11/01/12 - MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) is set to enjoy the busiest year since its inception in 2006 following the release of an expanded 2012 events calendar.
From March until November MSVR will organise 34 race meetings across seven different UK circuits. 20 core MSVR championships and series will run at these meetings, and will be joined by several 'guest' series. A number of prestigious events feature on the 2012 calendar including rounds of the British F3 & GT Championships, FIA Formula Two Championship and the DTM.
Amongst many developments for 2012, the F3 Cup will enter its first year as a full MSA Championship after receiving outline approval last season. After a transitional year in 2011, the first under MSVR's guidance, F3 Cup is set for rapid expansion with revised regulations permitting newer cars and an outstanding calendar of races - commencing with Oulton Park alongside British GT on Easter Monday. Driver interest is high and strong grids are expected from the outset.
Meanwhile, for 2012 the Lotus Cup UK will be split into two classes: Supersport and Production. The Supersport class will cater for Exige Cup, 2-Elevens and Evoras, while the Production class will see Elise and normally aspirated Exige models compete. The Lotus on Track Elise Trophy has been part of MSVR since the beginning and continues to thrive with superb grids, as does Lotus Cup Europe, which also runs under the MSVR umbrella.
Radical Sportscars will continue to feature heavily at MSVR's events this season with the new Radical European Masters joining the Radical UK Cup and Radical Clubman's Cup, both of which moved to MSVR one year ago. The Radical European Masters will feature races at top European circuits including Austria's Red Bull Ring and Barcelona's Catalunya F1 circuit.
The MINI Challenge also switched to MSVR 12 months ago and continues to provide some of the most competitive and exciting racing in the UK.
Another new championship joining MSVR this season is the MK4 Golf TDI GTi Challenge. The championship for Mk4 variations of the popular German car will run alongside the VAG Trophy and MK2 Golf GTi Championship.
The Champion of Brands will continue to produce thrilling Formula Ford racing and new for 2012, its big brother 'Super Series' will unite the European Formula Ford community, with races at Kirkistown, Croix-en-Ternois, Brands Hatch GP and Monza.
The GT Cup Championship has unveiled a series of modifications to its regulations in 2012 with GT3 cars now permitted to join its excellent 23 race calendar, and interest in the championship is strong. GT Cup always fields spectacular & iconic GT machinery, popular with both marshals and spectators.
Bumper grids and thrilling racing will be found in the Production BMW Championship and Project Eight Racing Saloons along with an expanded schedule for the Club MSV Trackday Trophy and Team Trophy, both aimed at newcomers to motorsport.
The Monoposto Championship is set to build upon another successful season last year with a brand new sponsorship deal with St Cross Electronics for 2012.
New race event additions to MSVR's calendar this year include the recently announced Mini Festival at Brands Hatch in June, headlined by the MINI Challenge series, whilst the Lotus Festival is set to switch from Snetterton to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. The Belgian Racing Weekend makes its debut on the Snetterton 300 circuit one month earlier and will feature a number of national sportscar championships making the journey from the federal state.=
Furthermore, MSVR has been chosen by the Aston Martin Owners Club Racing to organise all of its UK events in 2012, which will be promoted by Duncan Wiltshire of Historic Promotions Ltd.
MSVR Race Operations Manager David Scott said: "I am looking forward to a great season ahead. We have a fantastic calendar and continue to visit the UK's finest race tracks. With strong support from competitors, 2012 is set to be a vintage year. Whether as a competitor, spectator or marshal, I hope you will enjoy your season with MSVR."
MSVR 2012 Car Race Meeting Calendar
10 March, Snetterton 300: MSVR Season Starter at Snetterton 300
17 March, Oulton Park International: Master Historic Festival
24/25 March, Brands Hatch Indy: MSVR Indy Weekend
6/7 April, Oulton Park International: British F3/GT
09 April, Oulton Park International: British GT/F3 Cup
09 April, Snetterton 300: Top Hat - Masters Historic Racing
13-15 April, Silverstone GP: FIA Formula Two Championship
28 April, Silverstone National: Aston Club Racing
28/29 April, Donington Park: Blast in the Park
12 May, Oulton Park International: Aston Club Racing
12/13 May, Silverstone National: MSVR Club Championships
18/19/20 May, Brands Hatch Indy: DTM
19/20 May, Snetterton 300: Belgian Racing Weekend
26/27 May, Brands Hatch GP: Masters Historic Festival
4/5 June, Brands Hatch Indy: Aston Club Racing - St John Horsfall Meeting
16/17 June, Brands Hatch Indy: Mini Festival
23/24 June, Brands Hatch GP: British F3/GT
30 June/1 July, Snetterton 300: MSVR Club Championships
13/14/15 July, Brands Hatch GP: FIA Formula Two & International GT Open
21 July, Oulton Park International: MSVR Club Championships
22 July, Cadwell Park: MSVR Club Championships
28 July, Oulton Park International: MSVR Club Championships
29 July, Donington Park: Aston Club Racing
4/5 August, Snetterton 300: British F3/GT
18/19 August, Brands Hatch GP: Lotus Festival
1/2 September, Cadwell Park: MSVR Club Championships
08 September, Anglesey: MSVR Races of Wales
15/16 September, Brands Hatch GP: MSVR GP Weekend
29 September, Snetterton 300: Aston Club Racing
6/7 October, Donington Park: Blast in the Park
27/28 October, Snetterton 300: MSVR Club Championships
10 November, Brands Hatch Indy: Lotus 6 Hour
11 November, Brands Hatch Indy: Vee Festival & Victor Meldrew Trophy
24 November, Brands Hatch Indy: Britcar 'Into the Night Race'
For more information on MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) and the 2012 season visit www.msvracing.co.uk or follow us on twitter @msvracing.