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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 and video are online, pictures will follow! In addition, you can re-watch a live broadcast of the Sunday race on - 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!
Following a fantastic weekend at Dijon, we regret to have to inform you that we are forced to abandon the remainder of our 2020 season and championship, following the decision of HSCC earlier today to cancel our race at the Zandvoort Historic GP due to the travel restrictions imposed for our UK competitors. As such, we can only look forward and start work on our calendar for the 2021 season - stay tuned.
Eight screamers, including the welcome return of Historic F3 European Trophy founder Vincent Rivet in his son's beautiful March 703, joined their French Formula Ford Historic friends at Dijon for a combined grid of 32 cars. A downpour one-and-a-half hours before qualifying triggered some activity throughout the paddock, but luckily the sun came back out soon thereafter and competitors found perfect conditions once they headed out to the track. Not surprisingly Jeremy Timms narrowly edged current French champion François Belle to take pole. Widmer and Derossi shared the second row ahead of seven closely matched Formula Fords and series regulars Jason Timms and Slotine. Derossi had the best start on Saturday's race and took the lead ahead of Belle as pole sitter Timms ran wide going into turn one and dropping to P12 while exploring the gravel. However, while Derossi was entering the start-finish straight on P1, he found himself all the way back in P7 by the end of the straight grace to phenomenal slip-stream effect on this circuit. Meanwhile, Timms started to make his way back to the front where he enjoyed a duel with Belle all the way to the finish line, crossing it just 14 hundreds of a seconds ahead of the quick French racer. Behind these two, a race long battle ensued between the quick Formula Ford trio of Girardet, Genecand and Faggionato on one side and the equally matched screamer trio of Derossi, Widmer and Jason Timms, the six constantly changing positions. Jason Timms span on the last lap while Widmer, Derossi, Genecand and Girardet crossed the finish line seperated by a mere 0.2 of a second - what a fantastic race this was! Some rain on Sunday morning brought temperatures down a bit, but luckily the sun came out just in time. The race was officially declared wet as the track was a touch damp on the outside but dried up very quickly. This time around, the Formula Fords had the better start as five of them crossed the finish line at the end of lap one in the top six positions, with Derossi spearheading the screamers ahead of Jeremy Timms, his cousin Jason and Widmer. Similar close racing could be observed throughout the field for the entirety of the race. The safety car briefly came out on lap 11 in order to allow recovery of a car parked in the gravel at turn one. This bunched the grid back together for an exciting final two laps after which the thirteen quickest cars crossed the finish line within 5 seconds of eachother. This time however it was Belle who took the overall victory ahead of Timms while Derossi and Widmer completed the HF3 podium as they had done the day before ahead of Jason Timms, Rivet, meeting-eldest Jim Timms, Slotine and Retzlaff. Overall, knowing that the next event at Zandvoort was at risk due to travel restrictions, everyone present was grateful to be able to race under such perfect conditions and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with like-minded friends. Results, pictures and video are now online.
Watch a compilation of race 1 onboard Derossi's Chevron and Widmer's Brabham.
Finally! The 2020 season started in perfect conditions with the "Coupe Eric Offenstadt", a joint double-header with Formula Junior at the prestigious Peter Auto Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard nearly four months later than originally planned. An evenly split grid of 22 FJ and F3 cars lined up for qualifying on Friday afternoon and it was Jeremy Timms who took pole ahead of Christoph Widmer, Francois Derossi and Tommaso Gelmini who was the fastest Formula Junior pilot all weekend long. Jim Timms demonstrated once again that he likes this track as he qualified a fantastic 5th ahead of Maurice Slotine and his son Jason, unfortunately though, this was also the end of his racing weekend due to the engine failing at the end of the session, as was the case for Fischer. Jeremy Timms in his Chevron had the best start and never looked back, driving to a dominant first victory of the season. Widmer in the Brabham had a lonely race as Derossi struggled off the line and retired after completing just four laps, thus handing third place to Jason Timms ahead of Slotine and Poponcini. Historic F3 series invitee Austin Widmer in the Pircher Lotus 61 thoroughly enjoyed his racing debut as he battled the Lotus 22 of Niklas Halusa all race long, both of them having a big smile on their face at the end of the race. Saturday was continued with a very nice apero in honour of Delea's birthday and concluded with a memorable outdoor dinner in presence of Eric Offenstadt and Philippe Vidal. On Sunday, Derossi and Widmer managed to more or less follow Jeremy Timms for the first lap until Derossi had the first of his two spins at the far end hairpin, thereafter Timms once again had a lonely race, completing a perfect weekend for him with pole, two start-finish victories as well as two fastest laps. Derossi was also exceptionally quick, as he managed to close the gap to Widmer towards the end of the race despite a drive-through penalty due to an early start, however, a third spin at the end of the penultimate lap settled things, letting Widmer in the Brabham escape and take second place ahead of Derossi, followed by Austin Widmer in the Lotus 61, Jason Timms and Poponcini while Slotine and Delea retired early. In any case, smiles were all around in the paddock as everyone was relieved that the 2020 racing season was finally on its way. Pictures and results are now online.
