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Flag of Australia.png   2012 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
2012 Superleague season
Albert Park.png
Date March 8th, 2012
Official name 2012 Australian Grand Prix
Location Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Melbourne, Australia
Course Temporary Street Circuit
3.295 mi / 5.303 km
Distance 58 laps, 191.071 mi / 307.574 km
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany.png Lukas Euler Midnight-Ferrari
Time 1:23.643
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Germany.png Lukas Euler Midnight-Ferrari
Time 1:24.780
Podium
First Flag of Germany.png Lukas Euler Midnight-Ferrari
Second Flag of England.png Lee Morris Draig Racing-Mercedes
Third Flag of Malta.png Joe Consiglio Nordsjoen-Mercedes


The 2012 Australian Grand Prix for the Superleague - the first race of the season - took place on the Albert Park track in Melbourne on the 8th of March and was won by Lukas Euler.

Contents

Report

With pre-season testing over with, the GPVWC Superleague opening round at Melbourne was finally going to answer many unanswered questions that were thrown up before, and during pre-season testing. With some new faces joining the field for the 2012 season, arguably the strongest field ever arrived in Melbourne.

There was definitely some hype surrounding some of these new faces, which included GPVWC Masters champion Simon Cattell, Tom Eley and Lukas Euler. 2010 Superleague champion Janne Tanskanen made a surprise return, joining reigning Constructors champions Red Archer, meaning this would be the first season where more than one World Champion would be on the grid at the same time.

Qualifying

During pre-season, many predicted Midnight Motorsport to have a strong package, along with their strong driver line-up of Euler and Nick Rowland, but nobody could have predicted that Euler would take pole position by an incredible 8 tenths of a second ahead of Lee Morris for Draig Racing. Euler's teammate Rowland took 3rd on the grid ahead of reigning champion Joe Consiglio in 4th. Debutant Tom Eley for ST Racing rounded out the top 5. Euler's qualifying performance stunning the GPVWC fraternity, he instantly became the odds on favourite for the win.

Race

Sure enough, it was Euler who sailed through to win his first ever Superleague race at his first attempt, and didn't suffer from any issues, while his main rivals all encountered various issues during the race. A rather despondent Lee Morris held onto 2nd place, despite suffering a puncture from an errant front wing on the track. Joe Consiglio had to settle for 3rd, and had a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane. Janne Tanskanen had a quiet return to life in the GPVWC, taking 4th place in his first race back, and Nick Rowland rounded out the top 5, but had hopes for a podium before getting caught up in an incident whilst trying to lap Gavin Thomas. An impressive drive from Tom Parker saw him finish 6th on his debut for Woods Racing. Pavel Loknovski, Tom Eley, Lewis Redshaw and Ryan Walker rounded out the top 10.

With many of the pre-season questions now answered, it's clear that many of the favourite contenders for the championship having some catching up to do, with Euler, and the Midnight Motorsport package, which have come together at just the right time. With so much quality in the field though, even with the strongest package, no doubt the likes of Morris, Consiglio and Tanskanen will try to close the gap as they head to Shanghai in China for Round 2.

Results


Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany.png Lukas Euler 15
2 Flag of England.png Lee Morris 12
3 Flag of Malta.png Joe Consiglio 10
4 Flag of Finland.png Janne Tanskanen 8
5 Flag of England.png Nick Rowland 6

Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Flag of England.png Midnight-Ferrari 21
2 Flag of Italy.png Nordsjoen-Mercedes 14
3 Flag of Wales.png Draig-Mercedes 13
4 Flag of Greece.png Red Archer-Renault 8
5 Flag of England.png Woods-Honda 5

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

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Preceded by:
2011 Singapore Grand Prix
2012 Australian Grand Prix
2012
Succeeded by:
2012 Chinese Grand Prix
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