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Race action at Brooklands corner, Silverstone at Superleague Formula Round 1
PSV Eindhoven (Narain Karthikeyan) car retrieved mid-race after spinning into the gravel at Superleague Formula Round 1

The 2010 Superleague Formula season was the third Superleague Formula championship. The series was rebranded "Superleague Formula by Sonangol", due to a two-year deal that began in the previous season.[1] The first race of the season was on 4 April at Silverstone and it finished on 24 October at Navarra after a series record of 12 race weekends in all.

The series' prize fund was increased to 5 million, with the championship-winning team winning €1 million.[2] Superleague Formula teamed up with The NewsMarket to distribute video content to 25,000 global media outlets in over 190 countries throughout the season.[3] Ex-Formula One and WTCC driver Tiago Monteiro praised Superleague Formula by saying he was "pretty impressed with what they've done so far".[4]

R.S.C. Anderlecht, run under Azerti Motorsport with driver Davide Rigon, were made champions, but only after the last Super Final of the last event of the season. It was R.S.C. Anderlecht's first series title but the second for Rigon, who won the title with Beijing Guoan in 2008.

Contents

Teams and driversEdit

Entrant Race team No. Race driver(s) Rounds
  Liverpool F.C.[6]   Atech GP/Reid Motorsport[7] 1   James Walker[8] 1–7
  Frédéric Vervisch[9] 8–11 *
  Sporting CP[10] 2   Borja García[11] 1–5
  Andy Soucek[12] 6–7
  A.C. Milan[10] 3   Yelmer Buurman[13] All *
  PSV Eindhoven[14] 5   Narain Karthikeyan[15] 6–7
  Hywel Lloyd[16] 8–9
  Adderly Fong[17] 10
  Earl Bamber[18] *
  Esteban Guerrieri[19] 11
  F.C. Porto[20] 16   Álvaro Parente[21] 1–9, 11 *
  Earl Bamber[22] 10
  Olympique Lyonnais[10] 69   Tristan Gommendy[23] 9–11 *
  Team China[24] 88   Qinghua Ma[24] 10
  Adderly Fong[25] *
  Sporting CP[10]   Drivex 2   Máximo Cortés[23] 9
  Galatasaray S.K. 4   Chris van der Drift[26] 11
  GD Bordeaux[27] 33   Celso Míguez[23][28] 9
  Olympique Lyonnais 69 8
  Sporting CP[10]   EmiliodeVillota Motorsport 2   Adrián Vallés[29] 10–11 *
  Sevilla FC[30] 18   Marcos Martínez[31] All *
  A.S. Roma[10] 22   Julien Jousse[32] 1–10 *
  Máximo Cortés[33] 11
  Galatasaray S.K.[34]   GU-Racing International 4   Andy Soucek[23] 9
  Giacomo Ricci[35] 10 *
  Olympiacos CFP[36] 9   Chris van der Drift[37] 1–7
  Ben Hanley[28] 8, 10–11 *
  Neel Jani[23] 9
  FC Basel 1893[10] 10   Max Wissel[38] All *
  Galatasaray S.K.[34]   Barazi-Epsilon 4   Tristan Gommendy[32] 1–8
  GD Bordeaux[27] 33   Franck Montagny[27] 1–5, 7
  Jaap van Lagen[12] 6
  PSV Eindhoven[14]   Racing for Holland 5   Narain Karthikeyan[15] 1–2, 4–5
  CR Flamengo[10]
  Alpha Team[7]
Alpha Motorsport/ADR
7   Duncan Tappy[39] 1, 6–9
  Franck Perera[40] 2–5
  Andy Soucek[41] 10–11 *
  Atlético Madrid[10] 15   John Martin[39] 1
  María de Villota[39] 2–9, 11
  Bruno Méndez[42] 10
  Paul Meijer[18] *
  R.S.C. Anderlecht[10]   Azerti Motorsport 8   Davide Rigon[43] All *
  SC Corinthians[44] 14   Robert Doornbos[45] All *
  GD Bordeaux 33   Franck Perera[46] 10–11 *
  Tottenham Hotspur[47]   Alan Docking Racing 19   Craig Dolby[48] All *
  Beijing Guoan[49] 24   John Martin[39] 2–11 *
  Olympique Lyonnais[10]
  LRS Formula
Laurent Rédon Motorsport
69   Sébastien Bourdais[50] 1–5
  Franck Perera[51] 7

* Drivers who participated in the non-championship round at the Beijing street circuit.

