Zheng joins CF Racing for 2013 British F3 campaign
CF Racing has announced it will enter the 2013 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series with promising Chinese racer, Sun Zheng, in a Dallara F308 with a Neil Brown Engineering Mugen Honda powerplant in the National Class.
Zheng is the first driver to benefit from a new partnership between the Welsh team and Chinese KRC squad, which aims to promote the growing pool of talented Chinese racers into European motorsport. The 21-year-old Chinese star has already completed three successful test sessions that have given CF Team Manager Hywel Lloyd confidence in his new driver.
“It’s worked out really well,” said Lloyd, himself a former competitor in British F3. “Considering Zheng has never driven in the UK before these tests, we’re really very pleased. He’s had experience of single-seater before and we’re looking forward to help him develop and we’re confident he will progress with us.”
Indeed, Zheng is the reigning China Formula Grand Prix series champion, and was an impressive fourth place in the final 2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup standings, becoming the youngest driver to get on the podium when he finished third at home track Zhuhai. The young gun has also competed in multiple racing disciplines including rally and touring cars too.
Commenting on the deal with KRC, which has been in the pipeline for a while, Lloyd adds, “Timing wise things couldn’t have been better. The extra time that the revised start to British F3 has given us meant we could get organised and put this deal with KRC together. Ultimately they’ll provide us with drivers who are keen to get experience in Europe and are ready for the big challenge that you get racing over here.
“We’re a young team and we need time to build, so this year will allow us that. We’ve had a lot of interest and the tracks we’re visiting, all ex or current GP circuits really help make conversations a lot easier. We’re hoping to announce a second driver for the other car soon as well.”
British F3 Championship manager, Benjamin Franassovici remarked, “It’s great to have CF on-board for the new season and to be actually talking about what can be expected this year on track. We’ve been working hard to provide a platform that is of interest to teams across Europe, and we have a number of entries we’re looking at announcing in the coming fortnight from existing teams and also new ones. With the news that both races on Sunday will receive live coverage on Motors TV, we are confident this will kick start our F3 season.”
Zheng will get his first taste of race action in the UK at the opening round of the 2013 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series, which takes place at Silverstone on 25/26 May.
Notes to Editors.
About Cooper Tires British F3 International Series
Taking part across four events with live television coverage, the 2013 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series will visit Silverstone (25/26 May) with British GT, Spa Francorchamps (25/27 July) at the prestigious 24 hours of Spa event, Brands Hatch (10/11 August) with British GT and finish at the Nurburgring (21/22 September) with the Blancpain Endurance Series.
The new-shape series will run to the weekend format that theCooper Tires British F3 International Series has followed in recent years. The four key events this season will be open to cars from F3 Open and German F3 Cup, which can enter as part of the National Trophy.
Offering this reduced programme to teams and prospective drivers is designed to enable the best cars and teams to uphold the ethos of British F3.
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