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What a fantastic event this was! The 2023 edition of the Gold Cup, set in a spectacular lush park, was even nicer than in previous years and attracted a large classic car loving crowd. Our screamer race for the Sir Jackie Stewart Trophy was one of the feature races and competitors were rewarded with pit garages for their strong grids at Zandvoort, Brands Hatch and Oulton Park. Just as had been the case all season long, no one came even close to matching the speed of Samuel Harrison - it was another flawless "grand slam" weekend for the 19-year old racing driver from Ripon, North Yorkshire. So, with six wins in as many races, he has already secured his first Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy championship with one event still to go - impressive! Jason Timms was second in qualifying, ahead of De La Roche, Eagling, in the freshly restored ex-Troberg BT18, and Jeremy Timms, who struggled with ignition timing. Derossi was fastest continental driver, just ahead of Widmer, Hamilton, Jarvis and Nichols. Jason Timms had the best start on Saturday morning and lead the pack through Old Hall and Cascades, but Harrison quickly corrected that and lead comfortably by the end of lap one. The battle for second however was fierce - the Timms cousins and De La Roche fighting hard, giving each other just minimal amount of space. Behind, Eagling, Derossi, Jarvis, Widmer and Hamilton fought for fifth place, until Eagling spun at Lodge and decided to retire the car. The next closely matched group was that of Sharp, racing on his home-track 61 years after first going to the Gold Cup with his father, Wise, Tart and Nichols. Unluckily, Jason Timms spun on lap nine at Old Hall and found himself behind Jarvis, Derossi and Widmer for half a lap, because his engine had taken its time to start again. In the end, it was a clear victory for Harrison, while De La Roche narrowly edged out Jeremy Timms for second. One of the highlights was the Sunday morning pit lane walk for the public. To see 25 screamers all nicely line-up in the pit lane with large crowds gathering all around was just wonderful to experience - there couldn't have been better advertising for our series. In the second race, Harrison never looked back, while the Timms cousins retained a firm grip on the remaining podium places, only shadowed by De La Roche for the first half of the race until he was forced to retire. Widmer initially led a tight train with Derossi and Jarvis glued to his exhaust. Eventually the two blue cars got ahead of the Brabham after a small mistake at the first chicane and started to build a small gap. However, Derossi slightly overdid it at Cascades on lap nine, allowing Widmer to close in. The continental pair then started to hunt down Jarvis, but time ran out, the three taking places four to six, just ahead of the mighty Tecno battle of Hamilton and Wise. Austin Widmer, in Paul Waine's DeSanctis, had to start all the way from the back as he had been the first retirement in race one. With the gearbox problem sorted, the young driver from Switzerland felt increasingly comfortable in the "mini Ferrari" and constantly improved his lap times, gaining 11 places in as many laps. Jim Timms gave a brief comeback from retirement, supporting our series possibly for one last time, as he said after the race, his heart wasn't quite in it. Smiles could be seen all around at price giving - the Gold Cup certainly proved well worth traveling up North, not least due to a fabulous drinks and food apéro provided by Anne and Peter Hamilton on Saturday. We very much hope to return again soon. Results and pictures are online, video will follow.
