T-Sport aim for local success

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Threebond with T-Sport drivers, Will Buller and Spike Goddard, will be in action at Silverstone this weekend in rounds of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, write Colin and James Beckett.

The Brackley-based drivers will compete in three races at the 6 Hours of Silverstone meeting that hosts the opening round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The F3 cars started their season at a rain-soaked Monza three weeks ago, and teams will be hoping that Silverstone offers them some dry running this weekend.

Buller, who made his circuit racing debut in the 2007 T Cars championship, will lead the T-Sport attack in a Dallara-Nissan.

The Ulsterman won a GP3 race at the track during last year’s British Grand Prix meeting, and is in high spirits ahead of racing at the home of British motorsport.

A member of the BRDC Rising Star Scheme, Buller said: “I am looking forward to this weekend.

“I believe we will be in a good position and should be able to challenge for a podium finish and maybe even a win.”

Australian youngster Spike Goddard will drive the second ThreeBond with T-Sport entry.

The 20-year-old has had experience back in Australia having contested the Australian Formula Ford State Championships.

The 2012 British F3 International Series National class champion said: “I enjoyed my FIA debut at Monza and am looking forward to racing at Silverstone this weekend. I like the Grand Prix track and I would like to score top 10 finishes if possible.”

The F3 cars are on-track throughout the weekend, racing twice on Saturday and once on Sunday.

The 6 Hours of Silverstone meeting also hosts the opening three-hour race of the 2013 European Le Mans Series.

The ELMS event will take place on Saturday afternoon with both Silverstone’s Ram Racing and Brackley’s Murphy Prototypes lining-up on the grid.

Ram Racing will field two Ferrari 458 GT cars, while Murphy Prototypes have an Oreca 03 prototype entered in the LMP2 class.

Meanwhile, in other motorsport news, on a busy day for the category, Ivor McCullough triumphed in the opening round of the Cubik SuperSeries for Formula Ford 1600 at the Kirkistown circuit.

The reigning Northern Ireland champion, and podium finisher in the 2012 Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, controlled the day’s action in races that saw many of his closest rivals crash out.

Driving a Van Diemen, McCullough’s performance in the event organised by the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland, has left him in pole position for The Cunningham Cup, the SuperSeries driver of the year award carrying the name of well-respected Advertiser & Review region racer, Neil Cunningham, who is suffering from motor neurone disease.

Cunningham said this week: “Ivor McCullough is a great racer and he will be a difficult man to beat in the races he competes in this year.”

The Cubik SuperSeries and The Cunningham Cup continues at Rockingham next month.

Buckingham’s Team Fox Racing were also in Formula Ford action last weekend, represented at Donington Park with cars racing in the opening rounds of the Classic Formula Ford Championship.