2000 Superleague season

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2000 Superleague season
BA Racing 2000.png
Competition Superleague
Title Sponsor N/A
Platform Used GP4 icon.png GP3
Rounds 9
Mod base
Carshape base
Engine Supplier(s) Multiple
Tyre Supplier(s) Bridgestone
Drivers 37
Teams 15
Drivers' Champion New Zealand Jason Endean
Teams' Champion England A-Racing
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GPVWC series in 2000
Career Ladder

Superleague

The 2000 Superleague season was the first GPVWC Superleague season. It used Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 3 and saved qualifying and race files were submitted to the league for checking and classification.

The inaugural GPVWC season started late in the year and consisted of just nine races in total. Despite this, 2000 wasn't the shortest season in GPVWC history - strife for the league meant that the 2001 season was even shorter.

Interest in the league was very high in the first year, with no less than fifteen team brands being involved, and well over forty drivers scheduled to take part in race events over the season. With exception of Hawkeye Racing, none of the team brands survive to the present day and none of the drivers from the first season remained to take part in the GPVWC Superleague competition beyond the 2003 season.

Format

The qualifying, race and in-season testing sessions were all driven off-line and the saved game files were then submitted to the GPVWC for validation and classification in accordance with set deadlines. Saving the game at any point (for the session to be continued) was unrestricted.

The top twelve finishers scored points in the race.

Report

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Teams and drivers

Team Base Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Test/Reserve Driver(s)
United Kingdom Silver Angels Silver Angels BMW B 1 Germany Thomas Kimmich All Netherlands Twan Verweij
2 United Kingdom Darren White
Czech Republic Miroslav Polacek 1-2
Netherlands Twan Verweij 4-5
Germany Feilerfuf Feilerfuf Ford B 3 Germany Marcellus Schmidt 4-9
4   Leon Chan
Italy Pierluigi Meloni 4
New Zealand Britten F1 Britten Supertec
Britten
B 5 Australia Jason Smith 1-6   William Lau
6 Netherlands Harold Iedema 5-7
England Darren White 1-3
  Sparshot Sparshot Racing Ferrari B 7 England Dan Lawrence 1, 2
8 England Peter Kent 1
United Kingdom DL Racing DL Racing Ferrari & Peugeot? B 7 Canada Scott Smith 3-9 Australia Ian McMah
Sweden Borje Johansson
8 England Glenn Bowen 7-8
Sweden Borje Johansson 3
Australia Ian McMah 4-5
United Kingdom TBA TBA Racing Rolls-Royce B 9 Netherlands Ruud Nanne 1-5, 7-8 England Chaz Charlton
10 England Jonas Lindberg 5-9
England Chaz Charlton 1-4
United Kingdom BA Racing United Kingdom BA Racing Mercedes B 11 New Zealand Jason Endean 2-9 England Glenn Bowen
Portugal Gabriel Nogueira 1
12 United States Dan Pyrik 1, 3-9
United Kingdom Devils Devils Ferrari B 14 Greece Athanasios Brinias 1-3 United States Peter Knif
15 Australia Simon White 1-2
Canada Larry Karam 3
United States Peter Knif 4
United Kingdom Red Arrows Red Arrows Ferrari B 14 Greece Athanasios Brinias 5-9 Ukraine Alexander Masendyez*
Switzerland Kris Pusaka 5-7
15 Australia Ben Connolly 8-9
Sweden Millennium Millennium Ferrari B 16 Sweden Micke Fang 1-2
17 Sweden Rudolf Lofgren 1-2
New Zealand Pacific Racing Pacific Racing Britten
Fondmetal
B 16 Netherlands Harold Iedema 3-4
17 Australia Robert Vukovic 3-5
United Kingdom HawkEye HawkEye Racing Audi B 16 Australia Blair Disley 7-9   Alistair Fraser
17 Ukraine Alexander Masendycz* 7
Australia Robert Vukovic 5
Belgium Goffin Racing Goffin Racing Mugen-Honda B 18 Netherlands Joost Jonk All Netherlands Roald Reurink
19 Netherlands Gijs Herpers 1-5, 8-9
Netherlands Roald Reurink 6-7
United Kingdom A-Racing A-Racing Renault B 20 Australia Chris Connolly All Australia Ben Connolly
21 England Richard Dickson All
  Kugla Racing Kugla Racing Mercedes B 22 Netherlands Peter Visscher 1-2
23 England Dave Harland 1-2
United Kingdom Racebase Team Racebase Mugen-Honda B 22 Netherlands Peter Visscher 3-9 Canada Oscar Karam
England Dave Harland
23 England Thomas Floate 3
Canada Larry Karam 4-9

*Alexander Masendycz was loaned from Red Arrows to HawkEye Racing.
Glenn Bowen was loaned from BA Racing to DL Racing.
Ben Connolly was loaned from A-Racing to Red Arrows.

New entries

All the teams in the first season were new entrants. During the season there were many team changes and a few re-branded team names, with some changing management staff.

