1996 British Formula Three season

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1996 British Formula Three season
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The 1996 British Formula Three season was the 46th British Formula Three Championship, won by Ralph Firman. The season started on 31 March at Silverstone and ended there on 13 October following sixteen races. After losing out in the final reckoning to Oliver Gavin in 1995, Firman was able to clinch the crown on his second attempt from Kurt Mollekens and teammate Jonny Kane.

Race calendar and results[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team National Class Winner
1 Silverstone 31 March United Kingdom Guy Smith United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Guy Smith United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport United Kingdom Martin O'Connell
2 United Kingdom Guy Smith United Kingdom Jamie Davies United Kingdom Jamie Davies United Kingdom TWR Junior Team United Kingdom Martin O'Connell
3 Thruxton 14 April United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Jamie Davies United Kingdom TWR Junior Team New Zealand Simon Wills
4 Donington Park 5 May United Kingdom Ralph Firman Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport Japan Shingo Tachi
5 Brands Hatch 27 May United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing New Zealand Simon Wills
6 United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing United Kingdom Philip Hopkins
7 Oulton Park 8 June United Kingdom Jonny Kane Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing United Kingdom Martin O'Connell
8 Donington Park 23 June Argentina Brian Smith Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport United Kingdom Martin O'Connell
9 Silverstone 13 July United Kingdom Darren Manning United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Darren Manning United Kingdom SpeedSport F3 United Kingdom Martin O'Connell
10 Thruxton 28 July United Kingdom Darren Manning Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport United Kingdom Ben Collins
11* Snetterton 11 August United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing United Kingdom Ben Collins
12 Pembrey 1 September United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Jonny Kane France Nicolas Minassian France Promatecme United Kingdom Ben Collins
13 United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing Japan Shingo Tachi
14 Zandvoort 29 September Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Belgium Kurt Mollekens Belgium Kurt Mollekens United Kingdom Alan Docking Racing United Kingdom Ben Collins
15 Argentina Brian Smith United Kingdom Ralph Firman United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing United Kingdom Ben Collins
16 Silverstone 13 October France Nicolas Minassian France Nicolas Minassian France Nicolas Minassian France Promatecme New Zealand Simon Wills
  • Round 11 was shortened due to heavy rain.

Championship[edit]

Championship Class

Pos. Driver Team Points
1 United Kingdom Ralph Firman Paul Stewart Racing 188
2 Belgium Kurt Mollekens Alan Docking Racing 148
3 United Kingdom Jonny Kane Paul Stewart Racing 146
4 France Nicolas Minassian Promatecme 139
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Fortec Motorsport 137
6 United Kingdom Guy Smith Fortec Motorsport 132
7 United Kingdom Darren Manning SpeedSport F3 105
8 United Kingdom Jamie Davies TWR Junior Team 98
9 United Kingdom James Matthews Promatecme 59
10 Argentina Brian Smith TOM'S 44
11 United States Brian Cunningham Alan Docking Racing 34
12 Spain Angel Burgueno Intersport 31
13 United Kingdom Mark Shaw TWR Junior Team 12
14 Uruguay Gonzalo Rodriguez Alan Docking Racing 9
=15 France Patrice Gay Graff Racing 8
=15 Japan Takashi Yokoyama TOM'S 8
17 United Kingdom Martin Byford Z-Speed 7
18 Finland Risto Virtanen Alan Docking Racing 4
19 Japan Kazuto Yanagawa TOM'S 3

National Class

Pos. Driver Team Points
1 New Zealand Simon Wills Z-Speed 201
2 Japan Shingo Tachi Team Magic Racing 192
3 United Kingdom Ben Collins Team Magic Racing 147
4 United Kingdom Martin O'Connell Rowan Racing 131
5 United Kingdom Michael Bentwood SpeedSport F3 119
6 United States Tavo Hellmund Mark Bailey Racing 56
7 United Kingdom Philip Hopkins Hopkins Motorsport 52
8 United Kingdom Chris Clark Mark Bailey Racing 45
9 Japan Masami Nakamura  ? 20
10 United States James Carney  ? 12

References[edit]

AUTOCOURSE 1996-97
British Motorsport Year 1996-97

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