The screamers once again delivered the largest grid at the Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix with 31 competitors from Argentina , France , Germany , Sweden , Switzerland , UK and the USA all enjoying the fantastic Grand Prix circuit. Most practice sessions on Friday were on a wet track, but on Saturday competitors once again switched back to dry tyres. As expected, Samuel Harrison set fastest lap in qualifying, however, P2 was a close race between Peter De La Roche, Jeremy Timms, Andrew Hibberd, Jason Timms and Richard Trott - all very experienced racers with many laps under their belts. The next group was 2 seconds back, but again, Drybrough, in the ex-Methley Merlyn, Jarvis, Widmer, Derossi, Armer and Fischer were all closely matched. Unfortunately, the weekend ended prematurely after qualifying for French competitor Slotine due to a broken drive shaft. The biggest surprise however was when the continental competitors returned to the paddock after qualifying, only to find six tents completely destroyed by a very strong wind gust that lifted them up over the trailers and catapulted a 10 kg weight more than 14 meters through the side window of Slotine's car parked behind. Luckily no one was injured. In the first race on Saturday, Harrison never looked back and realized his third consecutive win of the season. Jeremy Timms was in P2 for most of the race while Hibberd, De La Roche, Trott and Jason Timms battled for third, however, Hibberd and De La Roche, setting fastest lap in the process, managed to squeeze by Jeremy just before the safety car came out after a spin and minor contact with the barrier by Messer at Surtees. Derossi was fastest continental driver ahead of Widmer and Fischer. The two father son pairs of Widmer and Hamilton deserve a notable mention, with young Sam Hamilton making a welcome debut in the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy in his father's Lotus 51, while Austin Widmer, driving in what Marcus Pye called Paul Waine's "mini Ferrari", did well until he started to struggle with a slippery clutch. Saturday was rounded up with a fantastic BBQ, once again expertly organized by team Sergison. Jeremy Bennet and Mark Linstone took the occasion to present Keith Messer with a gigantic personalized clock, to thank and honor him for his achievements over all these years and his tireless work emphasizing the friendship and social side of our series. The second race on Sunday very quickly brought out the safety car as Fischer was forced to evade Derossi on paddock hill bend and in the process made contact with an unlucky Josh Sharp, who ended up in the gravel trap with no fault on his part. Once the safety car pulled in, Harrison's Brabham BT21 started to pull away in usual fashion, ahead of Jeremy Timms, Hibberd, Jason Timms and De La Roche. Hibberd dropped back on the last two laps, allowing Jason Timms to join his cousin on the podium. Overall it was another great weekend with smiles all around despite somewhat stormy conditions. Results, pictures and video are now online.
Enjoy some laps on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit onboard the Derossi's Chevron!
Twenty seven competitors from six nations travelled to sunny Netherlands for one of the most prestigious historic race events on the continent and a fantastic track for our cars. Despite some issues with the gear linkage, Samuel Harrison proved once again that he is in a class of his own and secured pole position 2.5 seconds ahead of Jeremy Timms and nearly 5 seconds ahead of Derossi. Jason Timms ran strong in qualifying, well clear of Fischer, Sharp, Hamilton, Jamin and Bosson, but couldn't finish the races due to an oil leak from a crack in the engine block. On Saturday, the field was slowed down for the first few laps due to a safety car after the Tecno of series returnee Bonny was stranded in the fast section through the sand dunes after the top of the hill. Once racing resumed, Jeremy Timms did the best he could to hang on to Harrison, crossing the finish line after 8 laps just 7 seconds behind. Derossi, Jamin and Fischer had a nice battle for third, as did Muller, Tart, series newcomer Ingwiller, in his super rare and beautifully restored Pygmée F3, and Carter in the Speedsport Chevron, raced last season by Harrison. Slotine, Pangborn and the younger Widmer racing for the first time in Paul Waine's DeSanctis, unfortunately were all non-starters due to technical issues. On Saturday evening, everyone enjoyed a splendid BBQ on the beach organized by Rachel Sergison. On Sunday, the race was much longer, too long for Sewell and Tart, both running out of fuel on the penultimate lap. Harrison stormed away and had a lonely race, as did Timms in second place. However, once again Derossi and Jamin fought all race long for the last remaining spot on the podium while the trio of Muller, Sharp and the older Widmer had a very good dice for fifth. Slotine and the younger Widmer had their problems sorted for the second race and both gained 14 places - one place per lap - excellent performances from the first champion and the newest debutee in our series. The updated track layout with the strong banking was definitely well received by all competitors, many expressing their wish to return as soon as possible. Pictures and results are now online.
Enjoy the first lap of race 1 at Zandvoort onboard the March of Thomas Jamin!
Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most legendary tracks on this planet and Historic F3 has last been present on this circuit in 2014. We now have a tremendous opportunity to return for a standalone Historic F3 double-header at Spa Summer Classic in June or early July 2024 as part of our 60 year anniversary celebration. However, we need your support in order to secure the race now, find out more on our Spa 2024 campaign page!
UPDATE - We have successfully achieved our campaign goal grace to generous commitments from our members and supporters - we are going to Spa in Summer 2024 - thank you for your awesome support!
Our 2023 season will start with the traditional awards dinner on the Race Retro weekend at Stoneleigh and will be combined for the first time with the British 1000cc Historic F3 Racing Association awards dinner to celebrate our close collaboration. As it was again very difficult to find attractive events on the continent, we decided to continue to focus on quality rather than quantity and thus the racing season will commence with one of the season highlights at the Historic Grand Prix at Zandvoort in mid June. Next up will be two standalone double-headers in the UK, first at Brands Hatch Superprix in mid July and, just two weeks later, at the Oulton Park Gold Cup - a fantastic event and a great opportunity to combine both races with just one channel crossing. Members are encouraged to participate in both of these flagship events in order to demonstrate that Historic F3 can put together full grids which will help us tremendously in organizing an outstanding calendar for our 2024 diamond anniversary season. For those interested, our British friends will assist in finding options to leave car and equipment on the island in between the two races. The final round of the championship will then take place at the end of September, when we will join our friends from the French Historic Formula Ford championship for a double-header on the Grand Prix circuit at Magny-Cours . Details can be found on our calendar page - we hope to be seeing you in full force back on track in 2023!
A combined Formula Junior and Historic F3 grid of 30 cars gathered in sunny Portugal for the Filipe Nogueira Trophy at the Algarve Classic Festival. Not too surprising, Jeremy Timms in his ex Reine Wisell Chevron was quickest overall in the official practice, but by the narrowest of margins possible as he out-qualified Widmer in P2 by a mere 0.001 of a second. The second row went to Formula Junior drivers Ames and Halusa, followed by Derossi and Jamin in row three, Formula Junior drivers Mowle and Buhofer in row four, Sharp in the ex Jim Blockley Chevron was fifth of the screamers, while Tart, Jason Timms, Traber, Messer and Jim Timms rounded out the top 10 in Historic F3. With pole position secured a bit too close for comfort, Jeremy Timms changed to fresh tyres, used just for one race before, and set out in a blistering pace in race one, challenged only briefly by Alex Ames who was clearly the fastest Formula Junior all weekend. After two laps, a parked Envoy FJ with a gearbox issue in turn three brought out the safety car for three laps. However, that didn't prevent Timms from storming away when racing resumed, setting a blistering pace with a best lap of 2:00.8 minutes, 2.5 seconds quicker than in qualifying! Ames had a lonely race as leading Formula Junior while Derossi and Widmer battled for second place in F3, well clear of the rest of the field and quite certain of a place on the podium. Unfortunately, and somewhat foolishly, they entangled at the hairpin on the penultimate lap, resulting in Derossi's Chevron being beached in the gravel with a bent front suspension, while Widmer managed to restart his bruised Brabham after a gaggle of cars slipped through, including Sharp in his immaculate Chevron and Jason Timms who continuously improved session after session. In the end, a delighted Josh Sharp finished second in F3, only to miss out on the podium celebration while Widmer managed to reclaim P3 which he held most of the race anyway. Jason Timms finished fourth while Tart, Traber, an astonishing Jim Timms, Messer, Slotine and Carminati rounded up the top ten. The son of Filipe Nogueira was present for an emotional presentation of the trophy in his father's name. After a flury of repairs in a great team effort, all cars but the stranded Envoy were ready for the second race on Sunday morning. Just as he had done in race one, Jeremy Timms was in a class of his own and lead comfortably only to be realed in once again by the safety car after too many cars tried to squeeze into turn one after six laps. Eventually racing resumed with two laps to go and this time a determined Ames was making sure it wasn't an easy win for Timms. However, the later responded in style, recording an amazing 2:00.0 minutes on his final lap, which not only secured him the grand slam for the weekend, but also crowned him a well-deserved champion for the 2022 season with four wins and four second places in eight races. Derossi and a very happy Jason Timms, who finally managed to sort his fuel starvation issue on the main straight, completed the podium. Sharp managed to surprise a snoozing Widmer at the top of the hill on the last lap to finished fourth while Traber, Jamin, Tart, Jim Timms and series newcomer Burkard in the ex Regazzoni, Jaussaud and Gallo Team Arnold Tecno completed the top ten. As this might possibly have been the last race ever for series elder Jim Timms, a special celebration was organized in the pit garages after the race in order to thank him for his engagement and support of our series. He was presented, in front of a large part of his family, with a commemorative T-shirt signed by all competitors and friends. A very worthy finish to a great weekend and season on this fantastic track. Pictures and results are now online. See you all again in 2023!
