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2014 FORMULA 3 AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP:

INFO GUIDE


WELCOME TO

FORMULA 3 The Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship is Australia's key 'wings and slicks' racing championship, melding the international reputation of 'Formula Three' with the more than 50 -year history of the Australian Drivers Championship and CAMS Gold Star award. The result is a fiercely competitive, affordable championship that boasts current technology and the quickest racing cars in the country. Drivers from more than ten nations including some of Australia's finest young talent, have passed through Australian Formula 3 not only showcasing its ability to provide young drivers with the best proving ground for their talents, but enhancing the competition as well. The Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship is man-

aged by Formula 3 Management Pty. Ltd, a company formed with the sole purpose of promoting and growing 'Wings and Slicks' racing in Australia. The four key factors that make up the mission statement of Formula 3 Management are to a) Provide the most cost-effective championship possible, b) Offer the most competitive racing possible, c) Promote a championship that participates on the best circuits and biggest Events and d) Offer the best 'training base' for drivers seeking to progress their career, OR a stable platform for drivers to simply enjoy driving the best racing cars in Australia. The result of this hard work is a 2014 championship that offers the best balance of the four key criteria above yet seen in an Australian Wings and Slicks Championship.


THE BEST EVER SCHEDULE ASSEMBLED FOR AUSTRALIAN WINGS ‘N SLICKS.

2014 RACE CALENDAR


Round 1 – Clipsal 500 Adelaide (SA) V8 Supercars - February 27-March 2

Round 2 – Sandown Raceway (VIC) Shannons Nationals - March 28-30*

Round 3 – Mount Panorama (NSW) Bathurst Motor Festival - April 18-20*

Round 4 – SKYCITY Triple Crown (NT) V8 Supercars - June 20-22

Round 5 – Queensland Raceway (QLD) Shannons Nationals - August 8-10

Round 6 – Phillip Island (VIC) Shannons Nationals - September 19-21

Round 7 – Sydney Motorsport Pk. (NSW) Shannons Nationals - October 31- November 2*

Round 8 – Sydney 500 (NSW) V8 Supercars - December 5-7* * Indicates Kumho Cup Round

CLASS STRUCTURE: GOLD STAR: For cars constructed between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2011. Entrants electing to enter 2005/6/7 cars in the Gold Star class will not be eligible to score National Class points or compete for the Forpark Australia Scholarship.

FORPARK NATIONAL CLASS: For nominated cars constructed between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2007 (National Class competitors that fit the selected criteria will be eligible for the Forpark Australia Scholarship – see separate fact sheet.)

KUMHO CUP: For nominated cars constructed between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 2004 (See separate Kumho Cup Fact Sheet).


2014 PROJECTED ATTENDANCE:

510,000 COMBINED BETWEEN V8 SUPERCARS, BATHURST MOTOR FESTIVAL AND SHANNONS NATIONALS ROUNDS.

AVERAGE PROJECTED TV AUDIENCE:

190,000/ROUND ROUNDS 2, 5, 6 AND 7 WILL RECIEVE 30 MINUTES OF FREE-TO-AIR TV ON SBS SPEEDWEEK + 30 MINUNTES ON SPEED TV AUSTRALIA. ROUND 3 WILL RECIEVE 60 MINUTES OF TV ON SPEED TV AUSTRALIA.

2013 SOCIAL MEDIA REACH:

22,000 PEOPLE ARE REACHED BY FORMULA 3s ACTIVITIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA ON A WEEKLY BASIS - AND GROWING. FORMULA 3 MAINTAINS ACTIVE FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS.


KEY MEDIA POINTS: FORMULA3.COM.AU - THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF FORMULA 3 - RECIEVES MORE THAN 20,000 UNIQUE VISITORS PER MONTH. ALL SHANNONS NATIONALS ROUNDS WILL BE BROADCAST ON THE INTERNET, FREE, AND AVAIALBLE ON DEMAND AT FORMULA3.COM.AU AFTERWARDS. REGULAR MEDIA COVERAGE VIA KEY MOTORSPORT OUTLETS INCLUDING AUTO ACTION, SPEEDCAFE.COM, MOTORSPORT NEWS AND ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS - PLUS NEWSPAPER COVERAGE IN KEY CAPITAL CITY DAILYS, RADIO EXPOSURE ON SEN (MELBOURNE) AND SELECTED OTHER STATIONS.

F3 IS ONE OF THE MOST ‘EXPOSED’ NON-V8 SUPERCAR CATEGORIES IN AUSTRALIAN MOTORSPORT.


