Motofest Coventry is to host competitive motorsport on both circuits this year with the Formula G Championship unveiling plans for a ‘best of series’ timed shoot-out involving 20 of its top drivers.
Organised by Fueltopia, the Formula G Championship is a head to head, timed race event based on Gymkhana driving skills, which involves drivers navigating their way around a series of obstacles from monster truck tyres, to slaloms and washing machines.
After running demonstration displays of the sport for the past two years on Motofest Coventry’s short oval circuit, this year things are set to turn competitive.
Having earned their place to compete in the first ever timed Formula G event at Motofest Coventry, the top 20 drivers from across 4 Formula G Championship series will go head to head in the short oval showdown.
Saturday will be practice sessions before Sunday sees qualifying heats and head to head battles on the circuit, with Fueltopia’s portatree timing system in place to split the drivers’ times right down to the millisecond.
Among the drivers taking part is Dmitrij Sribynj, 2016 AWD champion, competing in his Subaru Impreza and bringing a wealth of experience to the event.
Dimitri has represented the sport of Gymkhana on a world-wide stage, taking part in the Gymkhana Grid series hosted by Ken Block for the past 6 years, and is one of a host of top Formula G drivers set to showcase their skills during the festival weekend.
Darren Langeveld, Motofest Coventry Race Director, said: “Motofest Coventry’s aim has always been to host competitive motorsport and so we are delighted to announce two separate competitions on the long and short oval circuits for this year.
“The Formula G Championship shoot-out adds a whole new dimension to the short oval circuit and we thank Fueltopia for helping to stage this new competition at our event.
“As we keep saying Motofest Coventry just gets bigger and better each year and it really is double the fun this time around as we get competitive on both the short and long circuit.”
Motofest Coventry’s long circuit will host time trialing, with the sprint competition marking the return of competitive motorsport to a UK city centre for the first time in almost 30 years.
The sprint competition taking place on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June will be drawn from the British Automobile Racing Club’s (BARC) various championship series – and takes place on the unique city centre sprint circuit created from Coventry’s ring road.
It will be the first time competitive motorsport has been hosted on a UK city centre circuit since the Birmingham Superprix in 1990, after the Motor Sport Association’s (MSA) agreed to issue a licence for the Motofest Coventry 2018 event.
Back on the short track oval as well as the competitive action from the Formula G Championship, an array of BRISCA F1, F2 and V8 cars, mini stocks and heritage stock cars will help keep the crowds entertained with various demonstration displays.
Motofest Coventry is a two-day festival dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, taking place on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June.
There will be a range of automotive activities taking place from pop-up and demonstration events to static displays and fringe events at Motofest Coventry, now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK.