Defending Teams’ champions Omicron Racing are aiming to challenge for the drivers’ crown after confirming Tristan Cliffe’s entry into the 2013 F3 Cup Championship.

31-year-old Cliffe was one of the stars of last year’s F3 Cup, narrowly missing out on the overall title by just three and a half points after a consistent year that saw him finish in the points during 16 of the 18 races, picking up the Cup Class title along the way with four class victories.

Now he will return with the family-run Norfolk squad to try and go one better in the coming season, and will be attempting to do so with an all-new Mugen Honda-powered Dallara F307 acquired during the off season.

Cliffe has bold targets for the new season, saying: “I’m delighted to be returning to F3 Cup as we had a great year in 2012 and long may it continue. Last year was very much a learning curve for me and the team.

“Although 2012 was a very successful year for the team, we are never satisfied with our results. I feel I can attack from the outset now and I want to be pushing for podiums from the first race and start a push towards the championship crown.

“Jay Bridger proved that the Toyota powered car I drove last season is every bit as quick as anything else out there, but I hope the new Mugen Honda car I have will be better suited to my driving style now I have gained more F3 experience.”

Omicron are also hoping to field a second car for the season which gets underway at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit for the opening round of 2013 on April 1, where the MSVR-run series will support the British GT championship.