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In the spotlight: Historic Formula 2 FIA International Race Series

Posted on 28 March 2017

This is the FIA sanctioned International Series for pre 1978 single-seater Formula Two, Formula Atlantic and Formula B cars. Rapid cars from a golden era of international racing and a gaggle of talented racers make this one of the best single-seater categories in historic racing.

In 2017, the series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first season of the 1600cc F2 regulations. The inaugural 1600cc F2 Champion was Jacky Ickx (Matra MS7) who headed Frank Gardner (Brabham BT23C) and Jean Pierre Beltoise (Matra MS7). By the 1970s Formula 2 was the proving ground for ambitious young drivers heading for Grand Prix racing and many F1 stars including Niki Lauda made their name in the category.

At Donington Historic Festival expect to see March 782 and Ralt RT1 alongside Chevron B25 and a rare Surtees TS15 in the bigger-engined class, while earlier 1600cc cars should include March 712M and Brabham BT36. The Historic Formula 2 cars will be out on every day of DHF, with qualifying at 14.25 on Friday April 28, race one at 12.10 on Saturday April 29 and race two at 14.35 on Sunday April 30.