F3 Cup inspires young fans at Silverstone

A group of young race fans enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of the inner workings of a busy race paddock on their visit to Silverstone for F3 Cup’s final rounds

A group of young race fans enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of the inner workings of a busy race paddock on their visit to Silverstone for F3 Cup's final rounds (12-13 September).

This year's championship runner-up Stuart Wiltshire organised the day for four residents of Helen & Douglas House, who provide hospice care for terminally ill children, young adults and their families. The staff provide medical, emotional and practical support, helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together.

Mason Fernley, Libby Gardner, Daniel Ball and Dylan McDermott, together with parents John McDermott and Steve Ball, volunteers Duncan Randor and Stuart Hosier and Helen House staff Janette Hughes and Mandy Knott were given the chance to see up-close the workings of a F3 Cup team, as the 2015 Teams' Champions Chris Dittmann Racing - who took Wiltshire to his best ever result this year - prepared their drivers for the final rounds of the championship. Unfortunately Sam Daly and Adam Carpenter were unable to join the day at short notice, but those who did make it ensured there were enough mementos of their day to share around when they got home!

Special guests Alex Albon and Nick Cassidy were also on hand to answer questions and chat to the young visitors. Albon, a current FIA European Formula 3 driver, and Cassidy who races in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship, are both names to watch and were able to offer great insight into the exciting world of Formula 3 racing.

The day didn't end when the youngsters left the circuit either, with the fun continuing at home: "We've had a great day and the boys haven't stopped talking about it," Mandy Knott said afterwards, "even to the point that we had to make a race track when we returned to Helen House so they could have a race, and then went on to decide what role the staff were going to play!"