Engine regulation change to boost 2012 F3 Cup grids

20/09/2011 - The MSVR run F3 Cup has opened itself up to more competitors for the 2012 season with the inclusion of a new engine unit into the series regulations.

20/09/2011 - The MSVR run F3 Cup has opened itself up to more competitors for the 2012 season with the inclusion of a new engine unit into the series regulations.

Initial plans for the 2012 season were announced in July which included the use of the Speiss OPC engine and the inclusion of Formula 3 chassis built up to December 2007. However, in a further initiative MSVR have announced that another popular engine derivative will be permitted.

In addition to the OPC engine announced in July, the Toyota 3SGE-SXE10 unit as used in the European F3 Open championship will be eligible. This is another engine with long-life which should increase the time between engine rebuilds and improved reliability, helping reduce costs for competitors running in the series.

MSVR Event Director David Scott said: "This engine variant is used with great success in European F3 Open and comes highly recommended. Offering a longer life between rebuilds the engine should help to reduce running costs and hopefully see more cars on the F3 Cup grids in 2012."

The provisional calendar for the 2012 F3 Cup is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The 2011 F3 Cup continues with a visit to the Silverstone Arena Grand Prix circuit on 30 September - 1 October. Entries are still available for this season and any drivers interested in joining should contact F3 Cup series co-ordinator Simon Davey on 07770 368648 or email f3cup@msvracing.co.uk. For all the latest news and how to get involved in the F3 Cup visit www.f3cup.co.uk.