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#1 balage06

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 08:43

The Toyota Racing Series (which is technically a regional F3 series now) starts this weekend and Asian F3 begins next week, so it's probably a good idea to create a separate thread for these series to avoid the confusion with FIA F3.

 

It is also worth mentioning that the Formula Renault Eurocup merges with the Formula Regional Europe championship this year after spending two seasons being direct competitiors of each other (using the same car in the same region), which means Alpine will become the official engine supplier of the European regional series.

 

Most of these championships are using the Tatuus F.3 T-138 chassis, to avoid confusion, this car is based on a separate ruleset (regional Formula 3), it is neither the new nor the old F3 specification, it is somewhere between an F4 and an "old" F3 in terms of downforce and performance.

 

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The exceptions are the American series which uses the Ligier JS F3:

 

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And the Japanese championship using the Dome F111/3:

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2021 Toyota Racing Series

 

Calendar

01 - Hampton Downs - 22-24 January

02 - Hampton Downs - 28-30 January

03 - Manfeild - 12-14 February

 

Drivers

Chris Vlok, Matthew Payne, Conrad Clark, Billy Frazer

Kaleb Ngatoa, Tom Alexander, Andre Heimgartner, Daniel Gaunt

Chris van der Drift, Josh Bethune, Kenny Smith, Greg Murphy

Peter Vodanovich, Brendon Leitch, Damon Leitch, Shane van Gisbergen

 

2021 F3 Asian Championship

 

Calendar

01 - Dubai - 29-30 January

02 - Abu Dhabi - 04-05 February

03 - Abu Dhabi - 06-07 Feburary

04 - Dubai - 12-14 February

05 - Abu Dhabi - 19-20 February

 

Teams and Drivers

Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema - Amna Al Qubaisi / Khaled Al Qubaisi, Dino Beganovic / David Vidales, Guanyu Zhou

BlackArts Racing Team - Cem Bölükbasi, Zdenek Chovanec, Lorenzo Fluxa, Rafael Villagomez

3Y Evans GP - Isack Hadjar, Irina Sidorkova, Casper Stevenson, Patrik Pasma

Hitech Grand Prix - Ayumu Iwasa, Roman Stanek, Reece Ushijima, Roy Nissany

Motorscape - Roberto Faria, Nicola Marinangeli

Mumbai Falcons - Jehan Daruvala, Kush Maini

Pinnacle Motorsport - Alexandre Bardinon, Pierre-Louis Chovet, Alessio Deledda, Matthias Lüthen

 

2021 Formula Regional Americas Championship

 

Calendar

01 - Road Atlanta - 26-28 March

02 - Sonoma - 23-25 April

03 - Laguna Seca - 29 April - 01 May

04 - Trois-Rivieres - 13-15 August

05 - VIR - 24-26 September

06 - COTA - 05-07 November

 

Teams and Drivers

Newman Wachs Racing - Jordan Missig

Team Crosslink - Joshua Car

Velocity Racing Development - Hunter Yeany

 

2021 Formula Regional European Championship

 

Calendar

01 - Spa - 24-25 April

02 - Barcelona - 08-09 May

03 - Monaco - 22-23 May

04 - Paul Ricard - 29-30 May

05 - Zandvoort - 19-20 June

06 - Imola - 24-25 July

07 - Nürburgring - 07-08 August

08 - Red Bull Ring - 11-12 September

09 - Mugello - 09-10 October

10 - Monza - 30-31 October

 

Teams and Drivers

ART Grand Prix - Gabriele Mini, Gregoire Saucy, Thomas ten Brinke

JD Motorsport - Eduardo Barrichello, Tommy Smith

Prema Powerteam - Dino Beganovic, David Vidales, Paul Aron

R-ace GP - Isack Hadjar, Zane Maloney, Francesco Pizzi

 

2021 Formula Regional Japanese Championship

 

Calendar

01 - Okayama - 26-27 June

02 - Autopolis - 30 July-01 August

03 - Sugo - 21-22 August

04 - Motegi - 04-05 September

05 - Suzuka - 07-10 October


Edited by balage06, 14 February 2021 - 08:01.


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#2 Peat

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 09:17

Interesting antipodean entry for the NZGP this weekend. The Gis! Murph! Kenny Smith!! 



#3 HistoryFan

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 14:10

no drivers confirmed yet for Euroformula Open...



#4 Imperial

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 15:21

I feel sad looking at the British F3 website. Only four drivers are signed up for 2021 at the moment.

 

Is that normal for this time of year?

 

I haven't followed British F3 properly for a long time now, mostly because it seemed to follow the path of lower-level single-seater confusion. Like....the current British F3 is what used to be British F4, right? Except British F4 still exists, or restarted after the old F4 became F3?

 

Wasn't Gerhard Berger supposed to be sorting all this sh!t out?



#5 ezequiel

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 16:53


 

The only exception is the American series which uses the Ligier JS F3:

 

And the Japanese series that uses a Dome chassis. Mygale also developed a regional F3 car but it's not used anywhere I think.



#6 ANF

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 20:44

And Dallara developed a car for Euroformula Open last year, didn't they?

