Harrison’s solo for 2014

Mark Harrison is returning to F3 Cup for his fourth season this year, but for the first time he’ll Magic Motorsport’s sole representative.

Mark Harrison is returning to F3 Cup for his fourth season this year, but for the first time he'll be Magic Motorsport's sole representative. As his brother Neil returns to Monoposto, Mark's hoping he'll be able to convert his 2013 reliability into podiums in 2014.

The 36 year-old has been labelled by some as a dark horse for this year's championship, but the Worcester-based racer is wary to believe the hype. Instead, he's focusing on building on the fine form he showed in the final few rounds of 2013.

"I put a bet on a horse at 33/1 at the Cheltenham Festival and it came in, so dark horses do happen but it's fairly infrequent. It's nice of Tony [Bishop] to say it, but I'm just hoping for a year that's an entire year like the back end of last season. They were good, and we were really competitive. Too much of last year, for a number of reasons, we weren't competitive.

"If we can show the form of Donington and Snetterton then who knows. Like with everything, it will need a bit of luck. I'm confident in terms of car performance, it's down to me to raise my game." Harrison admitted.

Various elements transformed the multiple Monoposto champion's form in the final few rounds of 2013, one of which was sharing set-up secrets and data with Tristan Cliffe. In return he helped Cliffe with his getaways, but it isn't just race starts he excels at, it's season starts too. Harrison's joint-best result of the season came at the opening round of 2013, the first of two third places.

"I'm not sure our good starts to the season are because we've traditionally started at Oulton Park or because I'm reasonably fresh for the year. We'll find out I guess as we're starting at Snetterton."

He says the car has barely moved since it claimed a brace of fourth place finishes at the final round of 2013, but he doesn't foresee any problems with jumping back into the car.

"I think the championship is probably a bit of a long shot, though I'd like to be competitive and in the mix. The competition is tough, and that's why it's the best single seater championship of its kind. Year on year it seems to get more and more competitive. Doing what you did in the previous year is no guarantee of further success.

"I'm looking forward to it." Harrison added. "It'll be nice to, hopefully, have a competitive year. It was nice to finish every race we entered last year, but it would have been nicer to be a bit more competitive. This year hopefully we will be."

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