  • Cars 7 and 15 were going to be run by Durango but they pulled out and were replaced by Alpha Team prior to round 1.
  • Al Ain, FC Midtjylland and Rangers F.C. did not compete this year having been left off the provisional entry list.[52]
  • GD Bordeaux made their debut in 2010. Beijing Guoan did not enter until prior to round 2.
  • An FC Groningen car, to be driven by ex-F1 racer Jos Verstappen, was due to participate at the TT Circuit Assen round but the plan was abandoned 5 weeks before the event.[53]
  • Frenchman Bruce Jouanny remained the series' official test driver.

Driver changesEdit

Changed teams

Entering/Re-Entering Superleague Formula

Leaving Superleague Formula

Mid-season changesEdit

  • María de Villota replaced John Martin at Atlético Madrid prior to round 2 at the TT Circuit Assen. Martin joined 2008 champions Beijing Guoan, who came into the season partly due to calls from promoters in China who wanted to see their return.[54] Franck Perera replaced Duncan Tappy at CR Flamengo.
  • PSV Eindhoven, with driver Narain Karthikeyan, did not compete at round 3 due his involvement in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on the same weekend.[55][56]
  • Olympique Lyonnais skipped the Zolder round after parting company with driver Sébastien Bourdais.[57] Also for Zolder, Andy Soucek replaced Borja García in the Sporting CP car, and Jaap van Lagen replaced Franck Montagny at GD Bordeaux. Reid Motorsport took over the running of the PSV Eindhoven car from Racing for Holland.[12]
  • Round 7 at Brands Hatch saw the return of club Olympique Lyonnais with new driver Franck Perera and Laurent Rédon's team rebranded as Laurent Rédon Motorsport over the previous incarnation as LRS Formula. Franck Montagny also returned to the GD Bordeaux car.[51] Alpha Team was renamed Alpha Motorsport and fully merged with ADR.
  • Ben Hanley replaced the injured Chris van der Drift for Olympiacos at Adria. Olympique Lyonnais ran their third driver of the season, Celso Míguez, now managed by the Drivex team. Sporting CP and GD Bordeaux cited "technical problems" for not competing, leaving a record-low 16 clubs to race.[28] Maxime Jousse almost had to stand-in for brother Julien at A.S. Roma following a biking accident.[58] Frédéric Vervisch replaced James Walker at Liverpool F.C.[9] and Hywel Lloyd replaced Narain Karthikeyan at PSV Eindhoven.[16]
  • At Portimão, Olympique Lyonnais ran their fourth driver of the season, Tristan Gommendy and have new management at the Atech/Reid partnership. Máximo Cortés raced for Sporting CP and Celso Míguez moved to GD Bordeaux as Drivex switched to manage these two cars. Andy Soucek returned with Galatasaray S.K. who switched to GU-Racing. Neel Jani stepped into the Olympiacos machine, as Ben Hanley was contesting the Karting World Championship. The field was back to featuring eighteen cars again.[23]
  • Former champion Adrián Vallés returned to the series at Ordos, with Sporting CP, now run by Emilio de Villota's squad.[29] Andy Soucek moved to Flamengo and Franck Perera raced in the now Azerti Motorsport-run Bordeaux car.[41][46] Giacomo Ricci, Bruno Méndez and Adderly Fong all made debuts; in Soucek's vacated Galatasaray seat, for Atlético Madrid and PSV Eindhoven respectively.[17][35][42] Ben Hanley returned to Olympiacos after Neel Jani drove for them in Portimão.[59] Also making an appearance at Ordos was a Team China car with Qinghua Ma at the wheel.[24] Visa issues ruled out Álvaro Parente from Ordos, with Earl Bamber stepping into Parente's seat at F.C. Porto.[22]
  • Álvaro Parente returned to the F.C. Porto seat for Beijing, leaving Earl Bamber to move to PSV Eindhoven, replacing Adderly Fong.[18] Fong did however compete in qualifying and the first race having replaced Qinghua Ma at Team China following the practice sessions.[25] Paul Meijer returned to the series, replacing the injured Bruno Méndez at Atlético Madrid.[18]
  • For the season finale at Navarra, Esteban Guerrieri returned with PSV Eindhoven, becoming their fifth driver of the year. María de Villota rejoined Atlético Madrid and Máximo Cortés stepped into A.S. Roma's car.[19][60] Chris van der Drift made an early return with Galatasaray S.K. (operated by the returning Drivex team) following his accident at Brands Hatch.[26]

