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The second round of the 2018 championship took place at iconic Cadwell Park . Attendance was a bit lower than a year ago, however, the 19 pilots, mechanics and friends present in order to compete in the Justin Haler Trophy were rewarded with perfect conditions - fantastic track, blue sky and sunshine all weekend. Qualifying was briefly interrupted after an unfortunate clash at Coppice, prematurely ending the weekend for Messer and Timms. After action resumed, Milicevic in his Brabham set the pace as expected and secured pole well ahead of Hughes in the ex-Methley Merlin, Waine in the rare DeSanctis and Derossi in the familiar Chevron. The first race saw intense battles throughout the field, most notably between Milicevic and Hughes for the lead and the closely matched group of Waggit, Scott, Derossi and Widmer. Sadly Hughes had to pull out due to engine failure on lap 6, allowing Milicevic to escape and cruise to victory well ahead of Waine while Widmer managed to fend off Waggit and Scott after Derossi dropped back due to a spin on the penultimate lap. The intensity of race 1 is maybe best illustrated by the fact that the five drivers between P2 and P6 all posted lap times within a margin of 3/10 of a second, bringing back memories of close slip-stream racing in period. Milicevic never left any doubt regarding who would win race 2 as he comfortably lead from start to finish to record his fifth Historic F3 victory in as many races in 2018. Second position however was once again hotly contested. Waggit was first to lead the best of the rest initially, on lap 2 Widmer took over the position only to be passed by Waine and Scott a few laps later. A spin at Hall Bends on lap 11 dropped Waine down the order while Scott and Widmer continued to fend for P2. Widmer managed to squeeze by on the last lap and crossed the finish line a mere 2/10 of a second ahead of Scott, followed by Waggit, Waine, Thruston, Bosson and Linestone. Results and pictures are online - video will follow.
Fellow competitors were relieved to see Fischer return to racing for the start of the 2018 season after an involuntary year long break. The weather was great all weekend and the newly surfaced track incredibly quick, but unfortunately Paul Ricard was not too kind to the two Tecnos present; Gallo suffered terminal engine failure on the first lap in qualifying, and Fischer initially struggled with electrical issues. As a result, Derossi took pole ahead of Widmer, Bosson and Timms. In race 1, with electrical issues sorted thanks to Widmer's Spare Parts department, Fischer quickly demonstrated that he had not forgotten how to race. He enjoyed a good battle with Derossi for the lead until the Tecno's engine seized two laps from the end, thus handing an easy victory to Derossi ahead of Widmer, who recovered from a spin on lap one, and Muller, who had a very strong weekend altogether. Timms followed closely behind ahead of Bosson, Slotine and Pircher. In race 2 on Sunday morning, Derossi lead from the start, while Widmer and Muller traded places a few times due to taking turns at spins respectively, while Timms stayed flawless throughout the weekend. In the end, Derossi scored a double victory while Widmer and Timms completed the podium ahead of Muller and Slotine. Overall, not least due to Regis Prevost's excellent organization, it was a very enjoyable Easter weekend in sunny South of France on a track ready for the return of F1 later in the year. Results, pictures and video are now online.
Watch Derossi and Fischer trading positions for a few laps in race 1 at Paul Ricard onboard Derossi's Chevron.
The weather was quite pleasant as 29 competitors arrived at the 76th Members' Meeting in order to participate in the Derek Bell Cup at Goodwood . However, conditions changed dramatically overnight, and on Saturday morning temperatures barely reached 2 degrees C. Nevertheless, the track was still dry for qualifying and grip was reasonable considering the low ambient temperature. Current British Historic F3 champion Jon Milicevic took pole, ahead of last year's winner Andrew Hibberd, followed by a suprised Christoph Widmer, making it a 1-2-3 Brabham front row ahead of Gallo, Armer, Bankhurst, Kite and Spaggiari. Unfortunately, the engine of three-time podium finisher Thompson failed on the third lap, as did the engines of Waine and Haughton. Gallo span on the last lap at St. Mary's, damaging the right rear corner of his Tecno, however a combined team effort succeeded in repairing the stricken car for the race. Unbelievably, conditions turned for the worse with competitors facing snow and sub-zero temperatures as well as a gritted (salted) track on Sunday, leading many to withdraw their entry from the race, including Andrew Hibberd, winner of the last two Derek Bell Cups. In the end, 11 brave pilots lined up on the grid to take the start. Widmer lead at the beginning but was passed by pole-setter Milicevic after Fordwater. Milicevic extended his lead ahead of Armer and Gallo as Widmer span at Lavant, and from that moment on, it was clear that only a technical defect could stop Milicevic who, in the end, scored a comfortable and well-deserved victory in his Brabham BT21. Gallo in the Jaussaud Tecno and Armer in the March both had an excellent race, and completed the podium with Gallo setting the fastest lap of the race. Next up was the duo of Bankhurst and Mussa ahead of Widmer, Kite, Smeets and O'Nion - all relieved to have finished the race on a very slippery track. Results and pictures are now online, video will follow.
