The Superstars International Series was a production-based touring car racing championship held between 2004 and 2013. It was managed by the "Superstars World of Racing SpA", SWR, a company of FG GROUP with headquarters in Rome and sanctioned by the Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) and the Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana (CSAI). FG GROUP, led by Maurizio Flammini, is famous for having promoted the FIM World Superbike Championship from its beginnings in 1988 until its sale to Infront Sports & Media in 2007.
After the shutdown of the promoter SWR in late 2013, the competition has been re-branded as EuroV8 Series and organized by FG Group and ATT (Associazione Team Top cars). SuperTouringSeries is going to be performed by Pan Asia Racing Enterprise Ltd. (PARE Ltd) in 2015. However, it has been cancelled.
The new championship’s identity, partners, teams, sporting regulations and calendar was unveiled at the Autosport International show in January 2014.
The series began in 2004 as Trofeo Nazionale Superstars (Superstars National Trophy) with a six race schedule, all the events held in Italian tracks. The initial field was made of BMW M5 and Jaguar S-Type models, entered by five teams.
Since 2005 the series earned the Campionato Italiano Superstars (Italian Superstars Championship) title, and soon became the main tin-top auto racing series of the country, replacing the Italian Superturismo Championship (folded in 2007).
In 2007 the series started to visit circuits in other European countries with the FIA approved International Superstars Series. Since then every season awards two different drivers' titles, one for the International Series and one for the Italian Championship. Points are gained for the Italian Championship at each Italian and one European race meeting.
With the 2010 season a new series was added, the International GTSprint Series allowing GT2, GT3 and nationally-homologated GTs. Uniquely, however, it has two 25 minute sprint events per weekend rather than the usual two-driver, long-distance runs that are the norm in GT competition.
The 2012 season saw the growth of the series in terms of media and spectators - attracting 33,000 fans to its race at Vallelunga in Rome on October 7, 2012. Johan Kristoffersson won the championship in his KMS Audi RS5 after a season long battle with Vitantonio Liuzzi and his CAAL Racing Mercedes AMG C63. Kristoffersson's success in Superstars proved a strong element in advancing his career.
The 2013 calendar contains eight races in 6 countries. The series promoters have given the series an umbrella name "The Superstars World of Racing" that reflects its international growth and refers to the entire weekend of events which includes The Superstars International Series, the GT Sprint International Series, local support races and entertainment events.
Format and philosophy
Since 2009 the Series has run a two sprint race format. Race 1 to take place Sunday morning and Race 2 to take place Sunday afternoon.
The technical regulations are designed to bring the largest touring cars together in a balanced competition that limits costs, maximizes spectacle and limits driver assistance. A total of 10 brands will be represented in the 2013 edition: Audi RS5, BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Lumina and Camaro, Chrysler 300C SRT8, Jaguar XF, Lexus ISF, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes C63AMG, Porsche Panamera.[needs update]
The 2013 Superstars championships are reserved for production-based saloon cars with the following basic characteristics:
- Otto cycle engines with 6 to 12 cylinders (Wankel engines not allowed)
- forced induction (turbochargers or superchargers) allowed if used in the production car
- minimum displacement of 3800 cc
- production H-pattern gearbox or approved mechanical sequential gearbox (automatic and semiautomatic transmission are forbidden)
- four or two doors body style
- homologated for at least 4 passengers
Each homologated car must comply with a technical sheet issued by the Permanent Bureau, which contains the technical description of all the car's components, both originals and belonging to technical kits.
