2011 Superleague Formula season

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 driversEdit

  • 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 – R.S.C. Anderlecht[6]   Azerti Motorsport 1   Neel Jani[7] All
  Netherlands – PSV Eindhoven[8] 2   Yelmer Buurman[9] All
  France – Girondins de Bordeaux[10] 3   Tristan Gommendy[11] All
  Czech Republic – AC Sparta Prague[12]   Atech Reid Grand Prix[13][14] 4   Filip Salaquarda[15] All
  Luxembourg[2] 5   Frédéric Vervisch[2] All
  New Zealand[12] 6   Earl Bamber[11] 1
  Chris van der Drift[16] 2
  Japan[11] 7   Duncan Tappy[11] 1
  Robert Doornbos[9][17] 2
  Netherlands[9] 8 1
  Russia[18] 17   Mikhail Aleshin[18] 2
  Spain – Atlético de Madrid[11]   EmiliodeVillota Motorsport[11] 9   María de Villota[11] 1
  Andy Soucek[11][19] 2
  Turkey – Galatasaray S.K.[11] 10 1
  Duncan Tappy[19] 2
  China[12] 11   Ho-Pin Tung[11] 1
  South Korea[12] 19   Max Wissel[20] 2
  Brazil[11]   Alan Docking Racing[21] 14   Antônio Pizzonia[22] All
  Australia[2] 24   John Martin[21] All
  England[2] 31   Craig Dolby[21] All

Driver changesEdit

Entering/Re-Entering Superleague Formula

Leaving Superleague Formula

Mid-season changesEdit

2011 ScheduleEdit

  • 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 resultsEdit

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

Cancelled racesEdit

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

Test calendar and resultsEdit

  • 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 was cancelled, without an explanatory announcement.[39]

Championship standingsEdit

Pos Entrant Drivers ASS
 
ZOL
 
Pts
R1 R2 S R1 R2 S
1   Australia   John Martin 6 2 4 7 1 2 158
2   Japan   Duncan Tappy 7 1 6 136
  Robert Doornbos 5 7 6
3   Luxembourg   Frédéric Vervisch 3 13 DN 3 4 1 134
4   Netherlands – PSV Eindhoven   Yelmer Buurman 1 10 3 6 6 7 130
5   Belgium – RSC Anderlecht   Neel Jani 4 9 7 2 9 3 125
6   England   Craig Dolby 2 8 1 1 13 X 124
7   New Zealand   Earl Bamber 9 5 X 113
  Chris van der Drift 4 8 5
8   Brazil   Antônio Pizzonia 8 3 2 9 12 X 102
9   Czech Republic – AC Sparta Praha   Filip Salaquarda 5 6 5 12 10 X 95
10   Turkey – Galatasaray SK   Andy Soucek 13 7 X 88
  Duncan Tappy 10 5 X
11   South Korea   Max Wissel 8 2 4 71
12   Russia   Mikhail Aleshin 11 3 8 56
13   France – Girondins de Bordeaux   Tristan Gommendy 14 4 X 14 11 X 52
14   China   Ho-Pin Tung 10 11 X 34
15   Spain – Atlético de Madrid   María de Villota 12 12 X 28
  Andy Soucek 13 14 X
16   Netherlands   Robert Doornbos 11 DN X 16
Pos Entrant Drivers R1 R2 S R1 R2 S Pts
ASS
 
ZOL
 
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]

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