Leading Formula 3 team Hitech GP will run all 18 of the FIA Regional F3 cars used in the new-for-2019 all-female W Series.
Hitech, a race-winning team in European F3, expanded into Asian F3 this year and dominated. The championship uses the same Tatuus chassis and Alfa Romeo engine that the W Series will, with the Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Regional European Championship also utilitising the Tatuus chassis as of next year.
The Silverstone-based outfit will provide “a full race operation package” that includes preparation and shipping, as well as the supply of engineers and mechanics for each car, with a total of around 50 staff members under the leadership of Dan Hodder.
?With so much experience in racing today?s F3 cars, we feel we are the ideal partner for W Series, but, beyond that, it?s great to be able to support more females into motorsport, both behind the wheel and in the pit garages and workshops too,” said Hitech team principal Oliver Oakes.
Dave Ryan, the former McLaren sporting director in charge of W Series racing operations, said: “We are delighted to partner with such a professional and ambitious team ? it will be a critical part of our success as, together, we continue to prepare for our first season next year.”
W Series will share a paddock with another F3 championship next year, European F3 successor Formula European Masters, and hold six races for its first season. Entry as a driver is free, and there is a total prize fund of?US$1.5 million, with the champion to receive?US$500,000.