We are excited to confirm that we will finally open the 2020 season in sunny South of France with the "Coupe Eric Offenstadt", a joint double-header with Formula Junior at the prestigious Peter Auto Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard in July. Following the season opener, our revised championship calendar will include a double-header at Dijon-Prenois three weeks later where we join our French Historic Formula Ford friends. The third and final round of the 2020 championship will take place at Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix - certainly an event not to be missed.
Unfortunately the Historic Tour event at Dijon-Prenois had to be postponed to mid August and our return to Donington for a standalone double-header in June was cancelled altogether due to the current health crisis - as such, our 2020 championship will start in July at the earliest. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to be able to publish a new calendar in early May - stay tuned.
Entries were coming in fast for the "Coupe Eric Offenstadt" at Paul Ricard planned to be held in early April! We had already 19 screamers and 13 Formula Junior entered, however, unfortunately the event had to be postponed to July due to the current health crisis - update to follow.
We regret that we had to cancel our award dinner on March 7th, 2020 due to the rapidly evolving situation related to the Corona virus. The number of cancellations simply would not have allowed us to celebrate the 2019 season in style as the majority of our competitors would have been absent. We do plan to find an alternate date for the award dinner once the situation has calmed down and will communicate a new date as soon as possible.
2020 will mark the fifty year anniversary since the last F3 screamer season in 1970, and we're pleased to announce a calendar which fits the occasion. We will open the season in sunny South of France with a joint double-header with Formula Junior at the prestigious Peter Auto Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard in early April - the perfect venue for a Spring vacation after a long Winter. Next, we will be guests at the Historic Tour at Dijon-Prenois where we join our French Historic Formula Ford friends. The third round of the 2020 championship will take place at Donington for a standalone double-header on the Grand Prix circuit in mid June - a place we have last visited 16 years ago. Five weeks later, the screamers return to Brands Hatch for our anniversary celebrations and the Nations Cup. The final round of the European Trophy, and likely the season's highlight, will be a standalone double-header at Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix - certainly an event not to be missed. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the season is over, as some pilots might want to compete for the British Historic F3 championship at Castle Combe in early October. Further details can be found on our calendar page - we hope to be celebrating with you in 2020!
We're excited to announce that our traditional championship award dinner will take place in the southern part of Switzerland on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 - save the date! The provisional program includes lunch in the beautiful town of Lugano, a private tour of the Clay Regazzoni memorial room as well as a visit to the winery of Angelo Delea including dinner in his wine cellar in Losone, Ticino - details to follow!
The final round of the 2019 championship for the Coppa Geki Russo at Monza with a full 32 car grid shared with Formula Junior at the prestigious Monza Historic turned out to be spectacular event, bringing back to live intense slip-stream racing as described in the Autosport race report from Monza in 1966. Conditions were perfect for qualifying where Jeremy Timms managed to grab pole on the last lap, narrowly beating Widmer who was ahead of the closely matched Derossi and Waine, followed by Traber and Bosson. Jeremy Timms initially headed Widmer in race one, however the later dropped back a couple of places after bruising the Brabham's nose due to a spin at the famous parabolica on lap two. Waine in his De Sanctis thus pursued the Chevron in a fine performance, only to see his podium ambitions shattered due to a broken gearbox input shaft after completing two thirds of the race and joining championship contender Jason Timms on the side-line for the rest of the weekend, as did Pircher with gearbox troubles and Bosson due to a broken wishbone. Muller had a good race, crossing the finish line just a second ahead of Slotine, just as did Jim Timms who managed to narrowly edge Traber. Jeremy Timms was faultless all weekend and never in danger in race two, thus recording a well-deserved double victory. Just as they did in race one, Derossi and Widmer provided good entertainment as they traded places time-and-again, except this time around it was Derossi who briefly visited the gravel at the first Lesmo after a slightly optimistic attempt, mirroring Widmer who had a brief rally excursion at Ascari after locking up his brakes in the first race. Also trading places countless times with the help of slip-stream was the group of Muller, Jim Timms, Traber, Slotine and Delea, all enjoying the race tremendously, as did Retzlaff and series new-comer Carminati in his rare BWA, both improving their times continously over the weekend. All-in-all a tremendous weekend on this iconic track, complemented by a series of great social events together with Formula Junior - definitely something to be repeated. Widmer wins the 2019 championship ahead of cousins Jeremy and Jason Timms. Results and pictures and video are all online.
