2001 Superleague season
|Tyre Supplier(s)||Bridgestone, Michelin|
|Drivers' Champion||Christian Neumann|
|Teams' Champion||BA Racing|
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|GPVWC series in 2001|
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.
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.
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)|
|BA Racing||BA Racing||Ferrari||B||0||Richard Dickson||2|
|Connolly Virtual Racing Team||CVRT||CVRT-01||BMW||B||3||Christian Neumann||1-3|
|Red Arrows||Red Arrows||Ferrari||B||5||Ian McMah||1-3|
|Dan Lawrence Racing||DL Racing||BMW||B||7||Jason Smith||1-3|
|Team Racebase||Racebase||Mugen-Honda||B||9||Peter Visscher||1-3|
|TBA Racing||TBA Racing||AMT||B||11||Jonas Lindberg||1-3|
|Hawkeye Racing||Hawkeye||Audi||M||14||Ben Connolly||2-3|
|Roaldo Racing||Roaldo||AMT - Asiatech||B||16||Ton Hoek||1-3|
|Arela Grand Prix Engineering||Perth, Australia||Arela GP||JG01||Audi||B||18||Rob Hagarty||1-3|
|Dan Prescott International||DPI||Cosworth||B||20||Alan Wilson||1|
|XanF1 Racing||XanF1||Mugen-Honda||M||22||Shaun Marshall||3|
The following constructors also launched entries at the start of the 2001 Superleague season, but never competed:
- Goffin Racing
- Repsol Ferrari Racing
- Swiss Car
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.
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.
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.
|Round||Race Title||Grand Prix||Circuit||Date||Time|
|1||Australian Grand Prix||Australian GP||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne||?th ???—5th Mar||???||23:59|
|2||Malaysian Grand Prix||Malaysian GP||Sepang International Circuit, Selangor, Malaysia||?th ???—19th Mar||???||23:59|
|3||Brazilian Grand Prix||Brazilian GP||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo||?nd ???—2nd Apr||???||23:59|
Results and standings
|Rd.||Grands Prix||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning driver||Winning constructor||Report|
|1||Australian Grand Prix||Jason Smith|| Christian Neumann
|Jason Endean||BA Racing-Ferrari||Report|
|2||Malaysian Grand Prix||Christian Neumann|| Ton Hoek
|3||Brazilian Grand Prix||Ton Hoek|| Dan Pyrik
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|
Bold - Pole
† Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.
Bold – Pole
† Cars did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.
2000 Superleague season
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