The following teams have been granted an application for 2011:
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AJ Charles BMW and Malaysia Proton are now racing in the Lola World Series.
This means the two teams we intend to submit for the GPWC in 2011 have changed:
A Japanese national team that is taking on the world stage as a new manufacturer to single seater racing, taking its cue from the efforts of Team Australia in F3 last year.
A Malaysian team that is hoping to take on the might of the GPWC teams.
I have tried myself at the Carshape Editor and I would like to propose a carshape for the GPWC so we have a slightly different shape than F1 does. This one is a first try, based on the 2007 Formula One carshape. It's currently only Low Nose, the High Nose one is the original F1 carshape. The differences are mainly in a narrower front wing and a smaller Air Box intake (to give a in-game reason for the unreliability of our cars, less cooling, more retirements - ask Newey ) and some small changes on the monocoque.
In a shocking turn of events, SME has announced that their young British ace Tim Peers has been demoted to the organisation's reserve driver which means he loses his seat in the GPWC team. It came after a press revealed that the youngster had been declared AWOL by the team since the Australian Grand Prix in Bathurst back in December.
"We have been trying to call and text him and e-mail him but haven't received any word until last night, when it was just one sentence: 'I'll test, but I'm not racing this year, dude.'
We know he's been focused on music for a while, but he is taking an effective sabbatical to focus on it more. We will be announcing his replacement later today."
The WRL will also be revealing the championship calendar later today.
GPWC CALENDAR 2011
23 Jan: MEXICO, Mexico City
30 Jan: COLOMBIA, Bogota
13 Feb: ARGENTINA, Bahia Blanca
27 Feb: BRAZIL, Sao Paulo
20 Mar: ITALY, Mugello
3 Apr: PORTUGAL, Ota
17 Apr: CROATIA, Rijeka
1 May: SERBIA, Kalemegdan Park
15 May: CZECH REPUBLIC, Most
29 May: FRANCE, Pau
5 Jun: SPAIN, Montjuich Park
10 Jul: MOROCCO, Marrakech
17 Jul: SOUTH AFRICA, Kyalami
31 Jul: GREAT BRITAIN, Birmingham
14 Aug: HOLLAND, Zandvoort
4 Sep: USA, Tamiami Park
11 Sep: CANADA, Vancouver
25 Sep: SWEDEN, Anderstorp
9 Oct: FINLAND, Keimola
30 Oct: GERMANY, Erding
6 Nov: AUSTRIA, Salzburgring
20 Nov: JAPAN, Autopolis
27 Nov: MACAU, Guia
11 Dec: INDONESIA, Sentul
18 Dec: AUSTRALIA, Bathurst
DRTW & SuperMega official Season launch
Our teams are ready to race, we've done some testing at Zandvoort and we think the cars are really quick.
DRTW will race with Mercedes-engines and will have Avon-tyres.
SuperMega will also race with Mercedes-engines butt will have Bridgestone-tyres.
Our Driver-line up will be:
DRTW: Jaime Moreno / Ludwig van Richter
SuperMega: Rick vd Woldenberg / Natalia Medina Gonzalez
Both Team Cyprus Renault and Nagato Grand Prix have launched the final versions of their cars for the 2011 season shortly before the first practice sessions of the Mexican race. The biggest change from the previous livery are for Team Cyprus Renault, aside from a new IBM Cyprus sponsorship deal, a cooperation with the organisation "Fathers 4 Justice" who will feature prominently on the livery. Nagato Grand Prix has the honour of announcing a new sponsor, Japan Airlines have added minor sponsorship for the team of Romain Merdassi and former champion Jean-Claude Dupres
Agustin Bermudez - Team CEO : 'We're proud to present our new car. Our development has come to an end, and the AZ02 it's the result of our efforts.
Car: AZ02 Azul Racing
Engine: Renault V10
1st Driver: Facundo Baru ( ARG )
2nd Driver: Scott Stewart ( ENG )
A video of our showdown in La Plata, Argentina, yesterday January 20th.
Tiffany Gerard has been confirmed as number two driver at SME Honda, replacing Tim Peers.
As the GPWC begins, two teams are yet to confirm their drive line-ups: World Racing and K-Speed, both having been granted permission to use Honda engines by SME.
The 14th and final slot on the GPWC grid looks set to go to Diamond Star Hyundai Racing, after AzNord went into liquidation and Team Bulgaria committed to the Lola World Series. Their team is set to unveil their car and driver line-up later today.
