Omicron Motorsport claims its second F3 Cup Teams' Championship
Omicron Motorsport claimed its second Teams' Championship in three years at the final rounds of the 2014 season at Snetterton.
Omicron Motorsport has claimed its second F3 Cup Teams' Championship in three years at the final rounds of the 2014 season at Snetterton, just a few miles from its Mulbarton base.
Racing without Mark Harrison, it was left to championship runner-up and team manager Tristan Cliffe to score the points required to beat Gale Force Racing to the title. Cliffe needed to score at least 10 points in round 15 or 16 to guarantee the Teams' Championship, and his brace of third places - Louis Hamilton-Smith, who finished ahead of him on the road, is not registered for the Teams' Championship - ensured Omicron Motorsport topped the points table by 78 points.
"We're really pleased to have won it again," Cliffe said. "The Teams' Championship is probably more meaningful to us than the Drivers' Championship as it shows that Omicron knows what it is talking about and that we can prepare a good car. A lot of effort has gone into it, both in my own car and working with Nick and Mark Harrison at Magic Motorsport to get their car quicker. Sadly they couldn't be here at the final weekend."
After three years of chasing the drivers' title, Cliffe is stepping out of the driving seat to focus on running and expanding Omicron Motorsport in 2015. He is already getting to grips with the 2008-2011 cars, which are eligible for the championship next season, and he is hopeful Jacopo Sebastiani will be back next year. The Italian joined the team in rounds 11 and 12, and recently tested with the Norfolk squad.
"We've won two titles in three years now, so hopefully we'll have drivers knocking on our door for next year. We had been speaking to some drivers on the grid, and Jacopo [Sebastiani] is still interested providing we can find the right car at the right price. I'd like to field two drivers at the very least in 2015 so we can win the Teams' Championship again to continue to prove we produce a good car.
"We've been doing quite a lot of mathematical and simulation work on the newer cars, and working hard on the analysis. I'm confident that whatever car is brought to us, we can make it go quickly, whether that's a Radical or Atom, but preferably an F3 car. We're capable of expanding, and I see no reason for us not to be able to do so."
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