2001 Superleague season

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2001 Superleague season
2001 CVRT.jpg
Competition Superleague
Title Sponsor N/A
Platform Used GP4 icon.png GP3
Rounds 3
Mod base
Carshape base
Engine Supplier(s) Multiple
Tyre Supplier(s) Bridgestone & Michelin
Drivers 23
Teams 11
Drivers' Champion Flag of Germany.png Christian Neumann
Teams' Champion Flag of the United Kingdom.png BA Racing
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GPVWC series in 2001
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Superleague

The 2001 Superleague season was the second 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 season holds the record for the shortest GPVWC season since it ended prematurely after just three rounds.

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 eleven finishers scored points in the race, plus a single point bonus was available for both pole position and fastest lap.

Report

The season got off to a promising start with no less than 16 teams launching entry bids which were reduced to just 11 in a series of pre-season test races. Things were looking promising as the teams set off for the first race in Australia, but there was trouble ahead. Tensions started to build as several drivers fell foul of the 2001 rules over issues such as corner cutting and driver aids leading to a bitter rift between some drivers and the league administration.

On track reigning champion Jason Endean took a win in the opening race in Melbourne but missed the next two rounds. In his absence German driver Christian Neumann edged out rivals Ton Hoek and Dan Pyrik to win in both Malaysia and Brazil, meaning he took the championship lead.

However things came to a head after the third round in Brazil and as a result the decision was made to suspend the league with GPVWC organizer Dan Lawrence citing issues relating to managers' attitudes, as well as issues in his personal life. Consequently Neumann and BA Racing were crowned as champions. By the end of the year the situation within the league had been reconciled, but the organizers elected to focus on 2002 rather than completing the 2001 season.

Teams and drivers

Team Base Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Test/Reserve Driver(s)
Flag of England.png BA Racing BA Racing Ferrari B 0 Flag of England.png Richard Dickson 2
1 Flag of New Zealand.png Jason Endean 1
2 Flag of the United States of America.png Dan Pyrik 1-3
Flag of Australia.png Connolly Virtual Racing Team CVRT CVRT-01 BMW B 3 Flag of Germany.png Christian Neumann 1-3
4 Flag of England.png Darren White 1-2
Flag of England.png Red Arrows Red Arrows Ferrari B 5 Flag of Australia.png Ian McMah 1-3
6 Flag of Belgium (civil).png Luc Lissens 1-2
Flag of England.png Dan Lawrence Racing DL Racing BMW B 7 Flag of Australia.png Jason Smith 1-3
8 Flag of Canada.png Scott Smith 1-3
Flag of England.png Team Racebase Racebase Mugen-Honda B 9 Flag of the Netherlands.png Peter Visscher 1-3
10 Flag of Canada.png Larry Karam 1-3
Flag of England.png TBA Racing TBA Racing AMT B 11 Flag of Sweden.png Jonas Lindberg 1-3
12 Flag of the Republic of Ireland.png Stephen Wilson 1-3
Flag of England.png Hawkeye Racing Hawkeye Audi M 14 Flag of Australia.png Ben Connolly 2-3
15 Flag of Australia.png Blair Disley 2-3
Flag of the Netherlands.png Roaldo Racing Roaldo AMT - Asiatech B 16 Flag of the Netherlands.png Ton Hoek 1-3
17 Flag of Portugal.png Bruno Moreira 1-3
Flag of Australia.png Arela Grand Prix Engineering Flag of Australia.png Perth, Australia Arela GP JG01 Audi B 18 Flag of Australia.png Rob Hagarty 1-3
19 Flag of Portugal.png Marco Rosas 1-3
Flag of England.png Dan Prescott International DPI Cosworth B 20 Flag of England.png Alan Wilson 1
Flag of England.png Richard Dickson 3
21 Flag of England.png Tim Green 1
Flag of England.png Andrew Dickson 3
Flag of Belgium (civil).png XanF1 Racing XanF1 Mugen-Honda M 22 Flag of Wales.png Shaun Marshall 3

Other Entrants

The following constructors also launched entries at the start of the 2001 Superleague season, but never competed:

  • Feilerfuf
  • Goffin Racing
  • Autobots
  • Repsol Ferrari Racing
  • Swiss Car

New entries

There were several new entries for 2001, but through a series of pre-season trials only 4 of them made it into the official lineup. The new teams were Dutch team Roaldo Racing, Australian team Arela GP, British team Dan Prescott International and Belgian team XanF1.

Team changes

The biggest team change in the offseason revolved around reigning Constructors' Champions A-Racing. Having launched the car and signed drivers, team manager Andrew Dickson dramatically announced the team's withdraw in February following the news that lead driver Richard Dickson was no longer able to contest the 2001 season. Within days a rescue deal had been agreed with team press officer Chris Connolly and the team was rebranded as Connolly Virtual Racing Team.

