Simons signs up to F3 Cup Masters Class

James Simons is the first driver to commit to a full season in the Masters Class of the new and improved F3 Cup.

11/01/12 - Single-seater racer James Simons is the first driver to commit to a full season in the Masters Class of the new and improved MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) run F3 Cup for 2012.

The Leighton Buzzard based driver is the latest to join a rapidly expanding grid of competitors in this year's F3 Cup, which has received outline approval for championship status by the MSA. For 2012 the F3 Cup will cater for cars built from 1981-2007 splitting the grid into three classes; Cup Class (2002-2007), Trophy Class (1997-2001) and Masters Class (1981-1996), the latter for the older F3 variants.

Simons, who began his motorsport career racing and preparing MGs, has already experienced the fierce competition of the F3 Cup, after taking part in a round of the series at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit last year. The former BARC Formula Renault and Formula 4 driver thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of racing F3 machinery, which has prompted the 28-year-old to commit to a full season in the F3 Cup championship this season. Simons will run his own car and has hinted at the potential of his company, Stanbridge Motorsport, preparing more F3 Cup cars in the future.

He said: "I'm really excited to be joining the F3 Cup for 2012. The calendar looks great and I'm really looking forward to getting out there and racing. The target for sure will be to win my class and just to see how far up the grid I can progress throughout the season, but I would love to win a race.

"Racing at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for my debut was fantastic and that confirmed the F3 Cup was the right way for me to go in 2012." 

The F3 Cup, which will visit the UK's premier circuits in an 18 race championship, begins with a trip to Oulton Park on 9 April.

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.