F3 cars to tackle Speedway for final time

F3 Cup returns to Rockingham this weekend for the first time since 2014, before the circuit closes its doors at the end of the year

F3 Cup returns to Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend for the first time since 2014. That weekend was dominated by Alice Powell and eventual 2014 Champion Toby Sowery, and this weekend promises some equally impressive racing, as the penultimate weekend of the 2018 season.

Chris Dittmann Racing’s Cian Carey leads the standings after 13 races, really finding his groove recently. He arrives fresh from his debut appearance in the BRDC British F3 Championship at Donington Park last weekend, but all his attention will be focused on extending his lead this weekend.

CF Racing’s Stuart Wiltshire has enjoyed a very strong year, collecting no fewer than eight podium finishes including an outright win at Brands Hatch. Wiltshire remains very much in contention for the title and will be keen to reduce his deficit here at Rockingham.

The University of Wolverhampton Racing’s Shane Kelly sits just a handful of points behind Wiltshire. Having finished as overall runner up for the last two years, the team will be pulling out all the stops this weekend to take the battle down to the wire at Silverstone in October.

Two former champions complete the current top five. George Line has been overcoming the mechanical dramas which plagued him throughout 2017, but had an unfortunate engine failure last time out at Snetterton. Reigning champion Jacopo Sebastiani has been getting to grips with a new car this year and has had a mixed bag of results, but podium results have proved the pace is there.

Father and son duo Phillip and Patrick Jeans have both run well this year with Chris Dittmann Racing, sporting smart new livieries on their Dallaras. Team mate Baptiste Leonard has had a good season too, finishing second at Silverstone in June.

F3 Cup regular Tony Bishop has had a mixed season, with podium finishes interspersed with DNFs, but his pace has been unquestionable and he has played a valuable role in securing CF Racing’s lead in the teams’ standings. Speaking of which, that lead is certainly not insurmountable, and Chris Dittmann Racing could very easily turn things around. With the championship leader in their stable, wining both titles will certainly be in their sights.

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