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The final round of the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy will see the return of the "screamers" on this legendary Italian track. Co-leader Derossi will be present as a spectator only due to issues with his car. As such the 2015 championship will most likely be decided between co-leader Fischer, Widmer who trails by just 5 points and Jim Timms who rounds out the top contenders and has scored points in each and every race this season. We'll keep you posted - tune in on our facebook page!
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. Invitation letter and reservation form are now online.
26 screamers gather at Dijon-Prenois for the final round of the 2014 season and the 3rd revival of the Nations Cup and are rewarded with a great track and perfectly mild and sunny Fall weather on Friday and Saturday. Derossi and Gustafson are closely matched in free practice but break their engines in qualifying, prematurely ending the season and championship hopes for Gustafson while the mechanics demonstrate their skills and talent and manage to install a fresh engine in Derossi's Chevron in time for the race. Maulini takes pole ahead of Gallo and Armer, followed by a closely matched group of 8 cars all completing their best lap within 1 second! Derossi takes the lead at the start but spins in front of all the spectators on the opening lap, forcing him to start his chase all over again from the back of the field. Gallo wins the race ahead of Maulini and Armer, wrapping up an exciting day. Unfortunately the weather changes over night and race 2 has to be cancelled due to torrential downpour on Sunday. Team France wins the Nations Cup ahead of Britain A and Switzerland . Derossi wins championship ahead of Widmer and Gustafson. Results, video and pictures are now all online!
The FIA have released an updated Appendix "K" to reflect the recent decisions from Motor Sports World Council. The big change is the length of validity for an HTP which has now been confirmed as 10 years for HTPs on the 26 page template. However, this does not change the fact that any HTP issued before 2010 will expire on 31/12/2014. Please make sure that you start your HTP renewal process now and contact your ASN as soon as possible in order to make sure that you can compete with us in 2015! Click here for guidelines regarding the renewal process.
Simms and Derossi share wins at Oulton Park Gold Cup. Wet track for HF3 qualifying on Saturday but perfect conditions for race on Sunday. Simms storms away to victory while all other competitors are involved in close fights throughout the race! Period racer Robs Lamplough shows his class in wet CRC qualifying and takes pole but can't keep up with Derossi in race on damp track on Monday. Great hog roast party on Saturday and thus an event definitely not to be missed! Results, pictures and video are now online!
Click here to watch the HF3 race onboard Derossi's Chevron!
Round 4 took place at the Oldtimer Grand Prix on the Nurburgring GP circuit. After a sunny qualifying the wet tyres are needed for both races! Fischer leads early in race 1 but retires due to technical problems and hands victory to Gustafson ahead of Timms and Poponcini. Fischer takes advantage of adverse track conditions in race 2 and wins ahead of Poponcini and Gustafson, the later taking over the lead in the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy championship! Results, pictures and race report are now online.
Sadly, period F3 driver Jürg Dubler passed away on July 26th, 2014, having lost his courageous 10 year fight against Alzheimer's disease. Jürg was one of the most prolific and successful drivers of the screamer era and was very proud to have beaten Niki Lauda on most occasions. And one of these victories was at the very fast and challenging circuit at Brno - an ultimate driving test. His books about the screamer era will remain an inspiration for all our competitors in the years to come. An extensive report about Jürg's racing career can be found here and period pictures are available on our gallery - compiled with the great support of his wife Marianne to whom we wish to extend our sincere condolences.
Round 3 of the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy took place at the Brands Hatch Superprix. Demanding schedule - two qualifying sessions and two races (HF3, CRC) all on Saturday - takes its toll! Methley masters very tricky conditions in HF3 qualifying and takes pole 2 seconds ahead of Derossi. Derossi has his radiator clipped in CRC qualifying and is forced to abandon his chase of Methley in the HF3 race due to oil temperature going through the roof. Methley takes clear win ahead of 2013 winner Thompson while Smith completes the podium. Widmer wins class in CRC race ahead of O'nion and Linstone. Results and pictures are now online.
Derossi and Fischer share wins at Spa-Francorchamps - joined on the podium by Gustafson in both races. Perfect conditions for qualifying on Friday lets drivers enjoy slip stream battles and legendary Eau Rouge flat out in fourth gear - definitely an experience not to miss! Flooded track for race 1 on Saturday requires start behind safety car - nevertheless all cars see the checkered flag - well done! Damp track but much better conditions for race 2 on Sunday - results and pictures are now online.
Three-time Formula One champion Jack Brabham passed away on May 19th, 2014 at his home in Australia. He was the only driver to ever win the Formula One world-championship in a car of his own manufacture - an achievement most likely never to be repeated again. His cars dominated the F3 1000cc races in the mid-sixties and still today screamers bearing his name usually represents the largest group of cars on a typical Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy grid. As such, his legacy continues.
18 screamers enjoyed a great start to our 2014 season in perfect conditions on the Scuderia Ferrari test track and one of the best circuits for F3 screamers overall! Derossi wins race 1 but falls victim to oil on track in race 2 which was won by Traber ahead of Slotine and Widmer. A fantastic event overall, great Italian hospitality and superb dinner organised by Challenge Formule Storiche on Saturday evening! Results, pictures and videos are now online.
Click here for race 1 onboard Derossi's Chevron and here for race 1 onboard Widmer's Brabham BT18! Click here for highlights of race 1 & 2 and finally click here for a commented compilation & interviews put together by our friends from the Challenge Formule Storiche!
F3 1000cc drivers are invited to participate in the Knutstorp Revival - take a look at www.ringknutstorp.com/knutstorprevival for further information. A provisional time table is available online and for further details regarding this non-championship event, please contact Picko Troberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.