The Asian Autosport Action Group (Triple A), in partnership with the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), has announced the introduction of the FIA-certified Formula 4 South East Asia Championship.
The F4 SEA is set to commence from July 2016 and run to December across various international circuits in Malaysia (Sepang), Singapore (Marina Bay), Thailand (Buriram), Philippines (Clark), Taiwan (Penbay), Indonesia (Sentul) and India (Buddh) - all subject to circuit agreements.
Triple A is the promoter of the championship, while AAM will be the lead FIA affiliate representing all participating FIA SEA zone affiliates.
Peter Thompson, Triple A CEO, said: “It is an enormous privilege to be selected by the AAM and FIA as the Promoter for the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship."
"The new Formula 4 race-car will be fitted with up-to-date F1 technology, including paddle shift, and data systems, with built-in cameras for on-track coaching, as well as a fast 160bhp engine," he added.
Firhat Mokhzani, F4SEA, Managing Director added: “With the upgrade of the AsiaCup Series to the new FIA Formula 4 global format, we are in a good position to provide the most cost-effective junior driver development programme ever in Asia."
"Our Formula 4 South East Asia Championship, certified by FIA, will allow successful drivers to earn FIA Super Licence points.”
The F4 SEA will run as an FIA single-organisation championship, which will have a one-team, one-make, one-data and one-cost concept, ensuring a cost-effective transition to formula racing and level playing ladder to F3, F2 and finally F1.
In addition, the driver budgets will be within the FIA Formula 4 recommended fee of €100,000. The 2016 race calendar will consist of up to six events, with 24-30 races.
The all-inclusive driver’s fee includes: registration, entry fees, racecar, race engineering services, consumables, logistics, race tyres, European engineers and driver coaches. The only extras are testing, wet tyres and any damage.
The F4SEA racecar, chassis and engine will be presented to the media and drivers during the final event of the AsiaCup championship on December 11 at Sepang International Circuit.