Our joint race at the Algarve Classic Festival together with the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association will be in honour of J. Filipe Nogueira who successfully competed in both series in period. As was typical at the time, JFN Filipe Nogueira competed in all sorts of categories and cars such as various Ferraris and Porsches against greats like Roy Salvadori, Marquis de Portago and Derek Bell. The first Formula Junior race in Portugal was at Porto on August 23rd 1958, as a support to the Portuguese F1 GP. Filipe Nogueira was entered in a Stanguellini, and indeed was leading the race, until engine trouble forced him to retire. Fast forward to the F3 era of 1964-70, and whilst there was no Portuguese race in ’64, in ’65 the XI GP de Portugal was held at Cascais, and Filipe was 4th in the final in a Lotus 35. The following year, at the 1966 GP de l’A.C. Portugal in Porto, Nogueira was 5th in a Brabham BT16. Being the best of the Portuguese in that race was very honorable and exciting, so JFN acquired - through Frank Williams - a Brabham BT 18, with which he would race during the remainder of the 66 and the 67 seasons. During those years, he took part in several races in Portugal , such as the VI Circuito de Montes Claros 1967 where he placed 2nd, in a race that tragically ended the live of Tim Cash, but mainly in Europe, namely, Barcelona , Pau, Dijon , Monza and Brands Hatch . In 1967, JFN and two other Portuguese drivers represented Portugal in the Nations Cup at Brands Hatch where Portugal was placed 5th among more then a dozen participating nations. Please also see our picture gallery courtesy of his son José Filipe Nogueira who will be present at Portimão.
Another truly international grid with competitors from Italy , France , Germany , Sweden , Switzerland , UK and the USA assembled for the first HSCC Historic F3 race on the continent in five years. Conditions for qualifying on Friday afternoon were fantastic and it quickly showed that those with previous exposure to this very technical track had an advantage. Not unexpectedly Jeremy Timms took pole but by a narrower margin than usual, just 2/10th ahead of Widmer who lapped 14/1000 quicker than Bankhurst who in turn exclipsed Derossi by yet another 14/1000 - very close performances indeed. Behind it was Jason Timms ahead of series newcomer Jamin, Fischer, Sharp, Muller and Armer rounding out the top ten. A nice apéro in the paddock rounded up a perfect Friday with all cars ready for the first race on Saturday. Widmer had the best start and lead initially in race one, but Timms restored order at the end of the first lap while Bankhurst and Derossi received a drive-through on lap two for being a bit too optimistic as the lights went out. An unfortunate spin into turn one on lap 4 collected an unlucky Delea and brought out the safety car for two laps and thus bunching up everyone once again. After the restart, a good battle between the Timms cousins and Widmer ensued with Jamin, Fischer and Armer in hot pursuit. However, it was clearly Derossi who delivered the drive of the day. Being just in P12 after the safety car and his detour through the pit lane, he started to slice through the field and eventually caught up with Jeremy Timms and Widmer with three laps to go after Jason Timms dropped back after a spin and Fischer's engine started to loose power. In the end Derossi crossed the finish line just half a car length ahead of Timms after 15 laps, however, as the race was red flagged immediately thereafter due to a near identical incident into turn one on lap 14, this time series newcomer Humbert collecting an unfortunate Messer, the final race result was that of a lap before with Timms taking a narrow victory ahead of Derossi and Widmer. Jamin followed in P4 in his first screamer race ever, ahead of Sharp, Armer, Muller and Bosson. As it was such a close call, Jeremy Timms put on a new set of tyres which he had saved for Portimão