ISSC: Orbit Motorsport to run 2001 season

Orbit Motorsport, the Silverstone-based team run by Roy Kennedy and John Reynolds, has abandoned its Formula Italia 3000 programme in favour of the brand new International Single-Seater Challenge. Orbit has already taken delivery of two of the ...

Orbit Motorsport, the Silverstone-based team run by Roy Kennedy and John Reynolds, has abandoned its Formula Italia 3000 programme in favour of the brand new International Single-Seater Challenge. Orbit has already taken delivery of two of the 300bhp Chrysler V6-engined Reynard cars, and is in negotiation with drivers.

"The Formula 3000 thing has been a debacle, and with only 10 cars at the recent Vallelunga test it's not looking good for this season," said Reynolds. "As a one-make series, the ISSC offers real value for money and tremendous racing for drivers, and wonderful racing for spectators. I think once a dozen cars are out there, grids will fill rapidly."

John Reynolds' determination for the ISSC to flourish has extended to him pioneering a $250,000 results-based contingency prize for competitors (specific requirements to be finalised) through his association with the Swiss-headquartered financial consultancy Celestin, whose name appeared on Orbit's F3000 Lolas last season.

Reynolds' involvement with the sport dates back to the 1970s, when Reystan Racing (the team he formed with well-known entrant John Stanton, and for whom Roy Kennedy worked) ran the brilliant Scot Gerry Birrell and Japanese driver Masami Kuwashima. He was also instrumental in building the Polar Formula Vee cars in Brazil (one of which launched the career of triple Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet) and in Chris Amon's leisure clothing business.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Chris Amon , Nelson Piquet , John Reynolds