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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 are now online, pictures and video will follow.
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.
Roland Fischer wins both races and the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy as the "screamers" finish their 2015 season on this fantastic Italian track. Conditions were perfect for free practice on Friday. However, on Saturday, competitors faced entirely different and very wet conditions. Fischer took pole ahead of Widmer and Timms. Rain intensity further increased for race 1 where Widmer had the best start but subsequently suffered from lack of power due to an incorrect carburator float level and thus was passed to the back of the field while Fischer drove superbly in the rain and won with ease. He even managed to take a place on the podium ahead of most 2-liter cars! Slotine worked his way through the field to take second place ahead of Delea and Timms. Sunny and warm weather greeted competitors for race 2 on Sunday. Fischer stormed away from the start whereas Widmer's engine cut out due to a broken distributor rotor as the lights went off - luckily the field managed to steer around the stationary Brabham! Fischer initially built up a substantial lead but Timms closed in over the final laps after one of the rockers failed on Fischer's Tecno. However, Fischer managed to hang on to victory ahead of Timms, Delea and Slotine. Fischer wins the championship ahead of the duo of Timms and Widmer who scored equal points. Results and pictures are now online.
The Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy returned to Magny-Cours after a 10 year absence. Conditions in qualifying on Saturday morning were very challenging due to lingering over-night humidity combined with oil residue. Derossi managed the slippery track best and secured pole ahead of Widmer, Fischer and a trio of invited Historic Formula Fords. The sun came out in the afternoon and with it grip on the track improved greatly for race 1. Initially, Fischer lead the race while Derossi and Widmer fought over third. Close racing could be seen throughout the field such as the closely matched trios of Bosson, Slotine and Messer and Timms, Müller and Poponcini. For a while it looked as if Widmer was going to secure his second win when Derossi spun and Fischer retired due to a broken rocker. However, an oil leak due to a failing O-ring on the filter housing sent Widmer into a series of spins over the last 2 laps. In the end, Derossi won ahead of Widmer and Slotine who secured third after a fine performance from the back ahead of Bosson and Messer. Messer and Hedger helped Widmer fix his car just in time for race 2. Fischer lead from the start ahead of his shadow Widmer while Derossi and Messer fought over third until Derossi had to retire after a flat spot on his front tire exposed the underlying carcass. Widmer managed to close the gap over the final laps as Fischer's tires were fading quickly and they headed side-by-side into the second to last corner. Fischer managed to keep the better end and won ahead of Widmer and Messer who got more and more comfortable with the Grand Prix track. Results and pictures are now online.
Watch the first few laps of race 1 onboard Widmer's Brabham BT18!
Twenty screamers gathered for two stand-alone HF3 races at the Oulton Park Gold Cup and enjoyed a superb track and excellent weather. Qualifying on Saturday saw Simon Armer grab pole ahead of Widmer, Scott and Seaman. Seaman and Widmer had the best start in race 1 and lead the field until Widmer had to retire on lap two due to a jammed carburetor slide throttle. Pole sitter Armer took over the lead from Seaman on lap 5 and gradually extended his lead to finish first ahead of Scott and Bosson after Seaman had a spin at Druids. Race 2 saw an intense battle again between Armer and Seaman with Widmer following closely on third ahead of Scott, Blockley, Messer and Bosson. Armer finally managed to pass Seaman on the outside at the Shell Oils hairpin on lap 7 and shortly thereafter Scott moved up to third when Widmer spun at the exit of the first chicane, thus dropping back to forth, followed by the closely matched trio of Bosson, Blockley and Messer. Results and pictures are now online.
Watch race 2 onboard Widmer's Brabham BT18!
After a 34 degree qualifying on Friday, competitors faced foggy and cloudy weather conditions on Saturday and Sunday. Race 1 was won by Fischer after a long fight with Derossi with both cars crossing the finish line with a gap of 1 second after a 30 minute race! Robert Retzlaff completed the podium ahead of Timms, Poponcini and Delea while Slotine struggled with ignition problems all weekend. Race 2 saw the same profile between Fischer and Derossi but when they were lapped by front runners, the gap between the Tecno and the Chevron grew up to 100 metres, until Fischer had to stop with overheating just 800m before the chequered flag! Derossi was happy to win race 2 while Jim Timms took a strong second place ahead of Fischer. Results and pictures are now online.
Duncan Rabagliati and Richard Page have just published the latest Historic Formula Junior & Historic F3 book covering the 2013 & 2014 seasons. This includes full coverage of all HSCC HF3 and Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy races including entry list, chassis numbers, grid positions, full results with race times and competitors’ fastest laps and for most European races there is also a race report, see attached sample page for further details. Contact Duncan at email@example.com to order. Arrangements can be made to deliver orders at race meetings by prior agreement when, of course, there will be no P & P charge. Delivery should be available at Brands Hatch Superprix, Silverstone Classic & Nurburgring OldTimer Grand Prix.
