The replacement for the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, the MSA Formula – Certified by FIA launched today at Silverstone during the TOCA race meeting. The covers came off the new MSA Formula carbon fibre chassis in-front of an assembled audience of media, teams and drivers estimated at 250. The car then performed demonstration laps of the National circuit at Silverstone during the lunch break on race day for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with its audience tens of thousands strong.
The wraps were removed by Gerard Quinn, the head of Ford Racing in Europe, Frederic Bertrand of the FIA and John Ryan of the Motor Sport Association. Order books were opened immediately with several existing teams expressing an interest in the new formula which hits the track next year.
Protyre Formula Renault racer Jack Butel and Ollie Pidgley have both confirmed that they will race in MSA Formula for 2015. It is expected, but not confirmed, that Butel will continue with SWB Motorsport while Pidgley will race with an established team who are new to the world of single seater racing.
Quinn also confirmed that Ford Racing were committing to a substantial prize fund for 2015 of £30,000. FIA President Jean Todt announced in the form of a written statement read out at the unveiling that the winner of the 2015 MSA Formula title will be able to claim the title of FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain.
The format of the weekends will not be changed when the series mutates from Formula Ford to MSA Formula.
While the BRDC Formula 4 Championship are also switching to the FIA Formula 4 regulations, the MSV run series will not be eligible for the FIA name or title. Teams will not be able to run the same cars in either series either as MotorSport Vision have negotiated an exclusive deal with Tatuus to provide BRDC F4 chassis for use in their championship.
“This is a very important milestone for Ford,” said Gerard Quinn, “in that it continues our tradition of grass-roots junior single-seater racing. This series will be the only single-seater series for junior racers in this country that will be certified by both the MSA and the FIA. Working in collaboration with these two organisations, we are going to make some major changes to how young people get the opportunity to go and race.”
Jack Butel added, “The number of races will be double what I am doing this season and that is going to mean invaluable experience for me. I absolutely love the look of the new car and I am delighted to find that it’s quite spacious in the cockpit compared with what I am used to.”
Ollie Pidgley said the TV package was the main reason he would be switching from the BARC run Renault Clio Road Series to the MSA Formula. “It’s going to be exciting for me, not least because I will be working with team coming into single-seaters and it will all be fresh to them also – we will be able to learn together. My reason for choosing MSA Formula is simple: as a young driver wanting to make a name for myself, I need as much exposure as I can get, and the live TV package on offer here is simply unbeatable.”
Mygale will be delivering the first fifteen examples of the new car to teams by the end of this year with their first competitive outing planned for Brands Hatch on the first weekend in April.