and never looked back in the second race on Sunday, driving without fault and securing a second victory and the lead in the championship. However behind spectators withnessed a sensational battle for second place in a six car battle over 17 laps from start to finish. Derossi, Jason Timms, Jamin, Armer, Bankhurst and Widmer traded places lap after lap, very close, clean and intense racing and simply a joy to watch - definitely perfect advertising for our series. Any one of the six would have deserved to be on the podium, in the end it was Derossi crossing the finish line narrowly ahead of Jason Timms, but all the others had equally big smiles on their faces as they got out of their cars. The eight top finishers in race two will all meet again in Portimão , so more to come! Results, pictures and video are now all online - enjoy!
Enjoy a compilation of race 2 as Derossi and Widmer trade places with Jason Timms, Bankhurst, Jamin and Armer over 17 laps!
The AVON tyres for wet conditions with A37 compound, code numbers front 7714 and rear 7715, are no longer being manufactured. Due to this force majeure, we have updated our regulations to allow once again the AVON tyres with A27 compound, code numbers front 7277 and rear 7278, for wet conditions, effective immediately and also for 2023 and beyond.
An amazing 30 screamers entered the Brands Hatch Superprix on the famous Grand Prix circuit - a truly international grid with competitors from Australia , France , Germany , Sweden , Switzerland and the UK , just like in the heydays of F3 racing in the late sixties. The weekend ended prematurely after free practice for French competitors Slotine and Debien with engine and gearbox issue and some pandemic related withdrawals meant that the field was reduced to 26 for qualifying. As in recent events, youngster Samuel Harrison in his Chevron was quickest, one second faster than Jeremy Timms who was well clear of a closely matched group comprising Seaman, Widmer, Armer, Bankhurst, Fischer and Derossi. Just behind was another cluster with Messer, Sharp, Bosson, Linstone, Tart, Nichols, Jason Timms, Penrose, Sergison, Muller and Hamilton - all of them enjoying this fantastic track in glorious sunshine. The start for the first race on Saturday late afternoon was slightly delayed as Messer' Vesey decided to empty its oil at Surtees but the marshals did a fantastic job cleaning this up quickly and making sure the track was save for racing. As expected Harrison stormed away at the start, however, it wasn't easy sailing as a determined Jeremy Timms pursued him relentlessly and in the process posted the fastest lap of the race, crossing the finish line just two seconds behind. Initially it was Seaman in third until he spun on lap 6, giving way for a great dice between Widmer, Derossi and Armer for the remaining spot on the podium. In the end, Derossi edged Widmer ahead of Armer, the three separated by just 1.5 seconds after ten laps. Bankhurst suffered from some misfires and had to fight hard in order to stay ahead of Penrose, Sharp, Linstone, Nichols and Fischer. The starting order for the second race on Sunday was based on fastest lap the day before, so Jeremy Timms was on pole, ahead of Harrison, cousin Jason Timms, Fischer and Derossi. However, it didn't take long for Harrison to restore order and this time, he managed to extend the gap to Jeremy Timms to 5 seconds while improving his best lap time at the same time. The safety car had to come out briefly after Bankhurst went into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend but things were cleared up quickly as racing could resume after just one lap. Jason Timms had a lonely race but drove very well and was delighted to be on the podium, ahead of Armer, Seaman, Derossi, Widmer and Linstone. Overall, it was fantastic to have such a big grid and close racing on this legendary track - well worth the trip across the channel! Pictures, video and results are now online.
