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MotorSport Vision (MSV) and the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) have announced a new Formula 4 championship, to be launched in 2013. This will be a one-make series, with all chassis constructed by the RFR company headed up by Ralph Firman, founder of the Van Diemen operation. The cars will be powered by Cosworth engines.
The championship will be officially titled BRDC Formula 4, with each car built with ‘spaceframe’ techniques which aim for a balance of safety, ease of repair and low costs. The chassis – labelled MSV F4-013 and containing 2-litre Ford Duratec engines - will meet the 2012 FIA safety standards while featuring front and rear wings. Gearboxes will be 6-speed Saev systems, including a paddle shift, as Yokohama provides the tyres.
‘Teams are encouraged to purchase and run the newly-built BRDC Formula 4 cars alongside private family-run entries in a bid to create a healthy and competitive paddock,’ an official statement explains. ‘Teams wishing to join the championship will be limited to running a maximum of four cars. The cost of participation is expected to range from £35,000 for a private entrant to £70,000 for a professional team.’
Like with Formula 2, the championship will be backed heavily by former Formula 1 driver and BBC commentator Jonathan Palmer, now the Chief Executive of MSV.
“It is clear that British motorsport needs a new single-seater championship that really attracts the young talent of today to produce large competitive grids of drivers aiming for F1,” Palmer says. “At MSV we have used all of our considerable experience and judgment to launch what I think is a compelling package which I believe will re-energise this sector of motor racing.”
Derek Warwick, Chairman of the BRDC and also an ex F1 driver, is also providing huge support for the new series. The calendar will feature 24 races, spread across eight meetings at top British circuits, each of which will host three races per day.
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