FORMULA 3 CARS ARE VERY FAST. TRY 0-100 IN:

2.8 SECONDS PLUS 0-200KM/HR IN FIVE SECONDS AND A TOP SPEED OF 260KM/HR.

AUSTRALIAN CI

MOUNT PA WAKEFIELD

FORMULA 3 CARS A THAN YOUR AVERA

FORMULA 3 CARS ARE PURPOSE BUILT OPEN WHEELERS. THINK F1 CARS, SCAL

2.0L FOUR-CYLINDER ENGINE. 230 HP. 540KG. S CIRCUITS F3 CARS SET CLASS LAP RECORDS AT IN 2014:

SEVEN/SEVEN

PHILLIP ISL

AVERA

TURN ONE IS 257KM/HR. IN TIMES IN A PH

GLOBAL CATEGORIES WHERE GRADUATES OF AUSTRALIAN F3 ARE NOW RACING

INDYCAR SERIES. WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIO PORSCHE SUPERCUP. V8 DEVELOPMENT SERIES


IRCUITS WHERE FORMULA 3 CARS ARE FASTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE:

ANORAMA, BATHURST. ADELAIDE STREET CIRCUIT. D PARK RACEWAY. MORGAN PARK RACEWAY.

ARE AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST, AND LAP LONG TRACKS LIKE PHILLIP ISLAND SIX SECONDS FASTER AGE V8 SUPERCAR. AT THE ISLAND, F3 CARS ARE EVEN FASTER THAN MOTO GP BIKES!

LED DOWN A BIT:

SLICK TYRES. LOTS OF AERO.

LAND IS PRETTY EPIC;

AGE LAP SPEED OF 186KM/HR.

AN 80-DEGREE RIGHT HANDER... F3 CARS TAKE IT FLAT AT N 4.46KM, F3 CARS ONLY TOUCH THE BRAKE PEDAL FOUR HILLIP ISLAND LAP, AND PULL 2.8G AT LUKEY HEIGHTS.

G:

ONSHIP. GP2 SERIES. V8 SUPERCARS. S. AND WE’VE HAD SOME IN F1, TOO!


THE CAMS GOLD STAR AWARD IS THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY AWARDED PRIZE IN AUSTRALIAN MOTORSPORT - AND THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS. A

THE GOLD STAR IS AWARDED TO AUSTRALIA’S TOP OPEN WHEEL RACER - THE FORMULA 3 CHAMPION. FORMER WINNERS (AMONGST OTHERS) INCLUDE: LEX DAVISON, STAN JONES, BIB STILWELL, KEVIN BARTLETT, MAX STEWART, ALFREDO COSTANZO, JOHN BOWE, DAVID BRABHAM, MARK SKAIFE, PAUL STOKELL, JASON BRIGHT, SCOTT DIXON, SIMON WILLS, RICK KELLY, WILL POWER, JAMES WINSLOW, CHRIS GILMOUR, BEN BARKER & TIM MACROW.


The $50,000 FORPARK Australia F3 Scholarship. The Forpark Australia F3 Scholarship is an internal promotion scholarship within the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship. It represents the most substantial driver funding program in Australian Open Wheel racing and is designed to progress the careers of young drivers in ‘Wings and slicks Racing’ in Australia. The Forpark Australia F3 Scholarship is worth $50,000. How does it work? The Forpark Australia F3 Scholarship is awarded to a driver competing in the Formula 3 National Class, for eligible 2002-2007 specification Formula 3 Vehicles. The Scholarship winner is not necessarily the outright winner of the National Class. Instead, the Scholarship Winner is selected by a judging panel of industry experts who judge not just outright performance or success – but all aspects of a drivers makeup including engineering, media & presentation skills, attitude and more. The Scholarship winner receives $50,000 in funding (spread across the balance of the championship rounds) towards their budget for the outright / Gold Star championship in 2015, with a professional team.

What is the F3 National Class? The F3 National Class represents a more cost effective entry point into F3 Racing yet offers close competition and its own championship point score, alongside drivers scoring Gold Star Championship Points to benchmark themselves against the outright contenders. A majority of professional teams competing within the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship enter cars in the National Class as well as the championship. The National class will be held at 8 rounds of the 2014 championship – visit www.formula3.com.au for full championship schedules. Am I eligible to enter? The only criteria to being eligible for the Forpark Australia F3 Scholarship is that you be competing in the National Class of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship, be under the age of 25, have not competed in Formula 3 or an equivalent ‘wings and slicks’ formula previously and, have nominated with Formula 3 Management. How do I enter?

Who has won it before? Steel Guiliana (2011/12) – Won the Scholarship for his performances in the 2011 season and progressed to the Outright Championship in 2012/13. Hayden Cooper (2012/13) – Won the scholarship for his performances in the 2012 National Class and progressed to the outright championship in 2013.

For information about joining the championship (including all additional information regarding calendars, exposure, etc) or nominating for the scholarship – or for further information in general – please contact Richard Craill at richard.craill@formula3.com.au


Entry Level F3 - Welcome to the Kumho Cup. The Kumho Cup is an entry-level class introduced as part of the 2014 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship season. The class is geared to cater for • • •

New drivers looking for their initial ‘wings and slicks’ experience State level competitors seeking an affordable entry point to national competition Professional teams looking to develop young talent without the expense or resources required of an outright championship or national class campaign.

