Run by MSVR, F3 Cup was awarded approval by the Motor Sports Association for full championship status in 2012 as part of the series' expansion plans. A number of changes were put in place in the winter leading up to the 2015 season, the most significant of which saw F3 Cup accept entries from chassis that were constructed and raced up to and including 2011. Additionally, drivers with National B-level MSA race licences are now able to compete, and a completely new format saw drivers compete over three races per weekend at a number of rounds. The final change was a switch to F1 tyre-supplier Pirelli, who are able to provide their control tyre at a lower cost than previous years.
In 2016, the championship saw the introduction of a brand new class - dubbed F3 Open - which will allow competitors to race post-2005 F3 chassis powered by "stock" 2000cc engines. This will enable more people than ever before to experience the thrill of Formula 3, but without the associated costs of rebuilding a bespoke F3 engine. The latest update in 2017 saw the introduction of newer, 2012-2016 chassis to the Cup Class, and 2018 sees a minor rejig of the class structure (see below).
The championship continues to use Pirelli tyres, and control Sunoco fuel supplied by Anglo American Oil meaning drivers are also eligible for the Sunoco 200 Challenge.
F3 Cup now consists of two main classes - Cup Class (cars built 2008-2016) and Trophy Class (1981-2007). F3 Open class (post 1999 running stock 2000cc engines) and an Invitation Class are also available to enable cars of any age to race, subject to the approval of the organisers.
An excellent race calendar is available in 2018 including Brands Hatch GP, Silverstone GP, Oulton Park and Snetterton 300.
To register your interest in F3 Cup please contact the Championship Coordinator, Gemma Mole: