BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 be­gins its new life at Snet­ter­ton

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

The first round of Bri­tish For­mula 3 for 18 months took place at Snet­ter­ton last week­end af­ter a late agree­ment was struck be­tween the FIA, MSA and se­ries supremo Jonathan Palmer to re­badge BRDC F4.

Mo­tor­sport News had pre­vi­ously re­ported that such a move was likely af­ter a re­cent meet­ing of the World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil paved the way for re­gional F3 cham­pi­onships to re­turn.

A deal was reached just in time for the first round of BRDC F4, mean­ing the cat­e­gory is now called BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a new 230bhp Tatuus-cos­worth car put the se­ries close to ex­ist­ing F3 reg­u­la­tions and meant its F4 moniker was be­lit­tling a car that was sig­nif­i­cantly faster than FIA F4 se­ries.

“It’s great for the cham­pi­onship – it’s the right ti­tle for the per­for­mance of the car and for the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the se­ries,” Palmer said. “Ev­ery­body in­volved in Bri­tish mo­tor­sport knows how im­por­tant Bri­tish F3 has been and we are de­lighted to get it back. It’s great to have the teams that com­peted in Bri­tish F3 on the grid too.”

For­mer F3 fron­trun­ners Car­lin, Fortec Mo­tor­sports and Dou­ble R all com­mit­ted to the se­ries af­ter de­tails of the new car had been an­nounced. But Palmer added that it is im­por­tant to learn lessons from the demise of the orig­i­nal Bri­tish F3 se­ries as spi­ralling bud­gets put off driv­ers, with as few as five cars tak­ing part in the fi­nal sea­son in 2014.

“We must make sure that the BRDC Bri­tish F3 Cham­pi­onship keeps a very af­ford­able bud­get and a bud­get that gives at least 20 cars on the grid,” he said.

The re­nam­ing paves the way for Ford MSA For­mula to take on the ti­tle of Bri­tish F4, but se­ries or­gan­is­ers are yet to con­firm whether or when this will hap­pen. Cham­pi­onship man­ager Sam Roach said: “At the mo­ment we are wait­ing to hear from the MSA and FIA and whether that af­fects us.”

Reign­ing MSA For­mula cham­pion Lando Nor­ris was the first driver to win a BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 race when he tri­umphed in a wet first race at Snet­ter­ton ( see re­port, page 33).

Photos: Jakob Ebrey, Richard Styles

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