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T-Sport announce Goddard’s promotion to European F3

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Australian 20-year-old Spike Goddard will continue his collaboration with T-Sport, moving up to the FIA European F3 Championship in 2013.

Goddard first appeared on the junior single-seater map in 2011, contesting a full season of British Formula Ford in which he finished tenth. In 2012, the Aussie was hired by T-Sport to run in a “National Class” car in British F3, where he claimed the class title, albeit with extremely limited opposition. The beginning of this year saw Goddard debut in the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series, where he is currently running 17th in the standings after three rounds.

Regarding the opportunity to race in European F3, Goddard said: “I?m looking forward to the challenge of racing in Europe. We gelled as a team very early on last year so when it came to making my plans for 2013 it was a very simple choice for me. The new European Championship will be tough but I think we are all up for the challenge.”

T-Sport team boss Russell Eacott added: “It?s good to retain Spike for the new season. He?s right when he says it?s going to be tough but I have no doubt that he will knuckle down and put in the work required to make this a successful campaign.”

In 2012, ThreeBond with T-Sport focused on British F3, where they ran one car in the main class and two cars in the national class. Nick McBride, who represented them in the main championship, finished ninth with a podium at Snetterton. Goddard will campaign a Nissan-powered Dallara F312 chassis like the one McBride drove last year, and which Alexander Sims took to victory on its continental debut at the Nurburgring.