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British F3 iRacing returns this February

Friday, January 15 2021

The British F3 iRacing Championship returns from 3 February, with a grid of current and former British F3 drivers expected to compete. The championship will be run in association with Apex Racing TV for a second year in succession and will be streamed live weekly across multiple channels.

The series' return is intended to provide drivers and teams with added engagement ahead of the 2021 race season, and provide fans with some entertainment as the nation's COVID-19 restrictions continue.

Each round of the new championship will comprise two races plus practice and qualifying on Wednesday evenings throughout February, broadcast live at 8pm GMT on the official BRDC British F3 Facebook page and YouTube channel with a presenting team featuring popular circuit commentator Mark Werrell.

The series will feature two circuits from this year's actual British F3 calendar, plus two interesting additions, which will throw a new challenge the way of the championship's competitors. Brands Hatch's majestic Grand Prix circuit, which the championship traditionally visits each summer, will open proceedings before the series heads to Silverstone - but with a twist.

Instead of racing on the current Grand Prix layout, the British F3 iRacing Championship will take to the 2008-spec version of the circuit, the configuration on which Lewis Hamilton won the British GP for the first time. The lap includes the fast right-hander at Bridge and other significant differences to the layout British F3 uses today.

The third round will be a wildcard too, as the championship visits a historic, overseas F1 venue. In real life, Spa-Francorchamps meets that criteria, but this year we'll make the most of the virtual world to send the championship a little further around the globe. The British F3 iRacing Championship will visit either Suzuka in Japan or Interlagos in Brazil for round three, with the final decision to be made by public vote.

The championship returns to Donington Park's Grand Prix circuit, normally a host of two real life events per season, for the finale.

The championship will be sponsored by long-time series supporter John Cavill, who traditionally awards the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup on race weekends.

Competitors will be announced over the coming weeks, with priority entry given to current and past F3 drivers. If you would like to be considered, please email pr@msv.com.

British F3 iRacing 2021 Calendar

3 Feb - Brands Hatch GP
10 Feb - Silverstone 2008
17 Feb - *Wildcard public vote* Interlagos or Suzuka
24 Feb - Donington Park GP

A full two-hour broadcast featuring practice, qualifying and two races plus build-up and driver interviews will be streamed live from 8pm BST on the British F3 Facebook page and YouTube channel.