Cliffe and Bishop to take on 2012 F3 Cup with Omicron Motorsport

Omicron Motorsport join 2102 F3 Cup grid with Tristan Cliffe and Tony Bishop.

19/12/11 - Omicron Motorsport will join the 2012 F3 Cup field with a two car effort for reigning Monoposto 2000 champion driver Tristan Cliffe and Monoposto front runner Tony Bishop next season.

The Norfolk-based outfit are no strangers to the F3 Cup after entering Tony Bishop into the series at Brands Hatch last year. However, for 2012 they plan to make more of an impact with Tristan Cliffe and Tony Bishop leading their bid to challenge for the 2012 F3 Cup championship.

Three-time Monoposto 2000 champion Cliffe has elected to embark upon a new challenge by joining the championship, taking advantage of the new regulations which permit F3 Chassis built up to and including 2007. The Norwich racer will run an ex-Team West-Tec Dallara F307 which helped the squad lift the European F3 Open Teams Championship last season.  

Cliffe, an accomplished driver in the Monoposto Championship, made his F3 Cup debut at the final round at Oulton Park in October, where he picked up a third and fourth place finish respectively. Despite an impressive display at the Cheshire circuit on his debut, he is under no illusions of the extent of the challenge ahead but eager for the new season to begin. 

Cliffe said: "It's most certainly a new challenge for me. I've raced in Monoposto for a few years now and I've thoroughly enjoyed it but I'm looking forward to more competition next year. I'm not sure how I will stack up against the other drivers but the run at Oulton Park last season gave me reason for optimism. I still think I should be targeting podiums and wins but we will see. I just can't wait for the first test and the first race weekend now."

Whipsnade racer Bishop will complete the line up for Omicron Motorsport's F3 Cup effort as he bids to compete in his first full season in championship, behind the wheel of his Dallara F304. Bishop is relatively new to motorsport, but has shown his potential by finishing third in the Monoposto 2000 Championship in 2011 and is looking forward to moving up the F3 Cup grid in 2012.

Bishop said: "I'm really excited to be joining the F3 Cup next year with Omicron Motorsport. Tristan gave the car a good run out at Oulton Park at the last round which showed the car has pace. I hope to get a bit fitter over the winter and progress throughout the year."

In addition to the announcement that Omicron Motorsport will join the F3 Cup next year, the team are holding a competition to design the livery for Cliffe's car for next season. For more information on how to get involved in the contest, visit www.dallara398.com.

Cliffe added: "We had a play with a few designs for the new car and there were none that really stood out so we have decided to open it out to get some input. We've had a few designs come so we will see what happens." 

Drivers and teams interested in joining the 2012 F3 Cup should contact championship co-ordinator Simon Davey on 07770 368648, email f3cup@msvracing.co.uk. For all the latest news and further announcements visit www.f3cup.co.uk.

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