As expected the brilliant but boiling hot conditions challenged both competitors and their screamers at the Grand Prix de L'Age d'Or at Dijon-Prenois. Several cylinder heads came off after qualifying which saw Gallo take pole position ahead of Derossi and Bankhurst, the latter unfortunately having to retire due to a seized engine. Seven teams representing Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Monaco and Switzerland competed for the Nations Cup 2015. Derossi took the early lead in race 1 but had to retire due to a problem with the exhaust system, thus clearing the way for Gallo who stormed to a commanding victory ahead of Messer and Slotine. A collision at the start of race 2 unfortunately claimed 3 cars and brought out the safety car but luckily no one was hurt. Once the safety car pulled in, Widmer managed to build a small lead ahead of Mussa, Timms and Slotine while the "trio infernale" of Fischer, Derossi and Blees fought their way through the field. In the end, Widmer celebrated his first victory ahead of Fischer and Derossi. Team France wins the Nations Cup 2015 ahead of Sweden and Monaco. Results and pictures are now online.
31 screamers gathered on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit for the first double-header of the season. Derossi claimed pole ahead of Seaman, Fischer and Thompson in a shortened qualifying session. The lead in race 1 changed constantly among Derossi, Armer, Bankhurst, Thompson, Seaman and Fischer and eventually Thompson emerged as winner after an intense 9 lap battle ahead of Armer and Fischer. Derossi dropped out on the warm-up lap of race 2 due to a massive oil leak and thus left the battle for first to Fischer, Armer, Thompson and Bankhurst with Armer emerging as the winner just ahead of Thompson and Bankhurst. Lots of sunshine and a great start to the season altogether. Results, video and pictures are now online.
Watch race 1 onboard Derossi's Chevron!
To be published in June 2015: Histoire Française de la Formule 3 1000cc. Complete history of French Historic Formula 3 - all races, all drivers, all results of 7 years of French screamers championships collected and related by Didier Martin. Also includes a foreword by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud. This book will be a reference for every screamer enthusiast! Includes 240 pages, 450 photos and every starting grid as well as results from 1964 to 1970. Special price if ordered before 30 Mai: €55 (plus postage) instead of €69. Place your order on www.autodiva.fr.
The Derek Bell Cup for F3 screamers at the 73rd Members' Meeting in front of a sell-out 18'000 strong crowd turned out to be a true nail-biter with the closest finish possible. Simon Armer grabbed pole on Saturday in a qualifying which received a lot of media attention due to Paul Waine's spectacular leap over Mike Scott's Brabham. On Sunday, Armer maintained the lead for 14 out of 14 laps and recorded the fastest lap but locked the brakes on the final chicane. This gave James King in the Tony Mantle Chevron the opportunity to pass the nose of Armer's March by a mere 18-thousands of a second as they crossed the finish line closely followed by Peter Thompson in his BT21 to complete the podium. Further back great slip-stream battles could be seen throughout the race on this legendary high-speed track. Overall a fantastic and well-organised meeting sure to be remembered for attractions both on and off the track. Results, video and photos are now online.
Click here to watch the start and first four laps of the Derek Bell Cup onboard Widmer's Brabham BT18. And don't miss the the Derek Bell Cup race highlights and complete race coverage on the 73rd Members' Meeting site.
We are pleased to announce an exciting calendar for 2015. Our season will start with the Derek Bell Cup for F3 screamers at the 73rd Members' Meeting - a first for 'modern' Goodwood and no doubt the season highlight for many although it will not be a championship round. The entry list for the Derek Bell Cup is now available on our calendar page. The regular championship will start in May with a double-header at Silverstone on the GP circuit followed by the 4th Nations Cup Revival in June at the Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or at Dijon-Prenois. August will see at mixed F3 grid at the Oldtimer Grand Prix on the Nurburgring GP circuit and another double-header at the end of the month at the Oulton Park Gold Cup. Another highlight will be the return to Magny-Cours after a 10 year absence and finally, we will return to Imola for the championship finale in October. Further details can be found on our calendar page.
Sadly, Jean-Pierre Beltoise passed away on January 5th, 2015. Beltoise was a major part of French motorsport renewal in the early sixties, through racing motor bikes first and later with F3 1000cc, winning in Reims in 1965 with the Matra F3 and subsequently also the French F3 championship title in the same year. He then moved on to F1 where he raced in his Matra against pilots such as Stewart and Ickx and won the Monaco Grand Prix in 1972 in a BRM. He was also part of the Sports Cars Matra adventure with the legendary MS 670s in the early 70s. Even in the recent days, he never lost his passion for motor racing. A great loss for French racing history.
Our traditional championship award dinner will take place at the restaurant Zum Kropf in the center of Zürich, Switzerland on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 - save the date! Don't miss this opportunity and discover a new city or combine this event with some skiing in the nearby Swiss mountains.