Stuart Wiltshire first driver confirmed at F3 Cup newcomers Gale Force Racing

Popular racer Stuart Wiltshire has confirmed he will contest an extended campaign in the 2014 F3 Cup championship, driving for fledgling squad Gale Force Racing.

Popular racer Stuart Wiltshire has confirmed he will contest an extended campaign in the 2014 F3 Cup championship, driving for fledgling squad Gale Force Racing.

Wiltshire, who has raced F3 cars since 2003, called time on his racing before being tempted out of retirement for selected rounds in 2013. The new season will see the Essex driver  competing in all but one of the rounds, racing in his Dallara F307.

"I am gutted not to be doing the Rockingham round," he said. "I very much enjoy the racing; 2013 was a bit strange, I expected to go quicker with the Mugen engine but was quite frustrated with going backwards.

"You see what Tristan [Cliffe] achieved by going from Toyota to Mugen, while I wasn't expecting as much as he achieved we didn't quite get our head around the set up until very late on in the season. I am hoping that Tristan will share some of his secrets of success and help me put a good foot forward in 2014."

Despite the niggles, Wiltshire finished 10th in the standings thanks in part to him notching up his best-ever finish with a fourth place at Snetterton during round seven. He's hoping for more top six finishes in 2014, especially with the championship returning to his favourite circuit, Spa-Francorchamps.

"I am expecting to get into the top six regularly and podiums should be expected this year. The inclusion of Spa is a welcome boost but it's not the only reason behind my coming out of retirement. I absolutely cannot think of a better place to race than Spa, I also really enjoyed fighting in the top six with the likes of Mark Harrison, who I hope to continue doing the same with in 2014."

Gale Force Racing has been borne out of the retirement of Mark Bailey, who claimed the Teams' Championship with his eponymous team in 2013. Wiltshire expects more of the same under Mike Gale's ownership, who was a major part in Mark Bailey Racing's win.

Gale echoed Wiltshire's expectations, adding: "We're delighted to have Stuart onboard as one of our drivers for this season. We're aiming for top six finishes with him and hopefully we can convert some of them into podiums. Stuart is always a great person to have in the team because he's loves his racing, and it shows on and off the track."

Registration for the 2014 F3 Cup championship is now open, drivers and teams interested in joining the 2014 F3 Cup should contact championship co-ordinator Simon Davey on 07770 368648, email f3cup@msvracing.co.uk.

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Photo credit - Andrew Cliffe (top) / Jonathan Hatfield (right)