12/09/2012 - MotorSport Vision (MSV) has announced a
groundbreaking new junior single seater series for launch in 2013.
The new championship, named Formula 4, has been created to provide
a much needed modern low cost series aimed at those starting single
seater racing and a stepping stone to higher formulae. The
British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) will partner MSV in the
development and support of the series, which will be titled the
BRDC Formula 4 Championship.
BRDC Formula 4 will see identical cars built around a chassis
designed by the RFR company now headed by Ralph Firman, who founded
and ran the legendary Van Diemen operation. Latest technology
spaceframe construction will provide the optimal balance of
strength, low cost and ease of repair, and the chassis will meet
the latest 2012 FIA safety standards and feature front and rear
The cars, which will be known as MSV F4-013, will be powered by
the cost effective and proven 2 litre Ford Duratec engine,
developing 175bhp and featuring a Cosworth engine management
system. The gearbox will be more sophisticated than any previous
car at this level, being a 6 speed Sadev transmission incorporating
paddle shift. Cosworth will also supply the gearbox control system.
The cars will run on slick and wet compound tyres provided by
Teams are encouraged to purchase and run the newly built BRDC
Formula 4 cars alongside private family-run entries in a bid to
create a healthy and competitive paddock. Teams wishing to join the
championship will be limited to running a maximum of four
cars. The cost of participation is expected to range from
£35,000 for a private entrant to £70,000 for a professional
MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said: "It is clear that
British motorsport needs a new single seater championship that
really attracts the young talent of today to produce large
competitive grids of drivers aiming for F1. At MSV we have used all
of our considerable experience and judgment to launch what I think
is a compelling package which I believe will re-energise this
sector of motor racing. I am very excited about the prospects for
the BRDC Formula 4 Championship and am delighted that our vision
has been shared by the BRDC, whose President Derek Warwick has
already demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm and interest in the
detail operation of the championship.
"We are in an era of relative austerity, which looks like
continuing for some years, and it is essential we provide young
single seater drivers with an affordable path to learn and prove
themselves. With F4 we have focused on four key areas; providing
the lowest season running costs, the lowest car purchase price, the
highest levels of car equality and highest safety standards."
F4 cars will be sold to competitors, whether teams or private
entrants, who will operate the cars themselves. Palmer explained:
"We want to enable both privateers to run cars competitively and
welcome teams too. At this level costs can be lower if drivers look
after cars themselves, with family and friends, though we are also
keen for teams, existing and new, to run cars and provide valuable
support to drivers."
BRDC President Derek Warwick commented: "I have been very worried
over the last few years about how our young British drivers of the
future are supposed to make that big move from karting to circuit
racing. Back in the day there was a relatively simple ladder if you
had the talent; Formula Ford, Formula 3, Formula 2 and then Formula
1 if you were good enough. We currently have total confusion within
our sport in terms of formulae, cost and the best way to gain
experience in a cost effective way.
"The 'BRDC Formula 4 Championship' gives us exactly what our
sport is missing; reliability, slicks, wings, good horsepower and
affordability. Most drivers want to gain the right experience as
quickly as possible before moving up the racing ladder and this is
why the BRDC is backing F4 and MSV. I have known Jonathan Palmer
for some 30 years and during that time he has proved that he does
things right and gives 100% so this is another reason we have
decided to back F4."
MSV's race organising division MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR)
will run the championship, which will see drivers take part in 24
races across eight meetings. The 2013 calendar will include
Silverstone Grand Prix, Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Donington Park,
Snetterton 300 and Oulton Park. BRDC F4 will support the
prestigious DTM meeting at Brands Hatch and will also join selected
British F3/GT events. The championship will be promoted by MSV and
all races will be televised on Motors TV.
Drivers will compete in a 20 minute qualifying session followed
by three 20 minute races throughout a race weekend, the second of
which will feature a reverse grid. Points will be awarded down to
20th position with 30 points going to the winner. More information
about the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, which is subject to MSA
approval, can be found at www.formula4.com.
Teams and drivers interested in joining the BRDC Formula 4
Championship should contact James Gornall on 01234
332439, 07872 674012 or at email@example.com.
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