2019 Season Goes Green at Donington
F3 Cup kicks off its eighth season with the traditional season opener at Donington Park this weekend.
F3 Cup, the only championship in the UK exclusively for close-to-contemporary Formula 3 cars, kicks off its eighth season with the traditional opening rounds at Donington Park this weekend.
Despite the anti-climax of the cancelled final rounds (due to torrential rain at Silverstone), 2018 was a sterling year. Cian Carey emerged victorious after one of the closest title fights in the championship’s history, after a rough start to the year. His opening weekend saw two DNFs and he will be keen to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself as he returns to defend his title with Chris Dittmann Racing.
Vice Champion Stuart Wiltshire lead the standings for the first half of last year, with consistent podium finishes including a win at Brands Hatch GP. He is aiming to go one better in 2019 and will certainly be one to watch.
Completing the championship podium was the University of Wolverhampton Racing’s Shane Kelly. The student-run team took Kelly to within touching distance of the title for the third year in a row, and have always been strong at Donington, collecting a clean sweep of victories in both 2016 and 2017, plus three podiums finishes in 2018. They will be itching for a repeat this weekend.
Joining Carey with 2018 Teams’ Champion Chris Dittmann Racing are father and son duo Philip and Patrick Jeans, returning in their eye-catching F312 machines. Both drivers have come on apace recently, with Patrick finishing fourth overall last year. Jonathon Hughes returns this weekend, joining the team with his F312.
In the CF Racing stable, Tony Bishop and George Line both return with new cars, and the team will be working hard to regain that all-important title. Stefano Leaney also returns this weekend, but will run in the Invitation class in a current-spec EuroFormula car so won’t be able to assist with scoring those all important points.
Team Fox Racing makes a welcome return this weekend, with Stephen Fitzpatrick at the helm of his F308. Likewise, Stanbridge Motorsport arrive with team boss James Simons lining up alongside Adrian Holey in a new F308, and Roberto Tirone.
Darragh Daly will be flying the indpendents’ flag at Donington, at the wheel of the family’s F308.
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