Cameron TwynhamCameron Twynham kicks off his 2013 European F3 Open campaign at Paul Ricard this weekend eager to make a strong start to his Copa Class title bid with Team West-Tec.

The British youngster, who hails from Market Harborough on the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border, is making his championship debut at the former French Grand Prix venue but can at least call on the experience gained during his Winter Series appearance there in February.

And the podium finish he achieved on his Formula 3 bow that day, allied to acquiring first-hand knowledge of the circuit, ensures that Twynham travels to southern France full of confidence.

“The Winter Series outing makes a big difference preparation-wise,” confirms Cameron. “It’s so important to hit the ground running, so having a tried and tested basic set-up in the bank, as well as recent experience of the circuit, can only be a good thing. The competition looks very strong indeed so starting on at least an equal footing as the other guys is essential.

“I scored a podium on my competitive F3 debut there in February so the next logical step is to turn that into a win. I’ve got a lot of confidence in Team West-Tec to provide me with a strong car, especially following our results together in the Winter Series, so there’s no reason not to expect even better things this weekend. I’m also not afraid to say that we’re here to win the championship this year. The field looks incredibly strong but I actually feel more comfortable with the increased downforce of an F3 car compared to last season’s Formula Renault. In some respects the faster you drive it the easier things become! Hopefully Paul Ricard can be the springboard for a strong season ahead.”

Twynham is now a confirmed fan of the French circuit despite having never raced at the venue prior to his Winter Series appearance earlier this year.

“Paul Ricard is unlike most of the circuits I’ve ever raced at,” continues the 17-year-old, “but it seems well-suited to my driving style. I really like its combination of difficult, technical corners and long, fast straights. There aren’t many heavy braking zones but those that do exist are extremely physical, so that will be a decent test of my pre-season training regime. Ben Spiers has ensured there’s been no room for complacency since the Winter Series race by upping my amount of high-intensity work. I’m sure that will pay off this weekend.”

Both 14-lap races will be live on Motors TV across Europe on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check local television listings for times.

Weekend timetable*

Friday 26 April:
Practice 1: 09:00 – 09:30
Practice 2: 11:45 – 12:15
Practice 3: 16:15 – 16:45

Saturday 27 April:
Qualifying 1: 11:00 – 11:30
Race 1: 15:00

Sunday 28 April:
Qualifying 2: 09:00 – 09:30
Race 2: 13:35

*All times local