2019 Superleague Lights season

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2019 GPVWC Superleague Lights season
Official Superleague Lights logo
Title Sponsor N/A
Platform Used 397rFactor2.png rFactor 2
Mod base GPVWC CL modular
Carshape base F1-inspired
Rounds 16
Engine Supplier(s) Martex MX-06L
1600cc turbocharged V6
Tyre Supplier(s) GPVWC brand G
Drivers 66
Teams 15
Drivers' Champion
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Teams' Champion England Red Arrow Racing
Superleague Lights Seasons
2019 · 2020
GPVWC series in 2019
Career Ladder

Superleague
Superleague Lights
Supercup
Formula Challenge
Academy

Independent Series

World GT

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

Fifteen teams and a grand total of 66 drivers took part in the 2019 season. Each car was powered by a Martex MX-06L power unit and had GPVWC brand tyres.

Entrant Base Chassis Race Drivers Test/Reserve Driver(s)
No. Driver Name Rounds
Finland Scuderia Clay Geeli

Finland Espoo

SLL019 23 Ireland Luke Maguire 1-7, 9-10, 12 England Callum Roberts
England Callum Roberts 8, 11, 13-14
Finland Mikael Tuomaala 15-16
31 England Matthew Clipp All
Wales Draig Racing

Wales Hirwaun

DR01 24 England Stefan McCready 1 England Ben Willis
Netherlands Cas Rietveld
Hungary Ádám Pinczés 2-6
Netherlands Cas Rietveld 7-10, 12-16
40 Wales Matt Richards 1-5, 7-16
England Ben Willis 6
Netherlands Holland Racing Team

Netherlands Alkmaar

SLL019 18 Belgium Laurent Keersmaekers All Netherlands Gerrit de Vries
Germany Steven Lexow
Germany Jannis Wollborn
20 Germany Bastian Paisler 1-13, 15-16
Belgium Matteo Keersmaekers 14
Japan Cosmo Seiki Japan

Japan Hamamatsu

219C/L 6
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
1-6, 8-12, 14-16 Sweden April Carlsvard
Greece Lazaros Filippakos
Sweden April Carlsvard 7
India Sandeep Singh 13
62 England Mike Bell 1-14, 16
Greece Lazaros Filippakos 15
England Red Arrow Racing

England England

SLL019 46 England Chris Butcher 1-4, 6, 8-16
Switzerland
David Jundt
Germany Michi Hoyer 5, 7
65 England Matthew Williams All
Canada STAX Racing

Canada Halifax

SLL019 36 Sweden Johan Lindberg All Ireland Tariq Gamil
England Ben Hemlet
Poland Patryk Roszak
37 South Africa Matthew Marquard 1-8
England Chris Shepherd 9-14
Malta Terence Grech 15-16
Austria Cenobite Motorsports

Austria Salzburg

SLL019 28 Brazil Pedro Moura 1-12 Netherlands Arjan van Putten
Estonia Rauno Muru 13-16
29 Germany Noah Chilla 1-8
Malta Terence Grech 10
Italy Giuseppe Saracino 12-14
England Daniel Hurlock 16
England Royal Blue Racing

England London

SLL019 50 England James Early 1-8, 10-15 Finland Tomi Ylitalo
Italy Michael Francesconi 9
Finland Tomi Ylitalo 16
74 Madagascar Thomas Andriamiharisoa 1-2, 4, 6-7, 9, 11-16
Finland Tomi Ylitalo 3, 5, 8, 16
Italy Michael Francesconi 10
Mexico TR Bluvos Motorsports

Mexico Puebla

SLL019 53 Poland Marcin Rybaczuk 1-6, 8-9, 11-16 England Haydn Rhodes
England Haydn Rhodes 7
England Martin Gosbee 10
88 Macedonia Dusko Avramovski 1-3, 5
England James Saunders 4
Italy Cristian Pasqual 6-10
England Martin Gosbee 11-16
Netherlands CM-Tech Racing

Netherlands Schoonhoven

SLL019 25 Bulgaria Ivan Leonov All England Mark Fuller
26 Estonia Indrek Reemets 1-7
England Mark Fuller 8, 10, 14
Netherlands Menno Klont 9
Poland Tomasz Wach 11-13, 15-16
England TTF Racing

England London

SLL019 41 Netherlands Ruben Van den Hudding 1-2 England George Whitehouse
Wales Ben Horrill
Wales Ben Horrill 3-8, 10-14, 16
England George Whitehouse 9, 15
99 Estonia Rauno Muru 1-12
Brazil Pedro Moura 13-16
England Mayor Downard Racing Team