Watch some exciting laps of race 1 onboard Derossi's Chevron.
Competitors and spectators couldn't have wished for better conditions at the 2019 Oulton Park Gold Cup with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the high twenties all weekend. As expected Hibberd was in a league of his own and set the standard in qualifying with an incredible time just shy of 1 minute and 51 seconds. A closely matched group followed with continental visitors Widmer, Derossi and Spaggiari taking the next places ahead of UK regulars Armer, Jarvis and Thompson. Rachel Lovett and Ewen Sergison organised a fabulous BBQ on Saturday evening including a Baking GP literally as the icing on the cake. Hibberd didn't get off the line too well in race one, allowing the continental trio to lead for the first lap. Unfortunately the safety car had to come out after Derossi made contact with the barriers due to the brakes on his Chevron acting up at Old Hall at the beginning of the second lap. Hibberd didn't leave much doubt as to who would win once the track was clear, however, behind, Spaggiari, Jarvis and Thompson had a good contest for second place while Widmer managed to just hold off Armer. Hibberd had a much better start in race two and never looked back to take a well-deserved second win. The real action however was further back with several race long incredibly close fights, one for P2, involving Jarvis, Armer, Thompson and Widmer, but also for P5 with Jason Timms holding off Spaggiari and for P7 with Andrew Tart heading Seaman and Bosson. Mid race Armer dropped out of the fight for second place due to a failing battery, however, the remaining three continued their stunning battle, going into corners side-by-side time and again. On the final lap, Jarvis, struggling with fading tyres, ran a touch wide at Druids, thus allowing Widmer to exit the corner along his side. The two raced towards the last corner with Thompson following on their gearbox. Widmer ran a bit wide at Lodge so Jarvis chose to cut to the inside while Thompson had the best exit. The three dove down and up to Dear Leap three abreast and eventually the white Brabham crossed the finish line first with a blue nose on either side. It was a fantastic finish to a memorable weekend and smiles were abundent at the podium and thereafter. Another highlight of the Gold Cup was Mike Walker finishing his first F3 1000cc race in 51 years in his Brabham BT21, a model which he raced back in 1967 at Monaco, Pau, Reims and other circuits. Results, pictures and video are online.
Watch the first two laps of race 2 onboard Widmer's Brabham.
The Grand Prix de France Historique at Magny-Cours promised to be a hot affair with a maximum capacity 44 cars on the grid and the weather forecast predicting temperatures well above the mid-thirties. Luckily the early qualifying on Saturday morning helped to keep temperatures for cars and pilots somewhat reasonable and Jeremy Timms once again showcased his speed by grabbing pole position ahead of Rivet, Derossi, Widmer and Jason Timms. However, ambient temperatures peaked at 38°C at race time late in the afternoon and it was clear that gauges had to be monitored carefully in order to finish the 25 minute race. Derossi was the first to retire due to overheating and after chasing Rivet for four laps, pole setter Jeremy Timms had to stop his Chevron due to piston failure. Rivet on the other side had temperatures well under control and took the overall victory after a great fight with the fastests Formula Ford competitors - not an easy task on a track that favors strong engines! Widmer had a somewhat lonely race and came in second ahead of Jason Timms who lost his clutch in the opening lap. Further back, Slotine, Delea and Fischer enjoyed a good fight and brought their cars home safely. Refreshments were served Saturday evening as Keith Messer was presented with a golden jubilee award for his enormous contributions in 50 years of motor racing and also received a mechanics overall signed by all Historic F3 drivers & friends as well as Jacques Laffite. Most competitors opted to remove the engine cover for race two and installed makeshift "ears" on the side of the bodywork to increase airflow through the radiator, as was done in period. Rivet once again battled with the Historic Formula Ford front runners Belle and Girardet and managed to record a double vitory with the runner up crossing the finish line just a car length behind. Thanks to the minor modifications Derossi's Chevron dealt much better with the hot temperatures as he stormed through the field in an attempt to catch Widmer who once again had a lonely race and focused on staying out of the Formula Ford championship battles and preserving his second place. Jason Timms came fourth ahead of Delea as Slotine and Fischer retired with engine issues. This Magny-Cours weekend will certainly be remembered by all for the extreme temperatures, just eight weeks after facing iced-up carburetors in snowy conditions at Dijon. Results and pictures are online.
