Junior Racing Festival to offer open formula European winter series for young drivers
16 October 2020
The Junior Racing Festival, the first open formula European winter series aimed at
young single-seater, GT and touring car drivers, will launch this December.
The inaugural festival will be hosted across two six-day events at Circuito Estoril and
Autódromo Internacional do Algarve this winter, providing a unique opportunity for drivers
during the traditional European motorsport off-season while international travel is restricted.
The drivers will participate in test sessions during the first four days of each event, before
competing in multi-engine, multi-chassis races over the weekend.
Partnered with Hankook Tire, Tatuus, AF-Tech and P1 Racing Fuels, the Junior Racing
Festival is the brainchild of Cesar Alvarez, an experienced engineer who has worked in WEC,
Formula E, ELMS, Formula Renault 3.5, Toyota Racing Series and GT World Challenge, with
teams such as Andretti Autosport, SMP Racing, Charouz Racing System, Absolute Racing
and Status Grand Prix.
Competitors can enter one of three categories. The two single-seater classes Formula 16 and
Formula 18 are an equivalent to FIA F4 and F3 Regional respectively, while the Touring and
GT class uses selected homologated vehicles issued from their national and regional series.
Each class will also include categories for rookie and female drivers.
Four chassis will be eligible in Formula 16 (Dome F110, Tatuus F4-T1014, Mygale M14-F4
and Crawford F4-16) as well as six engines from Abarth, Ford, Renault Sport, Geely, Honda
and TOM’S Toyota. Formula 18 will use the Tatuus F3 T-318 chassis with the choice of
engines between Renault Sport, Alfa Romeo and Toyota Gazoo.
Drivers must be at least 15 years old and possess either an International A, B, C or National
Grade A racing license. The closing date for applications is on 1 November 2020.
The inaugural Junior Racing Festival is scheduled to take place at Estoril on 15-20 December
2020, with Portimao on 6-11 January 2021.
Further announcements regarding the inaugural Junior Racing Festival will follow.
Cesar Alvarez, Junior Racing Festival founder: “The concept for the Junior Racing Festival
was developed over the past few years following a number of eye-opening discussions with
single-seater and GT team owners and driver managers. These conversations gradually
became more serious, and we have now devised an event aimed at attracting young drivers
for new testing and racing opportunities during the winter. Our hope is to conjure up the
atmosphere that was created at the original Formula Ford Festival and gather some of the
best drivers from every national series and reward them with top prizes.”
Giovanni Delfino, Tatuus Chief Executive Officer: “We’ve always hoped to see such an
initiative in Europe and are very happy to participate in the inaugural event. Motorsport
suffered a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this event is a symbol of progress and hope
for the industry going forward. Since the end of the lockdown, we’ve felt the urgency with
which teams and drivers have wanted to get back on track and the Junior Racing Festival can
be an important part of our sport returning to normal. We believe in this project and as the first
series of its type in Europe, I’m sure it will be a real success for the drivers and teams alike.”
Martin Popilka, P1 Racing Fuels Chief Executive Officer: “Junior championships are a
crucial platform for the development of young motorsport talent. In the past, P1 Racing Fuels
has powered numerous drivers to victory at many different levels and we look forward to
supporting all the participants in the Junior Racing Festival as we continue to invest in
building a vibrant and sustainable future for motorsport in Europe and beyond. As a long-time
pioneer in our field, we believe in working alongside industry leaders to build open, inclusive
and affordable platforms to ensure a diversity of talent in racing. The Junior Racing Festival is
an important example of this, and we are proud to be onboard as the official fuel supplier.”
Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director: “We’re more than happy to support
the Junior Racing Festival as its exclusive tyre partner. Adding a winter series will prove to be
a key part of our motorsport strategy. It’s important to show that we continue to support young
drivers, especially in the current circumstances, and this initiative will offer some of the best
young talents in Europe the opportunity to continue their testing programmes throughout the
winter and prove themselves in races against other top competitors. The tyre is the only
contact patch between the car and the racetrack and therefore they play a large role in the
outcome of a race and the safety of the drivers. At Hankook, we acknowledge the importance
of our product and make sure that our tyres deliver reliable performance levels lap after lap.
The Ventus race tyre will be used during the series and we look forward to displaying it on
what we believe will be a fantastic platform.”
Article from Junior Racing Festival.