Watch a compilation of a few laps of race 1 onboard Widmer's Brabham.
Our season started with a near maximum capacity grid at Donington Park with 28 cars on the entry list. The weather couldn't quite make up its mind - hot and sunny for setting up and scrutineering on Friday, then cold and very wet for qualifying and race 1 on Saturday and finally overcast but dry for race 2 on Sunday. Visibility for qualifying was very poor and the safety car came out after little more than one lap due to too many cars being stranded in the gravel all around the circuit. Once everything was cleared up and the safety car pulled in, there was just time for two quick laps. Youngster Samuel Harrison proved to be in a class of his own, distancing Jeremy Timms nearly five seconds - simply amazing! A further four seconds back was Armer, ahead of Bankhurst, Milicevic, Widmer, Lamplough and Derossi. It was still wet for the race, but not quite as bad as during qualifying. Again, Samuel Harrison put on a dominating performance, crossing the finish line more than a minute ahead of Bankhurst and Timms - the only drivers to finish the race in the same lap as the winner - everyone else was lapped at least once. Armer was best of the rest on fourth, followed by series newcomer Sharp, Lamplough and Haughton. Despite the rain, newly weds Rachel & Ewen Sergison hosted a great BBQ on Saturday evening - a great opportunity to catch up and recount stories current and past. At last conditions were dry for the race on Sunday. Harrison won again, completing a perfect weekend, but this time, the gaps were a lot closer with Timms and Bankhurst completing the podium in reverse order from Saturday. Behind, it was again Armer in fourth, followed by Seaman, Sharp and Haughton. Derossi was best continental driver ahead of Widmer and Bosson. All in all a great weekend with Historic F3 for once presenting the largest grid of the event - quite a comeback from previous years. Pictures and results are now online.
Five continental drivers joined their British friends for the Derek Bell Cup at the 79th Members' Meeting. The sixth edition of the event saw Andrew Hibberd take pole as expected, ahead of Seaman and Timms, followed by Armer, Diffey, Thompson and Kite. Fastest driver from the continent was Italian Spaggiari, followed by Widmer , Derossi , Bosson and Pircher . The qualifying session was briefly red flagged when Paul Waine's engine failed in a big way - definitely an unfortunate weekend for the kind DeSanctis driver - and the aftermath of the oil spilled on the track also prematurely ended the weekend for Spaggiari and former winner James King from the US . After a fantastic set of demonstrations, followed by a memorable evening party, next morning 21 remaining drivers, including debutante Rachel Lovett racing Sergisons' Merlyn, warmed up their engines in glorious sunshine in preparation for their race just before lunch. Steve Seaman had the best start and lead initially ahead of Timms and pole-sitter Hibberd. However, Timms made one of the top 10 overtakes of the weekend when he passed Seaman around the outside at Woodcote towards the end of the first lap. Hibberd started slightly cautious but restored order on the second lap at Lavant and never looked back, celebrating a well-deserved third win in the Derek Bell Cup ahead of Timms and Thompson, who had an intense race-long battle with Fitz-Simon, the later gaining an impressive eight places in the race. Fifth was Kite, narrowly ahead of Widmer and Armer who's engine started to struggle on the last lap of the race. Unfortunately Derossi's engine seized on lap five, so only three drivers from the continent finished the race, including Bosson from Sweden in tenth place and Pircher from Switzerland in his first race at Goodwood on thirtenth place, but all of them thoroughly enjoyed the special, one-of-a-kind weekend. Pictures and results are now online.
Now that the other title fight has finally been decided, it is time to look forward to 2022! We are pleased to announce the first event, our post-poned 2020 award dinner. The long-awaited celebration will take place on March 5th 2022 at Delea's winery in Losone, Switzerland and members of the Regazzoni family will be present! The invitation letter and dinner reservation form are now available on our calendar page. Pictures are now online!
