AW Tracksport have announced they will expand to a two-car attack on the 2013 F3 Cup championship with drivers James Cross and Tony Bishop.

The Lincolnshire-based team will enter their second season in the MSVR-run series with former Toyota MR2 champion Cross, the Newcastle racer confident of improving on a solid 2012 season that was at times plagued by engine troubles.

“I’m absolutely raring to go and so excited to be embarking upon my second season in F3 Cup,” said Cross. “I had a lot of trouble with engines last year but it seems as though we have solved this now which is great news. It’s great to be working alongside Tony and I hope we can both push each other on and up the grid. I only had a limited running in 2012 but I feel I can challenge for podium places from the outset.”

He will be partnered at the squad by fellow series returnee Bishop, who is looking at making serious impact in his new team after proving himself as a regular points scorer in 2012 on his way to helping Omicron Motorsport secure the Teams’ Championship.

Bishop said: “I learnt a lot from last season so I’m really looking forward to my second season in F3 Cup. I know the areas I need to improve on and qualifying is certainly an aspect I aim to better in 2013. I was part of the championship winning team last season and I hope I can help AW Tracksport to the title this year.”

AW Tracksport team owner Andy Waters commented: “I’m very pleased to be returning to F3 Cup and challenging for the Teams’ Championship with two cars this season. We knew we had the pace last year but not the reliability and we are confident that we have solved our issues. Both James and Tony are ready to go and we could have a very good title bid.”