Performance Racing set to move into European F3 in 2016

by Paul Hensby

The Anglo-Swedish Performance Racing team is to move into the ever-growing FIA European Formula 3 Championship in 2016.

The long-time Formula 3 team raced in the British Formula 3 Championship for several years before moving to the German F3 Cup, but with neither series running this year, the team now aim to step up into the European F3 series next year, and have ordered two new chassis.

The team are running Malaysian Akash Nandy in a development programme this year, with the Formula Renault ALPS graduate set to run in Performance’s existing Dallara-Volkswagen – albeit with some modifications – in several events around Europe in 2015. Current European Formula 3 race winner Felix Rosenqvist is acting as driver coach to Nandy.

His outings will include the Austrian-organised Remus F3 Pokal at Monza, the Red Bull Ring and Hockenheim, plus a round of the British-based MSV F3 Cup at Spa-Francorchamps.

Team Principle Bobby Issazadhe revealed the teams plans for its advancement into European Formula 3, and insisted there is a major programme in place for the team to be ready to race next year.

“European F3 is 100 per cent the plan, and we have a pretty major programme this year – I think we’ll cover up to 16,000 kilometres if we’re lucky,“ revealed Issazadhe.

“We’ll be going round Europe testing at all these tracks we’ll hit next year. Akash has tried both the old car and the new and he says the difference actually isn’t that big.

“We plan to get our new chassis in the autumn and then test between October and December.”

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