Stoneman and Franchitti advance in the Brits on Pole All-Star League
By Andy Darley
Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
Dean Stoneman was the big mover in the Brits on Pole All-Star League this weekend, leaping to fifth on the back of a strong Formula Two weekend in Marrakech, while Dario Franchitti closed in on Jenson Button for the lead.
The league, which ranks the UK’s single-seater drivers across a dozen championships, saw plenty of movement with more than 20 drivers in action.
Unlike Button, last year’s All-Star champion Franchitti has not won a race this year – but he has been a consistent scorer through his five contests so far, and his results are worth more points than Button’s four races because his season is shorter than the F1 champion’s.
His podium in Kansas moved him to just six points behind Button, overtaking fellow IndyCar driver Justin Wilson who did not score after handling problems left him four laps down on the winners.
As well as the IndyCar Series, this weekend saw racing from Formula Two, Formula Renault 3.5 and British Formula Three – with F3 Euro Series driver Alexander Sims appearing as a guest driver in the latter.
Sims took a victory, as did Stoneman, while James Calado won twice as the British F3 drivers tackled the new Silverstone layout.
Stoneman added a second place to his win which, when added to the points from the podium he earned in the opening weekend of F2, catapulted him up to to fifth in the standings ahead of rival Jolyon Palmer.
Sims advanced to seventh ahead of Martin Plowman, while British F3’s Oli Webb and Formula Two’s Will Bratt entered the top 10.
At the bottom of the standings, British F3 drivers William Buller and Alex Brundle have six finishes without a top-eight result, leaving them joint last on a tie break from Hywel Lloyd in British F3 and Alex Lloyd in IndyCar, who each haven’t scored in five races.
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.