F3 Cup title standings poised for Snetterton shake up

25/06/2012 - The F3 Cup reaches the halfway stage of the season when the championship tackles the fast and technical Snetterton 300 circuit this weekend.

25/06/2012 - The F3 Cup reaches the halfway stage of the season when the championship tackles the fast and technical Snetterton 300 circuit this weekend.

The championship title race remains wide open with five different winners from the eight races so far in 2012. Trophy class runner Chris Dittmann holds a narrow 7.5 point lead heading into this weekend's two races at the 2.99 mile Norfolk circuit. But with 25 points for a win, the standings could easily change come the chequered flag. A grid of 20 F3 cars are expected to line up at Snetterton for the next intriguing instalment of the championship.

While Trophy class runner Dittmann leads the championship, he will be hoping for a much stronger performance this weekend to extend his advantage after only finishing one of the races at Spa Francorchamps two weeks ago. The Tewkesbury racer has never raced on the Snetterton 300 circuit but he is not daunted by the prospect and says he is ready to attack.        

Dittmann said: "We've got to keep pushing forward we can't be conservative now even though there is a long way to go in the championship. It's going to be my first visit to the Snetterton 300 circuit so Friday's test day will be my first taste of the track. It is certainly more twisty compared to the old circuit and I hope we will be on the pace. Hopefully I can pick up a couple of wins."

Norwich racer Tristan Cliffe heads into his home round of the season determined to record his first outright victory of the season. The 30-year-old is just 7.5 points behind Dittmann in the championship standings and desperate to claw back the gap at a circuit he is very familiar with.     

Tristan Cliffe said: "I'm going to be leaving no stone unturned this weekend. I haven't had an outright win so far this year and it's about time I changed that. I will be trying out a few different set ups in testing in search of that perfect set up which I hope will pay off."  

Magic Motorsport's Mark Harrison is third in the championship and is slowly creeping into the championship picture. The Kidderminster racer enjoyed a strong run out at Spa with two top solid top 10 finishes. Harrison feels his team have got to grips with their new Dalalra F307 now and is feeling confident.  

Mark Harrison said: "It has taken us a while but the races at Spa was the first time we felt the car was really working well and we had finally ironed out all of the little niggles. I hope we can continue this run of form at Snetterton."  

The championship's top three will be eager to enhance their title aspirations but they will have to watch out for the chasing pack. Lancashire's Chris Needham returned to form at Spa picking up a creditable third in race one. Mark Bailey Racing's Stuart Wiltshire also enjoyed his best result of the season so far with a fifth and both Gino Ussi and James Abbott will both be looking make up ground in the drivers standings.    

The battle for the Teams Championship is even closer with Mark Bailey Racing just five points ahead of Omicron Motorsport and Chris Dittmann Racing, prompting plenty of action up and down the grid, as teams clamber for precious points.   

Drivers and teams interested in joining the 2012 F3 Cup should contact championship co-ordinator Simon Davey on 07770 368648, email f3cup@msvracing.co.uk. For all the latest news and further announcements visit www.f3cup.co.uk. Follow F3 Cup on twitter at www.twitter.com/f3cup.