A near capacity grid of 23 screamers, including seven competitors from the continent, gathered at Cadwell Park to compete in the Justin Haler trophy. Jon Milicevic set the pace in qualifying, just as he had done the previous two years, and secured pole nearly two seconds ahead of Jeremy Timms, Paul Waine, Michael Scott and Jason Timms while Derossi was best of the continental visitors. Unfortunately Mike Walker's return ended prematurely at the mountain after an unlucky off in the freshly restored Brabham. There was quite some activity in the paddock ahead of race 1 as it was not clear which tyres should be mounted as brief rain showers where followed by bright sunshine time and again. In the end, everyone opted for dry tyres and this turned out to be right choice as the initially damp track dried quickly. Milicevic once again set the pace, but it wasn't all that easy as a determined Jeremy Timms followed closely in the opening laps. Eventually however a small gap opened and Milicevic never looked back. Derossi and Jason Timms battled all race long for the remaining place on the podium which eventually went to the French racer in his Chevron ahead of Timms' Brabham while Waine in his beautiful De Sanctis managed to keep Scott and Armer at bay. The sun shone bright on the fantastic three-dimensional Lincolnshire track once again on Sunday morning and this time, Jeremy Timms managed to stay with Milicevic just for one lap before he spun at Charlies and thus moved down the order. Lust like on Saturday Derossi and Jason Timms battled all race long, but this time Timms managed to secure second place. Jeremy Timms rewarded himself with fastest lap as he stormed back to fourth and throughout the field good battles could be seen, such as Armer and Widmer, eventually joined by Waine, or Muller, Linstone and Slotine who stayed together all race long. The Justin Haler Trophy was won by Milicevic ahead of Jeremy Timms and Derossi. Results and pictures and video are online.
Watch some exciting laps around Cadwell Park onboard Derossi's Chevron as he battles with Jason Timms!
There was a long list with reserves for our season opener at Dijon-Prenois , however, due to some late withdrawals all competitors could take part in the event. Conditions were quite good for qualifying on Saturday morning and the Timms family showed that they were ready for the season, taking pole as well as two more places in the top five in a session which unfortunately was interrupted twice. The weather forecast for the race later in the day wasn't too brilliant, so everybody put on their rain tyres, but nobody could foresee what happened next. Temperatures dropped much further than anticipated, hovering just above zero and instead of rain it started to snow! As a consequence, the race was started behind the safety car, however, due to the 100% humidity, the low temperature and the slow pace, most down-draught carburetors started to ice up, forcing Widmer, Derossi, Jeremy Timms and Hekker to retire in turn. The end result was a most unexpected but very delighted podium with Jim Timms recording a well deserved maiden Historic F3 victory ahead of Slotine, Delea and Pircher - experience certainly prevailed on this occasion. The weather dried up overnight and the early retirees from the first race were bunched up at the back of the grid and looking forward to a good battle and chasing the podium finishers from day one. Unfortunately, one competitor dropped a long line of oil on the warm-up lap which caused quite some turmoil in turn one as the race started, eliminating or affecting seven cars and bringing out the safety car. Race control unfortunately decided to continue the race behind the safety car despite the long cleanup allowing action to resume with less than five minutes to go. Jeremy Timms in his Chevron adapted best to this new situation and rewarded himself with another maiden HF3 Timms victory ahead of his cousin Jason, Widmer and Derossi who had crossed the finish line first but was moved back due to a 30 second penalty resulting from passing competitors prior to the safety car line. Results and pictures are online.
