The renowned P1 Sport will make their illustrious return in the BRDC British F3 Championship, replacing the outgoing HHC Motorsport.
P1 Sport are most notable for guiding Geido van der Garde to the 2008 Formula Renault 3.5 title. It also earned them third in the teams standings for what was their first year in the series. They continued until their eventual withdrawal from the competition in 2013 after minimal further success.
The team has experience in British F3 as well. Competing as early as 1992, the line-up soon embarked on a ten-year hiatus, returning in 2003. Success came the year after, with their driver Adam Carroll finishing runner-up in the championship.
In a recent move away to sportscars, the P1 name was bought by Nick Leventis in 2013. They were renamed P1 by Strakka Racing and have seen entries in a number of other categories.
The team’s leader Roly Vincini said: “It is great to announce our return to front line motorsport and we think the BRDC British F3 Championship is the perfect category in which to do so. The team has been extremely successful in single-seaters, most notably in Formula Renault 3.5, and we can’t wait to get out on track and continue that form in the UK’s leading single-seater series.”
P1 bought the three cars from HHC Motorsport who have decided to focus their efforts more on sportscars with their British GT and LMP3 programmes for 2017. The team guided Will Palmer to the BRDC F4 title in 2015, but have only visited the podium five times this season.
Charlie Kemp, Commercial Director of HHC Motorsport, commented: “It is with regret that we have to end our participation in BRDC British Formula 3 but, owing to our new sportscar programme, we need to focus our resources on that at the present time.”
“We have enjoyed great success in British F3, and of course in its previous incarnation as BRDC Formula 4, and we are sure that P1 Motorsport will continue that trend in to 2017 and beyond.”