Scorpio Target European F3 Graduation In 2014

Protyre Formula Renault Championship front-runners Scorpio Motorsport are looking to move into the European F3 Open series next season, alongside a continued attack on the UK championship.

The Leicestershire-based outfit have competed in the Renault series for a number of years, picking up the drivers’ titles in 2008 and 2009 with Ollie Hancock and Kieren Clark respectively.

Fresh from a double race win in the final rounds of the season at Silverstone with Ivan Taranov, the team are now looking to move into European racing for the first time in 2014.

The team are eyeing up a move into the cost-effective European F3 Open series, which utilities a two-class format for the current Dallara F312 chassis, and the older Dallara F308’s. The championship runs on a number of current F1 tracks, including Silverstone, Monza and Spa.

“We want to carry on with the Formula Renault championship next year,” Scorpio team principal Jon Pettitt told TCF. “I’ve looked at the other single-seater championships in this country and I’m not really sold on them at the moment, purely because the Renault is such a good car for teaching new drivers how to drive.

“We’re trying really hard at the moment to put together a Formula 3 team for the European F3 Open series next season. It’s not going to be easy, there’s a lot of work that needs to be put into it, but if we can it would be great, we can build a ladder for the Renault guys to progress with us.

“We want to dip our toes into something where we can get our hands on the car, get a grip on it, take some decent drivers in and try to hit it hard.”