Four continental competitors joined 24 racers from the UK in order to participate in the Derek Bell Cup at the 77th Members' Meeting at Goodwood and this year, they were rewarded with perfect conditions. Pole position went to two-time Derek Bell Cup winner Andrew Hibberd narrowly beating Ben Mitchell in the Robs Lamplough Brabham and ahead of Jeremy Timms in his newly acquired Chevron, followed by Enrico Spaggiari in his immaculate Lotus 41X and Ian Bankhurst in the Alexis. On Sunday morning, once the race started, Hibberd and Mitchell immediately distanced themselves from the rest of the field as they were clearly in a league of their own and put on a fabulous show, trading positions lap after lap. In the process Mitchell recorded a fabulous new screamer lap record at 1'22.9 well over a second faster than the previous mark. Further back however, spectators could observe a nice battle for best of the rest and the last remaining spot on the podium. Initially, it was Widmer and Spaggiari who traded positions several times ahead of Waine, King, Bankhurst, Jarvis and Jones while Derossi worked his way through the field due to a grid position unusually far back as the trusted Chevron had some issues getting into the spirit of things in qualifying. Unfortunately the safety car had to come out after six laps because Waine was too optimistic at Madwick and came to a stop on the racing line after hitting the barrier. This bunched everybody back together for the remaining two laps after the restart. Once again, Hibberd and Mitchell continued to trade positions multiple times and in the end, it was Mitchell's Brabham who managed to cross the finish line a mere 16 hundreds of a second ahead of Hibberd. Further back, initially it looked like Spaggiari was best positioned for the last spot on the podium after King spun at St. Marys due to still cold tyres after the restart. However, fuel issues on the Lotus allowed Jarvis and Widmer to get past and the two went side-by-side into Woodcote on the last lap, with Jarvis keeping the better end and thus coming third ahead of Widmer, Jones, Derossi and Mussa who made a fine return to our series. All in all, the continental competitors certainly enjoyed their weekend at Goodwood. Results, pictures and video are online.
Count "Jonny" Lurani gave birth to Formula Junior, and in his words its heir was the new Formula 3. At the Monza Historic meeting this September 20-22, organised by Peter Auto, we are delighted that we will be celebrating both the 'Junior' and the 'Heir', for the Coppa GEKI Russo. This combined grid for Formula Junior and Historic F3 1000cc cars will be a wonderful joint adventure, in memory of Giacomo "Geki" Russo, who was not only a multiple Italian F3 Series Champion, but also won 5 Formula Junior races at Monza.
1960 1 FJ win (at Monza)
1962 4 FJ wins (2 at Monza)
1963 4 FJ wins (2 at Monza)
1964 6 F3 wins (5 at Monza)
1965 3 F3 wins (1 Monza)
1966 1 F3 win (at Monza)
Sadly "Geki" lost his life in a tragic accident at Caserta in 1967, but we are very pleased that his daughter Beatrice and other members of the family will be with us to celebrate his FJ and F3 racing successes. Qualifying will take place on Friday, with a race on both Saturday and Sunday, and socials are also being planned both evenings.
We are excited to announce our 2019 calendar. Once again, for the fifth time in a row, the season will be launched with the non-championship Derek Bell Cup at the 77th Members' Meeting at Goodwood in early April. The regular championship starts four weeks later with a double-header at Dijon-Prenois . The second round of the 2019 championship will take place at Cadwell Park for a standalone double-header for the Justin Haler Trophy in mid June. Two weeks later the screamers return to Magny-Cours in order to compete at the Grand Prix Historique de France. Round four will be a standalone double-header at the Oulton-Park Gold Cup in August. The final round, and likely the season highlight, will be a double-header at Monza where we share a grid with Formula Junior at the prestigious Monza Historic. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the season is over as some competitors might want to combine their passion for racing with holidays in Portugal and participate in the non-championship Algarve Classic Festival at Portimão . Further details can be found on our calendar page - we hope to be seeing you in large numbers in 2019!
Our traditional championship award dinner will take place at the restaurant Kantorei in the center of Zürich, Switzerland on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 - save the date! Don't miss this opportunity and discover a new city or combine this event with some skiing in the nearby Swiss mountains.