We are very happy to publish our calendar for 2018. Just like the last three years, the season will be launched in style in March with the non-championship Derek Bell Cup at the 76th Members' Meeting at Goodwood . The regular championship starts just two weeks later over the long Easter weekend with a double-header on the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France - the very same track that will be used by Formula One for the French GP later in the year. The second round of the 2018 championship will take place at Cadwell Park for a standalone double-header for the Justin Haler Trophy in May. Next up the screamers will return to Brands Hatch in order to compete in the 7th Nations Cup Revival on the spectacular Grand Prix circuit. Round four will be a standalone double-header at Nogaro - our first ever appearance on this circuit in the Armagnac region famous for its excellent cuisine and brandy. This race has been purchased by the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy, so please support this event - pit garages will be included in the entry fee! The final round of the 2018 championship will be yet another standalone double-header at Dijon-Prenois - one of the best tracks for our cars. In addition, the 2018 season will also feature standalone double-header races outside our championship on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in June as well as at the Oulton Park Gold Cup in August. It really doesn't get much better than that, so please make sure that you take full advantage of these fantastic opportunities and are present in large numbers such that we can continue to present exciting calendars in the future. Further details can be found on our calendar page - see you in 2018!
We are pleased to confirm that the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy’s award dinner will take place in Paris on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - save the date! Don't miss this opportunity and combine the trophy award dinner with a visit of Rétromobile or any of the famous & romantic Paris landmarks. Please send the dinner reservation form at the latest in early January.
Seven screamers ventured all the way to Portimão in order to take part in the Algarve Classic Festival together with our French Formula Ford Historic friends. Competitors were rewarded for the long journey with spectacular weather all week and a fantastic track - certainly a great way to finish the season. Derossi secured pole ahead of Gallo, Widmer, Pangborn, the duo of Bonny-Renavand, Delea and Timms. Clutch problems forced Derossi to retire on the opening lap of race 1 and thus the battle for the lead was left to Gallo and Widmer who managed to slip past Gallo when the later had to avoid a car facing the wrong way on turn 3. The field was bunched up again due to a short safety car phase, but in the end Widmer managed to cross the finish line ahead of Gallo and Pangborn. Between the races the Derossi's Chevron was turned 90 degrees and setup on just two of its wheels in order to sort out the clutch issue, thus allowing Derossi to start race 2 from the back of the grid. Unsurprisingly Derossi was irresistible, storming through the field to take the lead on lap 6 and the final win of the 2017 season ahead of Gallo and Pangborn as Widmer retired due to a broken throttle cable. Overall a great weekend and we certainly hope to return to the Algarve one day with a full grid as the track is exceptionally well suited for our screamers. Results, pictures and video are all online.
Watch two laps of race 1 at Portimão onboard Widmer's Brabham.
The final round of the 2017 championship took place at Cicruit du Val de Vienne - our first ever appearance on this technical track. Competitors enjoyed perfectly mild and sunny conditions on Friday for testing and qualifying. Pole went to Widmer, narrowly beating Derossi and Gallo, followed by Pangborn and the closely matched trio of Slotine, Timms and Delea. The weather changed overnight and rain combined with a long trace of oil all around the circuit resulted in extremely slippery conditions for race 1 on Saturday morning despite an hour and a half long effort by marshalls to neutralize the oil. Pole-sitter Widmer didn't get along too well with these challenging conditions despite a slowly drying track and was quickly passed by Derossi and Gallo who fought closely for the lead until Gallo spun on lap 9, handing victory to Derossi. The sun came back out after lunch and so did grip on the track. The second race was started based on the results from race 1 and Derossi, Gallo and Widmer all could still win the championship. Despite a poor start and initially losing some positions Widmer's confidence was back and he caught up and passed Gallo on the second lap and started to chase Derossi while further back Pangborn, Slotine and Delea enjoyed some close racing. A spin by Derossi at Trop Tard on the seventh lap allowed Widmer to close the gap and the two had good fun for a few laps until Derossi span again on lap 11, allowing Widmer to escape. This meant that the 2017 championship would be decided by who had posted the fastest lap on the final race of the season and thus received the extra point. This turned out to be Derossi who had an excellent season overall and is a well deserved champion of the 2017 Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy. Results, pictures and video are all online.
