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2011 Formula 3 information package - Click here to download (3.6MB PDF).
 

Welcome to the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship.

Fifty-four years ago, Australian racing legend Bib Stilwell took his Ferrari 500 to victories at Caversham, Albert Park, Lorwood, Mount Panorama, Port Wakefield and Phillip Island, to win the very first Australian Drivers Championship.

With it, Bib won the now coveted CAMS Gold Star award, affirming his position as the best ‘top level’ open-wheel driver in Australia.

As the years have passed the cars, circuits and drivers have changed – but the competition remains the same. The quest to win a title steeped in history and won by some of the biggest names in Australasian motorsport.

In 2005, the ADC went international as Formula 3 – now Australia’s premier ‘wings and slicks’ category – took custodianship of the Gold Star.

Since then drivers from eleven different countries have come to do battle in Australia’s fastest cars on Australia’s best circuits. Four Britons have now won the title, Ben Clucas, James Winslow, Joey Foster and Ben Barker all etching themselves on a now 54-year old cup.

But Australia’s finest have stood up to the challenge, Aaron Caratti and Tim Macrow the two to have tasted the title.

But go back before the 2005 season and big names now fill the list of successes in Australian Formula 3. Karl Reindler, Michael Caruso, Will Power – all now elite in their chosen fields be it domestically, or internationally.

The 2011 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship – as it has been for six years now – is a mix. A mix of the worlds pre-eminent junior development formulae in Formula 3, and Australia’s most storied racing award.

It’s a combination that has delivered intense racing, fantastic entertainment, and the skills young drivers need to develop their careers forward.

Australian Formula 3 - List of Champions
1999 - Paul Stephenson
(Stephenson Racing)
2000 - Paul Stephenson
(Stephenson Racing)
2001 - Peter Hackett
(Piccola Scuderia)
2002 - James Manderson
(Team BRM)
2003 - Michael Caruso
(Caruso Racing)
2004 - Karl Reindler
(Team BRM)
2005 - Aaron Caratti
(Insight F3)
2006 - Ben Clucas
(Team BRM)
2007 - Tim Macrow
(Scud / Cooltemp Racing)
2008 - James Winslow
(Team BRM)
2009 - Joey Foster
(Team BRM)
2010 - Ben Barker
(Team BRM)
   
 

Modelled on successful international series, the 2011 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will continue with its new race format successfully introduced in 2010.

Qualifying will be held in two parts. The first 15 minute session sets grid positions seven and backwards, with the top six cars progressing to a 10-minute shootout called the “Quick Six”, to decide Pole Position and the first three rows.

There is one bonus point available for pole position in each class.

Race one is a 20 minute sprint race, with 12 Points being awarded to the winner in each class, 8 for second, 7 for third and so on.

Race two is also a 20 minute sprint race, with starting positions being based on the finishing order of race one. Point’s allocation is identical to race one. The Feature race decides the weekend results and features a grid generated by the combined points score of races one and two.

One bonus point is available in each race for setting the fastest lap.

All cars are eligible to score points for the outright F3ADC title, however only F399/00/01 – F302/03/04 cars can score points in the Forpark Scholarship Class.

2011 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship

Round 1 - Winton Raceway, VIC (V8 Supercars) | Round Info
May 20 - 22

Round 2 - Hidden Valley, NT (V8 Supercars) | Round Info
SKYCITY Triple Crown - June 17 - 19

Round 3 - Eastern Creek, NSW (Shannons Nationals) | Round Info
July 14 - 17

Round 4 - Morgan Park, QLD (Shannons Nationals) | Round Info
Aug 12 - 14

Round 5 - Sandown Raceway, VIC (Shannons Nationals) | Round Info
Sep 9 - 11

Round 6 - Phillip Island, VIC (Shannons Nationals) | Round Info
Nov 4 - 6

Round 7 - Symmons Plains, TAS (V8 Supercars) | Round Info
Falken Tasmania Challenge - Nov 11-13

 

In partnership with Forpark Australia, Formula 3 Management will in 2011 introduce the first ever Scholarship program in the history of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship.