|STS-0001/06||Audi||RS4 (B7)||Audi BNS (4.2 litre V8)|
|STS-0004/06||BMW||550i (E60)||BMW N62B48 (4.8 litre V8)|
|STS-0005/08||Cadillac||CTS-V||GM LS2 (6.0 litre V8)||GM LS3 (6.2 litre V8), GM LS7 (7.0 litre V8)|
|STS-0006/08||BMW||M3 (E90)||BMW S65B40 (4.0 litre V8)|
|STS-0007/08||Chrysler||300C SRT8||Chrysler Hemi ESF (6.1 litre V8)||Mopar 426 Hemi (7.0 litre V8)|
|STS-0008/08||Mercedes-Benz||C63 AMG (W204)||Mercedes-AMG M156 (6.2 litre V8)|
|STS-0009/08||Chevrolet||Lumina CR8||GM LS3 (6.2 litre V8)|
|STS-0010/09||BMW||M3 Coupé (E92)||BMW S65B40 (4.0 litre V8)|
|STS-0011/09||Maserati||Quattroporte||Ferrari F136U (4.2 litre V8)||Ferrari F136Y (4.7 litre V8)|
|STS-0012/10||Jaguar||XFR||Jaguar AJ-133 (5.0 litre V8 S/C)|
|STS-0013/10||Audi||RS5 (B8)||Audi CFS (4.2 litre V8)|
|STS-0014/10||Porsche||Panamera S||Porsche M48/20 (4.8 litre V8)|
|STS-0016/10||Lexus||IS-F||Toyota 2UR-GSE (5.0 litre V8)|
|STS-0017/12||Mercedes-Benz||C63 AMG Coupé (C204)||Mercedes-AMG M156 (6.2 litre V8)|
|STS-0018/13||Chevrolet||Camaro SS||GM LS3 (6.2 litre V8)|
Cars no longer eligible:
|Homologation||Make||Model||Engine||Optional engine(s)||Last season|
|Audi||RS6 (C5)||Audi BCY (4.2 litre V8 twin-turbo)||2006|
|STS-0002/04||BMW||M5 (E39)||BMW S62B50 (4.9 litre V8)||2011|
|STS-0003/04||Jaguar||S-Type R||Jaguar AJ-34S (4.2 litre V8 S/C)||2011|
|STS-0015/10||Jaguar||XF SV8||Jaguar AJ-34S (4.2 litre V8 S/C)||Jaguar AJ-133 (5.0 litre V8 S/C)||2011|
The scoring system has been revised for 2009 season.
Since 2012 an additional point is awarded to every driver in the starting grid of each race.
- Superstars Series
|Season||Campionato Italiano Superstars||International Superstars Series|
|Driver Champion||Team Champion||Driver Champion||Team Champion|
|2004||Francesco Ascani (BMW M5 (E39))||CAAL Racing|
|2005||Tobia Masini (Audi RS6 (C5))||CAAL Racing|
|2006||Max Pigoli (Jaguar S-Type R)|
|2007||Gianni Morbidelli (Audi RS4 (B7))||not awarded||(BMW 550i)||CAAL Racing|
|2008||Gianni Morbidelli (Audi RS4 (B7))||Stefano Gabellini (BMW 550i)||CAAL Racing|
|2009||Gianni Morbidelli (BMW M3 (E90))||CAAL Racing||Gianni Morbidelli (BMW M3 (E90))||not awarded|
|2010||Thomas Biagi (BMW M3 (E92))||not awarded||Thomas Biagi (BMW M3 (E92))||Team BMW Italia|
|2011||Alberto Cerqui (BMW M3 (E92))||Andrea Bertolini (Maserati Quattroporte)||Team BMW Italia|
|2012||Johan Kristoffersson (Audi RS5)||Johan Kristoffersson (Audi RS5)||Dinamic|
|2013||Gianni Morbidelli (Audi RS5)||Gianni Morbidelli (Audi RS5)||Audi Sport Italia|
- EuroV8 Series
|Season||Driver Champion||Team Champion|
|2014||(Chevrolet Camaro SS)||Audi Sport Italia|
- Superstars Series
|Season||Rookie Trophy||Senior Car Trophy||Stars Drivers Trophy|
|2009||Pierluigi Martini (Chrysler 300C SRT-8)||(BMW M5 (E39))||not awarded|
|2010||(Audi RS4 (B7))||(Audi RS4 (B7))|
|2011||Alberto Cerqui (BMW M3 (E92))||not awarded||Francesco Ascani (BMW M3 (E90))|
|2012||Johan Kristoffersson (Audi RS5)||(Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG)|
|2013||Laurens Vanthoor (Audi RS5)||Gianni Giudici (BMW M3 (E92))|
In 2012 the Superstars Series received live and as-live broadcast in 103 countries with total distribution reaching 195 territories. The 2012 TV media value, as per data from wige and sport+Markt, was €56 million.
In 2009, the championship made its video game debut Superstars V8 Racing which features the 2008 championship. A sequel named Superstars V8 Next Challenge was released in February 2010, featuring the 2009 season.
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