Wade leads the pack at Silverstone
The biggest F3 Cup grid for a number of years took to the hallowed Silverstone tarmac this afternoon (1st July) to qualify ahead of the weekend’s two races tomorrow.
The biggest F3 Cup grid for a number of years took to the hallowed Silverstone tarmac this afternoon (1st July) to qualify ahead of the weekend's two races tomorrow. No fewer than 20 cars were in action, making the group the largest dedicated Formula 3 grid in Europe - if not the world - this weekend.
Going into rounds 10 and 11, UWR's Shane Kelly trails championship leader Jacopo Sebastiani by just 13 points, and was quick to assert himself as a strong challenger. Leading the times from the off, Kelly remained quickest for the first few laps until Robbie Watts found his form and jumped to the top of the times.
Of the new faces this weekend, it was Monoposto regular Jonathon Hughes and Saudi driver Omar Gazzaz who excelled early on, both breaking into the top 10 within the first few minutes. Italian Paolo Brajnik would also prove competitive, ultimately finishing ahead of both.
Daryl Jones, third overall in the 2016 Championship, was also quick to regain his form and was within the top five early on. It wasn't long until CF Racing's Wade Eastwood rose to the top of the Silverstone standings however, as he showcased the strong form which secured him three wins here a month ago. He continued to apply the pressure with faster times as Kelly and Watts improved in turn.
As the flag fell, Kelly gave it his all, but would ultimately post a time just 0.061s behind Eastwood. The qualifying session determined the grid for both of Sunday's races, with the first race determined by fastest lap and the second race determined by the second fastest lap. Such is the consistency of the field, both races will see Watts and Sebastiani line up behind Eastwood and Kelly, with row three formed up of Bishop/Line and Line/Jones respectively.
F3 Cup will race tomorrow (Sunday 2 July) at 09:50 and 15:25 (20 minute races). Follow the action online at www.f3cup.co.uk/LIVE