British F3 releases 2012 race calendar

British F3 releases 2012 race calendar

7 November 2011 – Organisers of the British Formula 3 championship have released a 29-race calendar for 2012 which will take the series to four different countries and includes races on the full Grand Prix circuits of Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park.

A new-look British F3 will grace the grid of Silverstone on the mid-March Easter weekend, with a selection of new drivers accompanied by modified regulations and the brand-new Dallara car. The season will also include a special visit to the legendary Pau Grand Prix event in May.

"The 2012 season will be a fascinating one on many levels, not least because it will see the introduction of a new Formula 3 chassis featuring many safety enhancements,” says SRO General Manager Lisa Crampton.

“We also expect to see a revitalised National Class now that a greater number of older chassis are available to drivers. We are still considering further regulation options and will be looking closely at the reintroduction of pit-stop races.”

Rule modifications include the following:
- Full championship points handed out for Race 2 of 3 (previously the second race of each weekend offered only half points)

- Pau Grand Prix event to include two races of 30 and 40 minutes respectively

- Reserve grid draw altered; number of cars reversed will now vary between eight and 12, decided by a pre-race draw

- National Class Champion to earn test day with International Class Teams’ Championship winner

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The provisional 2012 British F3 calendar is as follows:
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Media Day Silverstone GP 21 Mar

Rounds 1-3 Oulton Park 06/07 Apr
Rounds 4-6 Monza, Italy 14/15 Apr
Rounds 7-8 Pau, France 11/13 May
Rounds 9-11 Rockingham 26/27 May
Rounds 12-14 Brands Hatch GP 23/24 Jun
Rounds 15-17 Paul Ricard, France 29 Jun/01 Jul
Rounds 18-20 Spa, Belgium 26/28 Jul
Rounds 21-23 Snetterton 300 04/05 Aug
Rounds 24-26 Silverstone GP 08/09 Sep
Rounds 27-29 Donington Park GP 29/30 Sep
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