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Competitors enjoyed perfect conditions in sunny South of France for the start of the 2017 championship with a double-header on the Paul Ricard circuit just one year before Formula One returns to Le Castellet. Gallo in his ex-Jaussaud Tecno took the lead midway through race 1 and never looked back with Derossi's Chevron and Widmer's Brabham slotted in the following positions ahead of Messer and Timms as Slotine couldn't take the start due to engine failure in qualifying. The race ended prematurely for Derossi on lap 6 due to a bent front suspension after some unfortunate contact but luckily the Chevron could be repaired for the second race thanks to the magic of Mr. Filoche! Gallo and Widmer enjoyed a good fight for the lead in HF3 in company of a nice group of Historic Formula Fords in race 2 until the Tecno ran out of fuel, thus handing victory to Widmer ahead of Derossi and Timms who had a good weekend overall. Results and pictures are now online, video will follow.
For a third year in a row, the 2017 screamer season started at the 75th Members' Meeting with the Derek Bell Cup for F3 1000cc cars at Goodwood . A light drizzle on Saturday morning resulted in a wet track for qualifying. Last year's winner Andrew Hibberd mastered the tricky conditions best and secured pole position 0.7 seconds ahead of current British F3 champion Simon Armer, followed by Jonathan Hughes in the ex-Methley Merlin who completed the front row while Paul Waine and Christoph Widmer managed to post times good enough for second row. Unfortunately, the engine in 2015 winner James King's Chevron failed on the second lap, side-lining him for the rest of the event. Luckily, the track dried up during the day and 24 screamers lined up for the race late on Saturday afternoon in perfect conditions in front of a sell-out crowd. Jonathan Hughes had the best start and challenged Hibberd going into Madwick corner, but Hibberd wasn't going to yield, took advantage of knowing the track inch by inch and was seen from far away only for the rest of the race, recording lap record upon lap record. Spectators enjoyed an intense 6 car battle for second position between Hughes, Wilson, Thompson, Claridge, Waine and Blockley for the next few laps. Waine spun on lap 4 exiting the chicane and Blockley's race was cut short when he clipped the inside wall on the chicane on lap 8, damaging his front suspension in the process. Claridge retired in lap 14, however, the fierce battle for second place lasted until the last lap, with Wilson narrowly beating Thompson and Hughes, all three passing the checkered flag within one second - a fantastic race overall! Results, video and pictures are now online.
We are excited to announce our calendar for 2017. For a third year in a row the season will be launched in March with the non-championship Derek Bell Cup for F3 screamers at the 75th Members' Meeting at Goodwood . Just like in 2016, the regular championship starts in April in sunny South of France with a double-header on the Paul Ricard circuit just one year before Formula One returns to Le Castellet for the French GP. The second round of the 2017 championship will take place on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in May. Next up we return to Cadwell Park in June for a standalone double-header at the spectacular period circuit featured in the Hunt vs. Lauda movie Rush! The 6th Nations Cup Revival will take place in early September at the Grand Prix Historic in Zandvoort - a season highlight and event not to be missed. Round five will conclude the 2017 championship with a double-header at Val de Vienne - our first ever appearance on this circuit. However, that doesn't mean that the season is over as we have been invited to participate in the non-championship Algarve Classic Festival at Portimão - this is the perfect opportunity to combine your passion for historic F3 1000cc racing with holidays in Portugal. Further details can be found on our calendar page - we're looking forward to seeing you in action in 2017!
Geoffroy Rivet returns to the series with an impressive pole three seconds ahead of Widmer, Derossi, Barclay, Bosson, Timms, Slotine and Lamplough in brilliant conditions at Le Mans Bugatti circuit - our first appearance on this track since the inauguration of the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy in 2001. The race on Saturday is rather chaotic with five cars in the mixed grid not getting off the line, two safety car phases and a red flag at the end of the race when a front axle fails on Slotine's Merlin at the Dunlop chicane - luckily without causing further damage. The podium in race 1 is very international with Derossi, Widmer and Barclay representing France, Switzerland and Australia respectively, followed by Bosson, Timms, Slotine, Lamplough and Rivet. A short downpour before the second race on Sunday resulted in slippery track conditions for the first few laps. Geoffroy Rivet had the best strategy to attack the drying track as the sun came out and wins the last race of the season ahead of Derossi while Widmer completes the podium. Derossi wins the 2016 championship ahead of Widmer and Bosson. Results, video and pictures are now online.
Watch one qualifying lap on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit onboard Widmer's Brabham.
