Tin Top champion James Cross plots challenge for 2012 F3 Cup title

Reigning Toyota MR2 champion James Cross is set to swap tin tops for single seaters by joining the 2012 F3 Cup.

18/01/12 - Reigning Toyota MR2 champion James Cross is set to swap Tin Tops for single seaters by joining the ever growing 2012 F3 Cup championship. 

The 27-year-old enjoyed his best season to date in 2011, lifting the Toyota MR2 Championship title in only his second full season of racing. With a championship already under his belt, the  Newcastle-based racer is hungry for a new challenge and is eager to try his hand at single seater racing in the MSVR-run F3 Cup.    

Having purchased the Dallara F302/04 raced by Stuart Wiltshire in 2011, the full time Design Engineer is ready to battle it out to become the first F3 Cup champion.

Cross said: "During the course of the 2011 season I always spared a thought for the 2012 season plans. I raced a 1997 Formula Renault in the Monoposto classic series at Brands Hatch GP in August and have not stopped thinking of a move into single seater racing since. Seeing the F3 Cup cars at Brands was inspiring and looking at the calendar for 2012, coupled with the championship status, meant it was an easy decision to choose F3 Cup.

"I have high hopes for the season and, with the backing of the team that helped me win the MR2 title, I am confident we will hit the ground running at the opening round at Oulton Park. But I certainly don't underestimate the challenge of moving from a road car on road tyres to a modern F3 car with slicks and wings."

James brings a new support team into F3 Cup in the form of AW Tracksport. With over a decade of experience and numerous titles from MR2s to kit cars and Formula 4, AW Tracksport are also looking forward to stepping up to the challenge of modern F3 car racing. They will be supporting both F3 Cup and Monoposto 2000 cars throughout the 2012 season.

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, where it will line up with the British GT Championship.

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.