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FIA Lurani Trophy

SEASON 2015

FIA Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior Cars

Born in 1958 from an idea formulated by the Italian Count Giovanni Lurani, Formula Junior is, in many respects, the ancestor of the current Formula 4. Conceived to provide a point of entry into single-seaters, Formula Junior also put itself forward as economical, by using, among other things, mass-produced 1000 or 1100cc engines, gearboxes and brakes.

Right from the start, Formula Junior proved to be a big hit with the public, even to the extent of overshadowing the Formula 3 of the era, which used 500cc engines borrowed from motorcycles. It predominated as a resolutely international category by being present on virtually every continent from 1958 until 1963, before the reformation, in 1964, of Formulas 2 and 3. Throughout its six rich seasons, the evolution of the cars was quick, passing from a front-engine configuration to a rear-engine configuration, into tubular chassis and even, with the Lotus 27, a monocoque chassis in aluminium. The category also provided a platform for several drivers who went on to dominate Formula 1, such as Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt and John Surtees.

 A true pioneer, Formula Junior remained so throughout its existence, since in 1975, it became the first single-seater Formula of the past to be revived as an historic series. This same series attained the status of a full FIA Trophy in 1995, under the designation “FIA Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior Cars”, the reference to Count Lurani rounding off a richly successful history. In addition to being a fitting celebration of this major category in the history of competitions for single-seaters, the Lurani Trophy also regularly provided some of the most spectacular races in today’s historic events, the field of cars often being very crowded and the victories being very keenly contested. And the icing on the cake is the fact that in the Formula Juniors paddock, there is always a real family spirit and a shared passion among the competitors.

 The little single-seaters of Formula Junior and the Lurani Trophy will visit the circuits of Hockenheim, Pau, Monza, Nürburgring, Zandvoort, Dijon and Portimao during the 2015 season.

The different classes are:

A :

Category FJ/1A, Front-engined Formula Junior cars fitted with Fiat or Lancia engines and built and raced before 31.12.1960.

B1 :

Category FJ/1B, Front-engined Formula Junior cars built to race before 31.12.1960 (except cars falling within Class A) fitted with engines of 1000cc or less.

B2 :

Category FJ/1B, Front-engined Formula Junior cars built to race before 31.12.1960 (except cars falling within Class A) fitted with engines of 1100cc or less but in excess of 1000cc.

C1 :

Category FJ/1C, Rear-engined Formula Junior cars built and raced (or officially entered to race) before 31.12.1960 fitted with engines of 1000cc or less.

C2 :

Category FJ/1C, Rear-engined Formula Junior cars built and raced (or officially entered to race) before 31.12.1960 fitted with engines of 1100cc or less but in excess of 1000cc

D1 :

Category FJ/2D, Rear-engined and front-engined Formula Junior cars built and raced between 01.01.1961 and 31.12.1963 and fitted with drum brakes on all four wheels, as original specification and fitted with engines of 1000cc or less.

D2 :

Category FJ/2D, Rear-engined and front-engined Formula Junior cars built and raced between 01.01.1961 and 31.12.1963 and fitted with drum brakes on all four wheels, as original specification and fitted with engines of 1100cc or less but in excess of 1000cc.

E1 :

Category FJ/2E, Rear-engined and front-engined Formula Junior cars fitted with Ford engines built and raced between 01.01.1961 and 31.12.1963 and fitted with a disc brake or brakes.

E2 :

Category FJ/2E, Rear-engined and front-engined Formula Junior cars fitted with engines other than Ford built and raced between 01.01.1961 and 31.12.1963 and fitted with a disc brake or brakes.