Silverstone National Triple-Header Beckons
F3 Cup arrives at Silverstone this weekend poised for some intriguing battles around the shorter, but no less challenging, National circuit.
Current championship leader Stuart Wiltshire has had a fantastic season so far, with two podiums each at Donington Park and Brands Hatch, including an outright win in Kent. His nearly 30 point lead has doubtless been helped by the bad luck of second and third placed Shane Kelly and Jacopo Sebastiani, who both suffered a DNF at Brands Hatch, but Wiltshire’s pace has never been in doubt.
The University of Wolverhampton Racing’s Kelly has run well so far too, with a trio of podiums at Donington, and the student-run team will be focused on more silverware this weekend. Sebastiani has had a similar start, winning the opening race of the year and returning to the podium at Brands Hatch, his new Dallara F312 coming on form nicely.
2018 is proving to be a better year for 2016 Champion George Line, after being plagued by reliability issues last season. He sits just ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing’s (CDR) Cian Carey, who has had a rollercoaster year with two DNFs followed by three podiums, including a win last time out. Another CDR driver, Baptise Leonard showed good pace on his return to F3 Cup at Brands Hatch in his eye-catching F312.
Carey’s team mate Phillip Jeans currently sits seventh in the standings, ahead of CF Racing’s Tony Bishop. While Jeans has had a very consistent year, and enjoyed some tight mid-field battles, Bishop’s season has been more of a mixed bag, but his form is strong and he arrives at Silverstone off the back of a podium finish at Brands Hatch. Jeans will once again be joined on the grid by son Patrick, who was forced to miss the last round but ran well at Donington Park.
Stanbridge Motorsport team mates Roberto Tirone and James Simons will be looking for better luck in Northamptonshire, after Tirone suffered two DNFs at Brands Hatch. Simons’ new car fared well there however, so they will be working to make up for lost time.
David Gillett returns as the sole independent runner, and will be keen to pick up where he left off last time. F3 Cup is delighted to welcome the returning Mark Harrison, who is running with Team Fox in his F308, and also newcomer (and Team Fox team mate) Darragh Daly.
Head to www.f3cup.co.uk/LIVE over the weekend for the latest race updates and live timing.