MBR ready to move up the grid with three car 2013 F3 Cup attack
F3 Cup stalwarts Mark Bailey Racing are hoping for silverware in 2013.
21/02/13 - F3 Cup stalwarts Mark Bailey Racing (MBR) are confident they can move further up the grid and lay their hands on some silverware after confirming a three car line-up for the 2013 season.
The Wiltshire-based team will welcome back Maldon's Stuart Wiltshire, Orpington's Nick Robinson and Belgium's Frank Thomas to the fold, as they set their sights on challenging for the Drivers' and Teams' titles. MBR finished a credible fourth in the Teams' Championship in 2012.
Mark Bailey Racing completed their 25th season in Formula 3 racing last year in the MSVR-run F3 Cup championship and team boss Mark Bailey admitted it was his most enjoyable to date. This year the team are aiming to build on the progress made by their three regular drivers in 2012 as they bid to become podium contenders.
Essex racer Wiltshire has acquired a Mugen-Honda powered Dallara F306 during the off season which he hopes will propel him into the top-six on a regular basis. Wiltshire has been steadily improving since joining the F3 Cup championship in 2011, culminating in an impressive fifth place finish at Spa Francorchamps last season.
Wiltshire said: "I had a great season last year and that is one of the reasons why I'm coming back. There is great camaraderie in the F3 Cup paddock and the championship is run brilliantly. The new Mugen Honda power should help me move up the grid and I would love to come away with a podium in 2013.
"Juan Manuel Fangio won his last F1 title at the age of 45 and I'm only a little older so there could still be hope for a career in Formula One yet", he joked.
Robinson was another driver who showed flashes of true speed during the 2012 season but improving his consistency is the company director from Kent's main area of focus in 2013. Nick will once again be reunited with his Dallara F304 and is already contemplating topping his best finish of fifth recorded at Silverstone last year.
Robinson said: "I'm ready and raring to go. Last season started off very slowly for me so I hope to come out the box quickly in 2013. It would be good to be challenging the top-six on a regular basis and that is certainly my aim for 2013."
Belgium's Thomas will be competing in his third year of F3 Cup and this year he has announced an expanded campaign. The 45-year-old is planning to enter the majority of rounds this season and is eagerly anticipating the prospect of another home race at the famous Zolder circuit on 29/30 June.
Thomas said: "I cannot wait for the season to begin. I hope to be racing at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch GP, Silverstone GP, Zolder and Donington Park so I hope I can work hard and make some improvements from last year's results. Zolder is a great track and I know the organisers have got a great weekend planned."
Team manager Mark Bailey is already licking his lips at the prospect of another fruitful F3 Cup season, he said: "I think last season was my most enjoyable in F3 and it will be hard to beat. F3 Cup is growing very nicely and becoming a thoroughly competitive and most importantly cost effective and enjoyable championship. The biggest buzz for us is extracting the potential out of drivers so they can challenge some of the young guns."
The new F3 Cup season will begin at Cheshire's Oulton Park on April 1 where it will share the bill with the popular British GT Championship.
Drivers and teams interested in joining the 2013 F3 Cup should contact championship co-ordinator Simon Davey on 07770 368648, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all the latest news and further announcements visit www.f3cup.co.uk. Follow F3 Cup on twitter at www.twitter.com/f3cup.