F3 Cup set for biggest grid of the season at Brands Hatch GP

19/08/2011 - Bumper F3 Cup line up set to produce thrilling on track action at legendary circuit.

19/08/2011 - The F3 Cup is set for its biggest grid of this season so far when the series rolls into the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for round six this weekend (20/21 August).

For this event the Monoposto Championship 2000 and Classic class cars will join the F3 Cup grid at the legendary 2.3 mile Kent circuit, to create a bumper 36 car grid to providing a fascinating twist to the round.

Chris Needham and local man Aaron Steele are the two drivers in the best form heading into the meeting, after enjoying trips to the top step of the podium at the last round on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on 16/17 July. However, with a huge grid expected for the two races on Saturday and Sunday, an unpredictable outcome could be on the cards.  

Rochester racer Steele will be among the favourites to shine once again this weekend after being cruelly denied a double win at the MSVR Indy Weekend on 16/17 July. The Grays Motorsport driver has been the star of the series so far recording wins at Snetterton, Spa Francorchamps and Brands Hatch and he is eager to continue his impressive run of form and pick up crucial points for the Sunoco Grand-Am Challenge. The eventual winner of the Sunoco Grand-Am Challegne, a national competion, will receive an opportunity to race at the famous Daytona race track in America.

Steele said: "It's always great to be racing on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit because is it is one of the best circuits because it is so fast and flowing. Obviously the target is to try and get two pole positions, two wins and two fastest laps, but the other focus is the Sunoco Grand-Am challenge points. You never know what is going to happen around the corner so it is important to build the points."

Fellow Kent racer Mark Terry is another driver hoping his home circuit can inspire him, but he faces an adventure into the unknown with the meeting being his first ever of the Grand Prix circuit. Terry finished on the podium in Race One on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit after coming through desperately wet conditions. 

"It's going to be a bit of a journey into the unknown because I have only ever riden around the Grand Prix circuit on a push bike", said Chatham-based Terry. "The first time I will get to drive it is in the 15 minutes qualifying session on Saturday so it be a case of seeing how quickly I can pick it up."               

Returning to the F3 Cup this weekend will by Lancaster racer Phillip Austin, in his Hartley Hire Dallara F398. Mechanical problems have hampered Austin this year and he is hoping the gremlins will disappear for his return to the F3 Cup grid this weekend.   

Austin said: "It's good to be back after the problems with the car but it will be a case of just trying to get the car home I think. The GP circuit is always a great track to race on and I'm looking forward to it."

The series will welcome a new entrant into the B Class this weekend with the appearance of James Simons. The former Formula 4 driver will enter a Dallara F395/6, which will go directly up against James Ledamun in his Class B TOMS 036F.   

Log on to www.f3cup.co.uk for race reports and reaction throughout the weekend. Follow us on twitter @msvracing for live updates. For more information on the MSVR GP Weekend, please CLICK HERE. If you would like to race in the F3 Cup please contact series co-ordinator Simon Davey on 07770 368648 or email f3cup@msvracing.co.uk.