Snetterton set for season finale
The 2013 F3 Cup champion will be crowned this weekend at Snetterton as Alex Craven, Alice Powell and Tristan Cliffe go head to head.
The 2013 F3 Cup champion will be crowned this weekend at Snetterton as Alex Craven, Alice Powell and Tristan Cliffe go head to head. But there's intrigue up and down the field with F1 hopefuls in the invitational class and plenty of returning familiar faces.
Much of the attention will be on the top three though. Craven and Powell head to Norfolk split by three points, but level after dropped scores. Cliffe is the outsider in third, less than a win behind. If Powell can match table-topper Craven, she will be champion thanks to her better win record this season. Craven though is the man in form, and his car is in perfect shape he says. He will need to pick up one more point than ex-GP3 racer Powell, and he has the confidence of a double win at the last round at Donington to take with him to Snetterton.
Race-winner from Silverstone at round two Henry Chart is set to be back on the grid, and the rapid Enigma Motorsport youngster had been in good form until he was beset by problems. Robbie Watts too returns, fresh from claiming the Monoposto championship title in September. Fellow Monoposto regular Tony Bishop should also feature.
Mark Bailey Racin owner Mark Bailey's final race meeting is set to be a busy one as Belgian Frank Thomas and Nick Robinson will be augmenting Powell's attack. Gino Ussi is climbing back into the cockpit of a Lanan Racing Dallara for the first time since round two, and it's a cockpit with race-winning pedigree. He's in the car Alex Lynn took to two impressive wins in 2012 at Spa.
Olly Rae and Dave Karaskas should reignite their Trophy Class 01 battle, and it's the Enigma Aussie Rae who has the upper hand going by recent results.
It looks like it could be one of the F1 protégés who will be first to the flag in newer machinery. Red Bull Racing Junior Antonio Felix Da Costa is making a very welcome return to the championship competing at Snetterton with F3 Cup for the second year running. In a sodden 2012 finale, he disappeared into the distance aboard a Carlin Dallara F308. This year he's in a F312 in the invitational class to attempt to retain his Macau GP title next month. In that aforementioned F308 will be fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Carlos Sainz, jr. who is also competing to become eligible for Macau.
Lanan Racing has an invitational runner of its own in Esteban Ocon, a Lotus F1 Team Junior Driver. The French youngster has been impressing in Formula Renault and he's impressed PREMAPower Team sufficiently for them to select him for their Macau GP squad. He too is using this weekend's event to become eligible for the prestigious event.
Qualifying starts at 10.55 on Saturday ahead of the opening race of the ninth and final round of 2013 at 16.30. Sunday will reveal the name of the new champion after the closing race of the year at 13.40.
Tickets cost £13 on the gate with free admission for children aged 12 years and under.