The wealthiest junior driver development award in Australian Motorsport will return to the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship in 2013.
The Forpark Australia Formula 3 Scholarship awards a $50,000 prize to the best young driver racing in the Formula 3 national class judged to be the most likely to progress to a professional career in the sport. The award is based on a combination of race results, engineering feedback, media skills and more – and is judged by an industry panel at the end of the season. The previous two recipients of the award, Steel Guiliana and Hayden Cooper, have both used the funding to step into the Championship Class the following season. This year young guns Todd Hazelwood, Jon Collins (both R-Tek Motorsport) and Arrie Marree (Gilmour Racing) will be the young stars looking to fight their way to the top of the standings and win the scholarship fund for the following season. “The Forpark Australia Scholarship was the difference between us returning to contest the Gold Star this year, and not,” said 2012 winner, Hayden Cooper. “It is the most incredible thing to have this kind of support from an Australian company helping young drivers live their dreams. It was an honour to win it last year and will be great to represent Forpark Australia throughout the 2013 season. We have an ambitious plan for this season with a new car and a goal to win the Australian Drivers Championship – but we couldn’t have done it without the support and involvement of Forpark in Australian Formula 3“.
“I’ll be aiming to perform at a level that warrants the kind of support they are offering.”
Formula 3 Management is pleased to announce a partnership with Replay XD Australia for the 2013 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star. Replay XD’s high definition on-board cameras will become standard fitment to all series-registered competitors this season as the series ‘control’ on board camera – giving race officials vision from every car to assist in stewards deliberations as has been the industry standard across the sport in recent years. The series will also utilise the HD footage in its expanded TV package this season. A dedicated online TV channel called the Replay XD Formula 3 Replay will also provide exclusive on-board-only race cuts from selected races this season – commencing this weekend at Mount Panorama. To be produced post-round, the onboard race cuts will showcase the entire races utilising the Replay XD Camera footage and will be made available online via You Tube after each round. “This is an important partnership for our championship moving forward,” Formula 3 Management’s Richard Craill said. “To offer our competitors a professional series – especially given the rising level of competition in the series – it is important that we have standard cameras on each car this year for use by Race Control, if required. The cameras are race proven around the world in all kinds of conditions, so there’s no doubt they will be able to stand up to the rigours of being strapped to Australia’s fastest racing cars“!
“The fact that Replay XD’s high definition cameras will enhance our TV product is a bonus. Formula 3 is also in a unique position to capitalise on social media – so we will be utilising our Replay XDs as often as possible online this year, and showing people a new side to Formula 3 they might not have seen before.”
Replay XD joins existing series partners Kumho Tyres Australia, Forpark Australia, ELF, PFC, Darwin and Race Torque Media as 2013 series partners. Replay XD was designed by a group of racing professionals with over 50 years of experience in the high performance racing industry. The development team forever revolutionized Action Cameras, creating the smallest, lightest, ultra-rugged, and most versatile cameras. Replay XD Action Cameras endure and capture never before seen video from human and machine in the most extreme environments on Earth. We create the finest Action Cameras on the Planet.