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GRID IN THE SPOTLIGHT: FORMULA ATLANTIC

Posted on 11 March 2020

The sound of these potent single-seaters powering their way round Donington Park will definitely get chests rumbling!

Formula Atlantic has its roots in the United States in 1965, with the creation of the SCCA Formula B class for single-seat formula cars with engines not exceeding 1600cc. In 1971 Formula Atlantic was formed in the UK, the brainchild of Brands Hatch’s John Webb, who wanted to create a national category that would allow competitors to race something with near Formula 2 performance but with lower running costs than a Formula 3 car.

Formula Atlantic was adopted in Canada in 1974 and by 1976 it had picked up momentum in America, where it had its own IMSA series. Welsh racer Tom Pryce was one of the superstars of British Formula Atlantic in the early 1970s, while Tony Brise dominated the UK series in 1975 – the year he also made his highly impressive F1 debut before his death in the plane crash that also claimed the life of Graham Hill, amongst others.

Gilles Villeneuve’s victories in both the US and Canadian Formula Atlantic championships helped steer him into his Formula 1 career, and guest drivers in the series over the years included Riccardo Patrese, Jacques Laffite, Didier Pironi and James Hunt.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON TRACK
High-octane single-seater action from Formula Atlantic and Formula B cars from 1971 to 1983, with eligible cars including Chevron B34, March 79B and 722 and GRD 272.

WHEN TO SEE THEM AT DHF

  • Qualifying – 09:40 Saturday, May 2
  • Race 1 – 13:40 Saturday, May 2
  • Race 2 – 09:45 Sunday, May 3