2003 Superleague season

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2003 Superleague season
Consiglio Stealth 03.png
Competition Superleague
Title Sponsor N/A
Platform Used GP4 icon.png GP4
Rounds 16
Mod base
Carshape base
Engine Supplier(s) Multiple
Tyre Supplier(s) Bridgestone, Michelin
Drivers 39
Teams 19
Drivers' Champion Australia Shiro Ryong
Teams' Champion England Mapes-VO
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GPVWC series in 2003
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Superleague

The 2003 Superleague season was the fourth GPVWC Superleague season. It was to be the first year in which Geoff Crammond's GP4 was used.

2003 proved to be a very uncertain season season for the league, which saw the league come to the brink of extinction after the second race of the season. However Italian William Ponissi stepped in and managed to save the league, which was renamed as F1VWC and had Andy Graydon installed as the league manager. Nevertheless several teams had withdrawn and numbers dropped significantly in the mid-season, but they gradually recovered as the new league picked up a number of teams and drivers in the wake of the collapse of the rival SFO league.

Format

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Report

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Teams and drivers

Team Base Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Test/Reserve Driver(s)
England Mapes-VO Mapes-VO Honda M 1 Finland Mikko Jakonen All England Andrew Cooper
England Andrew Turner
2 Finland Petri Loukasmaki 1-3, 5-6, 8-9, 11-16
England BA Racing BA Racing Cosworth M 3 New Zealand Jason Endean 1-2
4 Australia Jason Smith 1
England Dan Lawrence 2
Belgium KRB KRB Ferrari M 5 Ireland Kieran Ryan 1, 4
England Chris Galloway 2
6 England Adam Wright 1-3
Canada Stealth F1 Stealth SGP02 BMW B 7 Malta Joe Consiglio 1-2, 14
Mexico Eric Sosa 10-13
Argentina Mariano Malisani 15-16
8 Mexico Eric Sosa 1-2
England Chris Galloway 10-14
Italy William Ponissi 15
England Paul Heyhoe 16
Italy Scuderia Annunziata Annunziata BMW B 7 Mexico Eric Sosa 3-9
8 England Chris Galloway 3-9
Australia Southern Cross United Motorsport SCUM Holden B 9 Australia Dan Regan 1-2
Australia Shiro Ryong 3-16
10 Australia Peter Harding 1, 4, 9-11, 14-16
Australia Shiro Ryong 2
Australia Dizzo Dizzo Asiatech B 11 Australia Blair Disley 1-2 Belgium Luc Lissens
12 Italy Nazario Nuti 2
Ireland EIRE EIRE Cosworth B 14 Australia Daniel Wilkinson All Wales Tim Williams
Ireland Stephen Wilson
15 Italy William Ponissi 1-3, 5, 10
Ireland Kieran Ryan 13-16
England Phoenix F1 Phoenix PF1-01 Renault B 16 Netherlands Jan Kelder 1-15 Netherlands Mark Nieuwlaar
England Andy Graydon
England Andy Graydon 16
17 Colombia Antonio Irisarri All
Northern Ireland Ultima Racing Ultima Ferrari M 18 Ireland Karl White 2-3
19 Northern Ireland Mal McKee 9-10, 13
England NWO Motorsport NWO Motorsport Ferrari B 18 England Matt Hunt 15
19 England Jim Moir 15
England Vedder F1 Vedder F1 Ferrari B 18 England Jim Moir 16
England Fury Racing Fury Racing Ferrari B 20 Netherlands Ronald De Boer 1-2
21 England Phil Perkins 1-2
United States Molotov F1 Molotov Toyota B 22 United States Ryan McConkey 1
23 England Paul Sleight 1-2, 4
United States MMC Racing MMC Racing Mugen-Honda M 22 United States Ryan McConkey 15-16
23 England Paul Sleight 15-16
Argentina Juan Tortella Motorsport JTM Ferrari B  ?? Argentina Juan Tortella 11-12
England Toby Lock 13-16
 ?? England Matt Maple 12-16
Japan Simsoa Simsoa Mercedes M  ?? Netherlands Patrick Alsemgeest 12-14
England Simon Jeavons 15
 ?? England David George 13-16
Sweden Thomas Gustavsson Motorsport TGM Toyota B  ?? Belgium Marco Vandenbroeck 13
Belgium MMRT MMRT Toyota B  ?? Serbia Miodrag Mihailovic 15-16
 ?? Portugal Miguel Oliviera 15-16

Ultima Racing started the season as Down Racing, but rebranded part way through the season.

New entries

Unexpectedly and controversially, Ultima Racing was expelled from the league with only two races remaining in the season. The announcement, which came as a surprise to manager-driver Mal McKee, was made on the 15th of September, the day before the Italian Grand Prix race session. The league had been considering an increase in membership due to the interest shown by several drivers of rival league SFO. Ironically, McKee had been having trouble attracting reliable drivers and had to resort to attempting to race himself despite having a busy schedule that year. Inexplicably, despite the imminent influx of drivers from SFO, a decision was made to eject Ultima from the league.

