Formula Ford EuroCup

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Formula Ford EuroCup
Category Formula racing
Country Europe
Inaugural season 1969
2011 (modern)
Folded 2012

The Formula Ford EuroCup, or European Formula Ford Championship, refers to two pan-European championships for Formula Ford competitors.

1969–2001[edit]

The original series was one of the earliest Formula Ford series, first run in 1969 and won by Gerry Birrell driving a Crossle. The series continued to run until 2001 as Formula Ford increasingly became a domestic oriented series with greater emphasis being placed on Formula 3 as a pan-European development Formula. The series was run for many years by the European Formula Drivers Association and run alongside championships for winged classes, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula Opel.

Champions[edit]

Season Champion
1979 John Village
1980 Bo Martinsson
1981 Netherlands Cor Euser
1982 Germany Volker Weidler
1983 Gerrit van Kouwen
1984 Hans Furrer
1985 Brazil Paulo Carcasci
1986 Finland JJ Lehto
1987 Denmark Svend Hansen
1998 United Kingdom Derek Hayes
1999 Australia Marcos Ambrose
2000 United Kingdom Mark Taylor
2001 Sweden Richard Göransson

2011–2012[edit]

The concept was revived in 2011, as a series aimed at giving drivers experience at European race circuits. While individual events nominated a winner, there was no overarching points system or championship. Three national Formula Ford Championships were involved, the British Formula Ford Championship, the Benelux Formula Ford Championship and the Scandinavian Formula Ford Championship.[1] The Formula Ford EuroCup ran for two seasons, and ended after the 2012 season.

2011 season[edit]

The 2011 Formula Ford EuroCup was the inaugural season of the Formula Ford EuroCup championship. The season began at Brands Hatch on 18 June and ended on 14 August at Circuit Park Zandvoort, after four meetings each consisting of three races.[2]

Each round of the championship consisted of three races, with an overall EuroCup winner for each round announced.[3]

Round Circuit Date Supporting Winning driver EuroCup winner
1 R1 United Kingdom Brands Hatch GP 18 June British F3/GT United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Scott Malvern[4]
R2 United Kingdom Scott Malvern
R3 19 June United Kingdom Scott Malvern
2 R4 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 8 July GT4 European Cup United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Scott Malvern
R5 9 July Australia Geoff Uhrhane
R6 United Kingdom Scott Malvern
3 R7 Belgium Circuit Zolder 16 July Superleague Formula United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Scott Malvern
R8 17 July United Kingdom Scott Malvern
4 R9 Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 13 August Masters of Formula 3 United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Scott Malvern
R10 United Kingdom Scott Malvern
R11 14 August Netherlands Joey van Splunteren

2012 season[edit]

The 2012 Formula Ford EuroCup was the second season of the Formula Ford EuroCup. The season began at Brands Hatch on 23 June and ended on 29 July at Nürburgring, after four meetings each consisting of three races.[5] Finnish driver Antti Buri won all three races at the opening meeting at Brands Hatch to take the season's inaugural EuroCup title,[6] before his team boss Nick Tandy – returning to single-seaters – repeated the feat at Spa-Francorchamps.[7] The only driver to claim more than one EuroCup title was Eric Lichtenstein, who claimed each of the last two events at Zandvoort and the Nürburgring.[8][9]

Round Circuit Date Supporting Winning Driver EuroCup Winner
1 R1 United Kingdom Brands Hatch GP 23 June British F3 / British GT Finland Antti Buri Finland Antti Buri
R2 24 June Finland Antti Buri
R3 Finland Antti Buri
2 R1 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 6 July 3000km of Spa United Kingdom Nick Tandy United Kingdom Nick Tandy
R2 7 July United Kingdom Nick Tandy
R3 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
3 R1 Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 14 July Masters of Formula 3 Netherlands Bart van Os Argentina Eric Lichtenstein
R2 Argentina Eric Lichtenstein
R3 15 July United Kingdom Jake Cook
4 R1 Germany Nürburgring 28 July British Formula Ford Argentina Eric Lichtenstein Argentina Eric Lichtenstein
R2 29 July Ecuador Julio Moreno
R3 Argentina Eric Lichtenstein

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship GB :: 22/11/2010
  2. ^ Weeks, James (22 November 2010). "Four-race EuroCup set for 2011 launch". Motors TV. LMC. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "EuroCup boost for Formula Ford 2011". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Double joy for Brands EuroCup victor Malvern". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Paice, Simon (4 December 2011). "2012 Formula Ford GB and Eurocup calendars unveiled". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Buri completes a Brands Hatch hat-trick". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tandy hat-trick nicks EuroCup title at Spa". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Race win for Cook, EuroCup Zandvoort title for Lichtenstein". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Lichtenstein on top again to clinch EuroCup crown". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.