22 July 2016

Alexandra Mohnhaupt to race with Falcon

FALCON MOTORSPORT TO FLY AGAIN IN F4 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP WITH MOHNHAUPT 

  • 16-year-old Alexandra Mohnhaupt to be first Mexican driver in British F4.
  • Hugely successful Falcon Motorsport team return to the grid.

22 JULY, 2016 - Falcon Motorsport are to join the fray at the Snetterton (30/31 July) and Knockhill (13/14 August) rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford with Alexandra Mohnhaupt.
 
It’s a welcome return to the Ford EcoBoost-powered series for Falcon Motorsport who contested last season. Furthermore, in 2014 the Oxfordshire team achieved second place in both the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain team cup and drivers’ championship with BRDC Rising Star Harrison Scott.
 
Mohnhaupt arrives having already competed in the Mexican F4 series where she currently lies second in the rookie standings.
 
The 16-year-old from Puebla, Mexico has no shortage of karting success to her name having been crowned National Rotax Junior Max Champion and Junior Max Champion in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
 
Said Mohnhaupt: “It’s a great feeling to be the first Mexican driver in the F4 British Championship. I know I can do a good job and get some strong results for Mexico.
 
“I want to learn a lot. I want to learn from the other drivers and from the team so I can go back to Mexico stronger. I can learn a lot because British F4 uses the same car as in Mexico [with the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine and Mygale chassis].
 
“The tracks will be the biggest thing to get used to, as well as the tyres, but I think I can handle them.
 
“I want to finish as high up the order as possible, but it’s all about learning more about the car.
 
“I’m already really enjoying working with Falcon Motorsport. I am confident we will be able to make good progress together.
 
Added Falcon Motorsport team principle Nick Streatfield: “To be able to get out on track with Alexandra is good. We’ve been working on it for a while.
 
“For her it’s all part of the learning curve; coming over to the UK to gain experience of a different championship. We are obviously very happy to take on that role and give her a different perspective to see how she measures against the regulars of the F4 British Championship.
 
“We’re keeping our expectations in check. We are going up against drivers who have been driving all year in this championship and have tested at most of the circuits. Alexandra is going to have to go straight into Snetterton and Knockhill, running at circuits she has never been to.
 
“It will be tough, but we know that and she knows that. That doesn’t mean to say we’re not aiming for the front, but it is more about Alexandra getting experience at the moment.”

 
 

10 January 2016

Updated website coming soon

An updated website will be launched in the next few days ready for the 2106 MSA Formula season. Falcon Motosport will once again be running in the MSA Formula Championship and will be announcing our exciting driver line up in the coming weeks.

13 November 2014

Falcon Motorsport Enters New Era with MSA Formula

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 (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). “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 Farringdon 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, paddleshift 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 Szczerbi?ski 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). For more information regarding MSA Formula please visit www.britishformulaford.co.uk or contact Nick Streatfield at Falcon Motorsport.

