Wiltshire delighted with class podium

Stuart Wiltshire aimed for more top six finishes this year, and he's gone two better in the first race of the season with a fourth at round one at Snetterton.

Stuart Wiltshire aimed for more top six finishes this year, and he's gone two better in the first race of the season with a fourth at round one at Snetterton.

Trophy 01 class runner Oliver Rae's third place meant Wiltshire visited the class podium for the first time, and the affable Londoner was delighted by the result.

"It was a fantastic race, more tortoise than hare." Wiltshire beamed. "Obviously I'm very, very pleased."

Wiltshire is part of new team Gale Force Racing, which grew from the departure of Mark Bailey Racing from F3 Cup. Team owner Mike Gale was a major part of MBR, and Wiltshire offered much praise to his new team boss. He's also been working with fellow F3 Cup competitor Tristan Cliffe, and Wiltshire believes Cliffe's input has been just as valuable.

"I've got to say a massive thank you to Mikey. He's a little bit subtle and he's prepared a good car. And a massive thanks to Tristan. He's helped me this weekend and had a play with it last week, he's really helped me get my confidence.

"It's all worked out to be a fantastic result for me, whether I can do it for the rest of the year, who knows. I could retire!"

A good start set the tone, but Wiltshire was lucky to come through unscathed as drivers came together around him.

He explained: "I was practicing my starts on the way to the grid and got a fantastic getaway. I got through the opening laps but when it's warm my car seems to slip around. I saw Henry coming and knew it was a matter of time, I braked a bit early to make sure I got a safe exit. I saw a big clash.

"I'm delighted though, I love it."

Wiltshire will be on the outside of row two for Sunday's race two, which gets underway at 14:05. Follow @F3Cup for live updates and like /F3Cup for the latest news.

Photo credit Andrew Cliffe/Norwich Photo