Wednesday, August 01 2012
British hopes of victory are high in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, which heads to Snetterton this weekend (4/5 August), with the championship wide open. The latest round comes just a week after the drivers raced at Spa-Francorchamps, which saw a change in the title lead.
Britain's strongest chance of success is with Lincolnshire's Jack Harvey, who will be aiming to regain his points lead in Norfolk. The championship has seen several changes in the order this year, however there are just two rounds remaining after Snetterton, so the Englishman knows how important a good result will be this weekend.
Harvey has form on his side, having a superb record in the championship's UK rounds and with no further trips to Europe this season, has an excellent chance of clawing back a deficit of just four-points. Indeed, his weekend at Spa was affected by issues during practice and qualifying and this has not put him off the task ahead. "It was a tough start to the weekend (at Spa)," said Harvey. "So I'm pretty happy with a podium position from race one. "It was disappointing not to be coming away with more wins but you have to take the tougher times with the good times and now our attention turns to Snetterton which is a track where we tested strongly and we go there confident of three strong results."
Meanwhile Puerto Rico's Felix Serralles will be heading to Norfolk with a slim points lead to protect after a fine weekend in Belgium that yielded his fourth win of the season. His success is all the more remarkable considering that not only were his Fortec team not expected to challenge Carlin for the title, but that he is in his first season of F3. However he is not thinking of the championship just yet: "Not really. I have nothing to lose. This is only my first year of British F3; I go race by race and will fight to the end. We will see then."
Malaysian Jazeman Jaafar had hitherto been Harvey's main rival this season and remains in contention, with Red Bull-backed Carlos Sainz Jr grabbing much attention thanks to the backing of the drinks giant and family fame. The son of the rally legend has inherited great car control skills and will be praying for inclement weather after a typically wet weekend at Spa. "I like the rain!" said Carlos after taking victory in Belgium. "I knew that I could win this race if I had the opportunity, and I grabbed it and I am very happy."
Amongst the F3 field Harvey isn't the only British driver tipped to win at Snetterton. Essex's Alex Lynn is also in the title hunt and the reigning Formula Renault UK Champion has been close to victory on several occasions this season. Meanwhile Harry Tincknell has already stood on the top step of the podium and will be aiming to add to his 2012 total.
The event is also headlined by the Avon Tyres British GT Championship and features support races from the Dunlop MSA British Formula Ford Championship, Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Volkswagen Racing Cup and Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship. Spectators will be able to enjoy all of the action from the panoramic viewing areas surrounding the infield section of the new 300 circuit at Snetterton.
Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Snetterton on 4/5 August are available from £17, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.