British F3 to get triple boost

The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series is set to underline its position as the world's leading training ground for Grand Prix stars of the future with the announcement of a radical plan to increase the number of races in 2010.

It is proposed that next season each of the championship's 10 meetings will feature a trio of full-length races, bringing to 30 the number of rounds over which the country's most prestigious track title will be decided – a 50 per cent increase over this season.

The move to provide young drivers with the maximum possible race experience has come from teams organization FOTA, whose spokesman Peter Briggs said: "We believe that expanding the number of races in the championship to 30 is a logical extension of the policies which have helped the championship become the pre-eminent 'university of motor sport'. The cars are reliable and FIA safety-approved, there is a large but controlled testing mileage available, and now three race starts every weekend. British F3 is first and foremost a drivers' series, and the best training there is."

Welcoming the initiative, Stephane Ratel, Chairman of championship organizer SRO Motorsports Group, said: "We were very pleased to discuss FOTA's proposal for a 30-round British Formula 3 season. It will be popular with spectators, great for TV and will make for an even more exciting and worthwhile championship, and we look forward to working with FOTA to make the idea come to fruition."

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