19/08/2011 - The F3 Cup is set for its biggest grid of this
season so far when the series rolls into the Brands Hatch Grand
Prix circuit for round six this weekend (20/21 August).
For this event the Monoposto Championship 2000 and Classic
class cars will join the F3 Cup grid at the legendary 2.3 mile Kent
circuit, to create a bumper 36 car grid to providing a fascinating
twist to the round.
Chris Needham and local man Aaron Steele are the two drivers in
the best form heading into the meeting, after enjoying trips to the
top step of the podium at the last round on the Brands Hatch Indy
circuit on 16/17 July. However, with a huge grid expected
for the two races on Saturday and Sunday, an unpredictable outcome
could be on the cards.
Rochester racer Steele will be among the favourites to shine
once again this weekend after being cruelly denied a double win at
the MSVR Indy Weekend on 16/17 July. The Grays Motorsport driver
has been the star of the series so far recording wins at
Snetterton, Spa Francorchamps and Brands Hatch and he is eager to
continue his impressive run of form and pick up crucial points for
the Sunoco Grand-Am Challenge. The eventual winner of the Sunoco
Grand-Am Challegne, a national competion, will receive an
opportunity to race at the famous Daytona race track in
Steele said: "It's always great to be racing on the Brands
Hatch Grand Prix circuit because is it is one of the best circuits
because it is so fast and flowing. Obviously the target is to try
and get two pole positions, two wins and two fastest laps, but the
other focus is the Sunoco Grand-Am challenge points. You never know
what is going to happen around the corner so it is important to
build the points."
Fellow Kent racer Mark Terry is another driver hoping his home
circuit can inspire him, but he faces an adventure into the unknown
with the meeting being his first ever of the Grand Prix circuit.
Terry finished on the podium in Race One on the Brands Hatch Indy
circuit after coming through desperately wet conditions.
"It's going to be a bit of a journey into the unknown
because I have only ever riden around the Grand Prix circuit on a
push bike", said Chatham-based Terry. "The first time I will get to
drive it is in the 15 minutes qualifying session on Saturday so it
be a case of seeing how quickly I can pick it
Returning to the F3 Cup this weekend will by Lancaster racer
Phillip Austin, in his Hartley Hire Dallara F398. Mechanical
problems have hampered Austin this year and he is hoping the
gremlins will disappear for his return to the F3 Cup grid this
Austin said: "It's good to be back after the problems with the
car but it will be a case of just trying to get the car home I
think. The GP circuit is always a great track to race on and I'm
looking forward to it."
The series will welcome a new entrant into the B Class this
weekend with the appearance of James Simons. The former Formula 4
driver will enter a Dallara F395/6, which will go directly up
against James Ledamun in his Class B TOMS
Log on to www.f3cup.co.uk for race reports and
reaction throughout the weekend. Follow us on twitter @msvracing
for live updates. For more information on the MSVR GP Weekend,
please CLICK HERE.
If you would like to race in the F3 Cup please contact series
co-ordinator Simon Davey on 07770 368648 or email email@example.com.