The entire grid will be on display later today at the Mexican Grand Prix practice session.
WORLD RACING - HONDA
The new car is not a revolution, but an evolution said chief-designer FK. "We took the good things from the old car and did some further developement on them and we searched for the weak points and came up with very innovative solution to eliminate them. Honda once again did a fantastiv job with the new engine. It has wider speed range and a better responding behaviour, so that the driveability is increased once again."
About his new driver line-up said: "Nico and Ryan were part of our organization from day one we entered GPWC. They drove their frist season in our junior team but it was clear, that they, in case the would show an excellent performance, would one day move up into our main team. So now here they are. I think they are experienced drivers now, which have a great future in front of them. I'm sure we'll be able to fight for the title once again this year!"
Nico Weidlinger, Germany (23) - Weidlinger already completed two GPWC seasons. He entered the series in 2009 with the FK Junior team. He finished 18th in the championship with 13 points. His strong performance was awarded with a seat at the main team FK Systems Honda. There he raced alongside swedish ace Rickard Alingas from whom he learned a lot. In 2010 he was finished the championship as 17th, scoring 48 points and his first victory in Sentul.
Before his GPWC entrance Weidlinger raced in the GP2-championship, where he finished 4th overall with two wins and four pole-positions. Before his move to GP2 he raced in F3 two seasons and took the title in 2007. He Further participated in Formula BMW in the years before.
Ryan Miller, USA (24) - American Ryan Miller goes into his 3rd GPWC season now. In his first year he drove for the FK Junior team, as teammate of Nico Weidlinger who he will meet again now at World Racing. In 2009 he had some troubles to get used to the GPWC cars and only finished 24th in the championship with only 6 points. But in 2010 he showed his potential and showed an strongly increased performance which lead to place 19 and 42 points.
After three years and the championship 2007 at the Indy-lights the young american moved up to IndyCars in 2008 where he scored a win at Surfer's Paradise. However he was always dreaming of racing in the GPWC and so immediately agreed when FK Racing Systems asked.
Many people may have been suprised, when the K-Speed Honda team today announced it's drivers.
The first cockpit was given to the champion of the 2010 Lola World Series Timothy MacGibbons (USA, Nextdrive Mercedes). He already proved his talent in the lower classes and now is highly motivated to finally join the GPWC-circus.
American Nimrod Cross Jr., 10th of the 2010 championship with LeRon-Mercedes completes the all american line-up.
The team does not only come up with a completely new pair of drivers but also with a new car, that shows very aggressive aerodynamics.
"World Racing and K-Speed, both having been granted permission to use Honda engines by SME."
Why has SME to give it's permission?? Actually it should have been the other way around, as World Racing and K-Speed respectively their predecessors have always been using Honda engines and have also a very strong relationship with this manufacturer!! But these teams accepted it when SME decided to switch to Honda after the last season (although they didn't appreciate it all too much) but they see no reason why SME now has to give it's permission that they can continue with Honda.
Six months ago in the previous forum we announced that each motorsport team could control five racing manufacturers and five race teams in order to give backing to the organisation.
If you look through each team in the old forum, they all have certain manufacturers that they have gained exclusive rights to. As a result, anyone who wants to use a car or engine when someone else holds the rights to it must gain permission from whoever controls it. This was made clear in the previous forum, which you were part of.
Here is who owns what:
TOYOTA, RENAULT, HOLDEN, VW, MITSUBISHI
WILLIAMS, SUPER AGURI, ARROWS, CHIP GANASSI, HISPANIA RACING TEAM
Mercedes, Viper, Seat, Lexus, Audi
Sauber, Forsythe, Tyrrel, Spyker, Larrousse
Ford, Lamborghini, LADA, Aston Martin, Vauxhall
DAMS, Red Bull, Russian Bears, Ecurie Ecosse, Lola
Honda, Maserati, Subaru, Peugeot, MG
McLaren, Brawn, PacWest, NHL Racing, Virgin/Manor
BMW, Mazda, Lotus, Bentley, Proton
Tasman, Jordan, BAR, Patrick, Force India
DIAMOND STAR RACING
Volvo, Hyundai, Skoda, Porsche, Chevrolet
Super Nova, Rahal, AG, Den Bla Avis, Zakspeed
I believe that's all correct. We've been using this system for months now.