Anglesey set to provide F3 Cup cliff hanger
05/09/2012 - Crucial championship points will be at stake when the F3 Cup makes its annual visit to the picturesque Anglesey this weekend.
05/09/2012 - Crucial championship points will be at stake when the F3 Cup makes its annual visit to the picturesque Anglesey International circuit this Saturday September 8, with the title race hanging in the balance.
Just 3.5 points separate the top two Tristan Cliffe and Chris Dittmann heading into round seven and all eyes will be on the pair as they continue their battle to become the first ever F3 Cup champion. The pair are not the only drivers in contention to claim the coveted crown. Italian Gino Ussi, driving for the Welsh based Grays Motorsport team and Magic Motorsport's Mark Harrison are tied for third in the championship and eager to muscle their way into the title fight. While the battle for the title will be intriguing, there will be duels right the way down the field to keep an eye on.
Omicron Motorsport's Cliffe just edged his rival Dittmann overall at the last round at Brands Hatch GP last month with the latter ruing a mistake which saw him retire from the first race. With dropped scores to take into account the title every point is pivotal and neither can afford to make any errors. Cliffe is yet to win a race this season and that stat will be spurring him on to glory while Dittmann is eager to return to the top step of the podium fir the first time since Silverstone national in May.
Italian racer Ussi is another driver striving to claim his first win of the season and the Grays Motorsport man is arguably the in-form man heading into the meeting following a second and a third at Brands Hatch. He has been testing at Anglesey and his recent pace suggests he will be fighting at the sharp end in a bid to continue Grays Motorsport's fine form at Anglesey. Last year the squad guided Aaron Steele to an impressive double victory.
Likewise Magic Motorsport's Harrison has shown he is a force to be reckoned with and is one of the F3 Cup's most consistent performers. This season he has produced pace which is easily on a par with the front runners.
Chris Needham will be hoping a circuit which he is very familiar with will bring him back to the podium. The Lancashire man was regular podium contender in 2011, but so far this season he has found muscling his way into the top three a much tougher challenge.
Reigning Radical Clubman's Cup champion James Abbott and Chris Dittmann Racing's Prajesh Shah will be aiming for their best results of the season. Abbott impressed at the start of the season and he will be looking to better his season best fourth place finish secured at Oulton Park in the opening round. Shah has made steady progress throughout the season but he burst onto the scene with a commendable 10th place in qualifying from the 21 car field.
After a strong performance last time out Dave Karaskas returns to the F3 Cup grid behind the wheel of his Masters Class car hoping for another podium spot.
Finally the championship will welcome a new face to the paddock at Anglesey with Sean Walkinshaw, the son of former F1 team boss Tom Walkinshaw, teaming up with Lanan Racing. This will be Sean's first taste of competitive F3 action and the promising 18-year-old will be one to follow.
In the Teams Championship, Omicron Motorsport strengthened their lead in the standings after a strong showing at Brands Hatch. They now hold a 37 point advantage from Magic Motorsport, who will be eager to make inroads on the deficit. With plenty of points left to play for, the championship is far from over with four teams still in the hunt for glory.
The action begins with Saturday's qualifying session at 10.25am with race one beginning at 11.40am followed by the second race at 14.45pm.
Drivers and teams interested in joining the 2012 F3 Cup should contact championship co-ordinator Simon Davey on 07770 368648, email email@example.com. For all the latest news and further announcements visit www.f3cup.co.uk. Follow F3 Cup on twitter at www.twitter.com/f3cup.