F3 Cup unveils plans for 2012 expansion

13/07/2011 - The F3 Cup is set for a major evolution in 2012 following the announcement of initial plans for next year.

13/07/2011 - The F3 Cup is set for a major evolution in 2012 following the announcement of the initial plans for the series next year.

From next season the MSVR-run F3 Cup will accept entries from chassis that were constructed and raced up to and including 2007. Currently, entries are limited to Formula 3 cars built and raced up to and including 2004. All cars which race in the 2011 F3 Cup will continue to be eligible for the 2012 season.

Next year will also see the series organisers permitting the Spiess OPC engine, as used by the ATS Formula 3 Cup in Germany, to help reduce engine rebuild costs and improve general reliability. Other engines will be considered subject to written application, in order to give competitors and teams the option of alternative power units.

A new class structure will be created in 2012 and further details will be announced shortly. However, it has already been confirmed that an invitation class will be created to enable F3 cars of any age to join the series, subject to the approval of the organisers.

MSVR Race Operations manager David Scott said: "MSVR are pleased to announce our initial plans for the F3 Cup in 2012. With the evolution of Formula 3 at International level, the time is right to allow cars into the series that were manufactured up until 31/12/2007.

"We will also permit, subject to individual application, derivative engines such as the Spiess OPC. This engine runs a larger restrictor than the standard F3 engines but the internal components of the engine are such that its life between rebuilds is considerably higher, thus reducing rebuild costs for competitors and teams.

"The Invitation Class will permit all F3 cars to join our events, again subject to the approval of the series organisers. The Class structure will be subject to a review and will be announced at a later date.

"With an excellent 2012 race calendar that will be available to F3 Cup competitors, including Brands Hatch GP, Oulton Park, Spa Francorchamps and the fabulous new Snetterton 300 circuit, MSVR are confident that the series will continue to flourish and grow with these extremely positive developments."

The 2011 F3 Cup continues with a visit to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on 16/17 July. 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.