Asia to host FIA-Certified F3 Championship in 2018

Saturday 27th January, 2018 - 4:44pm

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  • 15-race season adopts new FIA F3 single chassis and engine concept
  • Five-stop calendar begins July 2018 with new generation F3 format
  • Focus on performance, safety and cost control in one of the world’s most dynamic regions
  • Regional championship for star-making formula marks an important milestone for Asian motorsport

Asia will host a Formula 3 championship fully certified by the sport’s world governing body, the Fédération International de l’Automobile (FIA), this season. The announcement of the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA, which adopts the federation’s ground-breaking new single chassis, single engine concept, is an exciting new development for a category which has produced some of the greatest names in motorsport.

Beginning this summer with an official test on July 9 and 10, the inaugural F3 regional Asian championship calendar includes 15 races – three at each of the five rounds – at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, and China’s Ningbo International Speedway and the Shanghai International Circuit.

Organised by highly-respected and experienced pan-Asian promoter Top Speed, the new championship places focus on performance, safety and cost control, while Asia provides the ideal showcase for both local up-and-coming talent and international drivers looking to make their mark in the world’s most dynamic region.

Commented Top Speed General Manager Davide De Gobbi, a driving force in Asian motorsport development: “We are proud to open the new era for global Formula 3 with the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA this year. It marks a coming of age for Asian motorsport, and opens up a world of opportunities for our regional drivers as well as those around the world seeking the ideal development environment run in the world’s economic powerhouse.”

FIA Director of Single-Seater Championships, Charlie Whiting, said: “The addition of another regional FIA Formula 3 championship will be a hugely positive step in the development of the category around the world. Junior motor sport has been growing rapidly in Asia in recent years, with highly competitive FIA Formula 4 series in China, Japan and South East Asia giving young drivers a better opportunity than ever before to advance their skills and move up to the next level. Now with the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA, these drivers will have a great place to compete at a regional level.”

The new series also represents a substantial boost to the FIA driver development pyramid concept, designed to take drivers from Formula 4 to Formula 1. Formula 4 China, established in 2015, was joined by Formula 4 South East Asia the following year, and both are expected to be key feeder series for the new F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA.

The new FIA F3 International Championship is scheduled to make its debut in 2019, also following the single chassis, single engine format, and will provide the next stepping stone for Regional F3 drivers ahead of Formula 2 and ultimately – for the very best – F1.

The Asian series’ F3 car will comply with the latest FIA specifications and feature a number of enhanced safety features including the new Halo device and improved side impact protection, and will have a six-speed paddle shift gear box. It will be powered by a single-make 270hp turbo engine, with the manufacturer to be announced in the coming weeks along with the chassis and tyre providers.

Carrying FIA Super License points for the champion, the series will also include an AM Class and Team Championship.

2018 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA

Provisional Calendar

Date Venue Event
July 9-10 Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia Official Test
July 13-15 Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia Round 1 (Races 1-3)
Aug 31-Sep 2 Ningbo International Speedway, China Round 2 (Races 4-6)
Sep 21-23 Shanghai International Circuit, China Round 3 (Races 7-9)
Oct 12-14 Ningbo International Speedway, China Round 4 (Races 10-12)
Nov 23-25 Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia Round 5 (Races 13-15)

About Top Speed

Established in 2008, Top Speed has played an intrinsic role in the rapid development of motorsport across Asian over the last decade. Providing a wide spectrum of services – from race organization and technical and logistical support to event and sponsorship management – Top Speed has played an integral role in series such as the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia, Audi R8 LMS Cup, Asian Le Mans Series, Formula Masters Series and Scirocco Cup.

Headquartered in Shanghai, Top Speed also has offices in Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

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