Watch two laps of race 2 at Val de Vienne onboard Widmer's Brabham.
Shortly before qualifying for the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix rain set in, triggering a lot of activity around the paddock as most of the 31 competitors changed to wet tires. Geoffroy Rivet once again showed his class in these tricky conditions, securing pole 3 seconds clear of Milicevic and Derossi. Fortunately, the sun came back out shortly thereafter, rewarding everybody with perfect conditions for the apero as well as the rest of the weekend. Milicevic lead early in race 1 ahead of Rivet and Derossi followed by a closely matched pack including Gallo, Scott, Blockley, Pangborn and Smith. Unfortunately Milicevic's engine lost power after just a few laps while Rivet was shown the black flag as he had not seen the signs for a drive through penalty early on. In the end Derossi won ahead of an impressive Smith who stormed to second from 13th on the grid, narrowly holding off Gallo after Blockley spun. Milicevic in Paul Waine's DeSanctis and Rivet from the pit lane started race from the back of the grid. After a clear start, the race soon settled at the front with Derossi, Smith and Gallo pulling away and Milicevic and Rivet fighting their way through traffic. A real race was on behind the first three with Blockley and Pangborn fighting for 4th place, changing positions and entering corners side by side every lap until Blockley's engine had enough. Scott had the best seat on the circuit to watch this fine racing and small groups or duels developed for the following slots. For the longest time it looked as if the podium from the day before would be repeated. It was the last lap when drama struck with Derossi and Smith closing in on Gustafson and Slotine, all approaching the last chicane. Four cars fighting for positions in a tight corner was too much and unfortunately Derossi and Gustafson collided, forcing both cars to retire and thus handing victory to Smith ahead of Gallo, Pangborn and Scott. Milicevic climbed to 5th position followed by quick newcomer Gerald Ludwig in his ex-Rivet Brabham BT28. Team France wins the 2017 Nations Cup. Results and pictures are online.
An amazing 27 screamers lined up for qualifying in perfectly sunny conditions at Cadwell Park . Jon Milicevic once again demonstrated his skills and secured pole in a fantastic time ahead of Derossi, Hibberd, Widmer and Thompson. Temperatures continued to raise and track temperature exceeded a scorching 50 degrees by the time the full capacity grid of 26 cars lined up for the start for race 1. Milicevic immediately took the lead ahead of Hibberd, Derossi and Thompson. Derossi retired at the end of lap 3 due to overheating and soon thereafter the safety car came out, bunching everyone up again. Hibberd had hoped to challenge Milicevic on the restart but instead was battling with fuel issues due to the hot temperatures and eventually had to retire as well. Thompson spun at the hairpin after a good fight, allowing Widmer to move to second ahead of Blockley who had an excellent race. After the race, everyone was rewarded with a splendid apero organized by Anne and Peter Hamilton. On Sunday Milicevic once again was irresistible but close battles could be seen throughout the field. Hibberd had a lonely race finishing second ahead of Derossi who managed to squeeze past Needham on the last lap. Lots of sunshine, an iconic track, international competitors from as far as Australia and a great atmosphere in the paddock - an excellent weekend overall. Results, pictures and video are now online.
Watch the first two laps of race 2 at Cadwell Park onboard Widmer's Brabham.
