International Formula Master

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International Formula Master
Category Single seaters
Country Europe
Inaugural season 2005
Folded 2009
Drivers 23 (2009)
Teams 10 (2009)
Constructors Tatuus
Engine suppliers 2.0 litre Honda
Last Drivers' champion Switzerland Fabio Leimer
Last Teams' champion Italy JD Motorsport
Official website www.formulamaster.net/ENG/default.asp

International Formula Master, also known as Formula Super 2000, was a European-based junior single seater formula. The series was conceived as a competitor for Formula Three and made its debut at Valencia in 2007. European television channel Eurosport were backing the series and the series regularly supported the World Touring Car Championship during its European races.[1]

The championship started in 2005 as the 3000 Pro Series, organised by Peroni Promotion and based in Italy; it used Lola B99/50 chassis alongside 2002 cars. MTC Organisation took over for 2006 and renamed it F3000 International Masters, running a support series to the WTCC. In 2007 this series changed regulations, with N.Technology now running technical operations for MTC Organisation, and it became the International Formula Master. N.Technology had previously been involved in motorsport as an Alfa Romeo works team.[1]

Venues[edit]

The championship consisted of eight events, each comprising two races, which were held at a variety of European circuits. Notable venues used included Pau in France, Brands Hatch in Britain, Brno in the Czech Republic, Porto in Portugal, and Monza in Italy.

Technical and sporting regulations[edit]

The series was a one-make series in that only one type of car was allowed – the Formula 2000 made by Tatuus. The cars were powered by a Honda K20A naturally aspirated engine, built according to the FIA S2000 regulations with approximately 250 HP.

Event schedule[edit]

Each race weekend began on Friday, with two 45-minute practice sessions and a 30-minute qualifying session that decided the starting grid for the first race. There were two races; one of approximately 75 km on Saturday and one of approximately 100 km on Sunday.[2]

With just one qualifying session, the grid for the second race was determined by the results of Race 1. The top eight positions were reversed, giving pole position to the eighth-placed finisher.[2]

Scoring system[edit]

Teams only scored from their two highest placed cars.[2] Feature race pole-winners were awarded one point, whereas no points were given to the reverse-grid pole winner in the sprint race. 19 points was the maximum possible haul for one driver in a race weekend.

International Formula Master points system for race 1
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Fastest Lap
10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
International Formula Master points system for race 2
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Fastest Lap
6 5 4 3 2 1 1
  • The scoring system between 2005–2008 was to give the same points given for both races: 10–8–6–5–4–3–2–1.

Champions[edit]

Season Series Name Champion Team Champion Secondary Class Champion
2005 3000 Pro Series Austria Norbert Siedler / Italy Max Busnelli Italy Draco Junior Team Spain Iago Rego Rosende (Master Junior Formula)
2006 F3000 International Masters Czech Republic Jan Charouz Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Spain Daniel Campos-Hull (Master Junior Formula)
2007 International Formula Master Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Italy Cram Competition Spain Isaac López Navarro (Master Junior Formula)
2008 International Formula Master New Zealand Chris van der Drift Italy JD Motorsport Italy Marcello Puglisi (Formula Master Italia)
2009 International Formula Master Switzerland Fabio Leimer Italy JD Motorsport United States Alexander Rossi (Rookie of the year)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Straw, Edd (May 17, 2007). "Master plan begins". Autosport 188 (7): pp. 20. 
  2. ^ a b c "Formula Master: Racing Meetings". Archived from the original on 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 

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