Now that the pandemic finally seems to come to an end, here's yet another opportunity for a social gettogether. Our friends from the British 1000cc F3 Historic Racing Association will have their Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday 26th March 2022 at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth . Continental competitors are warmly welcome to attend.
We are pleased to present our calendar for 2022. Our racing season will be launched in style with the 6th edition of the Derek Bell Cup at the 79th Members' Meeting at Goodwood in April. As it was very difficult to find attractive events, we decided to focus on quality rather than quantity and as a result, our championship will start a bit later than usual with two standalone double-headers at Donington Park in June and, just three weeks later, at Brands Hatch in July, subject to confirmation by HSCC. Members are encouraged to participate in both of these flagship events in order to demonstrate that Historic F3 can put together full grids. For those interested, our British friends will assist in finding options to leave car and equipment on the island in between the two races. The second part of the championship will then take place in October, first with another standalone double-header at the Motors Cup at Dijon-Prenois which will also be the final round of the British Historic F3 championship. And last, but certainly not least, the final round of the European 1000cc Trophy will take place at Portimão in a joint race together with our friends from the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association. The race entry will include 100 minutes of track time as well as 3 nights in a four star hotel, thus representing great value and a perfect vacation opportunity to enjoy some sunshine and good food in the beautiful Algarve area. As the rounds in Dijon and Portimão are just three weeks apart, the plan is to organize a transport option for our continental competitors from Dijon to the Algarve and back - stay tuned for further information. Details can be found on our calendar page - we hope to be seeing you in full force back on track in 2022!
Sadly, Sir Frank Williams passed away on November 28th. He started his legendary motorsport career in the sixties racing F3 screamers before moving on to F1 where his team eventually would win seven driver and nine constructor titles. The picture, copyright Bo Börjesson, demonstrates Williams' fighting spirit in car #5, ahead of Troberg #15 and Dubler #7, all three of them in a Brabham BT18, at the Knutstorp Cup in 1966 where he scored his first and only victory in F3. RIP.
Finally, it was possible again for European competitors to travel to the UK, after what seemed to be a never ending period in the holding pattern and Leif Bosson from Sweden and Christoph Widmer from Switzerland took on the challenge to join 16 British competitors for the Oulton Park Gold Cup. They were rewarded with perfect conditions, a very warm welcome back and a fantastic meeting overall. All weekend long, Jeremy Timms in his Chevron B17 was in a class of his own after the last minute withdrawal of Ben Simms, comfortably securing pole and easily winning both races with a substantial margin, lapping the iconic circuit at least 2.5 seconds faster than the next competitor. However, it was anything but clear as to who would join Timms on the podium as spectacular fighting could be observed throughout the field, especially for second place which was hotly contested by reigning British F3 champion Bankhurst in his Alexis, former champion Armer in his March and continental visitor Widmer in his Brabham. The three changed positions lap after lap, no one managing to escape. Widmer lead the trio at the beginning of lap 9, unaware that this would be the last as the race duration was slightly shortened to make up for lost time during the day. Bankhurst managed to squeeze through going into Knickerbrook and Armer did the same at Druids, thus moving the Swiss racer to P4 as the trio crossed the finish line just 0.5 seconds apart. Specators also enjoyed another excellent battle for P5 between points leader Tart, period race Walker, Waine in the ultra-rare De Sanctis as well as Sewell and Hamilton in their beautiful screamers. Certainly, big smiles were abundent in the parc fermé after a highly entertaining race. The second race on the bank holiday Monday was pretty much repeat of the day before - Waine had the best start and was on P2 until he spun at Cascades while Bankhurst, Armer and Widmer continued their titanic battle until Armer could no longer engage gears after a small off on the approach to Hill Top. As such, Bankhurst and Widmer joined Timms on the podium while Waine, Linstone, Walker, Sewell, Hamilton, Bosson and Booth rounded out the top ten. Results and pictures are now online, video will follow.