Following a lack of attendances for the team XanF1 leader Gijs Herpers quit the team after the Malaysian Grand Prix. The team was taken over by Kim De Schutter but retained the XanF1 name for the remainder of 2001 for technical reasons. For 2002 the team became Kimpusoft Racing Belgium.

Driver changes

Given the short length of the 2001 season there was little scope for major driver changes, with only Richard Dickson switching teams during the season.

2001 Calendar

Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Track time GMT
1 Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Flag of Australia.png Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne  ?th ???—5th Mar  ??? 23:59
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Flag of Malaysia.png Sepang International Circuit, Selangor, Malaysia  ?th ???—19th Mar  ??? 23:59
3 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazilian GP Flag of Brazil.png Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo  ?nd ???—2nd Apr  ??? 23:59

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grands Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Flag of Australia.png Australian Grand Prix Flag of Australia.png Jason Smith Flag of Germany.png Christian Neumann
(1:29.941)
Flag of New Zealand.png Jason Endean Flag of the United Kingdom.png BA Racing-Ferrari Report
2 Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysian Grand Prix Flag of Germany.png Christian Neumann Flag of the Netherlands.png Ton Hoek
(1:41.084)
Flag of Germany.png Christian Neumann Flag of Australia.png CVRT-BMW Report
3 Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian Grand Prix Flag of the Netherlands.png Ton Hoek Flag of the United States of America.png Dan Pyrik
(1:16.834)
Flag of Germany.png Christian Neumann Flag of Australia.png CVRT-BMW Report
4-17 <<<CANCELLED>>>

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top 11 classified finishers.

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

Drivers standings

Pos Driver AUS
Flag of Australia.png
MAL
Flag of Malaysia.png
BRA
Flag of Brazil.png
Points
1 Flag of Germany.png Christian Neumann 4 1 1 52
2 Flag of the United States of America.png Dan Pyrik 3 3 2 43
3 Flag of the Netherlands.png Ton Hoek 8 2 3 35
4 Flag of Australia.png Jason Smith 2 5 5 33
5 Flag of New Zealand.png Jason Endean 1 20
6 Flag of England.png Richard Dickson 4 4 20
7 Flag of Canada.png Scott Smith 7 6 7 16
8 Flag of Sweden.png Jonas Lindberg 11 8 6 11
9 Flag of Australia.png Ian McMah 5 DNS DNS 8
10 Flag of the Netherlands.png Peter Visscher 13 7 9 8
11 Flag of the Republic of Ireland.png Stephen Wilson 6 DNS DNS 6
12 Flag of Portugal.png Marco Rosas 12 10 8 6
13 Flag of Canada.png Larry Karam 9 9 6
14 Flag of Portugal.png Bruno Moreira DSQ 11 10 3
15 Flag of Australia.png Rob Haggerty 10 DNS Ret 2
16 Flag of Australia.png Ben Connolly DNS 11 1
17 Flag of Belgium (civil).png Luc Lissens 15 12 0
18 Flag of Australia.png Blair Disley DNS 12 0
19 Flag of England.png Tim Green 14 0
20 Flag of England.png Alan Wilson 16 0
21 Flag of England.png Darren White 17 DNS 0
22 Flag of Wales.png Shaun Marshall DNS 0
23 Flag of England.png Andrew Dickson DNS 0
Pos Driver AUS
Flag of Australia.png
MAL
Flag of Malaysia.png
BRA
Flag of Brazil.png
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

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.
AUS
Flag of Australia.png
MAL
Flag of Malaysia.png
BRA
Flag of Brazil.png
Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.png BA Racing - Ferrari 0 - 4 - 73
1 1 - -
2 3 3 2
2 Flag of Australia.png CVRT-BMW 3 4 1 1 52
4 17 DNS -
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.png DL Racing-BMW 7 2 5 5 49
8 7 6 7
4 Flag of the Netherlands.png Roaldo-Asiatech 16 8 2 3 38
17 DSQ 11 10
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.png TBA-AMT 11 11 8 6 17
12 6 DNS DNS
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Racebase-Mugen-Honda 9 13 7 9 14
10 9 9 -
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.png DPI-Cosworth 20 16 - 4 10
21 14 - DNS
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Red Arrows-Ferrari 5 5 DNS DNS 8
6 15 12 -
9 Flag of Australia.png Arela-Audi 18 10 DNS Ret 8
19 12 10 8
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Hawkeye-Audi 14 - DNS 11 1
15 - DNS 12
11 Flag of Belgium (civil).png XanF1-Mugen-Honda 22 - - DNS 0
23 - - -
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Flag of Australia.png
MAL
Flag of Malaysia.png
BRA
Flag of Brazil.png
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:
2000 Superleague season
2001 Superleague season
2001
Succeeded by:
2002 Superleague season