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MBR keep three-car entry for 2013 F3 Cup campaign

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Mark Bailey Racing are hoping to move up to grid in the 2013 F3 Cup, welcoming back Stuart Wiltshire, Nick Robinson and Frank Thomas to the team for the coming season.

The Wiltshire-based team will enter their 26th season in Formula 3 racing, and team boss Mark Bailey admitted that the team will make even more progress this season to build on what he feels was his most enjoyable to date in the MSVR-run F3 Cup last year.

“I think last season was my most enjoyable in F3 and it will be hard to beat”, said Bailey. “F3 Cup is growing very nicely and becoming a thoroughly competitive and most importantly cost effective and enjoyable championship. The biggest buzz for us is extracting the potential out of drivers so they can challenge some of the young guns.”

Essex racer Wiltshire will now have a Mugen-Honda powered Dallara F306 at his disposal, and said: “I had a great season last year and that is one of the reasons why I’m coming back. There is great camaraderie in the F3 Cup paddock and the championship is run brilliantly. The new Mugen Honda power should help me move up the grid and I would love to come away with a podium in 2013.

“Juan Manuel Fangio won his last F1 title at the age of 45 and I’m only a little older so there could still be hope for a career in Formula One yet”, he joked.

Orpington’s Robinson will again race the Dallara F304 he drove in 2012, adding: “I’m ready and raring to go. Last season started off very slowly for me so I hope to come out the box quickly in 2013. It would be good to be challenging the top-six on a regular basis and that is certainly my aim for 2013.”

Belgian driver Thomas meanwhile will be competing in his third year of F3 Cup and plans to enter the majority of rounds in 2013, including his home race at the famous Zolder circuit on 29/30 June.

“I cannot wait for the season to begin”, said the 45-year-old. “I hope to be racing at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch GP, Silverstone GP, Zolder and Donington Park so I hope I can work hard and make some improvements from last year’s results. Zolder is a great track and I know the organisers have got a great weekend planned.”

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