Only a select group of five screamers plus one invitee joined their French Formula Ford Historic friends at Dijon for a combined grid of 32 cars. With a threat of heavy downpour for the race on Saturday, everybody tried hard to qualify as far in front as possible and Derossi managed this to near perfection with P4 overall despite a lack-luster engine performance. Derossi struggled to start his Chevron prior to race 1 but finally managed at the last moment. Luckily, it stayed dry for the start of the race, especially as the five screamers where unexpectedly all lined up together at the back of the grid, three rows after the slowest Formula Ford. This created quite a dangerous situation as a Derossi and Widmer tried to navigate much slower cars, passing close to half a dozen before turn 1 and some more before that ended - definitely not an experience they plan to repeat. Light drizzle started around lap 6 and made the track tricky to navigate as it was slippery in some parts but still dry in others. Delea spun on lap 8 at the double-left at the top of the hill and was unfortunate enough to be collected by an inexperienced competitor who couldn't decide whether to pass him on the left or the right! This incident prematurely ended the weekend for both and brought out the safety car for the remainder of the race as rain started to intensify. With Derossi and Delea side-lined, only three screamers took the start on Sunday, this time however all correctly lined up in the middle of the grid as usual. Slotine had a great start, drove very well and lead early on, pursued by Widmer and Pircher. However, the suprise of the weekend was when Slotine pulled over at the end of lap 4 as his steering wheel had become loose on the main straight! Unfazed by this, Slotine mended the car with some nuts and tools borrowed from a marshal, strapped himself back into the Merlyn, continued the race and finally joined Widmer and Pircher on the podium - that's the spirit! Results and pictures are now online.
Seven continental members plus an invitation pilot ventured to the South of France in order to compete in a 52 car shared grid at the Grand Prix de France Historique. Quite as expected Geoffroy Rivet was fastest amongst the screamers qualifying on a remarkable P2 overall, ahead of Widmer, Fischer, Derossi, Slotine and the Swiss duo of Delea and Pircher. Race 1 early on Saturday morning was interrupted twice by the safety car and unfortunately the second incident prematurely ended the older Widmer's race weekend. Rivet was unchallenged and claimed victory ahead of Fischer and an elated Slotine. The second race on Sunday was a much better experience for all and Rivet completed his weekend grand slam, winning ahead of a beaming Fischer who saw the checkered flag in two subsequent races for the first time in quite a while as the nagging issues with his Tecno have finally been sorted. Derossi finished third after a spin at double-right of Beausset ahead of Slotine and Pircher who narrowly edged Delea after the Swiss duo traded positions all race long. Austin Widmer drove a stunning race in the Pircher Lotus 61 in a race-long four car battle for first in the pre-74 Historic Formula Ford class, showing that he certainly deserves his seat in our junior driver program. Quite unlucky a first podium eluded him as the nose of his Lotus folded back 180 degrees after making minor contact with the rear wheel of the McNamara of seasoned veteran Prevost just three corners from the finish line while fighting for a class win rather than settling for third, showing that he is a true racer indeed! Results, pictures and video are online! In addition, you can re-watch a live broadcast of the Sunday race - our race starts at 2h:52' - enjoy!
It has been incredibly challenging to organize a viable calendar for 2021 due to the uncertainty of the progression of the pandemic in the coming months, combined with new administrative hurdles and associated cost when travelling to and from the UK. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to find suitable events, and after exploring many different options and scenarios, we have come to realize that it is essentially impossible for us to conduct the Historic F3 1000cc European Trophy this year. Instead, we will do what we do best and enjoy racing amongst friends, whereever and whenever possible. Our members will be able to race at the Grand Prix de France Historique at Paul Ricard in June, in all the British Historic F3 races organized by HSCC , in particular at Brands Hatch in July and Oulton Park in late August, as well as in all Historic Tour events together with our friends from the French Historic Formula Ford association. In addition, we also plan to organize the postponed award dinner sometime in the Fall once travel and event restrictions have been lifted - a date will be announced in due time. Further details can be found on our calendar page - we hope to be seeing you on track in 2021!