil TBC[3] 15–16 October
China GP Beijing – China[4] 29–30 October
China GP Shanghai – China[4] 5–6 November
South Korea GP Seoul – South Korea[4] 12–13 November
New Zealand TBC[36] 10–11 December

Test calendar and results[edit]

  • There was a two-day pre-season test session at Spain's Circuito Monteblanco on 9–10 December 2010.[37]
  • The Circuito de Navarra in Spain was due to host a two-day test on 30–31 August 2011.[38] However, the scheduled event got cancelled, without an explanatory announcement.[39]

Championship standings[edit]

Pos Entrant Drivers ASS
Netherlands
ZOL
Belgium
Pts
R1 R2 S R1 R2 S
1 Australia Australia John Martin 6 2 4 7 1 2 158
2 Japan Japan Duncan Tappy 7 1 6 136
Robert Doornbos 5 7 6
3 Luxembourg Luxembourg Frédéric Vervisch 3 13 DN 3 4 1 134
4 Netherlands Netherlands – PSV Eindhoven Yelmer Buurman 1 10 3 6 6 7 130
5 Belgium Belgium – RSC Anderlecht Neel Jani 4 9 7 2 9 3 125
6 England England Craig Dolby 2 8 1 1 13 X 124
7 New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber 9 5 X 113
Chris van der Drift 4 8 5
8 Brazil Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 8 3 2 9 12 X 102
9 Czech Republic Czech Republic – AC Sparta Praha Filip Salaquarda 5 6 5 12 10 X 95
10 Turkey Turkey – Galatasaray SK Andy Soucek 13 7 X 88
Duncan Tappy 10 5 X
11 South Korea South Korea Max Wissel 8 2 4 71
12 Russia Russia Mikhail Aleshin 11 3 8 56
13 France France – Girondins de Bordeaux Tristan Gommendy 14 4 X 14 11 X 52
14 China China Ho-Pin Tung 10 11 X 34
15 Spain Spain – Atlético de Madrid María de Villota 12 12 X 28
Andy Soucek 13 14 X
16 Netherlands Netherlands Robert Doornbos 11 DN X 16
Pos Entrant Drivers R1 R2 S R1 R2 S Pts
ASS
Netherlands
ZOL
Belgium
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify (X)
Black Disqualified (DQ)
White Did not start (DN)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Excluded (EX)
Withdrew (WD)
Bold Pole position
Italics Fastest lap

NOTE – R2 starts
with reverse grid
S = Super Final

Race 1 and 2 points
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd DNF DNS
Points 50 45 40 36 32 29 26 23 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0
Super Final points
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th DNQ DNS
Points 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
  • New for 2011 was the alteration that the top 8 points-scorers from the weekend would compete in the Super Final, in contrast to 2010 where only the top 6 would qualify.[2]

References[edit]

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