Next stop: Snetterton!
F3 Cup arrives at Snetterton this weekend (11/12 May) and this early summer showdown follows a strong start to the year at Donington Park
F3 Cup arrives at Snetterton this weekend for the first of two visits this year. This early summer showdown comes off the back of a strong start to the year at Donington Park in April.
No less than 15 drivers took part in the season opener, led by reigning champion Cian Carey who made a dominant start to his title defence with three top points finishes. Two of the three wins ‘on the road’ were in fact claimed by Stefano Leaney, whose Invitation Class car shone at the East Midlands circuit and will be quick here in Norfolk, too. The Invitation Class isn’t eligible for championship points however, so Carey was able to leave the weekend with a comfortable margin.
The University of Wolverhampton’s Shane Kelly enjoyed another strong weekend at Donington, after much success there in past years. Three second place finishes and two fastest laps see him holding a secure second place in the standings, and he praised his student-led team (much of whom are brand new this year) for their hard work over the weekend.
2016 Champion George Line showed a welcome return to form, with his new car providing him with two podiums. The remaining trophy for the weekend was claimed by his team mate Stuart Wiltshire, with consistent performances rewarded with a strong points haul. Also in the CF Racing stable, Tony Bishop is quickly getting to grips with his new car and should be one to watch at Snetterton.
Joining Carey at Chris Dittmann Racing (CDR), father and son duo Phillip and Patrick Jeans returned to strong form, both scoring valuable points to help CDR to the top of the Teams’ standings. They are joined by the returning Daniel Tapinos this weekend, giving CDR the best chance possible to extend their lead.
Team Fox Racing were able to welcome Robbie Watts back to the fold last time out, as he took over Stephen Fitzpatrick’s car on the Sunday. This weekend their efforts will be focused on Darragh Daly and his F308.
Stanbridge Motorsport also join the Teams’ competition this year, fielding team boss James Simons, Roberto Tirone and Adrian Holey.
For live timing and live updates across the weekend, please head to www.f3cup.co.uk/LIVE. Don’t forget to follow the championship’s social media channels too - @F3Cup.