F3 Cup Heads to Norfolk with 2020 Vision
F3 Cup’s long-awaited 2020 championship kicks-off this weekend at Snetterton.
In the wake of the global pandemic, the UK motorsport community has had to wait until July to get action underway, and as a result many championships are facing truncated calendars this season. F3 Cup is no different with the new-look, four meeting line-up starting at Snetterton this weekend. From here we move north to Donington Park’s GP circuit in September, followed by a return to Norfolk. The concluding races will take place on Donington’s tighter National circuit in October.
Many changes have been implemented to get racing started in as safe a way as possible. Working with Motorsport UK, the sport’s governing body, MSVR has developed an online signing-on system, incorporating driver briefings and self-declaration for scrutineering. Almost every aspect of the administration of a race event has changed, and the club would like to thank all of the competitors and officials for their support in this transition. The venues, too, have new protocols in place and your support in observing these is vital to the continuation of the 2020 season.
And yet, when so much is changing, some things remain constant: A host of F3 Cup regulars return to the grid this weekend, familiar faces with long histories in the championship.
Stuart Wiltshire reprises his number 5, on his Dallara F308/11 with CF Racing. Stuart had a strong start to the 2019 season but running in the Invitation class at Brands Hatch, and missing the visit to Donington towards the end of the year, prevented him hitting the championship podium. He will undoubtedly be keen to return to the top this year.
CF Racing team mate, and fellow F3 Cup stalwart, Tony Bishop runs the number 21 on his F317 this year. Tony finished just a handful of points behind Stuart last year, and often provided a healthy contribution to the team’s points on their way to clinching the 2019 Teams’ Championship.
Robbie Watts makes a welcome return this weekend – after being a regular runner in the early days of the championship, Robbie had a few years away with the odd guest appearance, but returns this weekend in his F308, number 77, with Team Fox.
Malcolm Scott re-joins the grid this year – vastly experienced in single seaters after many years racing with both Monoposto and F3 Cup, Malcolm brings his F310 to Snetterton this weekend and will be keen to make his mark.
Chris Dittmann Racing welcomes the return of their pair of Jeans – father and son duo Philip and Patrick are often embroiled in exciting battles on track. Patrick will campaign his F312 in the Cup class, while Philip will run his F317 in the Invitation class this weekend.
Stefano Leaney completes the CF Racing line-up meanwhile, and will certainly be one to watch. Despite running the first few rounds of 2019 in the Invitation Class, Stefano was a regular podium visitor later on (including no less than six outright wins) ultimately finishing fifth in the standings. He will have nothing less than the championship title in his sights this year.
The championship is delighted to welcome a newcomer this year – Alex Fores graduates from Monoposto, moving into an F311. Alex will undoubtedly be quick off the mark and keen to show his mettle against the more experienced drivers on the grid. Alex also joins 2012 Champion Chris Dittmann's eponymous team - and the whole squad will be itching to reclaim that Teams' title this year.
This weekend also features a change to the traditional F3 Cup format – two longer races of 25 and 30 minutes will allow the drivers to really stretch the legs of these incredible, thoroughbred race cars. If weather conditions permit, we should see some seriously quick lap times.
Live timing and updates from the weekend will be available at f3cup.co.uk and on the championship’s social channels @F3Cup.