Arden among 32-car entry for debut MSA Formula season in 2015

MSA Formula has sold 32 cars for its inaugural season in 2015, with GP2, GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 team Arden Motorsport among the teams that will compete

Arden among 32-car entry for debut MSA Formula season in 2015

The new championship, which will be the UK variant of the FIA's Formula 4 concept, will comprise 12 teams running two or three cars each.

Arden joins fellow single-seater powerhouses Fortec Motorsport and Carlin on the entry list, while Formula 3 squad Double R Racing has also secured three EcoBoost-powered Mygales as well.

Several teams had targeted four-car entries but organisers reduced the limit to three cars in the wake of a substantial number of deposits after its launch at Silverstone in September.

Leading British tin-top outfits JHR Developments and Team Pyro, which are both champion teams on the British Touring Car Championship support package, will also contest the series as it replaces British Formula Ford.

Champion FFord team JTR and race-winning outfits MBM Motorsport and Falcon Motorsport have secured chassis, as have fellow Ford squads Richardson Racing and SWB Motorsport, and Formula Renault team Scorpio Motorsport.

Gerard Quinn, Head of Ford Racing in Europe, claimed the series attracted 70 provisional orders and 50 cash deposits.

"Together with the MSA we have had to look carefully at every proposal; inevitably we have had to disappoint some people," he said.

"The great news is that MSA Formula has generated such excitement and anticipation that it has attracted 12 quality teams, that all 32 cars have found buyers, and that the new championship is set to be a huge success.

"Ford has supported junior single-seater racing in Britain through financially challenging times in recent years, and it is great to be able to look forward to a return to big grids, close competition and the emergence of some great new young driving talent."

2015 MSA Formula entry:

Arden Motorsport
Carlin
Double R Racing
Falcon Motorsport
Fortec Motorsport
JHR Developments
JTR
MBM Motorsport
Richardson Racing
Scorpio Motorsport
SWB Motorsport
Team Pyro

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