F1 tyre maker to supply F3 Cup

F3 Cup, the UK’s only modern Formula Three championship, has appointed Pirelli as its tyre supplier from 2015, it was announced today at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham.

F3 Cup, the UK's only modern Formula Three championship, has appointed Pirelli as its tyre supplier from 2015, it was announced today at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham.

All F3 Cup cars will run on Pirelli P Zero F3 tyres, whose performance and durability has been proven testing in Europe and racing in the Brazilian F3 Championship, won in 2014 by Pedro Piquet, son of triple World Champion Nelson Piquet.

Pirelli tyres were selected by F3 Cup promoter MSVR, the race-organising division of MSV, for their high levels of grip and excellent durability. Compared with F3 Cup's previous tyre, they will also be offered at marginally lower cost - consistent with the series' role in providing cost-conscious and affordable racing in state-of-the-art F3 single-seaters.

This new affiliation with motorsport's premier tyre manufacturer - Pirelli is supplier to the GP3, GP2 and F1 championships - will also ensure excellent customer service for F3 Cup's participating teams. Pirelli will provide support from the same facility in Didcot, Oxfordshire, that coordinates its F1 tyre operations.

2015 promises to be a landmark year for F3 Cup, with newer cars, constructed up to 2011, now eligible, and a new race format which promises a closer title fight.

The three classes in F3 Cup will now be Cup 11 for F3 cars constructed from 2002-2011, Trophy 01 for F3 cars built from 1997-2001, and Masters 96 for cars built from 1981-1996.

Now with three races at most events, the F3 Cup season will take in the Brands Hatch and Silverstone Grand Prix circuits and a soon-to-be-announced European round, as well as visiting the Brands Hatch Indy, Oulton Park International, Snetterton 300, and Donington Park national circuits.  

Anglo American Oil will continue to supply the control fuel for F3 Cup in 2015, meaning drivers will again be eligible for the Sunoco 200 Challenge, whose highest points-scorer wins a drive in the SportsCar 200 Championship race at Daytona International Speedway, Florida, on the same weekend as the Rolex 24 race.

Selected F3 Cup events will be broadcast on Full Speed Racing on Motors TV.

A full prospectus is available from MSVR or by visiting www.f3cup.co.uk.