Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for September 13, 2021 – New Series for Young Drivers in the UK, a Lap of the Nordschleife and more!

This week’s Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief has a lot of great stuff including some interesting news related to young driver development in the UK and New Zealand, a new Lotus GT4, esports development and an awesome (and slightly terrifying) lap of the Nordschleife courtesy of Liam Lawson.

Also this week get ready for a new race car featured from the Motorsport Marketplace and on Friday I will post an interview I did with a vintage race driver who explains the allure of racing cars from the past.

And away we go!

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for September 13, 2021

Driver Development News, Tips & Techniques

  • Big news from the UK as, following in the wake of the creation of the new GB3 Championship, MSV has announced the creation of the GB4 Championship. Using surplus non-halo F4 chassis, they insist it is not a challenge to F4 in the UK but instead claim that the budget of £120,000-150,000 with a minimum age of 15 for drivers offers opportunities for drivers that otherwise may not have them. From Autosport:

Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of MSV, said: “Some drivers are going to find that budget (for F4) but for others it’s going to be too big a barrier, I think there will be a lot of kids that won’t get the opportunity to start at a professional level in single-seater racing.

“I think it’s even more important these days with the importance of diversity and inclusion. One of the biggest barriers for minority groups is still costs of getting involved in these things.

Autosport September 7, 2021
  • The inaugural season will consist of seven rounds and 21 races, with most rounds mirroring GB3’s format of a qualifying session and three races. GB4 will race and test on the same weekends as GB3, and there will be £50,000 prize for the champion to step up to the latter series.
Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for September 13, 2021
Photo: FFoundation
  • In other UK news it was announced that another entry-level single-seater series in the UK called Formula Foundation will be launched with even lower budgets required to compete.
  • In the world of Formula Ford in the UK, the venerable category is still going strong with entries open for the Formula Ford Festival in October. 30 entries have already been received so get your entry in now!
  • Over in New Zealand, Team Porsche New Zealand (TPNZ) has opened scholarship applications in the hunt for the next Kiwi talent. The recipient will have the opportunity to race in the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia series in 2022. Porsche has an excellent development ladder and the opportunities that come with being a Porsche driver are vast.
  • The FIA has announced that Deborah Mayer of the Iron Dames programme is working with the federation in their Girls on Track initiative. Mayer commented that “Partnerships create greater opportunities and visibility and together we can bring more young eyes to the world of motor sport. Girls on Track – Rising Stars, for which we are a main partner, has created a real momentum, it is a fantastic and dynamic programme that is showing young girls they do have the possibility and opportunity to be part of the sport, and that they can and should dare to take the first step.”
  • Revolution, Motorsport UK’s excellent monthly magazine has a great article on driver fitness called Fit to Compete that is well worth the read.
  • It can’t be a Weekly Debrief without a word from Enzo Mucci and in his latest video he looks at the 4 skills you need to be a “top race driver (a champion).”
  • A new track booking tool called Circuit Booking has been announced which could make life easier when it comes time to booking a track.

The Business of Being a Race Driver

Series News

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for September 13, 2021
Lotus Emira GT4
  • Meanwhile it seems that nobody is happy with the way the FIA F3 and F2 schedules were organized this year with the consensus being that it should revert to the way it was last year. Too many gaps between races and the lack of any real cost-savings for the teams are the primary reasons why the changes have not been well received.

Esports

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for September 13, 2021
Photo credit: Pole Position
  • Logitech have announced their brand new GChallenge for 2021 in cooperation with McLaren. Open to all drivers and free-to-enter, the 2021 Logitech McLaren G Challenge features 3 unique motorsport genre competitions: Stock Car, Open Wheel and Sport Car. You can sign up here.
  • Finally, BlackBook Motorsport have announced their latest webinar titled the Future of Sim Racing on September 22, 2021. I have attended a number of BlackBook webinars and I highly recommend them.

Business of Motorsport

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for September 13, 2021
  • The assets of the Synchro Motorsport team are being auctioned by Honda in the UK. If you are looking at starting a Touring Car team this might be the place to start!
  • This is probably the best article I have read about the influence of Netflix’s Drive to Survive on the popularity of Formula 1 in the United States. A great read.
  • I have to say that this took me completely by surprise in that spending by tobacco companies in Formula 1 is the highest it has been since 2006, the year it was banned in the sport. I have not read the report so I will not comment more than that but you can download the report here.
  • Finally, it is great to report that the Professional Motorsport World Expo is back and will take place November 10, 11, 12, 2021 at Köln Messe in Cologne, Germany. Full details can be found here.

From the Motorsport Prospects Archives

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important both within motorsport as well as in the greater social sphere but it sometimes becomes increasingly hard to determine what it all means. My Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up connects the term to the world of motorsport with concrete examples but the move towards sustainability is also an opportunity that race drivers can and should embrace. This is what I discuss in Getting Green Tech Motorsport Sponsorship in this Age of Sustainability.

The Last Lap

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for September 13, 2021

Here are some interesting motorsport-related nuggets from around the world in this week’s Last Lap.

  • Robert Wickens is working hard to make it back to the track and in Back Behind the Wheel, Racer looks at his progress so far. Inspirational.
  • I have mentioned this before but Palm Beach International Raceway needs your help!
  • Here is a wonderful opportunity to do some good while getting the opportunity to win a class at the Skip Barber Racing School. “The Skip Barber Racing School is proud to support the fight against Parkinson’s with our donation of one 1-Day Racing School package worth $2,195. For a minimum contribution of $100, you have the opportunity to win the driving experience of your life with Skip Barber’s coaches, hospitality, and Roush Mustangs on one of America’s iconic North American race tracks.” Full details and to sign up can be found here.
  • How about this for a last lap! Check out DTM driver Liam Lawson taking fellow DTM and newly appointed Williams F1 driver Alex Albon for a lap of the Nordschleife.

Stay safe and I will see you at the track!

Mark Boudreau
Author: Mark Boudreau

Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background to assist race drivers in finding the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.