Formula Two Re-Launches on Avon Tyres
Avon Tyres has been named official tyre supplier for the FIA Formula Two Championship, a series re-launched in 2009 after a quarter-century absence from the motorsport calendar. The first round of the championship will take place at Valencia, Spain, on 31 May.
The championship, which will feature 24 identical cars designed by the Williams F1 team, has been created to be the ultimate feeder category for Formula One, while remaining an affordable series for aspiring young drivers. Sixteen races will take place at eight circuits across Europe, from Valencia and Barcelona in Spain to Donington Park and Brands Hatch in the UK.
Headed by Jonathan Palmer, whose MotorSport Vision (MSV) company has used Avon as the control tyre supplier of the Formula Palmer Audi championship since it began in 1998, all the Formula Two cars will be manufactured to identical specification and run entirely by MSV to ensure driver talent shines through.
“Avon has a history of supplying tyres to F1 feeder championships and we’re proud to continue that tradition,” said Julian Baldwin, managing director of Cooper Tire Europe. “After providing tyres to the FIA Formula 3000 series, which replaced the original Formula Two in the 1980s and ran until 2004, we’re very happy to continue an association with the natural stepping-stone to Formula One.”
The car to be used in the Formula Two series, the Williams JPH1, was unveiled at Brands Hatch on March 2. The Williams JPH1 will feature a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox and 1.8-litre turbocharged Audi engine that generates 400bhp with an extra “overboost” of 50bhp available to drivers in the races, to help encourage overtaking.