The same day was announced that a team called NWO Motorsport may be next in line to enter the league. NWO had previously been ejected from the SFO league. The following day the announcement was made, and NWO took over Ultima's assets, including their Ferrari contract, in a forced buy-out. While co-manager/driver Matt Hunt raced in the US Grand Prix, co-manager/driver Jim Moir failed to race. After the US Grand Prix, Hunt announced his retirement and Moir re-branded NWO as Vedder F1 and enlisted Adam Fretter as a driver for the team. Neither driver raced in the final event in Japan, however.

Four days after the last race of the season, Moir announced that Vedder F1 would not be taking part in the 2004 season, allowing Ollie Woods to enter his team Woods Racing for the next season.

Although no press announcement was made, McKee retired from sim-racing at this point, though he was to return to the league at the start of the 2005 season, being signed for Synergetic to compete in the Supercup.

Team changes

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Driver changes

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2003 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 (Dry Qualifying)
Sunny.pngLight cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngShowers.png
GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 6th - 10th March  ??? 23:59
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Selangor, Malaysia Heavy cloud.pngShowers.pngShowers.pngMonsoon.pngMonsoon.pngMonsoon.pngMonsoon.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 20th - 24th March  ??? 23:59
3 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo Showers.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.pngShowers.pngLight cloud.pngShowers.pngShowers.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 3rd - 7th April  ??? 23:59
4 San Marino Grand Prix San Marino GP San Marino Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola Sunny.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngSunny.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 17th - 21st April  ??? 23:59
5 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona Sunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 1st - 5th May  ??? 23:59
6 Austrian Grand Prix Austrian GP Austria A1-Ring Light cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 15 - 19th May  ??? 23:59
7 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo Sunny.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngSunny.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 29th May - 2nd June  ??? 23:59
8 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal Heavy cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 12th - 16th June  ??? 23:59
9 European Grand Prix European GP Europe Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany Heavy cloud.pngShowers.pngShowers.pngHeavy cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 26th -30th June  ??? 23:59
10 French Grand Prix French GP France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours (Wet Qualifying)
Light cloud.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngSunny.png
GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 5th - 9th July  ??? 23:59
11 British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit Heavy cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 17th - 21st July  ??? 23:59
12 German Grand Prix German GP Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany Light cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 31st July - 4th August  ??? 23:59
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Mogyoród, Hungary Light cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 14th - 18th August  ??? 23:59
14 Italian Grand Prix Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza Light cloud.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngLight cloud.pngSunny.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 11th - 15th September  ??? 23:59
15 United States Grand Prix United States GP United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.pngSunny.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 25th - 29th October  ??? 23:59
16 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie Heavy cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngHeavy cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.pngLight cloud.png GP4 icon.png GP4 v9.6 9th - 13th October  ??? 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 Malta Joe Consiglio Malta Joe Consiglio
(1:25.645)
Finland Mikko Jakonen England Mapes-VO-Honda Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Finland Mikko Jakonen
(1:37.189)
New Zealand Jason Endean England BA Racing-Cosworth Report
3 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Australia Daniel Wilkinson
(1:13.988)
Finland Mikko Jakonen England Mapes-VO-Honda Report
4 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Finland Mikko Jakonen
(1:22.295)
Finland Mikko Jakonen England Mapes-VO-Honda Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Finland Petri Loukasmaki Colombia Antonio Irisarri
(1:18.284)
Australia Shiro Ryong Australia SCUM-Holden Report
6 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Finland Mikko Jakonen
(1:10.053)
Finland Petri Loukasmaki England Mapes-VO-Honda Report
7 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Australia Shiro Ryong
(1:15.695)
Australia Shiro Ryong Australia SCUM-Holden Report
8 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Finland Mikko Jakonen
(1:14.540)
Finland Mikko Jakonen England Mapes-VO-Honda Report
9 Europe European Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Australia Daniel Wilkinson
(1:14.380)
Australia Daniel Wilkinson Ireland EIRE-Cosworth Report
10 France French Grand Prix Colombia Antonio Irisarri Australia Daniel Wilkinson
(1:12.336)
Australia Daniel Wilkinson Ireland EIRE-Cosworth Report
11 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Australia Shiro Ryong Australia Daniel Wilkinson
(1:20.046)
Australia Daniel Wilkinson Ireland EIRE-Cosworth Report
12 Germany German Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Finland Mikko Jakonen
(1:36.994)
Australia Daniel Wilkinson Ireland EIRE-Cosworth Report
13 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix United Kingdom Matt Maple Finland Mikko Jakonen
(1:13.013)
Australia Shiro Ryong Australia SCUM-Holden Report
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix Malta Joe Consiglio Malta Joe Consiglio
(1:20.920)
Malta Joe Consiglio Canada Stealth-BMW Report
15 United States United States Grand Prix Ireland Kieran Ryan Australia Daniel Wilkinson
(1:10.109)
Australia Daniel Wilkinson Ireland EIRE-Cosworth Report
16 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Finland Mikko Jakonen Australia Daniel Wilkinson
(1:31.510)
Australia Daniel Wilkinson Ireland EIRE-Cosworth Report

