Sowery “can’t wait” for Spa

Lanan Racing’s championship-leading rookie Toby Sowery is relishing the prospect of taking on the home of the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

Lanan Racing's championship-leading rookie Toby Sowery is relishing the prospect of taking on the home of the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend as the championship returns to Spa-Francorchamps for rounds seven and eight.

Sowery will be partnered for the weekend by BRDC F4 front-runner Struan Moore, and he's looking forward to seeing how he compares to a driver with greater experience.

"I can't wait for Spa," Sowery said. "It's a track everyone would look forward to and I'm going for the win of course.

"It will be good to have someone to compare data to, but he [Moore] is going to be in an older car. He has got a bit more experience around the track though, so hopefully it will be fairly even. I'm really excited and I'm happy Struan is racing with us."

The Spa contest follows what Sowery describes as the "best race of the year" at Rockingham one month ago, where he lost out to race winner Alice Powell after fighting back from fourth place.

He admitted: "It was a poor start from me and I dropped to fourth on the first lap. It was the closest racing we've had all year and it was good to get that experience fighting with Tristan [Cliffe] and Lee [Morgan]. I'm not ashamed that I was down fourth, it was a positive learning curve."

Powell's superior straight-line speed left Sowery focussing instead on his championship assault, and the youngster kept a cool head to ignore the temptation of a risky pass and secure second place.

"If it was the last round I would have probably gone in and had a little bit of a try," he said, "but it wasn't worth it if Alice isn't doing the full season. It was best not to do a wild one. If I could have got past, I'd go for it, but if not I thought I'd take second rather than a DNF. The hairpin was the only place I could really try get past but it is a long championship and it was only event three."

Spa-Francorchamps hosts rounds seven and eight of F3 Cup this weekend as part of the Spa Summer Classic. Click here to view the timetable.

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