Alex Craven crowned 2013 F3 Cup champion

The super-consistent Alex Craven claimed the 2013 F3 Cup Championship at Snetterton last weekend, beating Alice Powell and Tristan Cliffe to the title after collecting his 13th and 14th podium finish of the year.

The super-consistent Alex Craven claimed the 2013 F3 Cup Championship at Snetterton last weekend, beating Alice Powell and Tristan Cliffe to the title after collecting his 13th and 14th podium finish of the year.

The Lanan Racing driver needed to outscore Powell over the weekend to be crowned champion, and he took a pair of second places in class to seal the title. Alice Powell, racing for Teams' Championship winners Mark Bailey Racing, could only manage a fifth and a third in class.

Red Bull Racing junior guest drivers Carlos Sainz jnr won both races, entering the event to gain eligibility for the season-ending Macau GP, together with fellow Red Bull junior Antonio Felix Da Costa and Lotus F1's Esteban Ocon.

Race one's Cup 07 Class polesitter Tristan Cliffe took the opening class victory and claimed fastest lap to collect maximum points, but Alex Craven's second place removed Cliffe from championship contention. Alice Powell struggled to fifth in class, handing Craven a seven point lead going into race two. The result meant Powell needed to win the final race of the season, and hope Craven failed to make the podium, to be this year's champion.

Following a three car startline crash, Henry Chart's composed drive claimed the class victory in a restarted race two. Craven's second place was enough to earn him a deserved championship, and the Cornwall-based racer set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap to stretch his winning margin to 11 points.

Powell completed the Cup 07 Class podium to take second in the final standings ahead of Cliffe, who spun out on the opening lap.

Craven's championship win is Lanan Racing's second driver's championship of the season after Jake Hughes became the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 champion in September.

New champion Alex Craven said afterwards: "A huge thank you to the team for everything this year. From the bottom of my heart I couldn't be more grateful! And a huge thank you to everyone else for the kind words, I'm still a little lost for words."

Race one classification

  1. Carlos Sainz jnr (Invitational Class) -  12 laps
  2. Antonio Felix Da Costa (Invitational Class) - +0.859
  3. Esteban Ocon (Invitational Class) - +32.733
  4. Tristan Cliffe (Cup Class) - +45.431
  5. Alex Craven (Cup Class)  - +49.530
  6. Henry Chart (Cup Class) - +1:00.694

 

Race two classification

  1. Carlos Sainz jnr (Invitational Class) - 9 laps
  2. Henry Chart (Cup Class) - +32.707
  3. Alex Craven (Cup Class) - +34.556
  4. Alice Powell (Cup Class) - +35.944
  5. Olly Rae (Trophy Class)  - +50.608
  6. Mark Harrison (Cup Class)  - +51.087

 

Final championship standings

  1. Alex Craven - 407 points
  2. Alice Powell - 396
  3. Tristan Cliffe - 361