Silverstone set for Sowery chase
F3 Cup heads to Silverstone GP this weekend for rounds three and four of the 2014 season, as the pack looks to reply to newcomer Toby Sowery’s dominant Snetterton debut.
F3 Cup heads to Silverstone GP this weekend for rounds three and four of the 2014 season, as the pack looks to reply to newcomer Toby Sowery's dominant Snetterton debut.
Sowery, straight out karting and into F3 Cup, took both wins at Snetterton three weeks ago after claiming a debut pole by nearly a full second. The Cambridgeshire youngster has stepped into the void left by departing champion Alex Craven at Lanan Racing, and quickly set the pace.
Tristan Cliffe was his nearest challenger, and squeezed into turn one a hair's width in the lead. Sowery retook the lead a corner later, and scuttled away into the distance leaving Cliffe to admit he will have a job on his hands to "see him thinking about his mirrors". He may also have to check his own mirrors though, with Louis Hamilton-Smith proving very quick at Snetterton after running his new Dallara for the first time. Hamilton-Smith will have enjoyed more seat time by the time the lights go out for race one this weekend and should be right on Cliffe's tail.
Lee Morgan will also be expecting a smoother weekend after a spinning Henry Chart left him with nowhere to go but into the Enigma Motorsport racer and an ill-timed safety car scuppered his drive from the back in race two. Chart will too be hoping for improved fortunes after a tough weekend in Norfolk that began with a blown engine in testing.
Mark Harrison, this year racing under the Omicron Motorsport banner with Cliffe for the Teams' Champiosnhip, also suffered engine woes at Snetterton but he's back and had previously been running quicker than ever in testing, much like Chart.
New squad Gale Force Racing had a dream debut as Stuart Wiltshire claimed his first ever podium in the championship and followed it up with a seventh place in race two, while Nick Robinson spent much of his weekend fighting in the top six. The pair, joined then by John Ferguson, helped Mike Gale's eponymous team to the top of the teams' standings.
Tony Bishop bagged a fourth place in the season opener and added a fifth-in-class in Sunday's race two and he too had been enjoying preseason. The Londoner claiming his pristine Mercedes-Dallara was in its best-ever shape in the build-up to this campaign.
Much of this weekend's intrigue will be at first taken up by Lanan's Sowery though, to see if he can continue his remarkable form. But, as Cliffe pointed out at Snetterton, 2013's runaway leader was soon caught so it's all set up for a great weekend of F3 racing.
F3 Cup's second qualifying session of the year begins at 11:45 on Saturday before round three concludes Saturday's racing. Round four will start at 11:50. Follow @F3Cup for the latest updates and 'like' F3 Cup on Facebook.
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