MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup

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MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup
MSV Formula Three Cup Logo.jpg
F3 Cup Logo
Category Single seaters
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Inaugural season 2011
Constructors Dallara
Lola
TOM'S[1]
Engine suppliers Opel
Toyota
Renault
Mitsubishi
Mugen Honda
Honda[1]
Official website http://www.f3cup.co.uk

F3 Cup is a national motor racing series that takes place primarily in the United Kingdom with a small number of events in mainland Europe. It is a junior-level feeder formula that uses small single seater Formula Three built after 1980 and before the end of 2007.[2] From the 2015 season, cars built between 2008 and 2011 will be eligible.[3]

History[edit]

MotorSport Vision Racing, which is the racing division of MotorSport Vision, announced the launch of the MSV F3 Cup in 2011.[2] It is the successor to the BRSCC run championships/series with the names BRSCC F3, Club F3 and ARP F3.

For 2012, the club obtained championship status and from then on became known as F3 Cup.[4]

Equipment[edit]

Teams are allowed to use Formula Three chassis built after 1980 but before 2005.[2] This allows teams to enter with cheaper equipment.[5] The series uses a control tyre which all drivers must use. The tyres are supplied by Avon Tyres, whose parent company supply tyres to the British Formula Three Championship. [6] Engines will be 2 litre (2000cc) restricted engines also built between 1981 and 2005.[7]

Due to the mix in ages, and therefore competitiveness of cars, the championship runs three classes.

Formula Three chassis built between 2008 and 2011 are eligible to enter the main championship from 2015. [8]

  • Cup Class: For cars and engines built and raced between 1 January 1997 and 31 December 2007, with a maximum engine air restriction of 26.00mm diameter. From 2012, Toyota "Long Life" engines from the European Open F3 Championship are eligible with a 31mm restrictor. Opel "Long Life" engines are also permitted.
  • Trophy Class: For cars and engines built and raced between 1 January 1992 and 31 December 1996, with a maximum engine air restriction of up to 26.00mm diameter.
  • Masters Class: For cars and any engines built and raced between 1 January 1981 and 31 December 1991, with a maximum engine air restriction of up to 25.00mm diameter.
  • There will also be a Guest Class for any other formula three car that the organising team have given permission to join the series or single events.[7]

Champions[edit]

Season Overall Champion Cup Class Trophy Class Team Champion
2012 United Kingdom Chris Dittmann[9] United Kingdom Tristan Cliffe[10] United Kingdom Chris Dittmann[11] Omicron Racing[12]
2013 United Kingdom Alex Craven[13] United Kingdom Alex Craven United Kingdom Dave Karaskas[14] Mark Bailey Racing[15]
2014 United Kingdom Toby Sowery[16] United Kingdom Toby Sowery[17] Australia Oliver Rae[18] Omicron Motorsport[19]

Events[edit]

The championship comprises eight rounds, each with two races. Each race weekend will comprise one 25 minute qualifying session and two 20 minute races.

The 2014 season features rounds held in England and Belgium.[20]

Round Circuit Date
1 United Kingdom Snetterton 300 05-6 April
2 United Kingdom Silverstone GP 26-27 April
3 United Kingdom Rockingham (ISS) 24-25 May
4 Belgium Spa Francorchamps 27-29 June
5 United Kingdom Oulton Park International 19 July
6 United Kingdom Brands Hatch GP 16-17 August
7 United Kingdom Silverstone (National) 6 September
8 United Kingdom Snetterton 300 25-26 October

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/msv-f3-cup-entry-lists-released-for-snetterton.aspx
  2. ^ a b c http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/msvr-launches-msv-f3-cup-in-2011.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/f3-cup-to-allow-newer-chassis-in-2015.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/f3-cup-granted-championship-status.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/simon-davey-of-msv-f3-cup-interviewed-on-msvr-media-day.aspx
  6. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/avon-tyres-motorsport-and-sunoco-race-fuels-announced-as-official-suppliers-for-the-msv-f3-cup.aspx
  7. ^ a b http://www.f3cup.co.uk/media/7041/msv%20f3%20cup%20issue%20two.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/f3-cup-to-allow-newer-chassis-in-2015.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news-archive/2012/dittmann-becomes-champion-after-da-costa-win.aspx
  10. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news-archive/2012/cliffe-claims-cup-class-title.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news-archive/2012/dittmann-becomes-champion-after-da-costa-win.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news-archive/2012/omicron-motorsport-win-teams-crown.aspx
  13. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news-archive/2013/alex-craven-crowned-2013-f3-cup-champion.aspx
  14. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/results-archive-2013/full-standings.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news-archive/2013/mark-bailey-racing-wrap-up-2013-teams-championship.aspx
  16. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/toby-sowery-wins-2014-f3-cup-title.aspx
  17. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/toby-sowery-wins-2014-f3-cup-title.aspx
  18. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/news/rae-claims-trophy-class-crown.aspx
  19. ^ "Omicron Motorsport claims its second F3 Cup Teams' Championship". F3 Cup Latest News. MSV F3 Cup. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.f3cup.co.uk/calendar.aspx