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Your guide to Superleague Formula

Tuesday, July 27 2010

This weekend (31 July/1 August) Brands Hatch will host Superleague Formula by Sonangol for the first time. To help you find out more about the fastest series to compete on the Grand Prix circuit this season, here is an introductory guide to the Kent circuit's newest addition.

What is Superleague Formula?
Superleague Formula is a major new single seater championship, which brings together football and motor racing.

How many teams take part?
There are eighteen teams competing in Superleague Formula this season, each of which represents an internationally renowned football club. There are two British squads taking part in 2010 - Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently second in the title fight with driver Craig Dolby, and reigning champions Liverpool FC with driver James Walker.

What are the cars like?
All teams pilot an identical specification 750bhp single seater equipped with a 4.2 litre V12 engine. The Superleague Formula chassis has been developed by race car manufacturer Elan Motorsport Technologies, which also produces machinery for the Indy Racing League.

What is the qualifying format?
Superleague Formula's four part qualifying session takes place on Saturday and begins with the field being divided into two groups - chosen at random - which set initial times during separate 10 minute sessions.

The four fastest drivers from stage one qualify for the quarter finals, where the quickest eight drivers take to the track in pairs. The fastest four then go through to the semis, where the same process takes place again in order to determine the overall finalists.

Once the field has been whittled down to two teams, the pair of drivers both go out on circuit at the same time for a final pole position shootout in which the driver that sets the quickest lap time is crowned the winner.

How many races are there?
Each weekend features three Superleague Formula races, the first two of which last 45 minutes each - equivalent to the two halves of a football match.

Although the fastest driver in qualifying starts the opening encounter from pole position (which begins with a rolling start), whoever emerges victorious in race one faces a huge challenge in the second outing of the day, as Superleague operates a reverse grid for race two - so the winner must start from the back of the field.

After two races, the six teams that have accumulated the highest point score so far progress to the 'Super Final', a five lap sprint dash to decide the weekend winner, who will take home an impressive €100,000 grand prize.

What else will be happening this weekend?
In addition to three Superleague Formula races, you can meet the drivers at a free of charge pit lane walkabout on Sunday at 9am.

There will also be a support race programme featuring Group C sportscars, Formula Junior, the GT Cup Championship and the Lotus Cup Europe.

Can I still buy tickets?
Discounted advance tickets are on sale from £24 for adults until midday on Thursday (29 July), whilst you can purchase tickets on the gate this weekend for £12 on Saturday and £30 on Sunday for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under.

Click on the link below or call 0870 950 9000 to purchase tickets for Superleague Formula at Brands Hatch on 31 July/1 August.