2008–09 Speedcar Series

2008–09 Speedcar Series
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The 2008–09 Speedcar Series was the second Speedcar Series championship. The championship consisted of five meetings, starting on December 5, 2008 at the Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates and finishing at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 25, 2009. Gianni Morbidelli finished as champion, pipping defending champion Johnny Herbert by just two points.[1]

Teams and driversEdit

All of the teams used the Speedcar V8 vehicle with tyres supplied by Michelin.

Team No. Driver name Rounds
  Palm Beach
  Palm Racing[2]
04   Thomas Biagi 2-5
07   Stefan Johansson 1
10   Gianni Morbidelli All
  Continental Circus 09   Marcel Tiemann 1
  Enzo Panacci 2
26   Christopher Zoechling 4-5
32   Eric Charles 1-2, 4
80   Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5
  Scuderia Giudici 09   Gianni Giudici 5
96   Ramez Azzam 5
  JMB Racing 13   Damien Pasini All
69   Johnny Herbert All
  Union Properties 20   Vitantonio Liuzzi All
85   Hasher Al Maktoum All
  Ramez Azzam[3] 4
  Phoenix Racing 21   Mathias Lauda 1
80   Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1
  Team Lavaggi 21   Chris Buncombe 2
33   Marco Melandri 3-4
80   Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2-4
  West-Tec 21   Chris Buncombe 5
44   David Terrien 5
  Durango 25   Christopher Zoechling 1-3
  Hamad Al Fardan 4
32   Marco Cioci 5
44   David Terrien 4
71   Nicolas Navarro 5
96   Jacques Villeneuve 1-3
  HPR 27   Jean Alesi All
50   Marchy Lee All
  QMMF Team 59   Fahad Al Thani 3
95   Ahamad Al Kuwari 3
  Team Siram 90   Giovanni Lavaggi 2
  Team Barwa 90   Nasser Al-Attiyah 3

CalendarEdit

Round Country Circuit Date Winning Driver
1 R1   United Arab Emirates Dubai Autodrome December 5   Vitantonio Liuzzi
R2 December 6 Race cancelled[4]
2 R1   Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit January 23   Jean Alesi
R2 January 24   Johnny Herbert
3 R1   Qatar Losail International Circuit February 13   Gianni Morbidelli
R2 February 14   Vitantonio Liuzzi
4 R1   United Arab Emirates Dubai Autodrome February 27   Jean Alesi
R2 February 28   Jean Alesi
5 R1   Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit April 25   Johnny Herbert
R2 April 26   Vitantonio Liuzzi

Championship StandingsEdit

DriversEdit

Points were awarded to the top eight classified finishers using the following structure:

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Driver DUB
 
BHR
 
LOS
 
DUB
 
BHR
 
Points
1   Gianni Morbidelli 3 C 4 2 1 2 7 2 5 5 55
2   Johnny Herbert 4 C 3 1 3 6 5 3 1 6 53
3   Vitantonio Liuzzi 1 C Ret 8 2 1 12 Ret 3 1 45
4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2 C 2 4 Ret 5 3 4 2 12 44
5   Jean Alesi 10 C 1 6 4 Ret 1 1 Ret 10 38
6   Thomas Biagi 6 3 7 3 9 6 8 2 29
7   Hasher Al Maktoum 5 C 5 7 6 Ret 6 DNP 6 3 25
8   Christopher Zoechling 11 C DNS Ret 9 4 2 10 4 8 19
9   Damien Pasini 8 C 7 5 Ret 8 8 9 7 Ret 11
10   David Terrien 4 5 Ret Ret 9
11   Jacques Villeneuve 6 C 10 Ret 5 Ret 7
12   Marchy Lee 7 C Ret Ret Ret 7 11 7 12 9 6
13   Nicolas Navarro 9 4 5
14   Chris Buncombe 9 9 Ret 7 2
15   Marco Melandri 8 11  10 8 2
16   Giovanni Lavaggi 8 10 1
17   Nasser Al-Attiyah 10 9 0
18   Eric Charles 9 C 11 11 14 12 0
19   Ramez Azzam 11 10 Ret 0
20   Fahad Al Thani 12 10 0
21   Marco Cioci 11 11 0
22   Ahamad Al Kuwari 11 Ret 0
23   Hamad Al Fardan 13 Ret 0
  Stefan Johansson Ret C 0
  Marcel Tiemann Ret C 0
  Mathias Lauda Ret C 0
  Enzo Panacci DNS Ret 0
  Gianni Giudici Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver DUB
 
BHR
 
LOS
 
DUB
 
BHR
 
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Notes:

  •   – Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed more than 90% of the race distance.

TeamsEdit

Pos Driver DUB
 
BHR
 
LOS
 
DUB
 
BHR
 
Points
1   Union Properties 1 C Ret 8 2 1 12 Ret 3 1 70
5 C 5 7 6 Ret 6 11 6 3
2   JMB Racing 8 C 7 5 Ret 8 8 9 7 Ret 64
4 C 3 1 3 6 5 3 1 6
3   HPR 10 C 1 6 4 Ret 1 1 Ret 10 44
7 C Ret Ret Ret 7 11 7 12 9
4   Palm Racing 9 6 8 2 30
7 2 5 5
5   Team Lavaggi 9 9 30
8 11  10 8
2 4 Ret 5 3 4
6   Durango 11 C DNS Ret 9 4 13 Ret 26
11 11
4 5
9 4
6 C 10 Ret 5 Ret
7   Continental Circus Ret C DNS Ret 22
2 10 4 8
9 C 11 11 14 12
2 12
8   Phoenix Racing Ret C 8
2 C
9   West-Tec Ret 7 2
Ret Ret
10   Team Siram 8 10 1
11   Team Barwa 10 9 0
12   QMMF Team 12 10 0
11 Ret
13   Scuderia Giudici Ret Ret 0
10 Ret
EX   Palm Beach 6 3 7 3 0 (54)[5]
Ret C
3 C 4 2 1 2
Pos Driver DUB
 
BHR
 
LOS
 
DUB
 
BHR
 
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Invalid results in italics.

Notes:

  •   – Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed more than 90% of the race distance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Liuzzi wins Bahrain finale, Morbidelli takes $500,000 prize". AutoMobilSport.com. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  2. ^ The team had changed its name after the third round.
  3. ^ Ramez Azzam had replaced Hasher Al Maktoum for race 2 of the fourth round.
  4. ^ "Speedcar race canceled after it floods in the desert". blog.al.com. 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  5. ^ Palm Beach's points were voided and the team excluded from the championship before the fourth round, because it had changed name into Palm Racing.

External linksEdit