New car and new team for Wiltshire
Championship stalwart Stuart Wiltshire has become the first driver to take advantage of the 2015 rule changes that allow more modern F3 machinery into F3 Cup.
Championship stalwart Stuart Wiltshire has become the first driver to take advantage of the 2015 rule changes that allow more modern F3 machinery into F3 Cup. The Essex racer is swapping his Dallara F307 for a newer Dallara F308, previously raced by Valtteri Bottas with Double R Racing.
Wiltshire has also confirmed he will be moving to 2012 F3 Cup champion Chris Dittmann's eponymous squad for the 2015 season, leaving Gale Force Racing. He will partner Tony Bishop at the team.
The 2014 season was one of Wiltshire's best in F3 Cup's three years, the 49-year-old starting with his first championship podium, at Snetterton, and picking up fourth place in round 14 at Silverstone. He placed eighth in the points, two spots higher than in 2013 and one place higher than his new team-mate Bishop.
Wiltshire, who was an early advocate of the rule tweak, is expecting to continue that upward momentum next season.
"We tested the car at Pembrey and I've never driven anything so awesome," Wiltshire said. "I certainly didn't feel this impressed when I first tested the F307, and I felt comfortable in it instantly. I was very pleased with the times I set too, compared to the benchmark by the
young pro on the day.
"Moving to Chris Dittmann Racing is the right move for me. I feel that I need to make the change. Chris has what I require, he knows the data and how to interpret it. He is very professional in his approach and knows how to prepare a car; Tony [Bishop] has had the best car on the grid for the past couple of seasons. Hopefully I have that now.
"I love racing in F3 Cup, and I was so happy to get on the podium at the start of the year. I am looking for more of that in 2015. Hopefully the combination of the new car and CDR will make that happen."
Chris Dittmann, Team Principal, commented: "I'm delighted Stuart has joined us for next season. We're all really looking forward to working with him and getting him up to speed with the new car. I'm confident with our help we can move him even closer to the front of the field. I'm sure, with two strong and experienced drivers, we will be pushing for the Teams' Championship."
Photo credit Brian Murtagh