BARC Formula Renault Champion Confirms National Class Entry
Building on his double championship success in 2007 in the BARC Formula Renault championship & the Formula Renault Winter Series, Welsh racer Hywel Lloyd confirmed his entry in the National Class in the 2008 British Formula F3 Championship, as his team set out their plans for the forthcoming season. Hywel's debut at Oulton Park will make it the first time in almost 20 years that a Welshman has raced in Formula 3 (the last being Caerphillys Julian Westwood in 1989), and the first driver from North Wales since the legendary Tom Pryce.
The Corwen racers family run CF Team have bought two Dallara chassis formerly used by Manor Motorsport in the European F3 series and will run with Neil Brown Honda engines. Speaking from the teams workshop in Corwen, dad Harry summed up "The cars are very similar, the principles are obviously the same, but the big difference is that, whilst in Formula Renault everything was restricted, on these cars there is a lot you can do to try and increase the performance. It makes it more interesting technically for the team. However we don't underestimate the challenge. Hywel dug deep to the win the BARC Formula Renault championship and he showed he is ready to move up. Bearing in mind that this is big step up, we are hoping he can give a good account of himself "
Speaking after having had a brief test in the car Hywel himself was understandably enthusiastic "It's brilliant! Such a nice car to drive. Fortunately it seems to suit the same basic driving style, so I can carry on without making any dramatic changes, so that's a good start. We've just painted it in our own livery and although its only a few weeks to the first official test I cant wait to get in and go!"