14 October 2014

Sensational Formula Ford Season Finale for Falcon Motorsport

Falcon Motorsport’s third season contesting the Dunlop MSA British Formula Ford of Great Britain championship came to a sensational close at Brands Hatch. The 2013 Scholarship class champions scored podiums in each of the three races over the two-day event, taking away no less than seven trophies from this year’s season finale and securing at least second place in the Drivers’ Championship plus second and third in the Scholarship Class honours. 2013 Scholarship Class champion and 2014 Championship leader on Saturday morning Harrison Scott set the tone for the weekend with two P2 grid positions for races one and three in an impressive qualifying performance. Team mate Ricky Collard left the best until last by posting the third-quickest time overall in the Duo-backed Mygale in the closing minutes of the session, whilst Manxman Chris Mealin set the eleventh fastest lap time in the #23 Falcon charger before being caught out by the tricky, wet conditions on Paddock Hill Bend, resulting in slightly shorten qualifying. Round 28 on Saturday afternoon was interrupted by several incidents and a safety car period as slippery track conditions continued. Harrison took his fourth win and 23rd podium of the season by 1.3 seconds over his Falcon team-mate Ricky Collard, who also claimed another Scholarship Class winning trophy. Harrison, from Essex, ended the day eight points ahead of Championship title rival Jayde Kruger (JTR team). Chris Mealin survived brief contact with the cars of Jack Barlow and Max Marshall on the final lap to bring his Falcon Mygale home in seventh position for more valuable Scholarship Class points. Sunday morning saw the threat of rain remaining and, for the last time in the reverse-grid formatted race two, Ricky sat in P3 for the start of Round 29, Harrison in P4 and Chris in P7. The crucial moment of the weekend for 18 year old Harrison was, voiced by many in attendance at Brands Hatch last weekend, a clear example of poor driving standards. Kruger ran wide out of Clearways from pole position allowing Harrison, who had made a brilliant start to shoot up to second, to draw level down the main straight. Harrison then tried to pass into Paddock Hill Bend, then again but this time successfully, at Druids, and pulled away a clear car length in front. Kruger then appeared to turn in to Harrison’s left rear, breaking his suspension. Attention was then diverted to the battle for third place with Ricky, on slick tyres, maintaining position until Clay Mitchell, who had started from the back of the grid on wets, found his way past at Druids. An error cost Mitchell the position on lap nine and MBM driver Michael O’Brien held third for a lap before ceding the final podium slot to Ashley Sutton. Ricky finished in a disappointing fifth position, ultimately regretting his tyre choice. Chris Mealin also rued the decision to run on slicks as he struggled to keep on track as the rain began to fall in the latter stage of the race. However, Chris came home in eleventh and with a good points finish to secure his third place podium in the 2014 Scholarship Class championship. The five-hour long gap between races on Sunday proved to be an excruciating time for the team. Falcon Motorsport decided to lodge a protest against Kruger’s on track actions immediately after race two which had resulted in Harrison’s retirement. Having viewed footage of the incident and heard evidence from both drivers, the championship’s Clerk of the Course opted to penalise Kruger for causing an avoidable incident. However, his JTR team appealed that decision and the independent Stewards rescinded the penalty. Falcon Motorsport reacted immediately and is appealing the decision by the Stewards to overturn the original decision by the Clerk. Heading in to the final round of the 30 race long season Harrison had it all to fight for. If the team were to be unsuccessful in its appeal and he was to clinch the Championship, Harrison would have to win Round 30 with Kruger in eleventh place or lower. From the front row of the grid Harrison made a charge through Dingle Dell when pole sitter Sutton ran wide and drove a very commanding race to produce an overwhelming victory. Unfortunately, Kruger was to finish eighth, and six points ahead of Harrison in the Championship title bid. “It was kicking off everywhere, a really good race,” said 18 year old Ricky from Hampshire who was fighting for third with several contenders throughout the battle for position. “A massive thanks to everyone at Duo, the Falcon Motorsport team and everyone who has supported me this year. It’s wicked to finish the season on such a high and after such a fantastic weekend.” Chris finished in ninth position to complete a solid season with the Oxfordshire based team, despite some dramatic moments for the 21 year old. “We came here to secure third place in the Scholarship Class competition, and I’m delighted to have done that in very tricky conditions. It’s a great way to end the year and I have very much enjoyed being part of the Falcon family – thank you to everyone who has supported me.” Ricky and Chris finished in seventh and eighth place respectively in the last ever Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. In addition, Chris was awarded the 2014 “Dunlop Spirit Award” for his “dedication to Motorsport training and development throughout the season and positive example in keeping to a strict programme of coaching in all areas of Motorsport.” Nick Streatfield, Team Owner: “Overall we have had a brilliant weekend at Brands; the podiums we achieved, and the way that we achieved them, was a superb way to finish the season. Our drivers and the team have done an incredible job all year and I would like to thank everyone who has supported Falcon Motorsport, also Ford, Dunlop and the MSA for a great Championship. As we wait to hear from the MSA council we’ll start preparations for next year’s MSA Formula series, and wish Harrison all the best as a McLaren Autosport Award finalist in his tests in the coming weeks.” Provisional 2014 Final Championship Standings: 1 Kruger 717 points; 2 Harrison Scott 711 points; 3 Sutton 567; 4 Rosso 561; 5 Marshall 560; 6 Abbott 556; 7 Ricky Collard 436 points; 8 Chris Mealin 314 points; 9 Richardson 292; 10 Holloway 268 *The final championship results remain provisional pending an appeal to British motor sport’s governing body, the MSA, by the Falcon Motorsport team following the incident in Round 29 involving Kruger and Harrison which led to Harrison’s retirement. The team is appealing the decision by the Stewards to overturn the decision made by the Clerk of the Course to exclude Kruger from round 29 and to reinstate the penalty.* Scholarship Class Standings: 1 Sutton 609; 2 Ricky Collard 444 points; 3 Chris Mealin 334 points

