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Brands Hatch adds Superleague Formula to 2010 calendar

Football-based single seater series to make Kent circuit debut Brands Hatch will feature a major single seater event this year to replace A1GP when the Kent circuit welcomes the Superleague Formula for the first time on 31 July/1 ...

Football-based single seater series to make Kent circuit debut

Brands Hatch will feature a major single seater event this year to replace A1GP when the Kent circuit welcomes the Superleague Formula for the first time on 31 July/1 August.

Superleague Formula is the fusion of two of the world's most popular sports -- football and motor racing. The single seater series, which was launched in 2008, features identical 750bhp V12-powered single seater race cars bearing the colours of some of the world's leading football teams including Liverpool FC, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan.

A number of famous racing drivers have represented their football club in Superleague Formula, including former Toro Rosso Formula One driver Sebastien Bourdais, who raced for Sevilla in 2009. Other former Grand Prix drivers that have raced in the series include Giorgio Pantano, Robert Doornbos, Antonio Pizzonia and Enrique Bernoldi.

After two successful six round seasons, the series will expand to 12 events in 2010, with three races on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit next summer. The two-day event will begin with a qualifying shootout - similar in format to a knockout football tournament - and the quickest car will start on pole position for Sunday's first race.

Race two will feature an exciting reverse grid, where the fastest cars from the first outing will make their way through from the back of the field. Each race is approximately 45 minutes long, equivalent to half a football match.

The point scores for the first two races are then combined, and the top six teams go through to a five lap 'Super Final' shootout. This sprint dash decides the overall weekend winner and a cash prize is offered to the top three teams.

Robin Webb, Superleague Formula Competition's Director, said: "It gives me great pleasure to announce Brands Hatch as part of our exciting 2010 calendar. It's certainly a driver favourite and thanks to MotorSport Vision's commitment and professionalism, it is one that the championship as a whole is really looking forward to visiting. The high-speed layout offers our cars the chance to properly stretch their legs. It's also a great place to watch motorsport, given all the elevation changes, so we're confident that fans, especially those of Tottenham which isn't too far away, will be there cheering on their team."

Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision, added: "I'm delighted that Brands Hatch will host Superleague Formula this season, and it's fantastic to add another prestigious single seater series to the calendar alongside the FIA Formula Two Championship. The Superleague cars are even more powerful than the A1GP cars and with their V12 engines sound absolutely amazing. They are impressively big cars too so with the reverse grids it will be a fabulous spectacle for fans of motorsport and football alike."

Tickets for Superleague Formula at Brands Hatch on 31 July/1 August cost from GBP24 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or visit www.brandshatch.co.uk.

-source: motorsportvision

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Series SF
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Enrique Bernoldi , Giorgio Pantano , Jonathan Palmer , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos
Teams Toro Rosso