2010 ScheduleEdit

  • A provisional calendar for the season was leaked on 21 October 2009.[61][62] Alex Andreu, Superleague Formula founder, stated after the 2009 season finale that "we are already looking forward to our third season next year and expanding our calendar to 12 rounds".[63] In December, the FIA published a 2010 calendar, confirming 6 events,[64] with a 12-race calendar released on 12 January 2010 and Adria, Istanbul and Spa all missing.[65] Adria returned to the calendar at the series' media day at Assen on 22 March, replacing Monza. Other changes saw Oschersleben, Estoril and Jerez dropped in place of the new Circuito de Navarra and the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.[32] In July 2010, the series' first non-European events were announced — two race meetings in China, with the first being at the newly built Ordos International Circuit[66] and the second around Beijing's new street circuit.[67] The Beijing meeting was a non-championship event, after the track failed to gain the required FIA Grade 2 status in order to host a championship event.[68]
  • The races had four different commentators on the SF World Feed: Ben Edwards spoke at six rounds, Martin Haven commentated at Silverstone and the Chinese races, Jonathan Green was at Jarama and John Hindhaugh did the Adria and Portimão rounds. Abi Griffiths became the new pitlane reporter, replacing Ben Constadanduros and Warren Pole. Co-commentators were Bruce Jouanny (rounds 1–6, 9, 11), Earl Bamber (rounds 7–8), María de Villota (round 8), Ho-Pin Tung (round 10) and Andy Soucek (Beijing round).[69]

Race calendar and resultsEdit

Round Race Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Club Winning Team Weekend Winner Report
1 R1   Silverstone 4 April   FC Basel 1893   F.C. Porto   Tottenham Hotspur   Alan Docking Racing   Tottenham Hotspur Report
R2   Olympique Lyonnais   Olympique Lyonnais   LRS Formula
2 R1   Assen 16 May   R.S.C. Anderlecht   A.C. Milan   R.S.C. Anderlecht   Azerti Motorsport   R.S.C. Anderlecht Report
R2   Tottenham Hotspur   Olympiacos CFP   GU-Racing International
3 R1   Magny-Cours 23 May   Tottenham Hotspur   A.C. Milan   A.C. Milan   Atech GP/Reid Motorsport   A.C. Milan Report
R2   FC Basel 1893   FC Basel 1893   GU-Racing International
4 R1   Jarama 20 June   Beijing Guoan   A.C. Milan   Beijing Guoan   Alan Docking Racing   Olympiacos CFP Report
R2   A.S. Roma   GD Bordeaux   Barazi-Epsilon
5 R1   Nürburgring 27 June   A.S. Roma   FC Basel 1893   A.C. Milan   Atech GP/Reid Motorsport   Olympiacos CFP Report
R2   GD Bordeaux   F.C. Porto   Atech GP/Reid Motorsport
6 R1   Zolder 18 July   Olympiacos CFP   R.S.C. Anderlecht   Olympiacos CFP   GU-Racing International   R.S.C. Anderlecht Report
R2   A.C. Milan   A.S. Roma   EmiliodeVillota Motorsport
7 R1   Brands Hatch 1 August   Sevilla FC   Tottenham Hotspur   Beijing Guoan   Alan Docking Racing   Beijing Guoan Report
R2   CR Flamengo   PSV Eindhoven   Atech GP/Reid Motorsport
8 R1   Adria 5 September   R.S.C. Anderlecht   FC Basel 1893   R.S.C. Anderlecht   Azerti Motorsport   R.S.C. Anderlecht Report
R2   SC Corinthians   Sevilla FC   EmiliodeVillota Motorsport
9 R1   Portimão 19 September   Beijing Guoan   Galatasaray S.K.   Beijing Guoan   Alan Docking Racing   Liverpool F.C. Report
R2   Olympique Lyonnais   Olympiacos CFP   GU-Racing International
10 R1   Ordos 3 October   Olympiacos CFP   Olympiacos CFP   Olympiacos CFP   GU-Racing International   F.C. Porto Report
R2   Olympiacos CFP   Liverpool F.C.   Atech GP/Reid Motorsport
NC R1   Beijing SC 10 October   F.C. Porto   Liverpool F.C.   Tottenham Hotspur   Alan Docking Racing   PSV Eindhoven
(from best R1 & R2 results)
Report
R2   Liverpool F.C.   F.C. Porto   Atech GP/Reid Motorsport
11 R1   Navarra 24 October   R.S.C. Anderlecht   Liverpool F.C.   Beijing Guoan   Alan Docking Racing   Beijing Guoan Report
R2   F.C. Porto   F.C. Porto   Atech GP/Reid Motorsport

