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27 jun 2009 - Source:

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Superleague Formula's second season kicks off this weekend at Magny-Cours in France. Dutch racer Dominick Muermans will line up for PSV in this year's series and he will give his all to at least equal last season's achievement, when PSV finished second in the final standings.
New developments
Major new developments for 2009 include the arrival of three new soccer clubs, a thrilling new race format, the introduction of upgraded and more powerful V12 engines, the addition of three famous new venues, even more top class drivers as well as the advent of a new title sponsor following confirmation that Angolan-based multinational oil giant Sonangol has entered into an important two-year partnership with Superleague Formula.
Three new clubs
The majority of those internationally renowned soccer clubs contesting the inaugural Superleague Formula are back for more action in 2009. This time, though, European champions such as AC Milan and Liverpool FC are joined on the 18-car grid by three ambitious rookies: FC Midtjylland, Olympique Lyonnais, and Sporting Clube de Portugal. Olympique Lyonnais is the series' first French club and sure to be the 'fans favourite' this weekend at Magny-Cours.
New 'Super Final climax'
Magny-Cours will witness the introduction of an exciting new race format. As in 2008, race day will feature two 45-minutes showdowns, the second with a reverse starting grid taken from the finishing results of the first. However the action-packed schedule will now reach its thrilling climax with a third race for the top three finishers from the first two races. This special six-car 'shoot-out' will decide the overall 'Weekend Winner'.
Three new venues
Three of the most successful venues from the inaugural Superleague Formula calendar have been retained on the 2009 six-round schedule: Donington Park (GB); Zolder (BEL) and Estoril (POR). The trio of new circuits also boast considerable Formula 1 pedigree: Magny-Cours was home to the French Grand Prix until this year; Monza still hosts the Italian Grand Prix while Jarama has staged many Spanish Grands Prix. Following the opening round in France, the Belgian circuit Zolder, at an hour's drive from Eindhoven, will be hosting the second round of this year's championship in mid-July.