England Huntingdon

SLL019 17 England Jack Mayor All England Josh Downard
Netherlands Menno Klont
Brazil Rodrigo Carvalho
Estonia Heigo Poom
England Danny Robbins
44 United States Sven de Vries 1
Netherlands Menno Klont 2-3
England Tom Parker 4
England Josh Downard 5-6
Estonia Heigo Poom 7-16
England Idos Motorsport1
England Chaos Engineering
England Sussex SLL019 71 Wales Ben Horrill 1-2 Poland Michal Galka
Belgium Tom Lombaerts
Netherlands Cas Rietveld
Scotland Cameron Rodger
England Alex Skinner
Poland Adrian Faber 3-8
Ireland Cian White 9-11, 13-16
Scotland Cameron Rodger 12
98 Netherlands Cas Rietveld 1
Poland Michal Galka 2-4
Ireland Mark Hutchinson 5-16
Italy NetRex Grand Prix

Italy Naples

SLL019 47 Finland Alari Algpeus 1-4 Italy Daniele Brambilla
Finland Jukkapekka Lalu 5-16
92 Netherlands Danny van der Niet 1-5, 7-15
Italy Daniele Brambilla 6
Netherlands Frank Hamming 16
United States Satellite Racing

United States West Palm Beach, FL

SLL019 32 Germany Marc Veit 1, 3 England Ryan Nash
England Tom Parker
United States Matt Strand
United States Sven de Vries 2, 4, 12
England Tom Parker 5-10, 13-14
England James Dziuba 16
64 Netherlands Mike Kwint 1-13
England Danny Robbins 14

1 Idos was rebranded as Chaos Engineering during the course of the season

New entries

As a brand new series, every team was a new entrant, but had come from various different backgrounds:

2019 Calendar

Round Circuit Date Start Time
GMT BST
1 Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 13 March 19:00
2 Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Sepang 27 March 19:00
3 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 10 April 18:00 19:00
4 Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit, Baku 24 April 18:00 19:00
5 Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 8 May 18:00 19:00
6 Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 22 May 18:00 19:00
7 Turkey Istanbul Park , Turkey 6 June 18:00 19:00
8 Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 19 June 18:00 19:00
9 United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 3 July 18:00 19:00
10 Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim 31 July 18:00 19:00
11 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 14 August 18:00 19:00
12 Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza 28 August 18:00 19:00
13 Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 11 September 18:00 19:00
14 Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka 25 September 18:00 19:00
15 United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin 9 October 18:00 19:00
16 Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 23 October 18:00 19:00

Testing

The 2019 testing schedule was as follows:

Test Date Venue
Preseason Test #1 13 February Mexico Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Preseason Test #2 27 February Spain Circuito de Jerez

Results and standings

Season summary

Round Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Finland Alari Algpeus England Matthew Williams
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Japan Cosmo Report
2 Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Belgium Laurent Keersmaekers Wales Matt Richards Finland Alari Algpeus Italy NetRex Report
3 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit Finland Alari Algpeus
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Belgium Laurent Keersmaekers Netherlands HRT Report
4 Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit Ireland Luke Maguire England Matthew Williams England Matthew Williams England Red Arrow Report
5 Spain Circuit de Catalunya
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Japan Cosmo Report
6 Monaco Circuit de Monaco
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Japan Cosmo Report
7 Turkey Istanbul Park Italy Cristian Pasqual Ireland Luke Maguire Italy Cristian Pasqual Mexico TR Motosport Report
8 Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
England Chris Butcher
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Japan Cosmo Report
9 United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Japan Cosmo Report
10 Germany Hockenheimring England Martin Gosbee
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Japan Cosmo Report
11 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Japan Cosmo Report
12 Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza England Matthew Williams England Chris Shepherd England Matthew Williams England Red Arrow Report
13 Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit England Martin Gosbee England Chris Butcher England Martin Gosbee Mexico TR Motorsport Report
14 Japan Suzuka Circuit England Martin Gosbee England Martin Gosbee England Martin Gosbee Mexico TR Motorsport Report
15 United States Circuit of the Americas England Martin Gosbee
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
England Martin Gosbee Mexico TR Motorsport Report
16 Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Switzerland
Lukas Schmidt
Japan Cosmo Report
Preceded by:
None
GPVWC Superleague Lights season
2019
Succeeded by:
2020 Superleague Lights season

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