Aaron Steele – winner of the inaugural Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge – is to return to the F3 Cup Championship next month with established team Omicron Motorsport.
The Kent-based driver, who dominated the series last year on his way to the Sunoco prize, will join Omicron's two regular drivers for the 2011 Tony Bishop and Tristan Cliffe, driving the car that Bishop used last season. Steele will also take the role of driver coach to the pairing.
“I'm really excited to be coming back to the F3 Cup and looking forward to be back racing again as I haven't raced since my drive at Daytona in January,” said Steele. “The opportunity came about through Omicron Motorsport's Tony Bishop and driving an F3 car at Spa was too good an opportunity to turn down.”
“I just want to get out there racing again. I'm really hungry to be racing an F3 car again and I've got a real burning ambition to do well at Spa.”
In making his F3 Cup return at the famed Belgian venue Steele returns to the venue of the race he described as the best win of his career, when he won last year when the F3 Cup shared a grid with the Austrian F3 Cup last summer.
He said; “I still get excited when I think about that race at Spa last year so I'm hoping I can produce a repeat performance. I haven't raced since January so I will need a bit of time to shake off a bit of rust but I'm feeling good about it.”
“The addition of Aaron into our team is very exciting for us,” said Cliffe. “I'm sure he will make an immediate impact at Spa and even if this is his only race with us he will leave a legacy.”
The races of the Spa-Francorchamps weekend (June 15-17) will be Steele's first competitive outings since his prize drive for winning the Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge at Daytona International Speedway.
There Steele shared a Mitchum Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the Continental Tire Series race which – unfortunately – ended with a retirement due to mechanical troubles.