Local ace Jon Milicevic in his Brabham took full advantage of racing on his home track and had a perfect weekend, securing pole in qualifying as well as first place and fastest lap in both races. The only other competitor being able to challenge Jon was Goodwood winner Andrew Hibberd, but this time Andrew had to settle for second place as Jon simply proved too quick even for him. The level of competition in Historic F3 racing has increased significantly as demonstrated by the fact that nine cars qualified in a time that would have secured them pole position under similar conditions just two years ago. The group of followers was lead by Steve Smith and Peter Thompson who managed to complete the podium and secure a third place each. While qualifying was under perfect and dry conditions, a torrential downpour shortly thereafter forced race control to suspends action on the track for nearly an hour. As a result, conditions for race 1 were rather tricky as the wet track proved to be very slippery, resulting in repeat spins throughout the field. Widmer was the only other top ten qualifier besides Milicevic, Hibberd and Smith on the podium to avoid a spin and thus secured a forth place ahead of Pangborn, Scott and Derossi. Conditions for race 2 on Sunday were a lot better as the weather was warm and sunny once again. Milicevic quickly pulled clear as Hibberd had a moment on the opening lap at Luffield. Thompson was best of the rest as he stormed through the field securing third place after not finishing on Saturday ahead of Claridge, Derossi, Blockley and Scott. Overall definitely a great weekend on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit! Results, pictures and video are now online.
Watch some laps of race 2 on the Silverstone Grand Prix onboard Derossi's Chevron.
Competitors enjoyed perfect conditions in sunny South of France for the start of the 2017 championship with a double-header on the Paul Ricard circuit just one year before Formula One returns to Le Castellet. Gallo in his ex-Jaussaud Tecno took the lead midway through race 1 and never looked back with Derossi's Chevron and Widmer's Brabham slotted in the following positions ahead of Messer and Timms as Slotine couldn't take the start due to engine failure in qualifying. The race ended prematurely for Derossi on lap 6 due to a bent front suspension after some unfortunate contact but luckily the Chevron could be repaired for the second race thanks to the magic of Mr. Filoche! Gallo and Widmer enjoyed a good fight for the lead in HF3 in company of a nice group of Historic Formula Fords in race 2 until the Tecno ran out of fuel, thus handing victory to Widmer ahead of Derossi and Timms who had a good weekend overall. Results and pictures are now online.
For a third year in a row, the 2017 screamer season started at the 75th Members' Meeting with the Derek Bell Cup for F3 1000cc cars at Goodwood . A light drizzle on Saturday morning resulted in a wet track for qualifying. Last year's winner Andrew Hibberd mastered the tricky conditions best and secured pole position 0.7 seconds ahead of current British F3 champion Simon Armer, followed by Jonathan Hughes in the ex-Methley Merlin who completed the front row while Paul Waine and Christoph Widmer managed to post times good enough for second row. Unfortunately, the engine in 2015 winner James King's Chevron failed on the second lap, side-lining him for the rest of the event. Luckily, the track dried up during the day and 24 screamers lined up for the race late on Saturday afternoon in perfect conditions in front of a sell-out crowd. Jonathan Hughes had the best start and challenged Hibberd going into Madwick corner, but Hibberd wasn't going to yield, took advantage of knowing the track inch by inch and was seen from far away only for the rest of the race, recording lap record upon lap record. Spectators enjoyed an intense 6 car battle for second position between Hughes, Wilson, Thompson, Claridge, Waine and Blockley for the next few laps. Waine spun on lap 4 exiting the chicane and Blockley's race was cut short when he clipped the inside wall on the chicane on lap 8, damaging his front suspension in the process. Claridge retired in lap 14, however, the fierce battle for second place lasted until the last lap, with Wilson narrowly beating Thompson and Hughes, all three passing the checkered flag within one second - a fantastic race overall! Results, video and pictures are now online.
We are excited to announce our calendar for 2017. For a third year in a row the season will be launched in March with the non-championship Derek Bell Cup for F3 screamers at the 75th Members' Meeting at Goodwood . Just like in 2016, the regular championship starts in April in sunny South of France with a double-header on the Paul Ricard circuit just one year before Formula One returns to Le Castellet for the French GP. The second round of the 2017 championship will take place on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in May. Next up we return to Cadwell Park in June for a standalone double-header at the spectacular period circuit featured in the Hunt vs. Lauda movie Rush! The 6th Nations Cup Revival will take place in early September at the Grand Prix Historic in Zandvoort - a season highlight and event not to be missed. Round five will conclude the 2017 championship with a double-header at Val de Vienne - our first ever appearance on this circuit. However, that doesn't mean that the season is over as we have been invited to participate in the non-championship Algarve Classic Festival at Portimão - this is the perfect opportunity to combine your passion for historic F3 1000cc racing with holidays in Portugal. Further details can be found on our calendar page - we're looking forward to seeing you in action in 2017!