After much chopping and changing this year, Superleague Formula has closed its doors on 2011 following the cancellation of its final rounds.
For the cars to make the rounds in China scheduled for early next month, the chassis’ would have had to leave today; however yesterday competitions director Robin Webb stated that:
“…it was simply not possible to travel to China with certain details still to be agreed. That this announcement has come so close to the first scheduled event is testament to the championship’s tireless attempts to stage the races as planned, especially after the warm welcome we received in China last season.
Naturally I am as frustrated as anyone that the championship will not be visiting Asia this year. I would like to reassure fans however that plans are already well advanced in putting together a much-improved package for 2012, announcements on which will be made in due course.”
In what has been a disastrous year for Superleague Formula, the series also cancelled several European rounds, as well as ventures to South America, the Middle East and New Zealand.
With only two rounds having taken place this year, the future of Superleague Formula is in doubt, despite the series’ mutterings of a potential new car for 2013.
However if Superleague cannot manage a steady season this year, it is more than like that 2013 will carry on without them. At this stage, there are also no plans for Superleague in 2012.
Superleague Formula has been one of those odd little championships that turns up every so often as a potential alternative to Formula 1, but rarely ever lasts beyond four to five years in what is an already heavily saturated single-seater market.
Although Superleague Formula has not officially been given the last rites, it is certain to join the likes of A1GP, British Formula 1 (the AFX Aurora Series) and others as another championship that tried… but ultimately failed.
For what its worth, the 2011 series was won by Team Australia’s John Martin.
Much like that second cousin-twice removed that you barely ever speak to at family functions, will anyone actually notice that Superleague Formula has actually left the room?