BRDC British Formula Three reduces annual Autumn Trophy contest to single weekend
This year’s BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy has been cut to run over a single weekend.
The now four-race series for the TatuusCosworth machines will be held at Snetterton’s 300 Circuit on October 29/30, with each day featuring a single qualifying session and two points-scoring races.
The Autumn Trophy has traditionally run over eight races and two weekends, with the second round coming at the start of November at Brands Hatch. Teams have given a mixed response to the new, curtailed format.
Fortec Motorsport head Richard Dutton said: “I’d have preferred to see it over two weekends in truth. We need an Autumn Trophy or winter series because it brings drivers in for next year. It’s always important. In its heyday, when two-litre Formula Renault was really strong, the winter series always was too.”
HHC Motorsport boss Charlie Kemp said: “Reducing the Autumn Trophy to a single weekend does lower the budget, which may bring some extra drivers in, plus many drivers prefer to just test over the winter. We’ll see how the shorter format works.”
Lanan Racing head Graham Johnson added: “We’ve never been fans of the winter series, but if our drivers wanted to do it the short, sharp new format could appeal.”