Brundle keeps open mind

King's Lynn's Alex Brundle is staying tight-lipped on his plans for the 2011 racing season after finishing the British F3 championship with a solid top 10 result at Brands Hatch.

Brundle switched to the series at the start of the year, having raced in the Formula Palmer Audi and Formula 2 championships, both of which feature a central team that runs all the cars in the series.

He made the switch as it was felt the chance to race in a series with separate teams, as in F1, was an important experience. Brundle, whose father is commentator and former F1 racer Martin Brundle, believes it was the right choice.

'I've learned a lot, it's helped me a lot,' he said. 'The championship is more professional than anything else I've ever done and it's that professional approach that I've gained and an understanding of real racing, in the way the cars are set up and the way that people go about things.

'It's great to have that information in the bank and I think it's going to serve me well wherever I do end up next year.'


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In terms of exactly where he'll be racing next year, Brundle says the decision is yet to be made as to whether he spends another year in the championship where his father finished as runner-up in 1983, or if he moves on elsewhere.

'We'll look at what financials we can pull together and then look at the other end of things and see what we can come up with.

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It's always hard to pull a budget together for any young driver and I'm no exception, so I'm just going to not try and commit myself to anything in particular.'

• James Walpole is the defending MG Challenge champion and heads to Snetterton this weekend with the aim of retaining his crown.

The King's Lynn racer must produce a perfect performance if he is to keep his title and will not only have to take two category victories but must claim the extra points for pole position and fastest lap if he is to be successful.

Trying to keep the local racer from being crowned champion again is Ollie Neaves, who has a sight points advantage before dropped scores are taken into account.

Thetford's Simon Hutchinson hopes he can record his first overall Snetterton victory which will help Walpole, as it would mean Neaves would drop points.

Downham Market's Sam Smith returns to his home circuit while March's Max Cawthorn and Pat Fenn, from Norwich, battle for Class B honours.

Joshua Files hopes that success in the Thoroughbred Sports Car Championship will be a springboard to a higher profile series next year.

The Norwich racer will face King's Lynn's Alan Charlton in Class C while Great Yarmouth born Tony Lees is a possible outright winner and should also be a front-runner in the Morgan Challenge races with his Plus 8.

The MG Trophy always provides plenty of excitement when they visit Snetterton and with Paul Streather, Chris Bray and Paul Luti all vying for the title the action will be fast and furious.

Cambridgeshire's Adrian Beer takes on Joe Parrington and Roy McCarthy in the MGBV8 races while the Metro events are wide open.

A pair of Equipe GTS races plus a four hour relay race on Sunday afternoon completes the 14 race programme which roars off at 12.25pm on Saturday and from 9am the following day.

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