Motorsport promoter MSV has confirmed that the BRDC Formula 4 Championship is to become the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with immediate effect.
Since its formation just three years ago, BRDC F4 has become one of the UK’s leading single-seater championship, with an emphasis on equality and affordability. For 2016 a new car has been introduced which has elevated the performance levels of the championship to close to F3 levels.
The FA-016 Tatuus-Cosworth is a significantly more powerful and sophisticated car than the previous Ralph Firman-designed machine, with a 230bhp-spec engine, upgraded brakes and substantially more downforce from the front and rear wings and a rear diffuser. The FA-016 meets all the latest FIA Formula 3 safety criteria including side impact, front and rear carbon impact structures, wheel tethers and extractable seat. Impressively, during winter testing the car has lapped to within one second of F3 lap record pace on UK circuits.
The change of name cements the championship’s position as the logical progression for drivers wishing to move up from the numerous national FIA F4 series, and as a feeder to FIA European F3.
The British Racing Drivers’ Club will continue to lend its support and play an active role in the championship, which will run alongside British GT for seven of its eight rounds in 2016, effectively restoring the traditional F3/ GT package that ran successfully on UK circuits for many years.
As a National F3 Championship, BRDC British Formula 3 will also offer FIA Super Licence points for the top five drivers in the overall standings.
“I am delighted that we have successfully worked with the FIA and MSA to streamline British single seater motorsport and establish a clear and logical hierarchy for both drivers and teams,” said Jonathan Palmer, chief executive, MSV. “Our much advanced 2016 BRDC F4 Tatuus Cosworth car has proved an outstanding success, being very close to the performance of British F3 in its heyday – but at less than half the budget. Cost effectiveness and value for money is critical to any championship’s health, and having set standards with our BRDC F4 Championship we are now doing the same at F3 level with the BRDC British F3 Championship.”