The series will be contested over four (of the scheduled eight) rounds of the 2014 F3ADC championship. Kumho Cup competitors best three of the four rounds will count to the championship to allow F301 competitors a realistic chance to compete for the Kumho Cup (see Eligibility – Bathurst). ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility is restricted to cars complying with Formula 3 technical regulations built between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2004. Kumho Cup eligibility at Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst (due to the track license in place) is restricted to cars constructed between 1 January 2002 and 31 December, 2004. Driver eligibility is restricted to competitors who have contested four or less F3ADC Championship rounds in the past two seasons, or by written approval by Formula 3 Management on a case-bycase basis. SUPPORT: Kumho Cup competitors will be paired with a current professional F3ADC team for support across each race meeting. ‘Pro’ teams will provide setup advice and data analysis support free of charge to their designated Kumho Cup competitors. This service is not mandatory and can be refused if competitors wish to operate independently.

All Kumho Cup competitors will be fitted with a

control Replay XD 1080i series camera for race vision gathering and driver coaching support purposes. KEY COSTING FACTS: • The Event Entry fee is provided free of charge to Kumho Cup Competitors. • Series registration is provided free of charge to Kumho Cup Competitors. • Garaging costs and Friday private practice costs (where applicable at Shannons Nationals events) are • at the expense of the competitor. Generally these average less than $500 per round. • Tyre costs (one set permitted per weekend; two new sets for the opening round of the championship) • The first set of wet tyres required will be supplied at half-price by Kumho Tyres. ADDITIONAL ROUNDS: Kumho Cup competitors are welcome at additional rounds in the 2014 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship. Kumho Cup competitors will receive a discounted entry fee to additional rounds at 60% of the posted entry fee for the event in question. Kumho Cup competitors will run in their own class and will not be eligible for outright or national class points should they compete at additional rounds. Kumho Cup competitors electing to travel to Hidden Valley Raceway for the City of Darwin Formula 3 Super Prix will receive free entry and a $1000 travel rebate (per competitor) should they enter. Logistics support will be offered by F3M to assist transportation. PRIZES: The winner of the 2014 Kumho Cup will receive their 2015 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship tyres FREE OF CHARGE, thanks to Kumho Tyres and Formula 3 Management. The Kumho Cup winner must commit to a full season of either the F3 National or Championship classes the following season to be eligible to claim their prize.


2014 FORMULA 3 AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP:

TEAM CONTACTS www.agisport.com.au | Contact Adam Gotch | 0416 876 933 | adam@agi-group.com.au Sydney based AGI SPORT was formed in 2012 by brothers Adam and Nathan Gotch. Adam Gotch has worked extensively in motorsport: His experience includes the A1GP series the British Formula 3 Championship including the British F3 title with Alan Docking Racing in 2002.

www.astutimotorsport.net | Contact: Sam Astuti - 0412 247 306 | astutimotrsport@three.com.au Astuti Motorsport is one of Australia’s most rapidly growing race teams and is based in Melbourne, Victoria. Formed by former racer Sam Astuti, the team prepares cars for the heat of competition in the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship and also Australian GT.

www.bfracing.com | Contact Brett Francis: 0414 390 471| brett@bfracing.com Based in Queensland’s "Motorsport Hub", bf racing has a large workshop facility focussed solely on preparing race-winning cars. The team has prepared state-championship winning cars in Formula Ford and Formula 3 and in 2012 won the Formula 3 national class with Hayden Cooper.

www.teambrm.com.au | Contact Mark Rundle: 0400 099 978 | brm@chariot.net.au Adelaide-based Team BRM are the defending champion team, having won the outright title the last three seasons. The team has a tradition of success and is now Australia’s most successful Open-wheel team currently operating. Team BRM has won seven F3 titles and Four Australian Drivers Championship / Gold Star titles.

www.gilmourracing.com.au | Contact Errol Gilmour 0417 454 229 | gilmourerrolg@bigpond.com Gilmour Racing has been established in Australian F3 since 2004, finishing second in the championship that year and winning the F3 National Class in 2007. The team reached the pinnacle in 2011, winning outright with Chris Gilmour and finished second in 2012.

Harvest Motorsport | Contact Terry Stott 0408 963 907 | harvest_motorsport@hotmail.com Harvest Motorsport is a new team readying for their second season in 2014. The team is managed by experienced F3 mechanic Terry Stott, who has spent time with Australia’s top teams and also a stint in British F3.

www.r-tek.com.au | Contact Ian Richards 0403 054 602 | ianrichards@r-tek.com.au R-Tek Motorsport Services is a full time, full service, totally professional Formula 3 Race Team. The team won the 2012 championship with James Winslow, winning a record 12 races in the one season and finished second the year prior. The team runs cars in both the championship and national classes.

www.timmacrow.com.au | Contact Tim Macrow 0402 480 575 | tmacrow@hotmail.com Tim Macrow is the 2007 Australian Formula 3 Champion and one of the most successful drivers in series history, with 19 wins, 49 podiums and more than 800 championship points across his hugely successful career. Now, he turns to team ownership, building on his extensive engineering and driver coaching background gathered working with drivers young and in old .


Formula 3 Management Pty Ltd. Richard Craill - 0408 813 141 richard.craill@formula3.com.au www.formula3.com.au


2014 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship - INFO GUIDE