#7 balage06

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 20:51

And Dallara developed a car for Euroformula Open last year, didn't they?

 

But that's basically their last "old F3" model with a halo on top to comply with the latest FIA safety regs. I think it's called Dallara F320 and it isn't technically an F3 car anymore.



#8 balage06

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 20:54

And the Japanese series that uses a Dome chassis. Mygale also developed a regional F3 car but it's not used anywhere I think.

 

Oh yeah, I knew something was missing. :)

 

Btw, the TRS weekend will be available on Motorsports TV outside NZ:

 

Qualy 1:

https://eu.motorspor...lifying-1/58152 

 

Race 1:

https://eu.motorspor...ns-race-1/58156



#9 ANF

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 20:59

But that's basically their last "old F3" model with a halo on top to comply with the latest FIA safety regs. I think it's called Dallara F320 and it isn't technically an F3 car anymore.

I see. The commentators made it sound like it was brand new...

#10 balage06

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 07:49

I really enjoyed this "Kiwi all-stars" race, although there are a few absentees, Cassidy, Lawson and Armstrong are the obvious ones (Liam is there actually, but only as a driver coach), and then there are the former capable single seater drivers like Hartley or Bamber... So the grid could have been even bigger.



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Posted 23 January 2021 - 12:06

I haven't followed British F3 properly for a long time now, mostly because it seemed to follow the path of lower-level single-seater confusion. Like....the current British F3 is what used to be British F4, right? Except British F4 still exists, or restarted after the old F4 became F3?

That's a simplified version... The cars are adaptations of the old F4 but nearer to regional F3 in performance. The racing has been good, the quality of driver also good, given there's no longer a British near-monopoly on F3 as there once was.

 

Even the names of the various series around the world are designed to confuse and obfuscate. There are meaningful terms such as British and F3, but other titles consist only of buzz words like formula and regional.

 

 

Wasn't Gerhard Berger supposed to be sorting all this sh!t out?

Er, yes, but he seemed focused entirely on keeping the doomed Dallara-based European F3 going. Might as well have insisted on 500cc Coopers.



#12 balage06

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 17:47

TRS Hampton Downs Day 2

 

Qualy 2:

https://eu.motorspor...lifying-2/58160

 

Race 2:

https://eu.motorspor...ns-race-2/58164

 

Race 3 (New Zealand GP):

https://eu.motorspor...rand-prix/58168



#13 ANF

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Posted 24 January 2021 - 15:59

Race 3, the Grand Prix, was quite good...

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Posted 24 January 2021 - 18:47

Da’vai Sidorkova !!!!
Jp

#15 balage06

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:44

I didn't want to spoil the fun for anybody, but man, SvG is such a legend! :up:  What a drive that was yesterday. These are the drivers I can respect the most. Throw them in any car or situation, they'll deliver pure awesomeness! Also, much better racing than last year in general with the new car. I guess it's because most of these pilots have close to zero experience with it.



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Posted 27 January 2021 - 09:36

Asian F3 starts this weekend with a decent 23 car field at Dubai, including F2 regulars Guanyu Zhou, Jehan Daruvala and Roy Nissany, also everyone's new favorite driver, Alessio Deledda. They will be joined by a few hopeful young guns from FIA F3 like Pierre-Louis Chovet, Roman Stanek or Red Bull's new signing, Ayumu Iwasa. And we have two female drivers with W Series rookie Ira Sidorkova and Amna Al Qubaisi (the latter will share her driving duties with her dad). I updated the grid in the OP.


Edited by balage06, 27 January 2021 - 09:39.


#17 balage06

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 09:09

Ira's arm after the first day of testing

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#18 balage06

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Posted 29 January 2021 - 07:18

Dubai Race 1 starts at 12:20 CET

 

 

It will also be available on Motorsport TV if that's your thing

https://eu.motorspor...me-race-1/58873



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Posted 29 January 2021 - 08:07

I see Deledda's team have signed Matthias Lüthen, the one driver that actually made Deledda look fast (on track, anyway) in the past...

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#20 balage06

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Posted 29 January 2021 - 08:34

Zhou and Chovet on pole for R1 and R3:

https://formulascout...-at-dubai/74639



#21 Peat

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Posted 29 January 2021 - 09:20

Just caught up with the NZGP. 

Dreamy. 



#22 balage06

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Posted 29 January 2021 - 21:48

After watching the Dubai race 1, I still think this car has too much downforce compared to its power. Following each other closely is probably even harder than in the classic Dallara F3. Nice Trulli train from Nissany there.



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Posted 29 January 2021 - 22:26

Sidorkova gained 3 places and finished the race !

Good job for her first single seater event.

 

Jp


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Posted 30 January 2021 - 00:19

Just caught up with the NZGP. 

Dreamy.

Like a silly Hollywood movie.

