Alex Craven (96-01) conquered nearest rival and F1 hopeful, to claim a dominant F3 Cup Championship title in the final weekend of racing at Snetterton on 28 October 2013. The F3 race season came to a climax with the Old-Pocklingtonian racer clinching the championship in style, in final races that included guest appearances from two Red Bull F1 and one Lotus F1 team drivers.
Craven said, “Winning the Championship really represents the highlight of my motorsport career to date. The feeling of crossing the line knowing you’ve clinched it, the elation, the relief – it’s just such a high. It was amazing pulling into the pits seeing all the team there waiting, cheering, I just couldn’t get out of the car soon enough!”
After seven months of hard graft, three wins, numerous fastest laps, poles, and an impressive 14 podiums from 18 races, the supremely consistent Cornwall based racer gave Cranfield’s Lanan Racing their second driver’s title of the season at Snetterton, along with F1 hopeful Jake Hughes’ BRDC Formula 4 title. A brace of second place finishes in the final Championship round ensured he comfortably beat main rivals Alice Powell and Tristan Cliffe to the 2013 drivers’ title, wrapping up the 2013 F3 Cup championship by 11 points.
As runner up to Craven in the Championship, Cotswold racer Alice Powell has already proven to be one of the most talented single seater drivers in the UK, with the 2010 Formula Renault BARC title and the BRDC Rising Star Award already among her list of achievements. She is also the only female to score points in the F1 supporting GP3 Championship. This weekend she returns to GP3 as she lines up on the grid at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi supporting the Formula 1, which would be a dream come true to Craven should he be able to raise the necessary funding for the coming season.
“I’m looking at various options.” Craven said, regarding his outlook for 2014. “Raising a budget obviously plays a big part, and will likely determine my path. Single seaters have always been my passion, so we’ll see if there’s an option, but the Le Mans Series or World Endurance Championship is definitely where I’d like to see myself in the future, and myself and Robbie (Kerr, British F3 Champion and Craven’s former team mate) have discussed some opportunities to head more in that direction for ’14.”