GT Cup & F3 Cup
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F3 Cup is the UK’s only championship dedicated to Formula 3 machinery, and is arguably the fastest British open-wheel championship. Established in 2011, F3 Cup’s ethos is to provide drivers with an opportunity to race F3 cars at the UK’s leading venues, in an enjoyable but most importantly cost-effective way.
Organised and promoted by MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR), the race organising division of leading circuit owner/operator MotorSport Vision (MSV), F3 Cup visits some of the best circuits in the UK, including Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park. The grid is open to cars built between 1981 and 2011, split by age into different classes with competitive, race-winning cars available for well under £50,000. A season’s competition is comparable to the registration fee alone in lesser-powered single seater championships, and only F3 Cup offers drivers the chance to exclusively race Formula 3 machinery.
The 2015 season saw further expansion as cars produced between 2008 and 2011 joined the 1981-2007 cars in the championship, although these cars were no strangers to F3 Cup; Toro Rosso F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jnr and DTM/FIA Formula E driver António Félix Da Costa have both competed in the Invitation class in recent years. Former Lotus junior Kevin Korjus and Carlin Motorsport’s 2013 British F3 charger Peter Li Zhi Cong joined the championship at Spa in 2014, again racing in the Invitation class, offering a glimpse of the season ahead. Li was beaten by eventual champion - and finalist for the prestigious McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award in 2015 - Toby Sowery after a close battle. Carlin returned to the fold in 2015 with up-and-coming Canadian driver Zach Claman De Melo who gained valuable experience ahead of a planned FIA F3 European Championship campaign in 2016.
2016 will see the introduction of a new class, known as F3 Open, allowing cars manufactured after 1st January 2005 to run “stock” 2000cc engines. Bespoke Formula 3 engines can require costly rebuilds after a number of hours running, and this has proven to be the single biggest hindrance to drivers in past years as they try to race on a limited budget. By reducing this cost, the new class is aimed at providing more drivers than ever before the chance to race these state-of-the-art machines.
F3 Cup runs control tyres provided by Pirelli and Sunoco race fuel supplied by Anglo American Oil, making all racers eligible for the Sunoco 200 Challenge.
The GT Cup once again delivered an action packed season of racing with four of the five titles going down to the wire at the last round.
Championship organisers, Bute Motorsport, have maintained their philosophy of continuous improvement to cement the GT Cup’s position as one of the top GT championships in the country. A number of enhancements were made after an already successful 2014 season, including extending the season by an extra weekend and making two visits to the historic and very popular Brands Hatch GP circuit. The reward was some spectacular racing as once again all but one of the five titles was decided on the last day of racing.
Wayne Marrs and co-driver Charlie Hollings showed their class by taking top honours in the GTC group in their FF Corse prepared Ferrari. Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz piloted their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to the GTO title but could not do enough to take the overall title from Marrs and Hollings. This left FF Corse to reclaim the team’s title they last won in 2013.
In GTA Rob Gaffney drove an impressive season to steal the GTA title by 18 points but misfortunate befell Mick Mercer and Gary Smith who lost out at Snetterton after damage ruled them out of two race. In GTB David Fairbrother and James Greenway took the title but were given a good run for their money by BMW driver Tom Webb. It really was a nail-biting season full of drama, excitement and excellent motorsport.
“2015 was a superb season of racing,” said GT Cup boss Marc Haynes. “Now our thoughts have turned to 2016 and we are once again looking at what we can enhance for our competitors in the new season. We conducted a survey at the end of the season and have received a lot of valuable feedback that we will look to include in the 2016 GT Cup package. We can’t wait for it to start.”
GT Cup 2016 race dates
- 11 - 13 March 11/12/13: Cartagena, SPAIN
- Rounds 1, 2 & 3. April 23/24: Donington Park (National)
- Rounds 4, 5 & 6. May 7/8: Brands Hatch (Grand Prix)
- Rounds 7, 8 & 9. May 28/29: Silverstone (National)
- Rounds 10 , 11 & 12. June 18/19: Rockingham (ISSC)
- Rounds 13 & 14. July 23: Oulton Park (International)
- Rounds 15, 16 & 17. August 13/14: Donington Park (Grand Prix)
- Rounds 18, 19 & 20. September 10/11: Silverstone (Grand Prix)
- Rounds 21, 22 & 23. October 8/9: Snetterton (300)
F3 Cup 2016 race dates
- April 23/24: Donington Park National
- May 14/15: Brands Hatch Indy
- June 24/25/26: Spa Francorchamps (sharing grid with Monoposto)
- July 16: Oulton Park International
- August 27/28: Brands Hatch GP
- September 10/11: Silverstone GP
- October 8/9: Snetterton 300