New ground for F3 Cup at Rockingham

This weekend will be a first for F3 Cup as the championship makes a maiden visit to the Rockingham Motor Speedway.

This weekend will be a first for F3 Cup as the championship makes its maiden visit to the Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Toby Sowery heads the standings and is yet to be beaten this year in any session. He has claimed each of his four wins from pole in 2014, resulting in a 31 point lead over nearest rival Tristan Cliffe. Sowery continues Lanan Racing's impressive F3 Cup run having taken over from 2013 champion Alex Craven.

Cliffe does sit atop one championship table, the Teams' Championship with his family-run Omicron Motorsport squad. Three second places from four races have them clear at the top, and Mark Harrison's aligned himself under the Omicron banner for this year too.

Harrison's had a mixed season already in 2014, blowing his engine in testing ahead of the opening rounds at Snetterton. He returned to the field last time out at Silverstone and secured a brace of impressive fourth-place finishes. Both Omicron racers have tasted victory at Rockingham from their time in Monoposto.

Lee Morgan knows how to win at Rockingham too, albeit on a slightly different configuration. He left the Northamptonshire circuit with a brace last year on the way to the Formula Jedi title and this weekend is the first circuit of 2014 he's raced on before. He should be one to watch.

Trophy 01 Class racer Oliver Rae should feature well too and he'll have the confidence of seeing his car on the outright podium at Silverstone, piloted by teammate Henry Chart. Rae took a fourth place on the road himself at Snetterton and the car has phenomenal straight-line speed.

It's been a difficult start to 2014 for Louis Hamilton-Smith and his new Dallara thanks to a niggling misfire. He's still claimed two third places this year, despite his woes. Tony Bishop's currently sat fourth in the championship after quietly accumulating points, and Nick Robinson has had a mixed season of a sixth and an eighth split by a pair of non-finishes.

With a field of Rockingham race-winners, this weekend could see Toby Sowery more sternly tested than any round so far.

F3 Cup has two races at Rockingham this weekend (24-25 May), with qualifying on Saturday and both races on Sunday. Follow @F3Cup for updates and like F3 Cup on Facebook

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