This week’s Motorsport Series News Round-Up spans the globe and features both single-seater and sports car news from mainland Europe, the UK, the United States and Australia.
- Last week I mentioned how the grid for the Italian F4 Championship is growing at the potential expense of its German equivalent. As a possible confirmation. French F4 team R-ace GP has decided to move its F4 focus from the ADAC to the Italian championship. R-ace GP team manager Thibaut de Merindol states: “When we entered it in 2018, ADAC F4 was as competitive as Italian F4, with an overall balance between teams and drivers. Since 2019, we noted that the balance is no longer the same, with an Italian championship that has become more competitive.”
- Registrations for both the 2022 UK Avon Tyres National Formula Ford Championship and the 2022 Super Classic Formula Fords will be open at the end of this month. More details can be found here.
- As the Formula Regional Asian Championship (FRAC) kicked off last weekend, Formula Mumbai Falcons’ CEO Moid Tungekar and team principal Armaan Ebrahim explain their belief that ‘We’ll be in Europe pretty soon.’
- Finally, the all-electric ERA Championship has announced details of their inaugural 2022 season race weekend format. Each ERA Series Europe 2022 round will feature free practice, two qualifying sessions and two sprint races, offering the field of young racers every opportunity to impress in front of FIA ETCR team principals and fans alike, as they build their career and take their first step on the electric racing ladder. In addition, highlights of every race will be broadcast on Eurosport channels on the Tuesday after each event in more than 70 countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Details of a live broadcast package, to be available on several platforms in 2022, will be revealed at a later date.
- A five-round Radical Cup Australia calendar has been announced. A joint venture between Radical Australia West, operated by Arise Racing, and Radical Australia East, managed by GWR Australia, the one-make sports car category will predominantly feature at Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships events.
- Speaking of Radicals, the Blue Marble Radical Cup North America, the first official pre-season test takes place at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 2.21 mile, 14-turn road course on February 14-15, 2022. It is open to all Radical drivers and not just series competitors or race license holders. Head over to their website to sign up.
- The new for 2022 SCCA Enduro Nationals have been postponed. The focus of the new Enduro Program will now be shifting to its National Tour events scheduled for the balance of 2022, and a ramp up to a National Championship in 2023.
- Mazda Motorsports has announced discounts for North American Spec MX-5 racers who purchase a build or conversion kit from Mazda Motorsports now through January 31, 2022. They have also updated a number of rules and regs. Full details can be found at the Mazda Motorsports website.
- The MPI GT-3 Challenge is back for 2022 with a number of contingency awards available for the new season.
- The DTM has announced a complete ban on team orders amongst other new rules and regs for the 2022 season.
- Veteran BMW racer Bill Auberlen has tested the new BMW M4 GT3 and has stated that it has cured “most of the ailments” of its predecessor the M6 GT3.
- The creation of the GTD Pro category in IMSA this year is set to bring a “whole new dynamic” to races in the production-based ranks of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, according to Nick Tandy and other drivers in the field.
- Speaking of IMSA, Series President John Doonan looks at 2022 and beyond in a far reaching interview with Racer.
- Autosport looks at the Britcar’s new status and why this portends for an encouraging future.
- Finally, last week I mentioned how the 2021 Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Pro-Am title remains unawarded due to an ongoing appeal process. Geoff Emery has declared that he will take the court case regarding the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Pro-Am title further if necessary.