Watts careful to transfer Mono charge
The Brands Hatch GP circuit hosts the next round of F3 Cup, and one of its drivers has already been a double winner around it this year
The Brands Hatch GP circuit hosts the next round of F3 Cup, and one of its drivers has already been a double winner around it this year. RAW Power Motorsports driver Robbie Watts has been contesting both the F3 Cup season and the Monoposto 2000 Championship, and he took his rare Lola to the top step twice back in May in the latter.
He is behind the wheel of a Dallara for his F3 Cup campaign though, and there aren't too many similarities between the two machines.
"It's difficult as they're two different cars, the Mono and F3 Cup car. The Lola is dependent on mechanical grip, which I'm more suited to, and the Dallara is aero. It's reprogramming the brain to drive it but we're getting there slowly. It's about reprogramming myself, too.
"We're hoping to have it a little better than last year as we crashed in both races so hopefully this year we'll have a better run at the GP circuit in the Dallara. We won twice in the Lola, and we've three wins at Brands now this year, two on the GP and one on the Indy circuit with Mono. Hopefully we'll have a good race in a few weeks." Watts said.
The double win was Watts' first round of the Monoposto season after missing the Donington Park opener due to the second round of F3 Cup being held on the same weekend at Silverstone. It vindicated his decision to sign up for the 2013 Monoposto season and despite the speed differential, there are some positives to running in both.
"We weren't going to race Mono but the guys kept saying the car's just sitting there. It keeps your race craft up but they're just totally different cars. Although they're both Fomula Three cars, it's getting your head around that you're three or four seconds quicker in our F3 Cup car because of the aero. You have to remember you can go in maybe 20mph quicker, and then in the Lola you can't. It can be a bit eventful if you forget that!"
Watts currently sits seventh in the F3 Cup standings after skipping the overseas round at Zolder in favour of the Monoposto round at Spa two weeks prior. He's still in the hunt for the Monoposto title after winning at Oulton Park last weekend, and only a mechanical failure within sight of the finish line stopped him from recording another double win.
Brands Hatch hosts the next round of F3 Cup on 28-29 July. Tickets are available in advance for £10 here. The price on the gate is £13 with children 12 years and under getting in free.