#25 Viryfan

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Posted 30 January 2021 - 09:25

I think Isack Hadjar might be one of the dark horse in FREC this year



#26 balage06

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Posted 30 January 2021 - 10:02

Race 2:

 

 

Race 3:

 



#27 Marklar

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Posted 30 January 2021 - 10:36

how the heck did Deledda finish ahead of Daruvala and Nissany

#28 ANF

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Posted 30 January 2021 - 10:43

Race 2:
 

Gotta love all the blind cameramen and the sound from old F1 onboard videos on the last couple of laps.

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Posted 30 January 2021 - 11:16

Gotta love all the blind cameramen and the sound from old F1 onboard videos on the last couple of laps.

 

And the constant spelling mitskaes on the graphics.

 

Racing is dull as dishwater, even now where there's little interest elsewhere. The track also appears to have little in the way of deep braking zones, which doesn't help. Impressed with the Hadjar and Beganovic keeping up with vastly more experienced guys around them. Interestingly Iwasa is the only driver who won anything last year (French F4 champion).


Edited by Frood, 30 January 2021 - 11:19.


#30 midgrid

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Posted 30 January 2021 - 12:55

Just noticed that top sim racer Cem Bölükbaşı is in the field as well, and doing a decent job.



#31 ANF

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Posted 30 January 2021 - 14:43

Here's a closer look at the start incident in race 3 (or what could be seen of it before the director cut away):
Looks like Maini couldn't get the car stopped. To avoid running into his teammate he dived between Faria and Daruvala.
Faria couldn't get the car stopped and ran into the back of Zhou's left rear, damaging the suspension. Zhou was almost spun around but saved it.
The Faria/Maini sandwich made contact with Daruvala who probably spun before he rejoined near the back of the field. After a good recovery drive he finished 7th.

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#32 Viryfan

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Posted 03 February 2021 - 18:46

FRECA is set to have two teams owned by drivers who took part in F1 seasons.

 

One is Alonso, the other one is a wild surprise.... :smoking:  :lol:


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#33 balage06

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Posted 03 February 2021 - 18:57

Btw is it true that Petecof had to leave the FDA because he refused to let the little Leclerc brother win? I've read interesting discussions about this in social media.



#34 ANF

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Posted 03 February 2021 - 19:18

Refused to let him win how? And when?



#35 balage06

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Posted 03 February 2021 - 21:48

Refused to let him win how? And when?

 

Honestly, I don't know, I think I've read somewhere that he was already struggling with the FREC budget, so I presume he simply doesn't have the backing to step up to FIA F3 (with Ferrari), I think various former drivers mentioned that the FDA didn't provide financial support for them.



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Posted 03 February 2021 - 22:56

Honestly, I don't know, I think I've read somewhere that he was already struggling with the FREC budget, so I presume he simply doesn't have the backing to step up to FIA F3 (with Ferrari), I think various former drivers mentioned that the FDA didn't provide financial support for them.

Well, I watched every FREC race last season and I can't think of any incident where it looked like Petecof disobeyed any team orders to let Leclerc win. But what do I know?
I mean, Leclerc would have won the title had it not been for that silly driver error in the final race.

Edited by ANF, 03 February 2021 - 22:58.


#37 balage06

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 11:10

Daruvala and Chovet snatch the poles for R1 and R3 at Abu Dhabi:

https://formulascout...as-marina/74836

 

Race 1 starts at 13:30 CET:

 



#38 sladealonso

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 11:10

Does anyone know the times for the Asian F3 races this week? Feel like this is the right thread to ask.

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 11:16

4.02

R1 - 12:45

5.02

R2 - 6:20

R3 - 11:10

 

6.02

R1 - 11:35

7.02

R2 - 6:20

R3 - 10:25

 

(all times GMT)

(and yes, there are two "rounds" of 3 races each one after another)


Edited by Anja, 04 February 2021 - 11:17.


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#40 ANF

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 11:21

So the first race is only 1:25 hours away!



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Posted 04 February 2021 - 11:30

Camera and direction are the worst I have ever seen.

 

However,

I MUST say....

The lead commentator is hysterical

DYNAMITE DINO !

I mean really OTT

Who is this guy and what game show did they get him from?

Then the droll color commentator from the sub-continent chips in to add some chilled out observation

And he attempts to go all DYNAMITE DINO !!

 

It almost makes this boring formula almost watchable.

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#42 Anja

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 11:39

I always feel like the main commentator is trying to do an Alex Jacques impression. 



#43 ANF

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 11:40

Looks like Deledda found a barrier yesterday: https://twitter.com/...065638074871812



#44 ANF

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 11:46

Live timing is here: https://livetiming.g...#screen-results



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Posted 04 February 2021 - 12:14

I always feel like the main commentator is trying to do an Alex Jacques impression.


AJ...On LSD
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#46 thegforcemaybewithyou

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 12:38

Is it the "The boys from Brazil" commentator? :smoking:



#47 ANF

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 12:39

The sound guy is ****ing drunk.

#48 ANF

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 12:49

Hadjar has missed his grid box.

#49 Anja

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 13:18

:yawnface:

 

I don't know what I expected from Abu Dhabi.



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Posted 04 February 2021 - 13:24

hadjar did put zhou under pressure  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

 

i mean how can Renault keeps investing in zhou seriously when he is put under pressure by a 16 yo kid