Auto GP Series Gathers Pace As It Confirms F1 Point System Usage
Auto GP, the open wheel racing category previously known as Euroseries 3000 is gathering pace as it revives itself from the lower echelons of motor racing.
The exciting and fast paced series utilises Formula One style cars but with 550bhp engines, similar to those used in the 2009 A1 Grand Prix cars. Since the rename at the start of 2010 the series has looked to put itself on a footing of being an alternative route into Formula One for a mixed bag of drivers, some of whom have already got experience in the series.
Notable entrants last season include Romain Grosjean, Giorgio Pantano and Luca Filipi.
For 2011 the series has announced it will be running as a support race with the WTCC series in place of Formula Two which has aligned itself with another series. Auto GP will now be using the same point scoring system as Formula One, as well as confirming a television rights deal with satellite television channel Eurosport.
Auto GP boss and former F1 team owner Enzo Coloni said: “Having been a racing driver, I know that winning a race is a really big undertaking. So for Auto GP I wanted a points system giving some more value to wins, both in race one and race two.
“I feel that the F1 allocation system is very good for that, and that it should also bring other good side effects. Extending the points zone in both races we should see drivers fighting for position also when they will be a bit back in the standings, providing a better show for fans on track and on TV.”