30 September 2014

Falcon Motorsport Takes Formula Ford Championship Fight to Brands Hatch

Falcon Motorsport driver Harrison Scott comes away from rounds 25, 26 and 27 of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain tied on points at the top of the leader board following two second place podium finishes at Silverstone. In addition, team mate Ricky Collard secured the 2014 Scholarship Class runner-up trophy and Chris Mealin maintained consistent points finishes to remain in third position. During regular Formula Ford event testing on the 1.6-mile Silverstone National circuit on Friday, 19 year old Harrison ended the day P2 in his much improved #6 Falcon Motorsport EcoBoost Mygale car. Team mate Ricky Collard, the Duo sponsored 18 year old driver from Hampshire, completed the day seventh fastest (second in Scholarship Class) with fellow Falcon driver Chris Mealin, who celebrated his 21st birthday last week, in P11. Showing ever improving pace, Championship leader Harrison narrowly missed out on pole during Saturday morning’s qualifying by a mere by 0.055 seconds. Less than 0.85 seconds covered the top 10 drivers, with Ricky setting the sixth fastest time (second in Scholarship Class) and Chris the eleventh. Unfortunately for Harrison, Kruger pulled back essential points in his championship title hunt by winning race round 25 on Saturday afternoon. But Harrison was never far from the JTR’s gearbox and he crossed the line only 1.6 seconds behind Kruger to secure his 20th podium finish of an unwavering and consistent season. Ricky made an excellent start from sixth on the grid to fourth place and remained in front of the battling Radical pairing of Rosso and Abbott until the 18th lap. Abbott then found his way around the Falcon car through Luffield, swiftly followed by a move by Rosso that left Ricky taking the chequered flag in sixth position. He stepped on to the Scholarship Class podium, however, to collect a further runner-up trophy. Chris Mealin, from the Isle of Man, drove a superb 22 laps race against Clay Mitchell until the No:20 JTR was summoned to the pits to serve a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits. Chris then forged on to finish in a respectable ninth place overall. In the usual series reverse-grid for race two on Sunday morning, Ricky started from pole position and built up a 1.1-second lead on the opening lap. Unfortunately unable to maintain his pace Ricky was caught by Sutton for the lead through Luffield. He then succumbed to the pressures of Abbott and Kruger and had to settle for fourth place (second in Scholarship Class) at the chequered flag. Sutton’s result gave him the 2014 Scholarship Class title win, with Ricky securing enough points to bag the runner-up accolade. The Championship title contenders made contact on the opening lap causing Harrison to spin to the back of the field. In front of a 32,000 strong Silverstone crowd, Harrison was naturally disappointed with his ultimate P8 result, but the clerk of the course examined the contact with Kruger and deemed it a racing incident. Chris also fell victim to an incident on lap three which lead to three cars retiring. Contact at Copse between Max Marshall (JTR), Mitchell and Chris resulted in the Mealin-Mitchell combo spinning off track, whilst Marshall retired to the pits. After the race the stewards also deemed this a racing incident. Round 27, the last Formula Ford race of the weekend, provided exactly what the Falcon Motorsport team required to take the Championship title fight to the season finale at Brands Hatch. Unable to catch Kruger who had started from pole, Harrison was able to snatch P2 from Sutton at Copse on lap two. Chris drove a solid race to cross the finish line in ninth, whilst Ricky elected not to participate in the race after the precautionary hospitalisation of his father, BTCC driver Rob Collard, following a crash moments earlier in the day. Long-time championship leader Harrison is now level on 651 points with Kruger after 27 races and with just three remaining in the 2014 Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Nick Streatfield, team owner, Falcon Motorsport: “We made some changes to Harrison and Chris’ cars after Rockingham and fortunately the changes led to improvements which both drivers were really happy with. It is good to see that the pace is back in Harrison’s car and Chris is much happier with his fresh engine, so things are going well there. The top three were so close in race one; Chris and Ricky also had reasonable races. Ricky worked really hard from pole in race two, but came under so much pressure. He is 2014 Scholarship Class runner-up though, and he should be very proud of that. Chris was an unfortunate victim of an incident on lap three and Harrison unfortunately lost a position to Kruger on the start and got a bit too much wheel spin and from then on we just followed him through, so it was a tough race. “We had a good solid race three which we needed for the Championship. Harrison started in third and finished second, also achieving points for the fastest lap, so we are now tied on points at the top of the table heading into the season finale at Brands. Unfortunately, Ricky’s dad had a big accident in a BTCC race and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, and so Ricky opted to miss out his final race. Chris had another good outing, making up some places and producing another solid point’s result to maintain his Scholarship third place.” END Provisional championship standings: 1= Kruger & Harrison Scott 651 points; 3= Sutton & Marshall 513; 5 Abbott 506; 6 Rosso 499; 7 Ricky Collard 365; 8 Chris Mealin 278; 9 Richardson 246; 10 Holloway 244 Scholarship class standings: 1 Sutton 550; 2 Ricky Collard 386 points; 3 Chris Mealin 299; 4 Richardson 248