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“British F3 entries for CF Racing and West-Tec”

April 24, 2013

© SRO.

© SRO.

Welsh squad CF Racing have announced its participation in the revised British Formula 3 Series this year by adding Chinese racer Zheng Dijay Sun to their ranks.

In a tie-up with the KRC team, Sun will make his European racing debut at Silverstone next month, following a successful stint in the China Formula Grand Prix series and the Chinese Touring Car Championship in 2012.

A veteran of Formula Pilota China, the 21-year-old Sun may be one of two drivers to line-up on the field, alongside ex-Formula BMW racer Hu An Zhu {see below}.

Sun, who has already enjoyed three tests with CF Racing, will take to the track in a Dallara F308, as he aims to take advantage of British F3’s loosened National Class regulations.

The 2013 season also sees the return of West-Tec, who will be challenging for victory with seven entrants. CF Racing boss Hywel Lloyd appears relatively confident, despite his charge’s lack of experience on European ground. “Considering Zheng has never driven in the UK before these tests, we’re really very pleased. He’s had experience of single-seater before and we’re looking forward to help him develop and we’re confident he will progress with us.”

The Welshman added, “Timing wise things couldn’t have been better. The extra time that the revised start to British F3 has given us meant we could get organised and put this deal with KRC together. Ultimately they’ll provide us with drivers who are keen to get experience in Europe and are ready for the big challenge that you get racing over here.” Lloyd continued, “We’re a young team and we need time to build, so this year will allow us that. We’ve had a lot of interest and the tracks we’re visiting, all ex or current GP circuits really help make conversations a lot easier. We’re hoping to announce a second driver for the other car soon as well.”
It is believed that Lloyd may attempt to add a second car to the programme during the season.

West-Tec may also be returning to the British F3 fold, according to Autosport {note 1}. It is believed the Corby-based team will run four current-spec Dallara’ and three National Class entries, with Roberto la Rocca, Chris Vlok, Ed Jones and the aforementioned Zhu peddling a series of Dallara F312’s.
Laim Venter, Sean Walkinshaw and Cameron Twynham may find themselves behind the wheels of a set of Dallara F308’s. All sefven West-Tec entries will be Toyota powered.

Off the British F3 teams from last year, only T-Sport look unlikely to return with Carlin and Double R potentially fielding full squads. Fortec may also return with at least two entries.
Eagle Motorsport driver Kyle Tilley announced a move to British F3 in January; however it is unclear at this point is this move is still on the cards.

{note 1}
“Momentum builds for slimline 2013 British Formula 3 championship” {Autosport, Marcus Simmons; April 17th, 2013}

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