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The Speedcar Series Championship was a stock car racing series that was active from January 2008 to June 2009 across two championship seasons. Races were held across several countries, spanning the Middle East and Asia. It featured up to 24 drivers competing in identical V8 620 hp stock cars, deliberately lacking electronic driver aids.[1] Its headquarters were situated at the Dubai Autodrome.

Speedcar Series
Speedcar logo.jpg
CategoryStock cars
CountryAsia
Inaugural season2008
Folded2009
Engine suppliersMenard
Tyre suppliersMichelin
Last Drivers' championItaly Gianni Morbidelli
Last Teams' championUnited Arab Emirates Union Properties
Official websitespeedcarseries.com

Former Formula One drivers Jacques Villeneuve, Jean Alesi, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Christian Danner, Johnny Herbert, Stefan Johansson, Narain Karthikeyan, Ukyo Katayama, JJ Lehto, Gianni Morbidelli, Alex Yoong and Vitantonio Liuzzi competed in the Speedcar Series. Herbert and Morbidelli were the two series champions. MotoGP rider Marco Melandri also competed in several races.

As a result of cutbacks, the series' backer, Union Properties, withdrew its support. A rescue deal planned by new series boss Claudio Berro fell through, and the championship was cancelled in June 2009. The British Virgin Islands based company that ran the series was placed into liquidation on 14 June 2010 and its assets put up for sale.[2]

Technical and sporting regulationsEdit

The series was a one-make series in that only one type of car was allowed. The car was the Speedcar V8, made by the championship promoter, powered by a V8 620 hp supplied by Menard Competition Technologies. The chassis has been updated for the 2008-09 season.[3]

Vehicle SpecificationsEdit

Event scheduleEdit

Speedcar events were held usually over two consecutive days, below the structure of the weekend.

Race day 1:

  • Free practice (1 h)
  • Qualifying (30 min)
  • Race 1 (40 min)

Race day 2:

  • Warm-up (20 min)
  • Race 2 (40 min)

The grid of race 2 was decided by the race 1 result with top 8 being reversed, so the driver who finished 8th have started from pole position and the winner have started from 8th place.

No refuelling was allowed during either race.

Points systemEdit

The series used the points scoring systems adopted at the time in the majority of the FIA championships.

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

ChampionsEdit

Season Champion Second Third Team Champion
2008   Johnny Herbert (Speedcar Team)   David Terrien   Uwe Alzen
2008–09   Gianni Morbidelli (Palm Racing)   Johnny Herbert   Vitantonio Liuzzi   Union Properties

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alesi takes to the stocks in new racing series - Speedcar Series". AutoMobilSport.com. Retrieved 26 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Speedcar Series goes pop as financial bubble bursts". crash.net. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Speedcar Series conducts first test of new season". AutoMobilSport.com. Retrieved 17 June 2008.

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