HHC TO OUIT BRI­TISH F3

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Lead­ing BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship out­fit HHC Mo­tor­sport has left the se­ries.

The team has com­peted in the cham­pi­onship since it was launched in 2013 – then as BRDC For­mula 4 – and won the driv­ers’ ti­tle last year with Will Palmer, who went on to win the Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award.

It ran cars full-time for Ben Hin­ge­ley and Sisa Nge­bu­lana in the cham­pi­onship in 2016 un­til Nge­bu­lana was side­lined by an an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury, and also fielded en­tries for For­mula Re­nault rac­ers Palmer and Har­ri­son Scott as well as Omar Is­mail and Raoul Hyman.

But HHC, which also runs a team in the Ginetta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship, has now called time on its in­volve­ment in the BRDC F3 cham­pi­onship.

It has sold its three Tatuus F3-016 chas­sis to P1 Sport, which will re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion for the first time since 2012 next year.

Charlie Kemp, HHC Mo­tor­sport’s com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, said: “At the mo­ment in terms of the size of the team and what we’re try­ing to achieve, we’ve got to look at what we can do ef­fec­tively and well.

“We’re try­ing to put to­gether a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pro­grammes for 2017, and if all of those come off we just won’t have the ca­pac­ity to do F3 as well.”

Kemp in­stead said that the team would switch its at­ten­tion to com­pet­ing in sportscar rac­ing, and is con­sid­er­ing both GT and LMP3 pro­grammes for 2017.

“When we started the team six years ago we wanted to spe­cialise in bring­ing up­com­ing tal­ent on, but along­side that we said we’d like to see the team com­pete right at the very top level of en­durance rac­ing, with the ideal of rac­ing at Le Mans,” he added.

“We’ll start in the UK, so Bri­tish GT and LMP3 in the UK are what we have our eyes on. There are a num­ber of pos­si­ble pro­grammes; I’m just try­ing to work out what’s best for us, and our cus­tomers.”

P1 ran Giedo van der Garde to the 2008 For­mula Re­nault 3.5 Se­ries ti­tle in its first full sea­son in the World Se­ries, hav­ing first en­tered a year ear­lier in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cram Com­pe­ti­tion.

The team also raced in the pre­vi­ous Bri­tish F3 cham­pi­onship, which folded in 2014, and helped Adam Car­roll to run­ner-up spot in 2004.

Led by Roly Vincini, the team will make its first com­pet­i­tive ap­pear­ance in mo­tor rac­ing since it took part in FR3.5 in 2012 – after which it was bought by Strakka rac­ing – with an as­sault on the Bri­tish F3 Cham­pi­onship next year.

“It is great to an­nounce our re­turn to front line mo­tor­sport and we think the BRDC Bri­tish F3 Cham­pi­onship is the per­fect cat­e­gory in which to do so,” said Vincini.

“The team has been suc­cess­ful in sin­gle-seaters, and we can’t wait to get out on track and con­tinue that form in the UK’S lead­ing sin­gle-seater se­ries.”

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