Silverstone set for super Saturday
The Silverstone National circuit has the unenviable task of following the recent Brands Hatch Grand Prix rounds of F3 Cup this Saturday (6 September).
The Silverstone National circuit has the unenviable task of following the recent Brands Hatch Grand Prix rounds of F3 Cup this Saturday (6 September). Tristan Cliffe took his first wins of the year three weeks ago to deny Toby Sowery in thrilling fashion, delaying the crowning of champion-elect Sowery.
Barring disaster, Sowery should finally wrap up the title on Saturday, needing on sixth place or better in round 13 to add a maiden championship in cars to his raft of karting trophies.
Sowery has won eight times in 2014, with a further four runner-up spots, twice behind Alice Powell at Rockingham and those two races behind Cliffe. When F3 Cup last raced at Silverstone, on the Grand Prix circuit in April, Sowery dominated by winning twice from pole.
The only driver who can stop Sowery is Tristan Cliffe, and even if he takes every available point with two wins, pole and fastest lap, he will have to settle for second in the standings if Sowery places inside the top six.
Silverstone National last hosted F3 Cup in 2012, and Louis Hamilton-Smith will have fond memories as he claimed his last win in the championship that weekend, as well as the lap record. Hamilton-Smith has collected five third-places this year, so should feature at the front.
Enigma Motorsport's Henry Chart and newly-crowned Trophy 01 Class winner Oliver Rae will expect to be quick and hope to push Enigma into the top two in the Teams' Championship. The squad trails Gale Force Racing by 33 points with four races still to go. Stuart Wiltshire and Nick Robinson will be representing Gale Force and have both been scoring consistently all year.
Omicron Motorsport lead the way thanks to Cliffe and ally Mark Harrison. They could win the title this weekend, but celebrations are more likely when the championship moves on to Omicron's home circuit, Snetterton, in October. Harrison's campaign has been mixed, but the points have been racking up between the pair.
Lee Morgan's good run of form continues as he edges closer to the front. He'll expect to go well at Silverstone, where he won last season during his dominant Formula Jedi campaign.
Two Monoposto regulars will boost the grid, the returning Tony Bishop and the debuting Lee McCrumlish. Bishop opted to focus on his Monoposto campaign three weeks ago, sitting out the F3 Cup rounds at Brands Hatch, while McCrumlish will be making his debut in the Masters Class with Stanbridge Motorsport.
Hywel Lloyd will offer a glimpse of the 2015 season, entering CF Racing's 2013 British F3 National Class-winning F308 in the Invitation Class. Similar newer Dallaras will be eligible for the championship from next year.
Jonathan Weston-Taylor completes the grid, and could break into the top six in his Trophy 01 Class Dallara. His new-look car has shown good pace since it returned to F3 Cup at Oulton Park in June, dicing aith Wiltshire and Harrison ever since.
F3 Cup races twice at Silverstone this weekend following qualifying at 10.35. Round 13 takes places at 12:55, with round 14 starting at 16:50. Follow @F3Cup for live updates throughout the day.