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Formula Ford EuroCup

The Formula Ford EuroCup, or European Formula Ford Championship, refers to two pan-European championships for Formula Ford competitors.

Formula Ford EuroCup
CategoryFormula racing
CountryEurope
Inaugural season1969
2011 (modern)
Folded2012

1969–2001Edit

The original series was one of the earliest Formula Ford series, first run in 1969 and won by Gerry Birrell driving a Crossle. The series continued to run until 2001 as Formula Ford increasingly became a domestic oriented series with greater emphasis being placed on Formula 3 as a pan-European development Formula. The series was run for many years by the European Formula Drivers Association and run alongside championships for winged classes, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula Opel.

ChampionsEdit

Season Champion
1979 John Village
1980 Bo Martinsson
1981   Cor Euser
1982   Volker Weidler
1983 Gerrit van Kouwen
1984 Hans Furrer
1985   Paulo Carcasci
1986   JJ Lehto
1987   Svend Hansen
1998   Derek Hayes
1999   Marcos Ambrose
2000   Mark Taylor
2001   Richard Göransson

2011–2012Edit

The concept was revived in 2011, as a series aimed at giving drivers experience at European race circuits. While individual events nominated a winner, there was no overarching points system or championship. Three national Formula Ford Championships were involved, the British Formula Ford Championship, the Benelux Formula Ford Championship and the Scandinavian Formula Ford Championship.[1] The Formula Ford EuroCup ran for two seasons, and ended after the 2012 season.

2011 seasonEdit

The 2011 Formula Ford EuroCup was the inaugural season of the Formula Ford EuroCup championship. The season began at Brands Hatch on 18 June and ended on 14 August at Circuit Park Zandvoort, after four meetings each consisting of three races.[2]

Each round of the championship consisted of three races, with an overall EuroCup winner for each round announced.[3]

Round Circuit Date Supporting Winning driver EuroCup winner
1 R1   Brands Hatch GP 18 June British F3/GT   Scott Malvern   Scott Malvern[4]
R2   Scott Malvern
R3 19 June   Scott Malvern
2 R4   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 8 July GT4 European Cup   Scott Malvern   Scott Malvern
R5 9 July   Geoff Uhrhane
R6   Scott Malvern
3 R7   Circuit Zolder 16 July Superleague Formula   Scott Malvern   Scott Malvern
R8 17 July   Scott Malvern
4 R9   Circuit Park Zandvoort 13 August Masters of Formula 3   Scott Malvern   Scott Malvern
R10   Scott Malvern
R11 14 August   Joey van Splunteren

2012 seasonEdit

The 2012 Formula Ford EuroCup was the second season of the Formula Ford EuroCup. The season began at Brands Hatch on 23 June and ended on 29 July at Nürburgring, after four meetings each consisting of three races.[5] Finnish driver Antti Buri won all three races at the opening meeting at Brands Hatch to take the season's inaugural EuroCup title,[6] before his team boss Nick Tandy – returning to single-seaters – repeated the feat at Spa-Francorchamps.[7] The only driver to claim more than one EuroCup title was Eric Lichtenstein, who claimed each of the last two events at Zandvoort and the Nürburgring.[8][9]

Round Circuit Date Supporting Winning Driver EuroCup Winner
1 R1   Brands Hatch GP 23 June British F3 / British GT   Antti Buri   Antti Buri
R2 24 June   Antti Buri
R3   Antti Buri
2 R1   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 6 July 3000km of Spa   Nick Tandy   Nick Tandy
R2 7 July   Nick Tandy
R3   Nick Tandy
3 R1   Circuit Park Zandvoort 14 July Masters of Formula 3   Bart van Os   Eric Lichtenstein
R2   Eric Lichtenstein
R3 15 July   Jake Cook
4 R1   Nürburgring 28 July British Formula Ford   Eric Lichtenstein   Eric Lichtenstein
R2 29 July   Julio Moreno
R3   Eric Lichtenstein

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship GB :: 22/11/2010
  2. ^ Weeks, James (22 November 2010). "Four-race EuroCup set for 2011 launch". Motors TV. LMC. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  3. ^ "EuroCup boost for Formula Ford 2011". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Double joy for Brands EuroCup victor Malvern". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  5. ^ Paice, Simon (4 December 2011). "2012 Formula Ford GB and Eurocup calendars unveiled". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Buri completes a Brands Hatch hat-trick". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Tandy hat-trick nicks EuroCup title at Spa". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Race win for Cook, EuroCup Zandvoort title for Lichtenstein". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Lichtenstein on top again to clinch EuroCup crown". British Formula Ford Championship. Max Communications. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.