Team changes

Sparshot Racing was the first casualty of the season, when it was announced the day after the Hungarian qualifying session that its manager Nick Douglas had resigned. It followed Peter Kent's unexplained resignation from the team after the first race and Samuel Manier's failure to attend the Hungarian qualifying session. GPVWC founder and administrator, Dan Lawrence, who was also the team's lead driver, bought the team (resigning as the team's driver in the process). However, Manier withdrew the rights to the team's name and so the outfit was re-branded as Dan Lawrence Racing. After the Hungarian race meeting, Borje Johnston was hired by DL Racing to replace Lawrence.

Feilerfuf were temporarily ejected from the competition after the Hungarian qualifying session, having not fielded any drivers at all in the first race and none for the Hungarian qualifying session. However they were later reinstated for the rest of the season.

Millennium ironically never actually survived into the new millennium, with 2000 being its first and only year with the GPVWC. Their spot was taken by Pacific Racing after Feilerfuf's reinstatement.

New Zealander Barry Gifford's Pacific Racing initally entered in place of Feilerfuf with a Britten power plant, having entered a partnership with Brendan Maw's Britten Racing. Pacific had to settle for a Fondmetal engine for Japan, though it had initially been announced they were going with Supertec. For what turned out to be the team's last race entry however (they qualified at Spa), they went back to the Britten engine. The team was subsequently replaced by Ric Scott's HawkEye outfit.

Also after Hungary, Dave Harland took over Kugla Racing and re-branded it Team Racebase, and subsequently hired Thomas Floate to partner Peter Visscher, and also Larry Karam in the role of Test Driver.

Steve White quit as a driver for Devils after Hungary, to become manager of TBA Racing. Devils were rebranded as Red Arrows after the fourth round of the championship.

Driver changes

Samuel Manier quit Sparshot Racing on hearing of the resignation of team manager Nick Douglas, the day after the Hungarian qualifying session. Canadian driver Scott Smith was hired by Sparshot Racing to replace him on the same day, scheduled to make his début in Australia.

Miroslav Polacek was fired from Silver Angels for failing to compete in the Australian GP.

After losing Steve White, Devils hired Peter Knif (on loan from BA Racing), and also newcomer Roald Reurink as Test Driver.

2000 Calendar

Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Track time GMT
1 Italian Grand Prix Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza 3rd Sep—7th Sep  ??? 23:59
2 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring 12th Sep—16th Sep  ??? 23:59
3 Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 20th Sep—24th Sep  ??? 23:59
4 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie 5th Oct—9th Oct  ??? 23:59
5 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 19th Oct—23rd Oct  ??? 23:59
6 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 2nd Nov—6th Nov  ??? 23:59
7 British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 16th Nov—20th Nov  ??? 23:59
8 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 30th Nov—3rd Dec  ??? 23:59
9 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 15th Dec—18th Dec  ??? 23:59

Qualifying

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grands Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Italy Italian Grand Prix Germany Thomas Kimmich Germany Thomas Kimmich
(1:23.575)
Germany Thomas Kimmich United Kingdom Silver Angels-BMW Report
2 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Germany Thomas Kimmich New Zealand Jason Endean
(1:??.???)
New Zealand Jason Endean United Kingdom BA Racing-Mercedes Report
3 Australia Australian Grand Prix Australia Jason Smith New Zealand Jason Endean
(1:??.???)
Germany Thomas Kimmich United Kingdom Silver Angels-BMW Report
4 Japan Japanese Grand Prix New Zealand Jason Endean New Zealand Jason Endean
(1:35.065)
New Zealand Jason Endean United Kingdom BA Racing-Mercedes Report
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Switzerland Kris Pusaka Switzerland Kris Pusaka
(1:44.874)
New Zealand Jason Endean United Kingdom BA Racing-Mercedes Report
6 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Switzerland Kris Pusaka Switzerland Kris Pusaka
(1:15.861)
Switzerland Kris Pusaka United Kingdom Red Arrows-Ferrari Report
7 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Switzerland Kris Pusaka New Zealand Jason Endean
(1:21.262)
New Zealand Jason Endean United Kingdom BA Racing-Mercedes Report
8 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Germany Thomas Kimmich Germany Thomas Kimmich
(1:16.776)
New Zealand Jason Endean United Kingdom BA Racing-Mercedes Report
9 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Germany Thomas Kimmich New Zealand Jason Endean
(1:18.441)
New Zealand Jason Endean United Kingdom BA Racing-Mercedes Report

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top 12 classified finishers, along with one point for fastest lap and one point for pole position.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   Pole   Fastlap 
Points 20 16 14 13 12 11 10 6 4 3 2 1 1 1

