Only a month after the launch of their inaugural season, the F3 Asian Championship has announced they will hosting a Winter Series, to take place between January and February 2019.
The news comes a month after the series opening round, which took place at the Sepang International Circuit, which incidentally will host two of the three Winter Series rounds. The only circuit to hold a race will be Thailand’s Buriram International Circuit, which kicks off the action on January 11-13.
Like the main series, each of the three rounds, will contain three races, ensuring drivers get nine races in the build up to the European season.
It is expected to compete with other winter-based Asian single-seater series such as the MRF Challenge and the Toyota Racing Series, though like its counter-parts may attract a number of European drivers on their off-season.
Series organiser, Top Speed‘s General Manager Davide De Gobbi said: “Given the enormous excitement generated by the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA, adding a Winter Series makes perfect sense for many reasons.
“Primarily it will give both our existing and new drivers the opportunity to prepare ahead of the 2019 season. In addition, it will provide drivers from anywhere in the world the opportunity to experience the brilliant new-era of single-chassis, single-engine regional Formula 3.”
The opening round of the 2018 took place last month with Jake Hughes winning all three events. He was joined on the podium in every race by ex-F3 and Formula Ford racer Raoul Hyman, with 17 drivers present.
Turnout this year for the Asian series has so far been more successful than its American counter-part which for the first two weekends has achieved just four entries.
|1-3||11-13 January||Buriram, Thailand||Asian Le Mans|
|4-6||18-20 January||Sepang, Malaysia||GT Masters Asia|
|7-9||22-24 Febrary||Sepang, Malaysia||Asian Le Mans|