Zandvoort - Cancelled
Following a fantastic weekend at Dijon, we regret to have to inform you that we are forced to abandon the remainder of our 2020 season and championship, following the decision of HSCC earlier today to cancel our race at the Zandvoort Historic GP due to the travel restrictions imposed for our UK competitors. As such, we can only look forward and start work on our calendar for the 2021 season - stay tuned.
Dijon Historic Tour
Eight screamers, including the welcome return of Historic F3 European Trophy founder Vincent Rivet in his son's beautiful March 703, joined their French Formula Ford Historic friends at Dijon for a combined grid of 32 cars. A downpour one-and-a-half hours before qualifying triggered some activity throughout the paddock, but luckily the sun came back out soon thereafter and competitors found perfect conditions once they headed out to the track. Not surprisingly Jeremy Timms narrowly edged current French champion François Belle to take pole. Widmer and Derossi shared the second row ahead of seven closely matched Formula Fords and series regulars Jason Timms and Slotine. Derossi had the best start on Saturday's race and took the lead ahead of Belle as pole sitter Timms ran wide going into turn one and dropping to P12 while exploring the gravel. However, while Derossi was entering the start-finish straight on P1, he found himself all the way back in P7 by the end of the straight grace to phenomenal slip-stream effect on this circuit. Meanwhile, Timms started to make his way back to the front where he enjoyed a duel with Belle all the way to the finish line, crossing it just 14 hundreds of a seconds ahead of the quick French racer. Behind these two, a race long battle ensued between the quick Formula Ford trio of Girardet, Genecand and Faggionato on one side and the equally matched screamer trio of Derossi, Widmer and Jason Timms, the six constantly changing positions. Jason Timms span on the last lap while Widmer, Derossi, Genecand and Girardet crossed the finish line seperated by a mere 0.2 of a second - what a fantastic race this was! Some rain on Sunday morning brought temperatures down a bit, but luckily the sun came out just in time. The race was officially declared wet as the track was a touch damp on the outside but dried up very quickly. This time around, the Formula Fords had the better start as five of them crossed the finish line at the end of lap one in the top six positions, with Derossi spearheading the screamers ahead of Jeremy Timms, his cousin Jason and Widmer. Similar close racing could be observed throughout the field for the entirety of the race. The safety car briefly came out on lap 11 in order to allow recovery of a car parked in the gravel at turn one. This bunched the grid back together for an exciting final two laps after which the thirteen quickest cars crossed the finish line within 5 seconds of eachother. This time however it was Belle who took the overall victory ahead of Timms while Derossi and Widmer completed the HF3 podium as they had done the day before ahead of Jason Timms, Rivet, meeting-eldest Jim Timms, Slotine and Retzlaff. Overall, knowing that the next event at Zandvoort was at risk due to travel restrictions, everyone present was grateful to be able to race under such perfect conditions and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with like-minded friends. Results, pictures and video are now online.
DIJON HISTORIC TOUR 2020 VIDEO
Watch a compilation of race 1 onboard Derossi's Chevron and Widmer's Brabham.
