F1 test for Superleague champion

This year's Superleague Formula champion will receive a Formula 1 test drive as the series announces its expansion at AUTOSPORT International today

The prize fund has been increased to €5 million and the schedule increased from six to 12 weekends for its third season.

The top three finishers in the championship will receive €1 million, €500,000 and €250,000 respectively, while the superfinal of each race will pay out €100,000, €75,000, €50,000, €30,000, €20,000 and €10,000 to the top six finishers.

"It is the biggest prize fund in European motorsport," said Superleague competition director Robin Webb. "Starting at AUTOSPORT International, we are going to be inviting entries and applications for the championship. The person who holds the entry - and that could be a driver, a race team or a third party which could be a football club - will receive the prize money."

The F1 test drive is planned for the end of the Superleague season, but no team has yet been confirmed.

The six new venues on this year's calendar are Silverstone, Assen, Nurburgring, Oschersleben, Brands Hatch and Jerez.

"Silverstone have been fantastic to us and we're really pleased to be starting our season on the famous grand prix circuit," added Webb. "Brands is another superb addition.

"We are looking at one or two non-European rounds at the end of the year. We are getting offers from outside of Europe and our two major targets are the Middle East and South America."

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