2017 Formula Challenge season

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2017 Formula Challenge season
Competition Formula Challenge
Title Sponsor TBA
Platform Used 397rFactor2.png rFactor 2
Rounds 18
Mod Used Williams JPH1B F2 modified
Carshape Williams JPH1B
Engine Supplier(s) GPVWC 3500cc NA V6
Tyre Supplier(s) GPVWC brand G
Teams 16
Drivers' Champion
Teams' Champion
Formula Challenge Seasons
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GPVWC series in 2017
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Formula Challenge

Independent Series

Masters Series
International Touring Cup
World GT

The 2017 Formula Challenge season will be the 6th GPVWC Formula Challenge season.

Teams and drivers

The amount of team slots remained at 16 for the 2016 season, with the GPVWC Management citing a desire to promote quality over quantity in GPVWC series in 2017. Notably, the league-owned GPVWC Academy team expanded to 2 cars in 2017, following the discontinuation of the Open Series.

Formula Challenge Team Team Owner Abbreviation Chassis Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Test/Reserve Driver(s)
England Arrow International Racing

England Sam Jones

AIR FC-017 G 26   n/a
Scuderia Basilea
David Jundt
Basilea FC-017 G 66 Netherlands Mike Kwint n/a
89 Poland Maciej Mlynek
Finland Bastvik Grand Prix

Finland Mikael Tuomaala

Bastvik FC-017 G 70 Portugal Bruno Sousa Ferreira n/a
71 Poland Patryk Gerber
England Downforce Racing

England Jake Sanson

Downforce FC-017 G 31 Netherlands Rolf Baas England Jake Sanson
David Jundt
England EJ Engineering

Australia Jarrod Vanderweide

EJ FC-017 G 23 Netherlands Wesley Stefano n/a
28 England Will Barnes
Liechtenstein GPVWC Academy

Netherlands Menno Klont

GPVWC FC-017 G 100 Australia Jarrod Vanderweide n/a
101 Germany Philipp Konig
Netherlands Holland Racing Team

Netherlands Dethan Rootring

HRT FC-017 G 78 Netherlands Gerrit de Vries Germany Bastian Paisler
79 Netherlands Casper Onwijn
England MDR Motorsports

England Jack Mayor

MDR FC-017 G 90 Germany Philipp Konig United Kingdom Ryan Nash
58 Poland Konrad Bar
Brazil NEX E-Sports Club

Brazil Ike Ramos

NEX FC-017 G 57 Cyprus Loucas Afxentiou n/a
82 Brazil Ike Ramos
England Red Arrow Racing

England David Fidock

Red Arrow FC-017 G 65 Greece Nicholas Demetris England Chris Williamson
93 Spain Tomeu Cabrer
England Royal Blue Racing

England Matthew Clipp

Royal Blue FC-017 G 50 Netherlands Dave van Gils n/a
51 England Matthew Clipp
Canada STAX Racing

Germany Christian Zoerner

STAX FC-017 G 36 Netherlands Menno Klont n/a
37 England Chris Shepherd
Scotland The Mighty Forth

Scotland Paul Joseph

TMF FC-017 G 24 England Mark Breslin n/a
25 ScotlandPaul Joseph
Netherlands THUnderdog

Netherlands Rienk Hoekstra

THU FC-017 G 95 Netherlands Roy Schroten n/a
99 Netherlands Rienk Hoekstra
Mexico TR Bluvos Motorsports

Mexico Michael Teichmann

TR FC-017 G 87 Malta Terence Grech n/a
88 Netherlands Roy Verzijl
England TTF Racing

England Tyrone Frith

TTF FC-017 G 41 South Africa Bret Metcalf n/a
45 England James Early
England YTF1

England Matthew Allington

YTF1 FC-017 G 13 Sweden Johan Lindberg 1-2, 4-18 n/a
England Jack Mayor 3
22 South Africa Matthew Marquard All

Team changes

New entries

Returning entries

Technical changes

  • The series switched from turbocharged 4-cylinder engines to naturally aspirated V6 engines for 2017.
  • Setup options were simplified, placing a greater emphasis on driver skill.
  • The wet tyre compounds recieved an adjustment to grip levels.
  • The low downforce package was removed, leaving a single wing package available for use.

2017 Calendar

Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Conditions Date Start Time
Track time GMT BST
1 Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne TBC 7th March 2017 14:00 19:00
2 Russian Grand Prix Russian GP Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi TBC 21st March 2017 14:00 19:00
3 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai TBC 4th April 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
4 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish GP Spain Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia TBC 18th April 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
5 Austrian Grand Prix Austrian GP Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg TBC 2rd May 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo TBC 16th May 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
7 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal TBC 30th July 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
8 British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire TBC 13th June 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
9 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest TBC 27th June 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
10 German Grand Prix German GP Germany Nurburgring, Nürburg TBC 25th July 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
11 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa TBC 8th August 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
12 Italian Grand Prix Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza TBC 22nd August 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
13 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore TBC 5th September 2017 20:00 18:00 19:00
14 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka TBC 19th September 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
15 United States Grand Prix United States GP United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin TBC 3rd October 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
16 Mexican Grand Prix Mexican GP Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City TBC 17th October 2017 14:00 18:00 19:00
17 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo TBC 31st October 2017 14:00 19:00
18 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi GP United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island TBC 14th November 2017 17:00 19:00


The 2017 testing schedule is as follows:

Test Date Venue
Preseason Test 21st Feb 2017 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

Calendar changes