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Old 6 Oct 2011, 09:43 (Ref:2966555)   #1
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2012 FR 3.5 Off Season news etc

Does anybody know which are going the teams for next year FR 3.5?

How many teams are going to be selected?
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Old 10 Oct 2011, 09:30 (Ref:2968517)   #2
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Someone posted that Mofaz is closing.

Did i read a provisional calendar suggesting Moscow is on and no British round?
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Old 10 Oct 2011, 11:05 (Ref:2968592)   #3
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More about the Mofaz closure:
http://www.motorstv.com/car/single-s...nault-35-squad

Really hope that the "TBC" shown is a British round... with the huge crowds Renault gets exposure to here I'd have thought it would never be in doubt. No Monza either, which is disappointing.

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Motorland Aragon, May 5-6
Monaco, May26-27
Spa-Francorchamps, June 2-3
Nurburgring, June 30-July 1
Moscow, July 14-15
TBC, August 25-26
Hungary, September 15-16
Paul Ricard, September 29-30
Barcelona, October 20-21
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/95241

Edit: Just read that properly, and the TBC event is for F.Renault 3.5 only! So whatever happens, looks like we'll only get FR3.5 at best in the UK I was really excited about the momentum the series seems to have against GP2 as well... would be a shame if we don't get a round. Guess it may just be British F3 for me then in terms of single seater meetings next year. F2 isn't worth the bother, and the GP is too expensive/hectic.

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Old 10 Oct 2011, 12:43 (Ref:2968671)   #4
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I know what you mean jon, not a lot to warrant forking out for in terms of quality single seater action is there. Oh how I wish we could go back to the 1980's-late 90's calendars for choice but with the current series!

If the TBC round is to be stand alone, maybe it'll be with the LMES or British Int'l F3 at Silverstone?
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Old 10 Oct 2011, 15:40 (Ref:2968752)   #5
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Really hope that the "TBC" shown is a British round...
Wasn't it supposed to be Brazil?
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Old 10 Oct 2011, 21:50 (Ref:2968923)   #6
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Don't know, where did you hear that?
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Old 11 Oct 2011, 06:40 (Ref:2969061)   #7
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Brazil was mentioned a while back. But unlikely in August I'd have thought?
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Old 12 Oct 2011, 11:23 (Ref:2969843)   #8
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They have probably chosen cheap to hire circuits. Hungaroring is a no go... Racing is dull there whatever you race and watch. Two rounds in Spain and France... ehm, why?! Thought they wanted to keep the series for a good advertising and publicity in main markets (e.g. mentioning of Brazil).
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Old 13 Oct 2011, 08:46 (Ref:2970328)   #9
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Danes to the fore in the 2 day test midweek then!

Kevin Magnussen on Tuesday and Marco Sorensen yesterday.

Valteri Bottas, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs were also present.

God when you think that Kevin is only 18 if his career keeps its momentum and McLaren continue to back him, he could be in for a mega long career at the top!

Maybe the big rivalry of 5 years time will be Magnussen vs Korjus!!
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Old 13 Oct 2011, 09:27 (Ref:2970360)   #10
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If it makes you feel better, Kevin was 19 last week!

He was also fastest in the afternoon of the second day, so this is clearly the formula for him.
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Old 13 Oct 2011, 10:36 (Ref:2970399)   #11
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i have to agree with others in being a little disappointed with the 2012 calendar. the hungaroring date is wrong (and actually the racing hasn't been all that bad there in the past but it won't suit the drs system), it should be in july before the grand prix to capitalise on the enthusiasm of the locals for motorsport. i have no idea what to think about moscow, but really hope it's a success purely for the number of russian drivers who are in the series and in the eurocup.

about no silverstone round... i guess the costs are getting too great in terms of crowd management and so on but it's a real shame they can't limit the ticket numbers instead and do it on a smaller scale. there's some big sponsors involved with the event that were absolutely thrilled at the silverstone event, and their influential guests were too. that level of crowd participation is really only something you see at the spanish rounds, and it's key to their presence in something like wsr.

paul ricard is a great venue for the guests, and perhaps if it's in a second year the crowd numbers will pick up a bit. magny cours was better for racing, but hey, maybe they'll be able to use a slightly different layout to make things a little easier for overtaking.

spain is important for the organisers and it's where the whole thing started in the first place. motorland is well attended, and the atmosphere at barcelona is superb. so i don't see a problem with visiting those.

my choice would be to bin off the nurburgring or spa. i guess they stick with the nurburgring because they held a couple of trackdays there in the run up but it's grim, cold and horrible, and not particularly well attended either. the atmosphere is rubbish. spa is obviously a keeper, but if i were them i'd drop the wsr event and try and get fr3.5 there on its own.

monza needs to happen in the spare date.

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Old 13 Oct 2011, 12:37 (Ref:2970478)   #12
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I need the calendar to include some events I can get to next year and that is my primary and selfish concern!
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Old 13 Oct 2011, 18:24 (Ref:2970623)   #13
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I'd assume that the Nurburgring and Spa are kept as the German and Benelux markets are important for Renault.

You would also hope that Renault considered the UK market important, but it would seem that is not the case, or Renault UK no longer feel that a big motorsport event gives a suitable return for the costs.
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Old 13 Oct 2011, 21:28 (Ref:2970715)   #14
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i've just noticed that in the barcelona edition of the "magazine" tv feature they produce, the competition marketing guy says that they will return to the uk as a support race, so it'll be interesting to see what they end up with. presumably that's the tba date in the middle.
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FR3.5 as a support race?!

God that would be good!

The only things I can think of that could possibly fit that avenue would be ELMS (or whatever the Peugeot v Audi dust up is called nowadays?) or maybe another biggish sportscar series like FIA GT, even though in my mind the 3.5's would be the bigger card in the latter's case.
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