Finally! The 2020 season started in perfect conditions with the "Coupe Eric Offenstadt", a joint double-header with Formula Junior at the prestigious Peter Auto Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard nearly four months later than originally planned. An evenly split grid of 22 FJ and F3 cars lined up for qualifying on Friday afternoon and it was Jeremy Timms who took pole ahead of Christoph Widmer, Francois Derossi and Tommaso Gelmini who was the fastest Formula Junior pilot all weekend long. Jim Timms demonstrated once again that he likes this track as he qualified a fantastic 5th ahead of Maurice Slotine and his son Jason, unfortunately though, this was also the end of his racing weekend due to the engine failing at the end of the session, as was the case for Fischer. Jeremy Timms in his Chevron had the best start and never looked back, driving to a dominant first victory of the season. Widmer in the Brabham had a lonely race as Derossi struggled off the line and retired after completing just four laps, thus handing third place to Jason Timms ahead of Slotine and Poponcini. Historic F3 series invitee Austin Widmer in the Pircher Lotus 61 thoroughly enjoyed his racing debut as he battled the Lotus 22 of Niklas Halusa all race long, both of them having a big smile on their face at the end of the race. Saturday was continued with a very nice apero in honour of Delea's birthday and concluded with a memorable outdoor dinner in presence of Eric Offenstadt and Philippe Vidal. On Sunday, Derossi and Widmer managed to more or less follow Jeremy Timms for the first lap until Derossi had the first of his two spins at the far end hairpin, thereafter Timms once again had a lonely race, completing a perfect weekend for him with pole, two start-finish victories as well as two fastest laps. Derossi was also exceptionally quick, as he managed to close the gap to Widmer towards the end of the race despite a drive-through penalty due to an early start, however, a third spin at the end of the penultimate lap settled things, letting Widmer in the Brabham escape and take second place ahead of Derossi, followed by Austin Widmer in the Lotus 61, Jason Timms and Poponcini while Slotine and Delea retired early. In any case, smiles were all around in the paddock as everyone was relieved that the 2020 racing season was finally on its way. Pictures and results are now online.
Revised 2020 Calendar
We are excited to confirm that we will finally open the 2020 season in sunny South of France with the "Coupe Eric Offenstadt", a joint double-header with Formula Junior at the prestigious Peter Auto Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard in July. Following the season opener, our revised championship calendar will include a double-header at Dijon-Prenois three weeks later where we join our French Historic Formula Ford friends. The third and final round of the 2020 championship will take place at Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix - certainly an event not to be missed.
Dijon - Postponed
Unfortunately the Historic Tour event at Dijon-Prenois had to be postponed to mid August and our return to Donington for a standalone double-header in June was cancelled altogether due to the current health crisis - as such, our 2020 championship will start in July at the earliest. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to be able to publish a new calendar in early May - stay tuned.
Paul Ricard - Postponed
Entries were coming in fast for the "Coupe Eric Offenstadt" at Paul Ricard planned to be held in early April! We had already 19 screamers and 13 Formula Junior entered, however, unfortunately the event had to be postponed to July due to the current health crisis - update to follow.
Award Dinner 2020 - Postponed
We regret that we had to cancel our award dinner on March 7th, 2020 due to the rapidly evolving situation related to the Corona virus. The number of cancellations simply would not have allowed us to celebrate the 2019 season in style as the majority of our competitors would have been absent. We do plan to find an alternate date for the award dinner once the situation has calmed down and will communicate a new date as soon as possible.
2020 will mark the fifty year anniversary since the last F3 screamer season in 1970, and we're pleased to announce a calendar which fits the occasion. We will open the season in sunny South of France with a joint double-header with Formula Junior at the prestigious Peter Auto Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard in early April - the perfect venue for a Spring vacation after a long Winter. Next, we will be guests at the Historic Tour at Dijon-Prenois where we join our French Historic Formula Ford friends. The third round of the 2020 championship will take place at Donington for a standalone double-header on the Grand Prix circuit in mid June - a place we have last visited 16 years ago. Five weeks later, the screamers return to Brands Hatch for our anniversary celebrations and the Nations Cup. The final round of the European Trophy, and likely the season's highlight, will be a standalone double-header at Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix - certainly an event not to be missed. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the season is over, as some pilots might want to compete for the British Historic F3 championship at Castle Combe in early October. Further details can be found on our calendar page - we hope to be celebrating with you in 2020!
Award Dinner 2020
We're excited to announce that our traditional championship award dinner will take place in the southern part of Switzerland on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 - save the date! The provisional program includes lunch in the beautiful town of Lugano, a private tour of the Clay Regazzoni memorial room as well as a visit to the winery of Angelo Delea including dinner in his wine cellar in Losone, Ticino - details to follow!