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The story of the 1983 British Formula 3 Season

In 1983, two young racing drivers were fighting for supremacy in the British Formula 3 series. Winning the championship would guarantee them a place in Formula 1 for the next year. It was a time when junior formula racing was still simple and raw; a time when the driver was in charge of winning.

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For the first time, the 15 key people that were involved at the heart of the iconic 1983 British Formula 3, including Allen Berg, come together to tell the amazing story of a year that shaped all of their careers like no other before.

The two men fighting could not be more different, one was from a well-off family in Brazil who had easily won all the championships he had participated in up to this point and the other one had no money, pinning his hopes on a season that could be his last, his dream of becoming a professional racing driver could be over. These two men were Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle.

In the beginning, Ayrton lived up to his reputation, winning and pushing the car like no other driver, Martin was finishing second in each event, but second was not good enough, not if you want to make it to Formula 1. Martin had to find a way to beat Ayrton or it would all be over. How do you beat a man in the best car on the grid? You find a way into his head.

The film explores the key events from the year, but also highlights how fragile ultra-competitive racing drivers can be and how important confidence is to perform at the very top level. Ayrton Senna became one of the greatest drivers of all time, Senna vs Brundle, shows the raw young Ayrton and how he developed the skill that would ultimately propel him to global fame.

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Allen Berg ranks among Canada's top racing personalities. He won the Formula Pacific Tasman Championship, won at Silverstone against Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle in perhaps the greatest year ever in British Formula 3, and qualified for nine starts in F1, a record bettered among his countrymen only by Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve.

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