Silverstone sets the stage for season finale

F3 Cup takes in its last event of 2015 this weekend on the superfast Silverstone Grand Prix circuit

F3 Cup takes in its last event of 2015 this weekend on the superfast Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, with an interesting grid line up for the season finale.  The entry is headed by Champion-elect Aaron Steele, in his Grays Motorsport Dallara F307.  He will be hoping to continue his winning run - since mid-season he has only yielded the maximum points position on one occasion, despite strong opposition.  Similarly on the Team Championship points leader Chris Dittmann Racing will be looking to secure their first F3 Cup Team title.  Their lead driver, Stuart Wiltshire is holding second in the Drivers' points table after a tremendous season which has seen him on the podium after all but one race.  He's joined at Silverstone by Monoposto front-runner Malcolm Scott, who will be using Tony Bishop's CDR-run Dallara F307, while Tony himself is running at Silverstone with Hywel Lloyd's CF Racing - Tony is taking the opportunity to try one of CF's 08-11 spec cars.


Right behind Stuart Wiltshire in the points standings is Jacopo Sebastiani in his Omicron-run Dallara F311.  Jacopo has surged up the placings during this, his first season in F3, and with points for three races on offer at Silverstone he could easily seize second place in the final Drivers standings from Stuart Wiltshire, if the CDR driver makes even the slightest slip.  Similarly CF Racing's regular contender, Daniel Tapinos, is certainly in with a shout for third place in the title and second is also not impossible.  He had a high-speed coming together with Henry Chart at the last Brands GP event, which eliminated them both from the race, so he needs to ensure that he scores well in every race a Silverstone.


Problems in the first third of the season hampered Louis Hamilton-Smith's title challenge, but since round six he has not been out of the top three points scorers, including top-spot at Brands and no les then six second placings.  This is all the more impressive because his Dallara F306 is the only self-run entry (with father Simon H-S) among the regular top six runners.  Louis always goes well at Silverstone and could easily take wins this weekend.  Matt Payne rounds of the Cup class, in another father-son run entry, this time a very smartly turned out Dallara F307 Mercedes.


Carlin's Zach Claman de Melo takes in the third of his F3 Cup Invitation outings on the Silverstone GP circuit, in preparation for a 2016 season inEurope.  The young Canadian has demonstrated both tremendous pace and the ability to learn tracks very quickly, impressing everyone who has watched him race.  He's certain to run right at the sharp end this weekend, and his future racing career will be watched with great interest.


Adrian Holey has dominated the F3 Cup Trophy Class this year, and will confirm his ownership of the title at Silverstone with the Wally Liles Racing prepared Dallara F301.  Geoffrey Hoodless brings out his Ralt RT in the Invitation Class, having had his aspirations in the Masters Class stymied because his March 801 was damaged earlier in the year. 


Words: Simon Davey