Norfolk nears for F3 Cup hopefuls

The sharp end of the F3 Cup season is rapidly approaching as Norfolk's Snetterton 300 hosts round seven this weekend.

The sharp end of the F3 Cup season is rapidly approaching as Norfolk's Snetterton 300 hosts round seven this weekend. Round six saw Tristan Cliffe continue his run of form as he claimed both of the wins, but Alice Powell kept up her relentless quest for the title with two second places.

It's the home round for Mulbarton racer Cliffe, and he came second twice around Snetterton at the season-ending round in 2012 behind guest driver Antonio Felix da Costa. It wasn't enough to give him the title though as Chris Dittmann finished sufficiently high enough to claim the outright crown. The updated Snetterton configuration is the only version Cliffe knows.

Most likely to end his run of five wins in six races will be one of a closely matched pack of Powell, Alex Craven, Louis Hamilton-Smith and Henry Chart. Hamilton-Smith is the only of those yet to win this season, but he's only failed to finish on the podium twice this year in the races he's contested, and one of those was a retirement from third place.

Disaster struck for Alex Craven in race two at Silverstone when he had to pull off the road from third place, handing Cliffe second place in the championship as a result. The retirement ended a run of top four finishes that had lasted all season.

Championship leader Alice Powell is another yet to finish outside the top four, despite having to borrow the car of team-mates twice this year. The ex-GP3 racer has won regularly all year and is the one to catch at the top of the standings as the championship heads into the final three rounds.

The first driver to beat her this season, Henry Chart, returned to form at the last round at Silverstone and he expects to continue that into Snetterton. Luck hasn't been on his side this year, and few would begrudge the young Enigma Motorsport racer another win.

The racing isn't reserved for the front though: David Scott bagged himself a podium at the last round he entered at Brands Hatch GP and Nick Robinson, Tony Bishop and Stuart Wiltshire will contest a fierce but fair battle if the previous rounds are anything to go by. The Trophy 01 Class will be a straight fight between Dave Karaskas and Chart's Enigma team-mate Olly Rae, and they're not afraid to go wheel-to-wheel for the honours.

It's all to play for as F3 Cup heads into round seven, and the unpredictable season looks all set to continue on to the end.

The seventh round of F3 Cup takes place at Snetterton on 7/8 September supporting BRDC Formula 4 Championship. Tickets are available for £10 in advance or £13 on the gate. Children 12 years and under go free.