1996 British Formula Three season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1996 British Formula Three season
Previous: 1995 Next: 1997

The 1996 British Formula Three season was the 46th British Formula Three Championship. 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, Ralph Firman was able to clinch the crown on his second attempt from Kurt Mollekens and teammate Jonny Kane. New Zealander Simon Wills took the Class B title.

Drivers and Teams[edit]

Team No Driver Class Chassis Engine Rounds
Paul Stewart Racing 1 United Kingdom Ralph Firman A Dallara F396 Mugen-Honda All
2 United Kingdom Jonny Kane A Dallara F396 Mugen-Honda All
Fortec Motorsport 3 United Kingdom Guy Smith A Dallara F396 HKS-Mitsubishi All
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya A Dallara F396 HKS-Mitsubishi All
Promatecme 5 United Kingdom James Matthews A Dallara F396 Renault All
6 France Nicolas Minassian A Dallara F396 Renault All
Alan Docking Racing 7 United States Brian Cunningham A Dallara F396 Mugen-Honda All
8 Uruguay Gonzalo Rodríguez A Dallara F396 Mugen-Honda 1-4
India Akbar Ebrahim 8
United Kingdom Steven Arnold 9
11 Belgium Kurt Mollekens A Dallara F396 Mugen-Honda All
12 Finland Risto Virtanen A Dallara F396 Mugen-Honda 1-4
TWR Junior Team 9 United Kingdom Jamie Davies A Dallara F396 TWR GM All
10 United Kingdom Mark Shaw A Dallara F396 TWR GM All
Intersport 14 Spain Ángel Burgueño A Dallara F396 Opel All
SpeedSport F3 15 United Kingdom Darren Manning A Dallara F396 Mugen-Honda All
35 United Kingdom Michael Bentwood B Dallara F394 Vauxhall All
TOM'S GB 16 United Kingdom Christian Horner A TOM'S 036 TOM'S-Toyota 1-6
Japan Naoki Kurose Dallara F396 16
17 Argentina Brian Smith A TOM'S 036 TOM'S-Toyota All
18 Japan Takashi Yokoyama A Dallara F396 TOM'S-Toyota 1-3
TOM'S 036 4-16
19 Japan Kazuto Yanagawa A Dallara F396 TOM'S-Toyota All
DC Cook Motorsport 20 United Kingdom Paula Cook A Dallara F396 Mugen-Honda 1-11
Graff Racing 23 France Boris Derichebourg A Dallara F396 Opel 11
France Patrice Gay 14-15
Z-Speed 27 United Kingdom Martin Byford A Dallara F396 Opel 1-9, 11-15
31 New Zealand Simon Wills B Dallara F394 Vauxhall All
Hopkins Motorsport 33 United Kingdom Philip Hopkins B Dallara F393 Fiat 1-6, 8-9, 11-13, 16
United States James Carney 14-15
Render Racing 34 United Kingdom Martin O'Connell B Dallara F394 Vauxhall 1-3, 7-9, 12-13
Japan Masami Nakamura 14-16
Team Magic Racing 36 Japan Shingo Tachi B Dallara F394 TOM'S-Toyota All
37 United Kingdom Ben Collins B Dallara F394 Mugen-Honda 7-16
Mark Bailey Racing 47 United States Tavo Hellmund B Dallara F394 TOM'S-Toyota 1-7
48 United Kingdom Chris Clark B Dallara F394 TOM'S-Toyota 1-4

Race calendar and results[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Class B 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 Belgium Kurt Mollekens United Kingdom Alan Docking Racing 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
111 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

^1 Round 11 was shortened due to heavy rain, and a planned second race at Snetterton was also cancelled.

Championship[edit]

Class A

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 Rodríguez 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

Class B

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 Render Racing 20
10 United States James Carney Hopkins Motorsport 12

References[edit]

AUTOCOURSE 1996-97
British Motorsport Year 1996-97

External links[edit]