† Race 3 was cancelled due to poor track and weather conditions.[70]

  • Race 2 starts with reverse grid from finishing order of Race 1.
  • All events included a Race 3 (to find the 'Weekend Winner') as in 2009.

Test calendar and resultsEdit

Championship standingsEdit

Pos Entrant Drivers SIL
 
ASS
 
MAG
 
JAR
 
NÜR
 
ZOL
 
BRH
 
ADR
 
POR
 
ORD
 
BEI
 
NAV
 
Pts
R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S
1   AND   Davide Rigon 9 10 X 1 10 1 7 3 2 10 6 X 2 12 2 2 9 1 13 2 2 1 8 1 2 9 2 5 8 3 13 15 C 2 11 4 699
2   TOT   Craig Dolby 1 4 1 7 2 2 2 4 6 5 3 6 10 6 X 5 17 X 2 13 5 13 2 X 5 13 X 4 10 X 1 8 C 3 4 2 697
3   BAS   Max Wissel 5 6 2 3 13 5 17 1 3 4 7 4 8 5 4 7 4 6 6 11 X 4 7 2 7 4 4 2 2 6 DN DN C 6 14 X 667
4   OLY   Chris van der Drift 13 2 3 15 1 X 3 12 X 3 12 1 3 11 1 1 8 2 7 6 DN 653
  Ben Hanley 3 10 3 1 4 5 9 14 C 12 8 X
  Neel Jani 14 1 X
5   ACM   Yelmer Buurman 2 16 X 5 7 3 1 7 1 2 10 3 1 8 3 4 5 5 4 12 4 11 4 X 10 16 X 6 7 4 7 3 C 7 12 X 631
6   FLA   Duncan Tappy 3 12 X 17 2 X 9 3 3 10 3 X 8 7 X 540
  Franck Perera 2 11 6 8 13 X 6 8 X 4 9 6
  Andy Soucek 17 3 X DN DN C 4 18 X
7   FCP   Álvaro Parente 4 5 5 11 16 X 5 11 X 8 11 X 17 1 X 11 12 X 11 4 6 6 11 X 3 17 X 15 1 C 8 1 6 495
  Earl Bamber 3 12 1
8   ASR   Julien Jousse 8 13 X 4 12 X 13 2 4 14 2 5 5 14 X 15 1 3 17 5 X 5 14 X 13 10 X 11 16 X 8 13 C 458
  Máximo Cortés 18 5 X
9   BEI   John Martin 10 17 X 4 10 X 1 9 2 18 15 X 13 7 X 1 16 1 2 9 4 1 11 3 19 DN X 11 6 C 1 6 1 453
10   LFC   James Walker 16 17 X 6 6 4 6 8 5 16 4 X 6 18 X 6 13 X 10 10 X 439
  Frédéric Vervisch 7 5 6 4 6 1 15 1 X 3 7 C 16 16 X
11   GDB   Franck Montagny DN 8 X 14 3 X 10 14 X 17 1 X 15 2 X 5 14 X 372
  Jaap van Lagen 12 10 X
  Celso Míguez 18 14 X
  Franck Perera 7 6 2 2 10 C 5 9 5
12   COR   Robert Doornbos 11 7 X 9 15 X 12 16 X 9 5 X 7 10 X 3 16 X 15 18 X 8 6 X 6 3 5 18 15 X DN DN C 9 15 X 363
13   GAL   Tristan Gommendy 14 14 X 8 8 X 14 9 X 13 14 X 9 3 5 14 3 4 8 17 X 9 13 X 358
  Andy Soucek 9 5 X
  Giacomo Ricci 13 DN X 12 12 C
  Chris van der Drift 17 7 X
14   SEV   Marcos Martínez 6 9 X 12 4 X 16 17 X 15 16 X 11 13 X 8 15 X 16 8 X 14 1 5 12 18 X 8 9 X 16 4 C 15 3 X 355
15   SCP   Borja García 7 11 X 18 5 X 11 5 X 18 13 X 12 7 X 329
  Andy Soucek 9 6 X 3 15 X
  Máximo Cortés 15 15 X
  Adrián Vallés 16 5 X 5 9 C 10 17 X
