F3 Cup's 2017 season kicks-off this weekend, with the opening rounds of the championship taking place at Donington Park. At least 15 cars will line up on the grid across three races, and the competition is sure to be fierce. Amongst them, 2016 Champion George Line (CF Racing) returns to defend his title, and last year's runner up Shane Kelly (University of Wolverhampton Race Team) will be keen to repeat his performance at the East Midlands venue, where he recorded a hat-trick of victories.
For this year F3 Cup is pleased to announce a new timing partnership with renowned watch company BRM Chronographes. A familiar name in the motorsport world, BRM will supply the podium trophies for each round of the championship, and championship promoter MSVR is delighted to have such a presitigous company on board.
F3 Cup's longstanding relationship with Sunoco Race Fuels takes a new step this year, too: In addition to continuing as the championship's control fuel supplier, Sunoco will present the Fastest Driver of the Weekend Award at each meeting. This award will be presented to the driver who posts the fastest race lap across the two or three races, adding to the championship points reward for that achievement.
All F3 Cup drivers continue to be eligible for the Sunoco 240 Challenge, which provides an accurate assessment and comparison of performances across multiple championships during any given season. Points are awarded for qualifying and race results, including fastest lap, which are then converted into an individual average score for each competing driver over the course of a full campaign.
That means each race weekend offers drivers an equal chance to climb and drop down the Sunoco 240 Challenge table. It also ensures that performances are taken into consideration across an entire season while placing less emphasis on one-off or unfair results.
This season's Sunoco 240 Challenge champion will contest the 240-minute Daytona support race held over the same January weekend as the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, at the wheel of a Sunoco-liveried GT4 car.
All of the above is, of course, in addition to the fantastic LMP3 prize drive announced earlier in the year, which will be claimed by the 2017 F3 Cup Champion.