Scoring system

Points are 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
BRA
Brazil
RSM
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Europe
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
Points
1 Australia Shiro Ryong 6 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 2 2 2 1 6 3 4 109
2 Australia Daniel Wilkinson Ret 4 3 7 5 4 5 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 108
3 Finland Mikko Jakonen 1 3 1 1 6 3 2 1 3 Ret 3 Ret 2 3 4 2 102
4 Finland Petri Loukasmaki 3 Ret 7 2 1 4 4 5 5 4 4 5 3 64
5 Colombia Antonio Irisarri 4 5 Ret 3 3 5 4 5 8 Ret 9 4 9 10 6 8 47
6 Netherlands Jan Kelder 9 8 5 4 4 7 7 8 7 3 4 6 5 8 8 42
7 Mexico Eric Sosa 10 9 4 6 7 6 3 6 6 4 6 7 10 35
8 Malta Joe Consiglio 2 2 1 26
9 England Chris Galloway 10 6 5 8 8 6 7 9 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 17
10 Ireland Kieran Ryan Ret DNS Ret 5 2 5 16
11 New Zealand Jason Endean 5 1 14
12 England Matt Maple 3 7 9 7 6 13
13 Australia Peter Harding 7 8 5 5 7 11 11 10 13
14 England Toby Lock 6 7 15 11 5
15 Australia Dan Regan 6 7 5
16 Italy William Ponissi Ret Ret DSQ Ret 6 16 3
17 United States Ryan McConkey Ret 12 7 2
18 Argentina Juan Tortella Ret 8 1
19 Netherlands Ronald De Boer 8 Ret 1
20 England Paul Sleight Ret DNS 9 9 0
21 England Andy Graydon 9 0
22 Serbia Miodrag Mihailovic 10 DNS 0
23 England Adam Wright 11 11 DNS 0
24 England Phil Perkins Ret 12 0
25 Portugal Miguel Oliviera 13 0
26 Argentina Mariano Malisani 14 DSQ 0
27 Australia Blair Disley Ret Ret 0
28 Italy Nazario Nuti Ret 0
29 Netherlands Patrick Alsemgeest DNS Ret DNS 0
30 England David George Ret Ret Ret 0
31 England Matt Hunt Ret 0
- Australia Jason Smith DNS 0
- Northern Ireland Karl White DNS DNS 0
- Northern Ireland Mal McKee DNS DNS DNS DNS 0
- England Dan Lawrence DNS 0
- Belgium Marco Vandenbroeck DNS 0
- England Jim Moir DNS DNS 0
- England Simon Jeavons DNS 0
- England Paul Heyhoe DNS 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BRA
Brazil
RSM
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Europe
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
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

* Text
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
BRA
Brazil
RSM
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Europe
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
Points
1 England Mapes-VO Honda 1 1 3 1 1 6 3 2 1 3 Ret 3 Ret 2 3 4 2 166
2 3 Ret 7 2 1 4 4 5 5 4 4 5 3
2 Ireland EIRE-Cosworth 14 Ret 4 3 7 5 4 5 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 127
15 Ret Ret DSQ Ret 6 Ret 5 2 5
3 Australia SCUM-Holden 9 6 7 2 2 1 2 1 3 2 2 2 2 1 6 3 4 127
10 7 6 8 5 5 7 11 11 10
4 England PhoenixF1-Renault 16 9 8 5 4 4 7 7 8 7 3 4 6 5 8 8 9 89
17 4 5 Ret 3 3 5 4 5 8 Ret 9 4 9 10 6 8
5 Canada Stealth-BMW 7 10 9 4 6 7 10 1 14 DSQ 39
8 2 2 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 16 DNS
6 Italy Annunziata-BMW 7 4 6 7 6 3 6 6 39
8 6 5 8 8 6 7 9
7 Argentina JTM-Ferrari  ?? Ret 8 6 7 15 11 19
 ?? 3 7 9 7 6
8 England BA Racing-Cosworth 3 5 1 14
4 DNS DNS
9 United States MMC-Mugen Honda 22 12 7 2
23 9 DNS
10 England Fury Racing-Ferrari 20 8 Ret 1
21 Ret 12
11 United States Molotov-Ferrari 22 Ret 0
23 Ret DNS 9
12 Belgium KRB-Ferrari 5 Ret 10 DNS 0
6 11 11 DNS
13 Belgium MMRT-Toyota  ?? 10 DNS 0
 ?? 13 DNS
14 Australia Dizzo-Asiatech 11 Ret Ret 0
12 Ret
15 Japan Simsoa-Mercedes  ?? DNS Ret DNS DNS 0
 ?? Ret Ret Ret
16 England NWO-Ferrari 18 Ret 0
19 DNS
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BRA
Brazil
RSM
San Marino
ESP
Spain
AUT
Austria
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
EUR
Europe
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
JPN
Japan
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:
2002 Superleague season
2003 Superleague season
2003
Succeeded by:
2004 Superleague season