Bumper grid for F3 Cup finale at Oulton Park
20/10/2011 - With new additions in both cars and drivers expected to be on the grid this weekend, the final round of this season’s F3 Cup at Oulton Park looks set to generate plenty of interest as the series looks forward to 2012.
20/10/2011 - With new additions in both cars and drivers expected to be on the grid this Saturday (October 22), the final round of this season's F3 Cup at Oulton Park looks set to generate plenty of interest as the series looks forward to 2012.
Aaron Steele made the headlines once again when he won the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge at Silverstone last time out (allowing him to race at Daytona in January), and he will be keen to finish his season on a high. However, a bumper entry list including a couple of new faces looks likely to add some spice and uncertainty to the action as the year reaches its conclusion.
With the F3 Cup set to welcome new regulations for next season, which will permit the use of chassis up to Decemeber 2007 along with Spiess OPC and Toyota engines, drivers are already looking towards next season. One such driver is Essex racer Stuart Wiltshire, who will run a 2007 spec F3 car in the Guest class this Saturday, in a bid to prepare for an entire season behind the wheel of the newer chassis next year.
Wiltshire, who drives for Mark Bailey Racing, is hopeful that advancements in his car will help him to a strong performance around the famous 2.7mile International circuit.
Wiltshire said: "I'm really looking forward to it. The plan for next season is to run the Dallara F306 and this weekend will be the first time I will sit in the car and race it. The car has only just finished its season out in Spain. The intention is to try and haul myself up the grid a bit with this car as we have suffered a few problems with my old car this season."
Another driver making his debut and planning a full entry into the series for next year is recently crowned Monoposto Champion Tristan Cliffe. The Mulbarton racer, who has dominated the Monoposto Championship 2000 Class this year will race in a 2004 specification Dallara and is hoping the meeting will help him gain valuable information for next season.
Cliffe said: "I'm going to treat it as a bit of an extended test day really. I want to see how much work I need to do over the winter as the cars run to different ride heights compared to Monopsoto and it will take much more of an effort physically. It would be nice to be on the pace though."
Other additions will include Spaniard Juan Serda, racing a Class B Dallara for Techspeed Motorsport. Serda will hope he can provide a stern challenge towards fellow class B runner James Ledamun in his TOMS 036F. Serda was a familiar name in the British F3 series in the late 80s and early 90s, also driving class B machinery for Techspeed.
Also, hoping for a strong end to the season will be Lanan Racing's Mark Terry, who has impressed in recent rounds with a string of podium finsihes. Elsewhere, Chris Needham and Kidderminster-based brothers Neil and Mark Harrison will also be hoping that they can end the year on a high.
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