2008 Superleague season

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2008 Superleague season
Car2008a.jpg
Competition Superleague
Title Sponsor N/A
Platform Used GP4 icon.png GP4
Rounds 17
Mod base
Carshape base
Engine Supplier(s) Toyota, BMW, Renault, Ferrari,
Honda, Mercedes, J-Tech
Tyre Supplier(s) Bridgestone
Drivers 14
Teams 8
Drivers' Champion Romania Laurentiu Albu
Teams' Champion Italy Nordsjoen Racing
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GPVWC series in 2008
Career Ladder

Superleague

The 2008 Superleague season is the 9th GPVWC Superleague season. It was the first time in several years the league had used the GPVWC moniker, and was to be the last year in which Geoff Crammond's GP4 was used.

2008 was a difficult year in many ways. Membership was down to the lowest the league had ever seen and a fresh start was needed with little time and tools at the league's disposal.

Report

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Teams and drivers

Team Base Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Test/Reserve Driver(s)
Northern Ireland Synergetic Motorsports Northern Ireland Belfast, UK Synergetic Motorsports Toyota B 3 Northern Ireland Mal McKee 1-8, 10-13, 15-16
4 Northern Ireland Luke McKee 9, 15
Spain Platform Michelangelo Spain Spain Platform Michelangelo BMW B 5 Spain Michelangelo Manrique 1-7
6 Netherlands Jeroen Jansen 1-9, 11-17
Romania Belami Racing Romania Bucharest, Romania Belami Racing Renault B 7 Romania Laurentiu Albu All
England Vod:Bul England England Vod:Bul Ferrari B 9 Belgium Laurent Keersmaekers -
10 Netherlands Daniël Bolman 1, 4, 6-7
England Woods Racing England Croydon, UK Woods Racing Renault B 11 England Mark Wicks 1-8, 10-12
12 Netherlands Martijn Vosselman 1-9
England APR England England APR Honda B 14 Ireland Philip Cullen 1-2
15 England Adam Rouse 1
Italy Nordsjøen Racing Wales Cardiff, UK Nordsjoen Racing Mercedes B 18 Australia Scott Whiteman 1-2, 7-8, 10, 12, 15-17
England Adam Rouse 5
Scotland Martin Buchan 6
19 Italy William Ponissi 1-7, 9-17
Finland Tanskanen Racing Finland Finland Tanskanen Racing J-Tech B 20 Finland Juha Tanskanen 1-2

New entries

With dramatic changes in the league there were several new entries for 2008. These were Spanish outfit Platform Michelangelo, Romanian team Belami Racing, the Finnish Tanskanen Racing entry and the short lived APR team.

Team changes

EIRE underwent a major rebranding and became the Nordsjøen Racing team at the start of the 2008 season.

2008 Calendar

Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Conditions Mod Date Time
Track time GMT
1 Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 24th March  ??? 23:59
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Selangor GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 31st March  ??? 23:59
3 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 14th April  ??? 23:59
4 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 5th May  ??? 23:59
5 Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Turkey Istanbul Park, Istanbul GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 19th May  ??? 23:59
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo Monsoon.png Monsoon GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 2nd June  ??? 23:59
7 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 16th June  ??? 23:59
8 French Grand Prix French GP France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 30th June  ??? 23:59
9 British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 14th July  ??? 23:59
10 German Grand Prix German GP Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 28th July  ??? 23:59
11 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Mogyoród GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 11th August  ??? 23:59
12 European Grand Prix European GP Europe Nürburgring, Nürburg GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 1st September  ??? 23:59
13 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 15th September  ??? 23:59
14 Italian Grand Prix Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 1st October  ??? 23:59
15 Austrian Grand Prix Austrian GP Austria A1-Ring, Spielberg GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 20th October  ??? 23:59
16 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 11th November  ??? 23:59
17 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 15th December  ??? 23:59

