The Brits on Pole All-Star League

For the second year running, IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti has beaten out the stars of Formula One to be the most successful UK driver of the season.

Last year he triumphed from Jenson Button, this year it was Lewis Hamilton who ran him closest with Button ending up third ahead of the Formula Two front-runners Dean Stoneman and Jolyon Palmer.

Points in the All-Star League are awarded for top-eight finishes, and are then modified to reflect length of season and strength of opposition.

End of season standings.

Pos Driver Stats Points
1 DarioFranchitti IndyCar Series Starts: 17
Wins: 3
Top 8s: 15
Best: 1st
987
2 LewisHamilton Formula One Starts: 19
Wins: 3
Top 8s: 15
Best: 1st
948
3 JensonButton Formula One Starts: 19
Wins: 2
Top 8s: 16
Best: 1st
824
4 DeanStoneman Formula Two Starts: 20
Wins: 6
Top 8s: 14
Best: 1st
774
5 JolyonPalmer Formula Two Starts: 18
Wins: 5
Top 8s: 15
Best: 1st
654
6 DuncanTappy Superleague, Auto GP Starts: 22
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 14
Best: 2nd
554
7 CraigDolby Superleague Formula Starts: 24
Wins: 2
Top 8s: 16
Best: 1st
508
8 MartinPlowman Indy Lights Starts: 13
Wins: 1
Top 8s: 11
Best: 1st
475
9 AlexanderSims F3 Euro, British F3, Auto GP Starts: 28
Wins: 2
Top 8s: 20
Best: 1st
463
10 JamesCalado British F3 Starts: 29
Wins: 5
Top 8s: 25
Best: 1st
453
11 OliWebb British F3 Starts: 30
Wins: 3
Top 8s: 24
Best: 1st
396
12 WillBratt Formula Two Starts: 18
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 13
Best: 2nd
370
13 OliverTurvey GP2 Starts: 20
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 13
Best: 2nd
352
14 DanWheldon IndyCar Series Starts: 17
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 5
Best: 2nd
308
15 SamBird GP2 Starts: 19
Wins: 1
Top 8s: 8
Best: 1st
287
16 JustinWilson IndyCar Series Starts: 16
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 7
Best: 2nd
286
17 DanClarke Indy Lights Starts: 12
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 6
Best: 2nd
284
18 PippaMann Indy Lights Starts: 12
Wins: 1
Top 8s: 7
Best: 1st
265
19 StefanWilson Indy Lights Starts: 11
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 8
Best: 3rd
246
20 JackClarke Formula Two Starts: 17
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 6
Best: 2nd
219
21 RupertSvendsen-Cook British F3 Starts: 30
Wins: 1
Top 8s: 16
Best: 1st
198
22 DeanSmith GP3 Starts: 16
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 6
Best: 3rd
174
23 DanielMcKenzie British F3 Starts: 30
Wins: 2
Top 8s: 15
Best: 1st
171
24 JamesJakes GP3, GP2 Starts: 14
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 6
Best: 2nd
166
25 WilliamBuller British F3 Starts: 30
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 11
Best: 2nd
159
26 AdrianQuaife-Hobbs GP3, F3 Euro Series Starts: 19
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 7
Best: 5th
129
27 BenHanley Superleague Starts: 8
Wins: 1
Top 8s: 4
Best: 1st
110
28 JamesWalker Superleague Formula Starts: 14
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 6
Best: 4th
105
29 JonLancaster Formula Renault 3.5 Starts: 17
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 6
Best: 3rd
96
30 TomGladdis Formula Two Starts: 6
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 2
Best: 2nd
79
31 AlexLloyd IndyCar Series Starts: 17
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 2
Best: 4th
64
32 GregMansell Formula Renault 3.5 Starts: 17
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 4
Best: 5th
63
33 JamesWinslow Indy Lights Starts: 6
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 2
Best: 5th
55
34 JayBridger British F3 Starts: 30
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 5
Best: 4th
42
35 PaulRees Formula Two Starts: 8
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 3
Best: 7th
33
36 MaxChilton GP2 Starts: 20
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 2
Best: 5th
30
37 HywelLloyd British F3, Superleague Starts: 33
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 4
Best: 5th
23
38 MikeConway IndyCar Series Starts: 6
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 1
Best: 8th
11
39 RichardKent Star Mazda Starts: 2
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 1
Best: 8th
6
40 OliOakes GP3 Starts: 16
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 1
Best: 8th
6
41 AlexBrundle British F3 Starts: 30
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 1
Best: 8th
3
42 DillonBattistini Indy Lights Starts: 2
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 0
Best: 9th
0
43 AdamCarroll IndyCar Series Starts: 2
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 0
Best: 16th
0
44 WayneBoyd British F3 Starts: 3
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 0
Best: 13th
0
45 JayHoward IndyCar Series Starts: 4
Wins: 0
Top 8s: 0
Best: 21st
0

Photos courtesy of McLaren, British F3, F3 Euro Series, Formula Two, GP2, GP3, Superleague, Renault, the IRL and its photographers, Alexander Sims and Russell Batchelor at xpb.cc who now holds the rights to the old A1GP photo archive.

Notes

This season we’re sticking with the same points system that worked well last year, and which was based on what Formula One did at the time – 10 for a win down to one for eighth. We multiply that by 10 for starters, and then start applying modifiers.

First, we amend it based on number of races in a season. There are 30 this year in British F3 but probably only 12 in Auto GP. Obviously, it’s not fair for both to be worth 100 points for a win.

So we’ve standardised everything as if each series ran 18 races. Championships with fewer earn more points per race, those with more earn less, but a driver who wins every race in their season should end up with about the same whichever series they’re in.

Then we’ve banded the series by strength. Beating the Star Mazda field is not quite the achievement that beating the F1 field is. F1 and IndyCars count for full points. F2, GP2, Superleague and Indy Lights count for two-thirds. Everything else counts half.

So if you’re in IndyCars (17-race season, strong opposition) you get a shed-load of points for finishing in the top eight, while if you’re in British F3 (lots of races, weaker opposition) you get very few.

This table shows the points available in each series, with their number of races, points co-efficient and weighting.

Series Races Co-eff 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Band
Formula One 19 0.95 95 76 57 47 38 28 19 9 A
IndyCar Series 17 1.06 106 85 64 53 42 32 21 11 A
GP2 20 0.90 59 48 36 30 24 18 12 6 B
Indy Lights 13 1.38 91 73 55 46 37 27 18 9 B
Formula Two 18 1.00 66 53 40 33 26 20 13 7 B
Superleague Formula 24 0.75 50 40 30 25 20 15 10 5 B
Auto GP 12 1.50 99 79 59 50 40 30 20 10 B
GP3 14 1.29 64 51 39 26 26 19 13 6 C
Star Mazda 15 1.20 60 48 36 30 24 18 12 6 C
Formula Renault 3.5 17 1.06 53 42 32 26 21 16 11 5 C
British F3 International 30 0.60 30 24 18 15 12 9 6 3 C
F3 Euro Series 18 1.00 50 40 30 25 20 15 10 5 C
 
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