"2019 Superleague Lights Season" table of contents
The 2019 Superleague Lights season was the inaugural Superleague Lights season, consisting of 16 rounds beginning in Australia on 13 March 2019 and ending in Brazil on 23 October.
A brand new series, introduced into the GPVWC Career Ladder for 2019 as a stepping stone between Supercup and Superleague, the Lights series included many aspects of Superleague itself, such as the F1-style carshape, similar technical and sporting regulations; including single-race rounds; and advanced team-management features. Races were, however, shorter than Superleague Grands Prix; there was a single, independent engine supplier; Martex, now no longer involved in Superleague after the closure of Nordsjoen; and development decisions carried less impact.
The Lights series was part of a massive shake-up for the Career Ladder. Races took place on Wednesday nights, replacing Supercup races; both Supercup and Formula Challenge races were rescheduled as a result. With a brand new series’ worth of team slots to fill, there was a seismic shift in teams from both lower rungs of the Career Ladder. While some prominent Supercup teams refused to go for the series due to the increased time requirements, a plethora of teams from Formula Challenge moved up, skipping Supercup completely.
STAX Racing entered the season with a completely new lineup, consisting of Johan Lindberg and Matthew Marquard. Tariq Gamil was appointed as Test and Reserve Driver. Halfway through the season, Chris Shepherd rejoined the team, replacing Marquard in the #37 car. For the last two races, Terence Grech took over Chris’ seat.
All in all it was a rather disappointing season for STAX Racing. It turned out the team’s first season in a GPVWC Career Ladder series without a podium. In the first half of the year, the team struggled to score points regularly and went into the summer break in last place in the Constructors’ Championship Table. Things improved for the second half of the season and the STAX Racing drivers were able to score valuable points more regularly. This meant that the team scored more than double the points in the second half of the season compared to the first half.
At the end of a close first season, the first-ever Superleague Lights Drivers’ Champion was Lukas Schmidt, driving for the Cosmo Seiki Japan team; a former Supercup team; while the first-ever Teams’ Championship was claimed by Red Arrow Racing; a former Formula Challenge team, run by Superleague legend David Fidock.