The Australian Formula 3 Championship has released a statement regarding the loss of its Australian Drivers’ Championship status.
Yesterday, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport announced that it was stripping the Australian Formula 3 Championship of its Australian Drivers’ Championship status, with the Gold Star trophy to be parked indefinitely.
CAMS cited dwindling grids as a major factor in the decision.
The Australian F3 Championship has now released a statement of its own, expressing disappointment in the CAMS move.
“Whilst it is disappointing that the CAMS cannot continue to support Formula 3 being its custodian for the Gold Star, Formula 3 as a brand remains in Australia as it was before 2005 when the Gold Star was bestowed,” read the statement.
“Young drivers in the category will still be racing in an International class that has and will continue to produce drivers that star both in Australia and overseas.
“Drivers like Mitch Evans (GP2), Ben Barker (Porsche Supercup/Sportscar racing), James Winlsow (Sportscar racing), Garnet Patterson (Formula Renault Asia) and Simon Hodge (Carrera Cup) are but a few to have used Formula 3 in Australia as a pathway to further success.
“F3 has since 2005 always tried to represent and enhance the value of the Gold Star by ensuring close and competitive racing each season.
“The championship has come down to the final race of the year on seven occasions in the past ten seasons, while the depth of competition is reflected in more race winners, on average, each season than in any other period in Gold Star history.
“Formula 3 has for many years identified the weakness of open wheeled racing in this country and was heartened by CAMS endorsement of the FIA’s open wheel pathway from F4 to F3.
“Formula 3 Management and its competitors now await eagerly the CAMS vision to ensure young Australian drivers are able to embrace the FIA pathway.
“It will be good for CAMS to give support and encouragement to current drivers and teams to ensure viability and stability well into the future.
“CAMS have stated on record that they have a plan to assist and build Formula 3 in Australia moving forward.
“Formula 3 Management and all members of the F3 family look forward to hearing this vision and working to grow open wheel racing in Australia in the future.”