07/03/2011 - A new series for MSVR in 2011 is the MSV F3
Cup. This series will also be directed by Simon Davey, and the most
outstanding driver of the series at the end of the season will be
awarded a test drive in a Formula Two car. Simon Davey shared his
thoughts on this new championship with Jonathan Palmer.
Jonathan Palmer: Moving on to the MSV F3 Cup, clearly there are
loads of F3 cars around and the British F3 championship is very
successful, and I'm very pleased indeed that we've taken on this
series. I was at the original meetings with David Scott and David
Willey when we were looking at it and we were actually surprised
that there were so few cars, I think 10 or 11 cars out there last
year. We felt there really should be an opportunity to try and grow
this so it's a bit of a leap of faith from our point of view but we
believe with the right level of promotion and encouragement and
nurturing it should be able to grow so we've taken on the MSV F3
cup which is essentially for the older Formula Three cars. How is
it going this year?
Simon Davey: Actually we think there is tremendous opportunity
here; I think MSV have done exactly the right thing. I'm currently
looking at the entry list for Snetterton, it looks like the first
round is going to have between 15 and 20 cars there, we have 16
cars booked up for testing pre-meeting. I think it's looking
tremendously positive actually and there are a lot of deals still
being done in the background for cars so we should see the entries
going over 20 by mid season.
JP: What are the rules for it, which cars are eligible?
SD: 2002 - 2004 series Formula Three Dallaras in full Formula
Three international specification so they're going to run at 16mm
ground clearance, very low ground clearance, air intake
restrictors, very highly tuned Formula Three engines extremely
sophisticated pieces of racing equipment.
JP: If you pop down the road to Trevor Carlin, he'll want about
£650,000 to race in the British Formula Three Championship. What
are you going to spend in the MSV F3 Cup, with a car within two
seconds of the pace I suspect?
SD: I think you could certainly do it for £50,000 probably even
less than that if you were prepared to really cut corners and
change the tyres yourself.
JP: Well we're really pleased to have it and look forward to
seeing how it all goes and I'm going to be at Snetterton for our
first round so I'll look forward to seeing it then.
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