Superleague Formula gets underway in Assen01/06/2011
The famous Assen TT Circuit in Holland plays host to the opening round of the 2011 Superleague Formula. 2011 marks the fourth season of the series, which first ran in 2008. The championship sees some of the best drivers in world motorsport compete in the magnificent 4.2 litre, V12 Superleague Formula cars, capable of speeds of over 300kph.
The cars look stunning, liveried in the national flag of the competing drivers, with the drivers racing not just for themselves and their teams but also for the honour of their home countries. All of the cars are technically identical, so it all comes down to the racing skill of the drivers on the track – that and a bit of racing luck!
Last season´s runner-up, British driver Craig Dolby, will again be amongst the favourites to take the chequered flag in the SF England – Tottenham Hotspur car.
Also lining up on the grid are drivers from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland, amongst others.
The Superleague Formula gets underway on Friday, with Free Practice providing the teams and drivers with a chance to put their winter testing into practice. At 19:00 the cars will then put on a street show in Assen city, followed by the all important Qualifying Draw.
The action continues on Saturday with the Qualifying session, where the drivers split into two groups as per Friday´s draw. They will face a straight shoot-out to decide grid position for Sunday´s Race One.
Sunday sees two races of 40 minutes each. Race One grid positions are decided on the result of Saturday qualifying, while Race Two sees a completely reversed grid of the finishing order of Race One, putting the fastest cars at the back to ensure excitement right throughout the day.
The top eight points-scorers over the weekend then go forward to the Super Final which takes place almost immediately after Race Two. It is a five lap dash for cash. The winning driver receives the cheque for €100,000, the runner-up €50,000 and down to €10,000 for sixth place.
Craig Dolby SF England - Tottenham Hotspur:
“I certainly have unfinished business in Superleague Formula coming so close to the title in the last two seasons. I have one goal for 2011 and that´s to be on the top-step of the podium at the end of the season. We have a great team here and we all know that it will take a lot of hard work, but I know that every single member of the team will give it their all to achieve this.”
John Martin, SF Australia:
"I can't wait to get back in the car and hear the roar of the V12, I ended last season on a high with victory in Race One and the Super Final at Navarra and I have been training hard over the off season to build upon the form that saw me win six races, claim 10 podiums, take two poles and qualify on the front row six times in 2010. There is no doubt if I´d started the season how I finished it, I would have been a championship contender. This year's calendar is pretty exciting with the visits to Russia, China, Brazil and the Middle East. Most of all though I'm really looking forward to racing so close to home in New Zealand at the end of the season. Aussies and Kiwis have always enjoyed a close relationship and I know a lot of my friends and supporters in Australia are making the trip across the Tasman to support me. Hopefully I can make it a weekend to remember for us all by winning the championship. It´s not often as a driver that you get to carry the national flag on your car and to represent the country, and this will make it all the more special.”
Frédéric Vervisch, SF Luxembourg:
“I am really happy to have secured a deal to race with Atech Reid GP to race in the Superleague Formula for the full series this year. Even though I only raced in selected rounds at the end of the 2010 season, we still managed to finish in the top 10 in the championship, take 3 race podiums and a Super Final win. This year I will have the chance to race from round one and I am sure there will be more podiums to celebrate!”