Brands Hatch owner Jonathan Palmer has won the tender to supply the FIA’s low-cost ‘feeder’ category, the reborn Formula Two, from next season.
Palmer’s MotorSport Vision firm, which owns Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton as well as Brands Hatch and the corporate track day facility at Bedford, won the three-year deal with a chassis designed by the Williams Formula One team and powered by a turbocharged 1.8-litre Audi engine.
MSV has plenty of experience with the powerplant, since it is already used by its Formula Palmer Audi one-make series.
MSV is due to deliver the first prototype F2 car for testing in November, ahead of the series’ debut in May 2009. It will comprise eight double-header rounds.
The FIA wants F2 to be a lower-cost feeder formula than GP2, which is likely to remain on the F1 support race bill, by cutting costs per car to £150,000 per season.
The Formula Two name was last used for an international race series in 1984, being replaced the following year by Formula 3000.