COL­LARD CALLS FOR F3 QUAL­I­FY­ING RE­VAMP

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BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship leader Ricky Col­lard has urged or­gan­is­ers to re-eval­u­ate their race two for­mat.

Un­der the cur­rent sys­tem, the fastest lap for each driver dur­ing the sec­ond race, which is run to a re­versed grid, de­ter­mines their grid po­si­tion for the fi­nal race of the week­end.

It has meant that many driv­ers have sac­ri­ficed ac­tual rac­ing in order to drop away from their op­po­nents to find clean air and go for fast laps. Some driv­ers have even opted for pit­lane starts for an op­ti­mum chance of pole.

Col­lard, who won two races last time out at Oul­ton Park on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day and set pole for the fi­nal show­down, said the lure of pole for the fi­nale is ru­in­ing the rac­ing. “Fans come here to watch rac­ing, they don’t come to see test­ing,” Col­lard said. “So for us to be out there aim­ing for pole, and some com­ing into the pits to get a bet­ter start isn’t right. I’m a racer and I want to be rac­ing. I know my dad [Rob] had sim­i­lar com­plaints in Bri­tish Tour­ing Cars a last year.”

The BTCC used a sim­i­lar for­mat last sea­son, but it was ditched for this cam­paign amid com­plaints from teams. BRDC For­mula 3’s Giles But­ter­field said: “This is the first com­plaint we’ve had about the for­mat. The good thing about the fastest lap sys­tem is that it gives driv­ers a chance to sal­vage some­thing from a week­end that starts badly. In Euro­pean F3 if you have a bad qual­i­fy­ing your week­end is fin­ished, and we wanted to avoid that kind of sce­nario. “We’ll see how the for­mat works for the rest of the year and if there’s a de­sire from the teams to change it for next year we’ll lis­ten to sug­ges­tions.”

Driv­ers tend to go for lap times dur­ing race two

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