Superleague Formula has announced which football teams and racing outfits will be working together to get its 2010 season to the starting grid.
UK fans attending the first race scheduled for Silverstone on April 2 will be able to cheer on the Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur cars once more.
However the Rangers car has not been assigned to a team, although with some participants still to be announced, that may yet change. Alan Docking, the team that ran the car last year, still has a vacancy to fill, as has Epsilon Euskadi.
Apart from that the roster has most of the familiar names from last year:
|Country of origin
|Atech Grand Prix (formerly participated as Hitech Racing)
|Alan Docking Racing
|Azkoitia, País Vasco, Spain
|FC Basel 1893
|Sporting Clube de Portugal
Emilio de Villota Motorsport and Laurent Redon are new entrants – the former is owned by the father of 2009 Superleague driver Maria de Villota and the latter by the eponymous French racer.
Disappearing from the teams’ roster are German outfit Zakspeed, and Ultimate Motorsport, which handed over to Reid Motorsport part-way through last season.
2009 teams not yet represented include the United Arab Emirates’ Al Ain FC (which dropped out part-way through the season) and Danish outfit FC Midtjylland in addition to Rangers.
Driver announcements are expected in the coming weeks. Last year the series included Brits Duncan Tappy, Jonathan Kennard and championship runner-up Craig Dolby.
Superleague Formula Competition Director Robin Webb said he was pleased the series had increased the number of racing teams participating.
“With each outfit now responsible for just two cars each. I’m confident that the quality of racing will increase still further thanks to the addition of the new teams and the huge prize fund which exceeds five million euros this year.
“We’re also hopeful of announcing the final two clubs and race team within the next few days, as well as the 2010 driver roster.
“All I can say at the moment is that we’ve had considerable interest from drivers who have competed in many different categories including GP2 and A1GP and – of course – F1, which speaks volumes for the championship’s growing credibility within motorsport.”
GU Racing’s Günther Unterreitmeier said: “After a highly successful campaign last season with FC Basel and Olympiacos, we’re full of confidence heading into our third year of Superleague Formula.
“Retaining the same clubs obviously helps with continuity so I’m really hopeful of a strong season ahead.”