The 2009 provisional calendar for the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series and the Avon Tyres British GT Championship has been unveiled, with more international races for both championships.
For British F3 there will be an additional overseas event with a round at Hockenheim, which will join the established international trips to Monza (TBC), Spa and Bucharest. It has still to be decided whether British F3 will support the FIA GT Spa 24 Hours in July or travel to Belgium with British GT a week later.
British GT will also leave the UK for the first time since 2006 with an event at Spa in August and the championship will be returning to Knockhill in Scotland for a standalone event.
Stephane Ratel, Chairman of SRO, promoter of the British F3 International Series and British GT Championship, commented "We considered the preferences of the teams and where they wanted to race in 2009. The British F3 teams wanted to race on more current F1 circuits and so we have added Hockenheim to the provisional calendar to complement the events at Spa and Monza. Bucharest was a great success in 2007 and 2008 and we are pleased to be going back in '09. The UK circuits we will be visiting are the best in the country and each offer a different challenge to the teams and drivers."
"We have added an overseas round to the British GT calendar with a visit to Spa in August, and I believe this will be a fantastic opportunity to race on one of the greatest circuits in Europe." Ratel continued. "It will be decided in the coming weeks whether British F3 travels to this event or takes up its traditional support slot at the Spa 24-Hours meeting in July. The trip to Scotland proved to very successful in 2008 and Knockhill is back on the British GT schedule in '09. We have a few items to conclude before this calendar can be finalised but this schedule offers our teams and drivers in both championships the opportunity to race on some of the best circuits in the world."