Cooper Cup Class announced for British F3 in 2014

Monday 24 March 2014

Cooper Tire Europe and the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) announced today the introduction of a new Cooper Cup Class for drivers competing with a pre-2008 F3 chassis who enter into the 2014 Cooper Tires Formula 3 Championship.

Designed to attract new teams and drivers to the championship, the Cooper Cup Class offers reduced entry fees of £7000 plus VAT for a season entry, with prizes including sets of tyres throughout the year to the class points leader.The leading class driver after the Silverstone and Brands Hatch rounds will be awarded one set of Cooper tyres, while the class leader after Spa-Francorchamps will receive two sets.The end-of-season Cooper Cup Class winner will receive a reduced entry fee when moving up to National or Championship class in 2015.

Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe, Sarah McRoberts, underlined the importance of supporting young drivers, saying: “Motorsport is a core part of what we do at Cooper and we understand the challenges facing new drivers and teams. We’d therefore like to do what we can to support them and the British Formula 3 Series and this Cooper Cup Class allows us to make a difference.”

British F3 Championship Coordinator, Benjamin Franassovici, said: “The Cooper Cup Class offers a low-cost and rewarding entry to Formula 3 racing in the UK, running as part of the British Formula 3 Championship. We have a seven-round calendar for this season, with four sets of tyres and a reduced entry fee for 2015 as incentives.
“We have been talking to a number of teams and drivers about how we can offer the most appealing solution for entrants of pre-2008 chassis and we believe we offer a very tempting combination of fabulous tracks and tremendous support at a cost-effective price. Cooper Tire Europe has been wonderful in its support of this initiative and we are looking forward to seeing the season get underway at Rockingham on May 4-5.”

The opening round of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Series will be held at Rockingham in Corby over the weekend of May 3-4.