Wiltshire Leads the Pack at Half Time

Oulton Park marks the halfway point of the 2018 season, with Stuart Wiltshire leading the championship standings

F3 Cup’s arrival at Oulton Park this weekend marks the halfway point of the 2018 season. The racing has arguably never been closer; the first five races produced five different winners, while the previous weekend at Silverstone saw a podium filled with first time visitors after a drama-filled third race.

The championship standings tell the same story – CF Racing’s Stuart Wiltshire remains at the top, despite a DNF at Silverstone, proving that consistency is key. That said, his lead is less comfortable than it once was, as Cian Carey picked up three podiums (including two victories) in Northamptonshire to close the gap to just 24 points.

The University of Wolverhampton Racing’s Shane Kelly sits just four points behind Carey, despite suffering engine issues last time which forced him to miss the final race of the weekend. The student-run team will have been working night and day to ensure they can make up for those lost points today.

2016 F3 Cup Champion George Line is having a much better season than his reliability-plagued 2017, with consistent finishes placing him fourth in the standings, tied on points with Kelly.

2018 newcomer Patrick Jeans impressed at Silverstone, picking up his first podium result, and despite missing the Brands Hatch GP rounds, sits a comfortable fifth in the table. His dad Phillip has had a strong year too, the pair running with Chris Dittmann Racing (CDR) in their newly-liveried, royal blue Dallaras. Joining the CDR gang this weekend is Jonathan Hughes, returning after a few appearances last year.

Reigning champion Jacopo Sebastiani was forced to miss the Silverstone rounds after a DNF at Brands Hatch, but returns this weekend. Having claimed the title here in Cheshire last season, he will definitely be one to watch today.

Baptiste Leonard was another first time podium visitor at Silverstone, finishing second in the final race of the weekend. He is currently eight points clear of Tony Bishop, who has had a rollercoaster year, with DNFs and a podium finish interspersed with fastest laps!

Darragh Daly was the third podium debutant at Silverstone, winning the final race at his first ever F3 Cup weekend. Sharing the Daly family car with Stephen and Martin, it will be Darragh back behind the wheel of the Team Fox Racing Dallara F308 today. Team mate Mark Harrison made a welcome return to the championship last time out, making a healthy contribution to the team’s points haul.

Independent driver Dave Gillett has enjoyed some intense midfield battles this year, with a number of top ten finishes. Stanbridge Motorsport team boss James Simons has been getting to grips with his new car after an engine failure at the opening round, and will be looking to break into the top ten this weekend.

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