The Forpark Scholarship will provide an opportunity for the selected driver to progress from an initial season in Formula 3's National Class to a fully-fledged championship drive the following season and as such, develop an ideal platform for national or international motorsport stardom.

The Forpark Australian F3 Scholarship (referenced herby as 'The Scholarship') will encompass young drivers (under the age of 23) racing in the National Class, for Formula 3 Vehicles built between 1999 and 2004.

Eligible drivers will compete in the full 2011 National Class championship as a 'contracted driver' and as such will be required to fulfil the relevant terms and conditions that accompany that status, i.e. the driver must compete in all rounds of the championship to be eligible.

Click here to be directed to the Forpark Australia F3 Scholarship Website.

This area is for teams and interested parties to download relevant information to the 2011 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship:

2011 Teams Information Package (Adobe PDF - Click Here)
2011 Sporting & Technical Regulations (Adobe PDF - Click Here)
2011 Statistical Database (Coming Soon)
List of Gold Star / Australian Drivers Championship winners & history (Coming Soon)

This page updates regularly.

KUMHO TYRES - Official Tyre provider and major sponsor

Since the establishment of Kumho and Company Incorporated, in September 1960. Kumho has contributed greatly to the enhancement of the Korean and the world tyre industry.

Despite our short history, Kumho has succeeded in receiving international recognition with our E1 mark of approval by the European Economic Committee, and we have also succeeded in developing 45, 40, 35 and 30 series ZR level tyres for racing and high performance vehicles and, for the first time, tyres for commercial airlines. As a result, in 1992, Kumho entered the ranks of the world's top ten tyre manufacturers.

Kumho has succeeded in the development of superior tyres for all vehicles including high performance vehicles, passenger vehicles, sports utility vehicles, recreational vehicles, light trucks, heavy truck and buses, industrial vehicles, agricultural vehicles, mining vehicles, Construction vehicles and aircraft.

FORPARK AUSTRALIA - Scholarship supporter
Since 1979 Forpark Australia has been manufacturing and supplying playground equipment and park furniture to local government, education and commercial business throughout Australia.  A family owned Australian company, Forpark is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial playground equipment in the country and has offices in every state, as well as a growing export market.
ELF - The official Fuel of Formula 3
Race Fuels Pty Ltd was founded in January 2003. With the intention to provide branded fuels to motor racing with the highest possible service level. The need for 98 RON 'pump' fuel for major motorsport events and national racing categories has lead to Race Fuels Pty Ltd tackling the control fuel market. In 2007 Race Fuels Pty Ltd supplied the Bathurst 12 Hour race, Carrera Cup and V8 Ute championships. Whilst the supply of Elf racing fuel is a major focus for Race Fuels Pty Ltd, control fuel is a growing market which requires the passion, interest and skills provides by Race Fuels Pty Ltd.
PERFORMANCE FRICTION BRAKES - The official Brake of F3
Performance Friction Brakes Australia, under the company name PFC (Aust) Pty Ltd, was formed in 2001 to be a part of the global distribution network of the Performance Friction Corporation.  In 2009, we changed our name to Performance Friction Brakes Australia.

On the back of the success of the Performance Friction disc rotors and the development work being done on a range of calipers at the time, Mike Edwards (Managing Director) believed that Australia could benefit from having a dedicated distribution warehouse, complete with the backup knowledge and technical support, to service our passenger vehicle, transport and mining industry, motorcycle and motorsport industries.
RACE TORQUE MEDIA - The Voice of Formula 3
Race Torque Media has, since the 2005 season, provided all media, PR, branding and commentary services to the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship - including the design and upkeep of Formula3.com.au. RTM is driven by a passion for open wheel racing, and works with both the series and our teams and drivers to better promote Formula 3 around Australia and the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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