This article was supplied as a press release by the team’s PR
TEAM NEWS, 13 November, 2014 – Falcon Motorsport is delighted to confirm that it has been granted a three-car entry in to the new for 2015 MSA Formula: Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost championship – Britain’s official version of the Formula 4 concept created by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA.
“We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Ford and the MSA with our three-car entry in this new and exciting championship,” says Nick Streatfield, team owner, Falcon Motorsport. “MSA Formula has attracted a very high calibre of teams, as per the entry list announced this week, and we are very much looking forward to taking the next step with our Formula Ford colleagues in to a new era of junior single-seater racing in this country.”
Following its launch at Silverstone in September, an unprecedented 50 deposits of interest were presented to MSA Formula. Only 32 chassis are being made available for the 2015 grid and the teams who have been successful in securing entries include five who have supported Formula Ford in recent seasons, one from GP2, three from Formula 3, two from sports car racing and another from Formula Renault.
In preparation for next year Falcon Motorsport has acquired a larger factory building on the same site in Faringdon which is currently being refurbished to accommodate the racing team’s needs. It shall be ready to welcome the new MSA Formula cars when delivery commences in the New Year.
MSA Formula will use Mygale carbon-composite monocoque FIA F4 chassis which include a six-speed sequential gearbox, paddle shift steering wheel, data-logging system, Ford’s detuned 160bhp EcoBoost engines (reduced in power by 40bhp to fit FIA F4’s power-to-weight ratio prepared and supplied by Sodemo) and Hankook tyres.
The Championship is open to drivers aged 15 years and above who hold an International C karting licence and complete an extended ARDS course. The 2015 MSA Formula champion will win a test with a leading European F3 team.
As the series replaces British Formula Ford next season it will continue to be included on the British Touring Car Championship package as the only single-seater support series, with live TV coverage on a Sunday.
Established in 1989, initially under the banner of Streatfield Motorsport taken from its founder Nick Streatfield and then changed to Falcon Motorsport in 1994, the team has competed in a number of championships including British Formula 3, UK Formula Renault, BARC Formula Renault, Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula BMW.
Drivers who Falcon has run and helped to develop include triple World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx, ex-Formula 1 test and current Super GT driver James Rossiter, Le Mans Series driver Danny Watts, 2010 Formula 2 champion and GP3 Series driver Dean Stoneman, Porsche Supercup driver Patrick Szczerbiński and Blancpain Sprint GT driver Sten Pentus.
In 2014, the successful Oxfordshire based team achieved second place in the both the Dunlop Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Team Cup and Drivers’ Championship* with BRDC Rising Star Harrison Scott. (*provisional, final result pending).