16   PSV   Narain Karthikeyan 12 15 X 13 9 X 11 15 X 13 16 X 10 14 X 18 1 X 288
  Hywel Lloyd 12 12 X 16 8 X
  Adderly Fong 10 11 X
  Earl Bamber 6 2 C
  Esteban Guerrieri 11 2 3
17   ATM   John Martin 10 3 6 265
  María de Villota 16 14 X 15 6 X EX* DQ* X 16 4 X 16 11 X 14 7 X DN DN X 17 12 X 13 10 X
  Bruno Méndez 9 14 X
  Paul Meijer 14 5 C
18   LYO   Sébastien Bourdais 15 1 4 17 DN X 9 15 X 7 18 X 14 17 X 235
  Franck Perera 12 9 X
  Celso Míguez 15 15 X
  Tristan Gommendy 11 2 6 14 17 X 4 11 C 14 13 X
19   CHN   Qinghua Ma 12 13 X 26
  Adderly Fong 10 DN C
Pos Entrant Drivers R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S R1 R2 S Pts
SIL
 
ASS
 
MAG
 
JAR
 
NÜR
 
ZOL
 
BRH
 
ADR
 
POR
 
ORD
 
BEI
 
NAV
 

NOTE – R2 starts
with reverse grid
S = Super Final

† Round at Beijing was a non-championship event with no points given out for any of the races.

* María de Villota finished 12th in race one and retired in 17th from race two at Jarama. She was subsequently disqualified from race two, after the race had finished, for crashing into Sébastien Bourdais early on after spinning off the track herself. She was also excluded from the race one result and lost the 14 points she would have earned for that finish.[72]

Chris van der Drift qualified for the Super Final at Brands Hatch but was unable to compete due to suffering injuries from a large crash in race two which led to him being taken to hospital with a broken ankle, two broken ribs, a cracked shoulder blade, a dislocated shoulder and two broken fingers.[73][74] His Super Final place was taken up by the seventh highest points-scorer of the weekend, Yelmer Buurman.

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 DNQ DNS
Points 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0
  • New for 2010 was the rule that a driver had to finish a race in order to earn points, instead of just having to start. Another change this season saw, unlike in 2009, the Super Final count for points. The winner gained 6 points, runner-up 5 points, down to 6th place who gained 1 point, they had to qualify for the race by being one of the top six overall weekend's point scorers but unlike in the two main races they did not have to finish the five laps in order to collect points.[75]

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