After his demonstration run at the Motorsport At The Palace event Aaron Steele's next appointment is back with the MSV F3 Cup at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Steele has already raced at Spa once before, in Formula Palmer Audi machinery in 2006, and described the circuit as “a real challenge, and an extremely fun one.”
The MSV F3 Cup goes to Belgium in a guest slot, join the Austrian F3 championship for the weekend. Running to the different regulations of the Austrian series presents some different challenges for Steele compared with the season so far this year.
Steele explained; “there will be rolling starts, opposed to the standing starts we're used to, but that kind of reminds me of my Karting days!”
“The main difference is going to be the grid sizeâ€¦ 52 cars. The MSV F3 Series is going to be run with Austrian club F3 and some Formula Renaults. So it's going to be a single-seater free-for-all that hopefully I'll be at the front of and out of the way of any carnage!”
With the drivers of the Austrian series allowed to run newer, faster cars under their regulations Grays Motorsport driver Steele is aware that an overall victory is a long shot, though the actual pace of the competition he will find at Spa is still an unknown.
Of course, the Ardennes weather will provide another unknown, the famously fickle conditions one of the venue's trademarks.
“The weather at Spa it notoriously unpredictable,” said Steele, “with not even F1 teams being able to second guess what it will do, so perhaps I could see the first wet running in the car this year”.