The final round of the 2018 season took place at Dijon-Prenois with a stand-alone double header in perfect conditions as part of the Motors Cup which turned out to be a great meeting with Historic F1, Historic F2, Historic F3, Formula Junior and Masters Sports Cars all present. It was no surprise as Geoffroy Rivet secured pole ahead of the closely matched group of Widmer, Spaggiari, Derossi and Gallo. Equally matched was the following group of Muller, Slotine, O'nion, Delea and the Timms father-son Brabham BT21 double-pack. Unfortunately an unlucky Life Bosson had to call it a weekend after qualifying due to premature engine failure. Anticipation increased prior to race 1 and it was Muller who was most determined to get things going, even before the lights went off, taking the lead initially from P9 but later obliged to take a detour via the pitlane. The safety car briefly came out as O'nion was forced to park his Tecno on the uphill after the Parabolique due to a broken drive-shaft spline. Widmer took the lead on the restart ahead of Rivet and Spaggiari but order was quickly reestablished by Rivet and the trio managed to escape from the chasing pack, all involved in close racing throughout the field. On Sunday Rivet managed to escape right at the start of race 2, however there was plenty of slip-stream action in the two groups following as positions changed lap by lap. In the end Rivet won the last race of the season ahead of Derossi, Widmer and Spaggiari followed by Muller, Slotine, O'nion, the Timms duo and Delea, all crossing the finish line just seconds apart. Overall a great race and weekend on one of the best tracks for our cars. A delighted Widmer wins the 2018 trophy with 9 podium finishes in 10 championship races ahead of Derossi and Slotine, all three scoring points in each and every race of the season. Results, pictures and video are online. A date and venue for the award dinner in Switzerland will be announced soon.
Watch a few laps onboard Widmer's Brabham in race 2 at Dijon - screamer slip-stream racing!
The penultimate round of the 2018 championship took place at Circuit Paul Armagnac Nogaro - our first appearance on this track. Entries unfortunately were quite low despite a fantastic offering - unsilencend standalone double header, qualifying and one free practice - a total of four 25 minutes sessions each - plus free pit garages - all for €500 in sunny France. Gallo was fastest in qualifying ahead of Widmer and Derossi. Mussa was fourth, however unfortunately his weekend ended prematurely after damaging his Tecno in an unlucky encounter with a barrier. Series returnée Renavand placed fifth ahead of Slotine and Messer. Conditions were blistering hot for race 1 on Saturday afternoon. Gallo lead initially chased by Widmer, Derossi and Renavand. The lead changed to Widmer after two laps while the high temperatures started to affect Derossi's Chevron and Gallo's Tecno, forcing Derossi to retire and Gallo to reduce his pace. In the end, Widmer was first to see the checkered flag while Renavand managed to snatch P2 from Gallo on the last lap. Race 2 saw an early retirement of Gallo due to a broken rose-joint while Derossi was a relentless shadow to Widmer for the entire race. The two eventually crossed the finish line side-by-side with Widmer hanging on to P1 by a mere 0.137 of a seconds - a true nail-biter from start to finish. Results and pictures and video are online.
Watch Derossi in his Chevron chase Widmer's Brabham in race 2 at Nogaro.
Brilliant conditions, plenty of sunshine, a splendid BBQ and a fantastic track rewarded competitors present at Brands Hatch for round 3 of the 2018 championship. Pole position went to Milicevic who was half a second quicker than Hibberd, followed by the continental group of Widmer, Fischer, Derossi and Spaggiari. Unfortunately Fischer's engine lost oil pressure, once again ending a weekend prematurely for the unlucky German. As expected Milicevic and Hibberd were chasing each other for the majority of race 1 until Hibberd's Checkered Flag Brabham started to loose power, thus handing victory to Milicevic ahead of Smith and Scott. However, wheel-to-wheel racing could be observed throughout the field as several groups enjoyed close company. Unlucky driver of race on Saturday was Widmer as a steering arm failed on the last corner of the last lap, sending his Brabham into the tire barrier after an otherwise excellent race. However, the entire Historic F3 family rallied with parts, labor, drinks, advice, tools and moral support in order to repair the striken car in time for the second race on Sunday morning. Once again it was Milicevic and Hibberd chasing each other, only this time around, it was Milicevic who had to retire prematurely due to a broken rocker, thus handing victory to Hibberd ahead of Scott who was the only driver on the podium in both races. Gallo, Derossi, Spaggiari, Widmer and Thruston were trading positions all race long, just as Waggitt, Muller, Linstone, Hamilton and Sewell did in the group following. In the end, Widmer's effort to repair his Brabham was rewarded with a podium finish which felt like victory after an emotional roller coaster weekend. Team Great Britain B with Hibberd, Scott and Waggitt wins the Nations Cup. Results, pictures and video are now online.
Watch the first few laps of race 2 on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit onboard Widmer's Brabham.
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.