16 / 18 April
The GB3 Championship is delighted to announce its long-standing, successful relationship with the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) will continue for a tenth successive season in 2022, with support also extending to the new GB4 Championship.
With immediate effect, the series will be rebranded as “GB3 Championship Partnered by the BRDC”.
The history between the BRDC and series organiser MSV dates back to the GB3 championship’s inception as BRDC F4 in 2013, and the series has helped produce a conveyor belt of professional racing talents since then, with several becoming high-profile BRDC members. These include two of F1’s current stars in George Russell and Lando Norris, alongside drivers who have forged top class careers in sports car and GT racing such as Ross Gunn, Seb Morris and Charlie Robertson.
GB3’s ongoing partnership with the BRDC entitles GB3 and GB4 drivers to a range of exclusive benefits, including entry to the iconic BRDC Clubhouse for competitors and up to three family members at the two rounds on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
The championship also receives high profile media support from the BRDC, which provides coverage of the series through its own communication channels, both online and in print.
The GB3 champion will continue to be awarded the specially commissioned Jim Clark Trophy, modelled on the F1 legend’s distinctive Buco helmet. This will be presented at the prestigious BRDC Annual Awards at the end of the year.
Should the champion be British, they’ll also be eligible for BRDC SuperStar status, through which the club actively promotes the racing activities of handpicked talents.
All GB3 cars and driver overalls will carry prominent BRDC logos, which will also be visible on driver overalls, paddock vehicles, the racewinners’ podium and the championship’s various online channels.
MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said: “The BRDC has been inspiringly committed and very active in developing and promoting young British driver talent for many years now, and I am delighted that the BRDC will continue to do so with its renewed partnership with GB3, whilst extending that into GB4 too. The BRDC Board and I’m sure all the club’s members share my enthusiasm for giving ambitious, frequently modestly funded British drivers the best opportunities to learn, develop, prove and showcase their talent to give them the best chance to realise their goals, which may be F1, sports cars or touring cars. I am extremely proud of particularly George Russell, who came to prominence winning our BRDC F4 Championship in 2014, using that platform to help him on his path to become a star of F1.
“What is critical for such drivers is single seater series that provide high performance, equal cars at the most affordable cost. BRDC F4 did that then, GB3 does it now and our new GB4 Championship will open up even more opportunities for drivers taking their first steps into the sport. I’m delighted that the BRDC will continue with us for this next chapter as we celebrate ten seasons of working together in 2022."
BRDC Vice President Derek Warwick commented: “I am delighted the BRDC will continue to support the GB3 Championship in 2022. The relationship with MSV has honed the talent of so many great drivers, dating all the way back to the original BRDC F4 Championship in 2013. We are also pleased to extend our support to GB4, a much-needed low-cost single seater championship for junior drivers. Crucially it will attract talented youngsters who otherwise could not afford the step up from karts to circuit racing, which is great news for British motorsport.
“I congratulate MSV and in particular Jonathan Palmer for his continued drive to make single seater motorsport affordable for aspiring new racing drivers.“
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