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Van Smirren Motorsports, also known as Scuderia Minardi or by its abbreviation VSM, is a Dutch former GPGSL racing team. It was founded by team owner Ricardo van Smirren. The team entered the GPGSL in Season 1, as one of the founders teams. It stayed in the series until Season 9 when Van Smirren decided to close the team to focus on being a driver only.

The team's most successful season was Season 1, in which they won both the Constructors Championship, and the Drivers Championship with Philip Oakley.

Season 1Edit

Originally founded as Phoenix Racing by british racecar driver Philip Oakley the team was quickly sold for 60% to Ricardo van Smirren on July 31, 2008. The drivers for the team - Slovenian Marko Aleksander and Philip Oakley himself - were already signed and remained put as part of the deal.
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On August the 5th at the official team presentation it was announced that the team would be using Lamborghini engines for their maiden season in the GPGSL. October 15 was the day of the first of many teamname changes. Phoenix Racing was now to be Scuderia Minardi.

After pre-season the team travelled to Austria to be part of the first official race in the GPGSL history. Mixed results were the part for Minardi as Philip Oakley finished in 6th and Marko Aleksander had a bad race finishing 20th. Brazil meant the first podium and DNF for the team as Phil took 2nd place with Marko not making it to the end of the race. An average 7th and another DNF at Monaco were quickly forgotten as Marko Aleksander took Minardi's first win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. At the very same circuit Philip Oakley had his one and only non point scoring finish of the season ending the race in a lowly 17th.                                                                                                            Although Philip recovered rather quickly by ending 2nd again in England this time Marko Aleksander could'nt break into the top 10 as 11th was his part. Off to Belgium we went where the team scored their first ever 1-2 victory with Marko performing Phil who once again ended 2nd.  As  4th and 6th in Italy were followed up by 2nd (Phil doh!) and 4th in Japan.                                                                                                                                  

Austalia was the venue of a thriling wet weather championship deciding finale. Championship favourite Monil Santil of Double F-Volkswagen struggled for pace and eventually failed to finish in the points. As Philip Oakley scored his fifth (out of 10 races !) 2nd place he overtook Monil in the final standing by 2 points and was crowned the maiden GPGSL World Drivers Champion.

Philips record of winning the championship without a single race win in that season still stands to date.

Marko Aleksander finished the season in third only 9 points of Monil Santilal's second.

The Constructors Championship went in dominant fashion to Minardi-Lamborghini. With 3 race wins and 6 further podiums the team ended on top with 171 points. Number 2 Double F scored "only" 118 points.

Season 2Edit

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HistoryEdit

Season Name
Season 1 Minardi
Season 2 Van Smirren Motorsports by Minardi
Season 3
Season 4 Van Smirren Motorsports
Season 5
Season 6
Season 7 Scuderia Minardi

List of DriversEdit

Here is a non-exhaustive list of drivers that have driven for VSM over the years. Current drivers are in bold. A (T) indicates that the driver was a test driver for the team, and a (B) shows that they have done both roles within the team.

Complete GrandPrixGames Super League ResultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap; underlined races indicate most places gained)

Season Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
1 Lamborghini B AUT BRA MON CAN GBR GER BEL ITA JPN AUS 171 1st
Slovenia Marko Aleksander 20 Ret Ret 1 11 3 1 4 4 1
United Kingdom Philip Oakley 6 2 7 17 2 8 2 6 2 2
2 Lamborghini B AUS MON BEL ESP BRA JPN AUT USA NED CAN ITA GER SAM CZE TUR GBR 219 3rd
United Kingdom Philip Oakley 2 Ret 2 2 5 17 13 4 9 4 1 6 1 3 4 Ret
Germany Kevin Schröder 6 Ret 12 Ret 9 Ret 2 21 7 3 2 1 8 18 6 3
3 Lamborghini B AUS GER USA CAN EUR SAM NED BEL MAL ENG HUN ITA JPN SMR BRA MON GBR 93 6th
Germany Kevin Schröder 3 7 12 3 Ret 3 16 16 Ret Ret 13 2 9 9 Ret 11 20
United Kingdom Jethro Walters 10 15 17 Ret 7
Netherlands Charrel Jalving 10 14 14 17 2 18
United Kingdom John Warrington 17 8 11 15 Ret 17
4 Seat B AUS ITA BEL JPN EUR MON PAC RSA HUN GER BRA UAE MAL USA CAN NED GBR 31 11th
Germany Kevin Schröder 17 19 12 20
Netherlands Ricardo van Smirren 7 18 16 12 11 18 12 15 13 13 Ret Ret 21
United Kingdom John Warrington 19 11 18 13 8 13 11 15 14 13 15 10 15 Ret Ret Ret 7
5 Seat B AUS FRA JPN BEL ESP BRA GER NED EUR ITA CAN UAE PAC USA MON TUR GBR 110 7th
Netherlands Rick Groeneboer 20 11 1 9 10 17 12 14 12 15 11
United Kingdom Chris Copeman 9 11 7 13 9 13
United Kingdom Keeley Grant Ret 8 14 4 12 15 19 12 22 14 3
Switzerland John Maverick 1 Ret 20 7 3 6
6 Seat B AUS ITA CAN HUN USA NED SMR GER JPN SAM ATL AUT MON FRA BEL BRA GBR 92 8th
United Kingdom Ben Johnson Ret 13 7 14 2 Ret 15 4 8 18 4 14 5 16 13 11 14
Denmark Michael Pedersen 11 15 8 17 9 5 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret
United Kingdom Dean Kittleson 18 20 5 Ret 10 19
7 Motori Moderni B AUS GCO JPN CAN USA FRA NED BEL SUI ITA SMR BRA OCE AUT HUN GER GBR 99 6th
United Kingdom Ben Johnson 13 12 18 8 7 5 15 Ret 8 3 12 14 9 13 8 18 Ret
United Kingdom Dean Kittleson 6 9 16 2 Ret 15 16 15 13 5 10 12 16 5 13 13 7
8 Motori Moderni B AUS SOA SIN MAL JPN CAN SAM BRA BEL GER AUT SMR ITA MON FRA LUX GBR 464 3rd
United Kingdom John Warrington 17 9 13 21 5
United Kingdom Chris Warrington 17 Ret 10 5 18 15 10 8 2 8 9 8
United Kingdom Ben Johnson 9 20 1
Italy Matteo Scala 7 14 1 10 2 13 5 10 14 12 Ret 1 11 10
9 Mitsubishi B AUS JPN MAL RSA ESP CAN USA BRA BEL EUR NED ITA AUT CZE GER FRA GBR 95 8th
Italy Matteo Scala 2 Ret 13 3 16 1 12 6 11 17 Ret Ret 9 7 12 13 12
United Kingdom Chris Warrington 17 Ret 16 11 12 Ret Ret 11 13 15 Ret 14 10 2 7 8 14
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