Bishop focused on his “unfinished business”
Londoner Tony Bishop has confirmed he will be returning to F3 Cup in 2014 with a fresh focus and unfinished business to put right.
Londoner Tony Bishop has confirmed he will be returning to F3 Cup in 2014 with a renewed focus and unfinished business to put right.
Bishop will be back with Chris Dittmann Racing for a second season, two years after making his championship bow in 2012 with Omicron Motorsport. He helped Omicron to the Teams' title that year, and he has clear expectations of moving up the grid this season.
"We're aiming for the top six, definitely," he said, "and we'll see how much further we can go. We're quite happy with pre-season and we've got some unfinished business from last year. We had some mishaps and bad decisions but we've learnt quite a lot from what went wrong."
His Mercedes-engined Dallara has been overhauled during the winter and decked in a brand new livery, unveiled during the MSVR media day. They're already into their testing regime for 2014 and Bishop could hardly be happier with his preparations.
"The first shakedown went brilliantly; we're quite confident really. The car's looking great and drives even better than it looks. It's really, really good and we've gone quite well again today. We haven't gone wide, we haven't locked up, haven't gone off line; it's been comfortable." Bishop said during the media day.
"The engine seems to be getting more flexible and just feels awesome. Coming out of Clearways and Clark I was getting on the power quicker rather than gradually and the back was stepping out because the torque was so instant."
The 2014 season begins at Snetterton, the scene of Bishop's joint-best finish last season of fifth in class. He's expecting some new challenges when the championship returns in April.
"I quite enjoy the circuit as it's a nice high-speed track. The calendar's brilliant overall actually, really very good.
"Everybody's keeping it a bit close to their chest about what's coming out to play but there's going to be a few youngsters I hear to keep us on our toes. I think that's brilliant, the youngsters will hopefully show that F3 Cup is an option, an option that's an F3 car."
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