New car for returning Hamilton-Smith

Following his impressive 2013 season, championship front-runner Louis Hamilton-Smith is returning to F3 Cup for a third year.

Following his impressive 2013 season, championship front-runner Louis Hamilton-Smith is returning to F3 Cup for a third year. After running under the Eyehub F3 banner last year, the privateer will be teaming up with Jigsaw Motorsport for 2014.

The new season will also see new machinery for the Red Bull Racing design engineer; he will be behind the wheel of an ex-Motopark Academy VW-powered Dallara F307, similar to the car that took Alex Craven to the 2013 title.

Hamilton-Smith finished on the podium in all but two of his 12 races in 2013, and he was only denied a real title chance by sitting out three rounds due to other commitments last season.

The Brackley-based racer has finished in the top three in each of his last five races and he'll be eager to continue that form, but he admits the first round of the season will be something of an unknown due to his lack of running in his new Dallara.

"It's quite a bit of a step up, I noticed that when I got it home from Austria. The engine's better, and it's a step up in aerodynamics and electrics. I wish I'd had more time to get out in it before the season starts.

"The car is coming along though and it will be finished this weekend. I'm at Snetterton to test on the Friday before the first round and that will be the first time I will drive the car. I'll be going straight in at the deep end."

While he isn't setting his title aspirations out, he's been a winner in Formula Jedi, Formula Honda and took three F3 Cup wins in 2011 and 2012.

"I'm not thinking about the title at the minute, with the new car we're just going to see how the first few rounds go. We'll see what happens."

The first round of F3 Cup takes place at Snetterton on 5/6 April. Tickets start at £10 in advance with free admission for under 13s. Click here to book.