British F3 2011 Calendar, Better, Faster, Stronger

SRO Motorsports Group today announces an exciting calendar for the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series season, with a superb selection of circuits - both British and European - on the roster of events and enhancements aimed at maintaining the championship’s position at the forefront of international motorsport.

British F3 will again feature 30 races, three at each of the 10 meetings. After a break from recent years, the championship will kick off at the legendary Autodromo di Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix. In Britain the championship will feature at Oulton Park, Donington Park GP, Brands Hatch GP, Rockingham, the new Snetterton ‘300’ track, with the season finale at Silverstone Arena. In mainland Europe, as well as Monza, F3 will visit Paul Ricard and Spa Francorchamps. Nürburgring is likely to be on the calendar but remains to be confirmed at this point.

SRO General Manager Lisa Crampton is thrilled by the newly revealed schedule: “We’re absolutely delighted by the way the F3 calendar has developed. The circuits we plan to visit give drivers invaluable time on top Grand Prix tracks and will challenge them on some of Britain’s greatest driver circuits. There are many more improvements in the pipeline to underline the status of British F3 and these will be worked on together with feedback from FOTA over coming months.

“We understand teams require a schedule at this point in the year to show to prospective drivers and sponsors. We’ve held the exact dates, as one or two may still change by a week or fortnight. We’d rather announce the month than to announce a date and then have to change it.”

Detailed plansFormula 3 began in Britain in 1951, and to celebrate F3’s 60th anniversary the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series plans further enhancements to reinforce its status as the best training formula for the Grand Prix stars of the future.

In addition to major marketing initiatives which will include a new championship logo, a fully revised PR schedule and greater promotion of events, there will be a new focus on British F3’s National Class, which is to be renamed the Rookie Championship and which will aim to nurture new talent as they take their first, low-budget steps into Formula 3.

Rookie Championship drivers entering for the full season will each receive a branded race suit as part of their package, and will continue to benefit from power unit data-sharing support provided by Neil Brown Engineering. The 2011 Rookie Champion will receive the prize of a waived entry fee into the 2012 British F3 International Championship.

The overall British F3 Champion, as well as the runner-up and third-placed finisher, will be rewarded with valuable tests at the wheel of a Renault World Series 3.5 racer.

More projects for 2011 and beyond will be revealed in coming months.

Provisional schedule of eventsMONTH  CIRCUIT  CHAMPIONSHIPSMarch  Silverstone, UK  Media & Test DayApril  Monza, Italy  GT Endurance SeriesApril  Oulton Park, UK  British F3 & GT & UK support packageMay  Donington Park GP, UK  British F3 & GT & UK support packageJune  Brands Hatch GP, UK  British F3 & GT & UK support packageJuly  Paul Ricard, France  FIA GT1 World ChampionshipJuly  Spa-Francorchamps  Spa 24 HoursAugust*  Nürburgring*, Germany  GT Endurance SeriesSeptember  Rockingham, UK  British F3 & GT & UK support packageSeptember  Snetterton 300, UK  British F3 & GT & UK support packageOctober  Silverstone Arena, UK  GT Endurance, British F3, GT & supports

* Date/Circuit to be confirmed. All dates and circuits are provisional and subject to change