Qualifying

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grands Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix England Mark Wicks England Mark Wicks
(1:26.253)
England Mark Wicks England Woods-Renault Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Australia Scott Whiteman Australia Scott Whiteman
(1:34.973)
Australia Scott Whiteman Italy Nordsjøen-Mercedes Report
3 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Netherlands Jeroen Jansen <<< CANCELLED >>> Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Romania Laurentiu Albu England Mark Wicks
(1:19.089)
England Mark Wicks England Woods-Renault Report
5 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix England Adam Rouse <<< CANCELLED >>> Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Northern Ireland Mal McKee Northern Ireland Mal McKee
(1:19.627)
Northern Ireland Mal McKee Northern Ireland Synergetic-Toyota Report
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Australia Scott Whiteman Netherlands Jeroen Jansen
(1:15.506)
England Mark Wicks England Woods-Renault Report
8 France French Grand Prix Belgium Laurentiu Albu Australia Scott Whiteman
(1:13.108)
England Mark Wicks England Woods-Renault Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Netherlands Jeroen Jansen Netherlands Martijn Vosselman
(1:34.023)
Romania Laurentiu Albu Belgium Belami-Renault Report
10 Germany German Grand Prix Australia Scott Whiteman England Mark Wicks
(1:41.125)
Romania Laurentiu Albu Belgium Belami-Renault Report
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix England Mark Wicks England Mark Wicks
(01:14.611)
England Mark Wicks England Woods-Renault Report
12 Europe European Grand Prix England Mark Wicks England Mark Wicks
(1:15.947)
Romania Laurentiu Albu Belgium Belami-Renault Report
13 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Romania Laurentiu Albu Romania Laurentiu Albu
(1:49.443)
Romania Laurentiu Albu Belgium Belami-Renault Report
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix Netherlands Jeroen Jansen Netherlands Jeroen Jansen
(1:23.697)
Italy William Ponissi Italy Nordsjøen-Mercedes Report
15 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Netherlands Jeroen Jansen Australia Scott Whiteman
(1:11.016)
Romania Laurentiu Albu Belgium Belami-Renault Report
16 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Romania Laurentiu Albu Italy William Ponissi
(1:34.181)
Northern Ireland Mal McKee Northern Ireland Synergetic-Toyota Report
17 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Netherlands Jeroen Jansen Australia Scott Whiteman
(1:15.217)
Romania Laurentiu Albu Belgium Belami-Renault Report

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top 6 classified finishers.

Points were awarded to the top 8 classified finishers.

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

Drivers standings

Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Europe
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Romania Laurentiu Albu 2 3 (C) 2 (C) 4 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 3 1 121
2 Italy William Ponissi 4 5 (C) 4 (C) 2 4 - 2 2 DNS 4 3 1 3 2 DNS 78
3 Northern Ireland Mal McKee 3 4 (C) 3 (C) 1 Ret DNS - 3 3 3 2 - 4 1 - 68
4 England Mark Wicks 1 2 (C) 1 (C) 3 1 1 - Ret 1 Ret - - - - - 64
5 Australia Scott Whiteman Ret 1 (C) - (C) - DNS 3 - DNS - 2 - - 2 4 2 45
6 Netherlands Jeroen Jansen DNS DNS (C) DNS (C) DNS 2 DNS Ret - DNS DNS DNS 2 Ret DNS DNS 16
7 Netherlands Martijn Vosselman Ret 6 (C) Ret (C) Ret 5 Ret 3 13
8 Spain Michelangelo Manrique 5 Ret (C) 5 (C) Ret DNS 8
9 Northern Ireland Luke McKee (C) (C) 4 - - - - - DNS - - 5
10 Ireland Philip Cullen Ret DNS (C) (C) 0
11 Finland Juha Tanskanen Ret DNS (C) (C) 0
12 Scotland Martin Buchan (C) (C) Ret 0
13 England Adam Rouse DNS - (C) - (C) 0
14 Netherlands Daniel Bolman Ret - (C) Ret (C) Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Europe
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
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
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Europe
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Italy Nordsjøen Racing 18 Ret 1 (C) - (C) Ret DNS 3 - DNS - 2 - - 2 4 2 123
19 4 5 (C) 4 (C) 2 4 - 2 2 DNS 4 3 1 3 2 DNS
2 Romania Belami Racing 7 2 3 (C) 2 (C) 4 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 3 1 121
3 England Woods Racing 11 1 2 (C) 1 (C) 3 1 1 - Ret 1 Ret - - - - - 77
12 Ret 6 (C) Ret (C) Ret 5 Ret 3 - - - - - - - -
4 Northern Ireland Synergetic Motorsports 3 3 4 (C) 3 (C) 1 Ret DNS - 3 3 3 2 - 4 1 - 73
4 - - (C) - (C) - - - 4 - - - - - DNS - -
5 Spain Platform Michelangelo 5 5 Ret (C) 5 (C) Ret DNS - - - - - - - - - - 24
6 DNS DNS (C) DNS (C) DNS 2 DNS Ret - DNS DNS DNS 2 Ret DNS DNS
6 England Vod:Bul 10 Ret - (C) Ret (C) Ret Ret 0
7 England APR 14 Ret DNS (C) - (C) 0
15 DNS - (C) - (C)
8 Finland Tanskanen Racing 20 Ret DNS (C) - (C) 0
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Europe
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
AUT
Austria
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
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:
2007 Superleague season
2008 Superleague season
2008
Succeeded by:
2009 Superleague season