Rae hoping McLaren will boost Trophy class chances

Oliver Rae is stepping up his preparations for the new F3 Cup season by joining the McLaren Performance Academy, now in its second year.

Oliver Rae is stepping up his preparations for the new F3 Cup season by joining the McLaren Performance Academy, now in its second year. Rae, 23, finished second in the Trophy 01 Class last season, and is expected to challenge for the class win again in 2014 with Enigma Motorsport.

The F3 Cup season begins on 5/6 April at Snetterton, and the Australian former Formula Ford racer will visit McLaren's Woking headquarters to take part in three days of intensive training this weekend to prepare.

Drivers will be guided through the best nutrition, undergo fitness tests and offered advice on enhancing their pre-race preparation, in-race performance and post-race review and recovery.

"To be invited to be a part of an initiative that is essentially run by an F1 team is a tremendous privilege." Rae said.

"It really goes to show the hard work we've been putting in on and off track over the last two years and the support of everyone around us is really starting to pay off."

It's been a busy winter for Rae, who took seven class victories in 2013, but he says he's focused on the task ahead. He unveiled his new-look Dallara F301 at last week's MSVR media day, and revealed that the car's improvements are more than simply in the aesthetics.

Rae is set to partner Cup 07 Class racer Henry Chart at Enigma as the team attempts to take an unprecedented treble.

"I'm feeling recharged and ready to go. The car is drastically improved from last year so things for Enigma Motorsport and me are shaping up pretty well. Now it's just up to me to get the job done!" Rae added.

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