The reboot behind the UK’s thriving single-seater category
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The reboot behind the UK’s thriving single-seater category

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The long-standing British Formula 3 Championship ended in 2014, but the current MotorSport Vision-run F3 series has gone some way to filling the void. In striving to keep costs down, it's carved out a niche that it hopes will attract aspirational drivers

"Everybody involved in British motorsport knows how important British F3 has been and we are delighted to get it back." Those words, spoken by MotorSport Vision chief executive Jonathan Palmer, were published in the 31 March 2016 issue of Autosport magazine shortly after the first round of the new BRDC British F3 Championship.

Just days before that opening event, the go-ahead had been given to rename what had been known since 2013 as the BRDC Formula 4 Championship as British F3, although the new two-litre Tatuus-Cosworth single-seater spec car had been given its competition debut in the 2015 Autumn Trophy under the F4 title. It heralded a new dawn, and five seasons later the MSV-operated BRDC British F3 series is well established as the UK's premier single-seater category, silencing a number of critics, and has gone some way to upholding the honour and prestige of the previous British F3 Championship, which ran from 1979-2014.

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