Drivers standings

Pos Driver ITA
Italy
HUN
Hungary
AUS
Australia
JPN
Japan
BEL
Belgium
BRA
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
MON
Monaco
Points
1 New Zealand Jason Endean 1 3 1 1 3 1 1 1 154
2 Germany Thomas Kimmich 1 4 1 3 5 2 6 2 2 144
3 England Richard Dickson 3 2 2 2 6 6 5 3 4 123
4 Australia Chris Connolly 5 5 6 5 4 9 2 4 3 107
5 Australia Jason Smith 2 3 4 DNS 7 4 DNS DNS DNS 67
6 Canada Scott Smith 9 7 10 5 7 5 5 64
7 Netherlands Joost Jonk 7 7 7 4 12 DNS 8 7 DNS 60
8 Switzerland Kris Pusaka 2 1 3 DNS DNS 55
9 Greece Athanasios Brinias 11 6 12 DNS 9 7 10 8 7 47
10 United States Dan Pyrik 10 DNS 5 DNS 11 DQ 4 DNS 6 41
11 Netherlands Peter Visscher 16 10 16 11 14 10 9 6 8 29
12 Germany Marcellus Schmidt 8 8 8 DNS DNS DNS 18
13 Netherlands Ruud Nanne 6 8 19 DNS 16 DNS Ret DNS DNS 17
14 Australia Ian McMah 3 DNS DNS DNS DNS 14
15 Canada Larry Karam 18 10 DQ 11 11 9 10 14
16 Czech Republic Miroslav Polacek 4 Ret DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 13
17 Netherlands Harold Iedema 11 6 DNS DQ DNS DNS DNS 13
18 England Darren White 12 14 8 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 7
19 Sweden Micke Fang 8 13 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 6
20 England Dan Lawrence 9 12 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 5
21 Sweden Jonas Lindberg 15 DQ 12 13 9 5
22 Canada Chaz Charlton 15 11 10 DNS 5
23 Sweden Rudolf Lofgren 13 9 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 4
24 United States Peter Knif 9 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 4
25 England Glenn Bowen 14 10 DNS 3
26 Australia Ben Connolly 11 DNS 2
27 Netherlands Twan Verweij 12 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 1
28 Australia Blair Disley 12 DNS 1
29 Netherlands Gijs Herpers DQ 18 15 15 DNS DNS DNS DNS 11 0
30 Netherlands Roald Reurink 14 DNS DQ 13 DNS DNS 0
31 Australia Robert Vukovic 13 16 17 DNS DNS DNS DNS 0
32 Italy Pierluigi Meloni 13 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 0
33 Portugal Gabriel Nogueira 14 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 0
34 Sweden Borje Johansson 14 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 0
35 England Dave Harland 18 16 0
36 Australia Simon White 17 17 0
37 England Thomas Floate 17 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 0
Pos Driver ITA
Italy
HUN
Hungary
AUS
Australia
JPN
Japan
BEL
Belgium
BRA
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
MON
Monaco
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Blank Did not participate (-)
Excluded (EX)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest lap

* Fastest laps are currently unknown for Hungary and Australia.
Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.

Constructors standings

Pos Constructor Car
No.
ITA
Italy
HUN
Hungary
AUS
Australia
JPN
Japan
BEL
Belgium
BRA
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
MON
Monaco
Points
1 United Kingdom A-Racing-Renault 20 3 2 2 2 6 6 5 3 4 230
21 5 5 6 5 4 9 2 4 3
2 United Kingdom BA Racing-Mercedes 11 10 DNS 5 DNS 11 DQ 4 DNS 6 195
12 14 1 3 1 1 3 1 1 1
3 United Kingdom Silver Angels-BMW 1 1 4 1 3 5 2 6 2 2 158
2 4 Ret DNS 12 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
4 United Kingdom Red Arrows-Ferrari / Devils 14 11 6 12 9 2 1 3 DNS DNS 108
15 17 17 18 14 9 7 10 8 7
5 United Kingdom DL Racing-Ferrari/Peugeot 7 9 7 10 5 7 5 5 81
8 14 DNS 3 DNS 14 10 DNS
6 New Zealand Britten 5 2 3 4 DNS 7 4 DNS DNS DNS 74
6 12 14 8 DNS DNS DQ DNS DNS DNS
7 Belgium Goffin Racing-Mugen-Honda 18 7 7 7 4 12 DNS 8 7 DNS 60
19 DQ 18 15 15 DNS DQ 13 DNS 11
8 United Kingdom Racebase-Mugen-Honda / Kugla-Mercedes 22 16 10 16 11 14 10 9 6 8 40
23 18 16 17 10 13 11 11 9 10
9 United Kingdom TBA-Rolls-Royce 9 6 8 19 DNS 16 DNS Ret DNS DNS 28
10 15 11 10 DNS 15 DQ 12 13 9
11 Germany Feilerfuf-Ford 3 8 8 8 DNS DNS DNS 18
4 13 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
12 New Zealand Pacific-Britten/Fondmetal 16 11 6 13
17 13 16
13 Sweden Millennium-Ferrari 16 8 13 10
17 13 9
14   Sparshot Racing-Ferrari 7 9 12 5
8 DNS DNS
16 United Kingdom HawkEyE Racing-Audi 16 12 DNS 1
17 17 DNS DNS DNS DNS
Pos Constructor Car
No.
ITA
Italy
HUN
Hungary
AUS
Australia
JPN
Japan
BEL
Belgium
BRA
Brazil
GBR
United Kingdom
CAN
Canada
MON
Monaco
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Blank Did not participate (-)
Excluded (EX)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Cars did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.

Preceded by:
None
2000 Superleague season
2000
Succeeded by:
2001 Superleague season