The British Automobile Racing Club have introduced a new series for 2015 – Formula Libre – which will allow entrants to race in current 2.0 Formula Renault, pre-2012 Formula 3 and Formula BMW machinery.
There will be sixteen rounds in 2015 over six events, with the opening rounds taking place at Snetterton over the weekend of the 9th/10th of May.
Rockingham, Thruxton, Croft and Oulton Park follow, before the series returns to Rockingham for the season finale in October.
BARC General Manager Ian Watson believes the introduction of Formula Libre will provide an excellent opportunity to teams to gain valuable experience and track time with their cars, especially as the three series’ covered by the new series do not currently have a place on the British calendar.
“We have identified a decent number of each of these three types of car currently without a championship to race in – our Formula Libre Championship offers the teams who own those cars a place to compete,” said Watson. “Significantly the Formula Renault cars are to the same specification as those raced in championships in Europe.
“Our Libre Championship gives teams competing in those championships – whether based in the UK or overseas – a great opportunity to gain valuable added track time with their cars.
“Certainly Formula Renault has a very enviable and credible track record in the UK with the cars heavily influenced by Renault’s F1 expertise – they are technically advanced and provide a fantastic arena for drivers to hone set-up and racecraft skills prior to moving up the more senior motor sport ranks.”
Watson believes the demise of the British F3 championship in 2015 makes the series more viable for those interested in racing in the United Kingdom, and says the three classes of car will be perfect for exciting on-track action.
“After the demise of British F3, it’s also great to welcome these cars along with Formula BMW to our grid – both are well proven,” said Watson. “In fact the vast majority of the current Formula 1 grid came through these three categories (FRenault, F3, FBMW) on the way to the top…
“In addition these three classes of car are the perfect combination for Libre competition as each complies with similar FIA crash test regulations. We predict they will provide a varied and competitive grid leading to some extremely exciting and unpredictable action on circuit.”
2015 BARC Formula Libre Championship Calendar
Rounds 1, 2 & 3 – 09/10th May – Snetterton
Rounds 4, 5 & 6 – 30th/31st May – Rockingham
Rounds 7, 8 & 9 – 13th/14th June – Thruxton
Rounds 10, 11 & 12 – 11th/12th July – Croft
Rounds 13 & 14 – 15th August – Oulton Park
Rounds 15 & 16 – 17th October – Rockingham