New F3 Cup en­gine regs ex­pected to give ma­jor boost to en­try num­bers this year

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Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion Rac­ing bosses are ex­pect­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in en­tries for the F3 Cup Cham­pi­onship this year af­ter al­ter­ing the se­ries’ en­gine reg­u­la­tions.

For this year the F3 Cup will fea­ture an Open Class, which will al­low driv­ers and teams to fit two-litre pro­duc­tion en­gines into any chas­sis pro­duced af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2005.

El­i­gi­ble en­gines in­clude the two-litre ver­sions of Ford’s Zetec, the Vaux­hall C20XE and Toy­ota 3SGE, which are all mass-pro­duced road car units. Or­gan­is­ers will also con­sider other brands of two-litre four-cylin­der nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gines on a case-by­case ba­sis, but 1000 units per year must have been pro­duced.

The F3 Cup strug­gled to garner grids into the low teens last year, with a sea­son low seven cars at Don­ing­ton Park.

MSVR’S David Scott said: “One of the largest ex­penses for an F3 driver’s bud­get is en­gine re­build costs, which can run into thou­sands of pounds. That’s a big bar­rier for club driv­ers, so al­low­ing pro­duc­tion en­gines in cur­rent F3 chas­sis makes the class more fi­nan­cially vi­able for some.

“The new rules have def­i­nitely in­creased in­ter­est and we have 21 driv­ers on our radar so far. The F3 Cup is Bri­tain’s only mod­ern F3 cat­e­gory now. We’re aim­ing to get around 16 cars and then grow the grid through­out the sea­son.”

F3 Cup or­gan­is­ers ex­pect larger grids

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