A great entry of 28 screamers gathered for the Nations Cup at the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix . This was the first time that the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy was present on this circuit and the track turned out to be fantastic for our cars. Mark Pangborn took full advantage of having raced at this track before and secured pole ahead of Gallo, Derossi, Armer, Fischer and Bosson. Derossi had the best start in race 1 and took the lead ahead of Fischer, Armer and Pangborn on the opening lap. An unfortunate nudge on the second lap at turn 3 ended Armer's weekend and brought out the safety car. Derossi stormed away after the restart while an impressive Sergison realed in car after car and secured P2 and fastest lap ahead of Thompson, Widmer, Mussa and Blockley. Sergison took the lead on the second lap in race 2 and Derossi, despite trying hard, just couldn't find a way past the fast British driver while further back spectators enjoyed close racing throughout the field. In the end, Sergison scored his first Historic F3 victory ahead of Derossi and Scott while Widmer, Messer and Mussa rounded out the top 6. Team Switzerland wins the 2016 Nations Cup ahead of Team Great Britain B and Team France . Results, pictures and video are now online.
Watch the opening laps of race 2 at the Zandvoort Historic GP onboard Derossi's Chevron.
The stand-alone double-header race on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch attracted 25 screamers for qualifying on Friday morning. James Denty secured pole half a second ahead of Simon Armer as pre-qualifying favorite Jon Milicevic struggled with a fuel pump issue, Roland Fischer's ambitions where cut short by a broken crank shaft and Goodwood winner Andrew Hibberd parked his Brabham in the gravel during a short mid-qualifying drizzle. Armer lead early on in race 1 but Hibberd was irresistible and moved up quickly to secure a comfortable win while close battles could be observed throughout the field bringing on big smiles all over. Race 2 on Sunday was started based on best laps times from the day before which meant less work and an even more dominant win for Hibberd while recording a fabulous 1:38.4 as fastest lap. Just as the day before, excellent battles could be seen through the field such as Thompson vs Pangborn for second ahead of Armer, Mussa vs Widmer for 5th until Mussa retired, Bosson vs Holland for 6th, Muller vs O'nion and Slotine for 8th, Sewell vs Messer and Maynard for 11th and new comer Pircher vs Froude. Overall an excellent weekend on this brilliant track - a big thank you goes to Keith Messer for all his hard work to make this screamer double-header possible! Results and pictures are now online.
Watch the opening laps of race 1 at the Superprix onboard Derossi's Chevron.
Competitors enjoyed a lot of sunshine and great conditions overall for the 2016 championship start in the South of France on the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet. Widmer narrowly beat Gallo in qualifying to win his first pole ahead of Derossi, Bosson and Slotine while Delea, Fischer and Timms all struggled on three cylinders. Gallo lead early in the race 1 and set fastest lap but had to retire due to a broken push rod, thus handing victory to Widmer ahead of Derossi, Fischer, Bosson and Slotine. The start for race 2 was delayed due to a long oil line on the first sector of the track which needed to be cleaned up and eventually produced a spectacular cloud of dust on the opening lap. Fischer won the second race while Derossi and Widmer enjoyed a good fight over P2 until the Chevron's engine started to overheat. This gave Bosson and Slotine an opportunity to battle for third place on the podium ahead of Timms and Delea. Results, pictures and video are now online.
Watch Derossi and Widmer having good fun in race 2 at Paul Ricard.
The 2016 F3 1000cc season was launched in style when 28 screamers gathered for the Derek Bell Cup at the 74th Members' Meeting at Goodwood . Andrew Hibberd drove superbly in qualifying, set a new lap record and grabbed pole ahead of last years podium with James King on P2, Peter Thompson on P3 and Simon Armer on P4. This promised to be an exciting race for Sunday. The 25 screamers got well off the line but unfortunately two cars entangled on the opening lap which brought out the safety car for a lengthy period. Hibberd stormed away to an unchallenged victory when racing resumed while further back spectators enjoyed close battles all the way through the field such as Thompson and Blockley fighting over second, Armer and Mussa for fourth place and Widmer, Kite and Smith for sixth place. Results and pictures are online and a highlights video as well as full coverage of the race are available on YouTube.
2016 Calendar - Updated!
We are pleased to announce an exiting calendar for 2016. Some drivers will open the season with the non-championship Derek Bell Cup for F3 screamers at the 74th Members' Meeting at Goodwood . The regular championship will start in April in sunny South of France with a double-header together with the French Historic Formula Ford on the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet. Next up we return to Brands Hatch in July for a standalone double-header at the spectacular SuperPrix meeting on the GP circuit - don't miss this opportunity! The 5th Nations Cup Revival will take place in early September at the Grand Prix Historic in Zandvoort - certainly another season highlight. Please note that availability for accommodation in Zandvoort is limited - make a hotel reservation as soon as possible in order to secure your entry. The 2016 championship finale will be another double-header on the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans - our first appearance on this circuit since the inauguration of the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy in 2001. Further details can be found on our calendar page.
Our traditional championship award dinner will take place in Paris on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 - save the date! Don't miss this opportunity and combine the trophy award dinner with a visit of Rétromobile or any of the famous & romantic Paris landmarks.