2019 Superleague Lights season
|2019 GPVWC Superleague Lights season|
|Platform Used||rFactor 2|
|Mod base||GPVWC CL modular|
|Engine Supplier(s)|| Martex MX-06L|
1600cc turbocharged V6
|Tyre Supplier(s)||GPVWC brand G|
|Drivers' Champion||Lukas Schmidt|
|Teams' Champion||Red Arrow Racing|
|Superleague Lights Seasons|
|2019 · 2020|
|GPVWC series in 2019|
The 2019 Superleague Lights season was the inaugural Superleague Lights season, consisting of 16 rounds beginning in Australia on 13 March 2019 and ending in Brazil on 23 October.
A brand new series, introduced into the Career Ladder for 2019 as a stepping stone between Supercup and Superleague, the Lights series included many aspects of Superleague itself, such as the F1-style carshape, similar technical and sporting regulations; including single-race rounds; and advanced team-management features. Races were, however, shorter than Superleague Grands Prix; there was a single, independent engine supplier; Martex, now no longer involved in Superleague after the closure of Nordsjoen; and development decisions carried less impact.
The Lights series was part of a massive shake-up for the Career Ladder. Races took place on Wednesday nights, replacing Supercup races; both Supercup and Formula Challenge races were rescheduled as a result. With a brand new series' worth of team slots to fill, there was a seismic shift in teams from both lower rungs of the Career Ladder. While some prominent Supercup teams refused to go for the series due to the increased time requirements, a plethora of teams from Formula Challenge moved up, skipping Supercup completely.
At the end of a close first season, the first-ever Superleague Lights Drivers' Champion was Lukas Schmidt, driving for the Cosmo Seiki Japan team; a former Supercup team; while the first-ever Teams' Championship was claimed by Red Arrow Racing; a former Formula Challenge team, run by Superleague legend David Fidock.
Teams and drivers
1 Idos was rebranded as Chaos Engineering during the course of the season
As a brand new series, every team was a new entrant, but had come from various different backgrounds:
- Scuderia Clay Geeli, Draig Racing, Holland Racing Team and Cosmo Seiki Japan were promoted from the Supercup.
- Red Arrow Racing, STAX Racing, Cenobite Motorsports, Royal Blue Racing, TR Motorsports, CM-Tech Racing, TTF Racing, Mayor Downard Racing Team and Idos Motorsport were all promoted from Formula Challenge.
- Satellite Racing returned from a 1-year absence from the Career Ladder, having last competed in 2017, in the Supercup.
- After a 20-year history competing in other leagues, NetRex Grand Prix debuted in GPVWC for the first time in 2019; however, the team left after the end of the year.
|1||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne||13 March||19:00|| |
|2||Sepang International Circuit, Sepang||27 March||19:00|| |
|3||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||10 April||18:00||19:00|
|4||Baku City Circuit, Baku||24 April||18:00||19:00|
|5||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona||8 May||18:00||19:00|
|6||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo||22 May||18:00||19:00|
|7||Istanbul Park , Turkey||6 June||18:00||19:00|
|8||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal||19 June||18:00||19:00|
|9||Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire||3 July||18:00||19:00|
|10||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim||31 July||18:00||19:00|
|11||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa||14 August||18:00||19:00|
|12||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza||28 August||18:00||19:00|
|13||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore||11 September||18:00||19:00|
|14||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka||25 September||18:00||19:00|
|15||Circuit of the Americas, Austin||9 October||18:00||19:00|
|16||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo||23 October||18:00||19:00|
The 2019 testing schedule was as follows:
|Preseason Test #1||13 February||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez|
|Preseason Test #2||27 February||Circuito de Jerez|