2015 Radical Racing: Snetterton 28th March Race Report
30 March 2015

The new-for-2015 Radical Enduro and Sprint Championships kicked off at Snetterton on Sunday, with challenging wet/dry conditions keeping all teams on their toes. RAW Motorsport’s Patrick McClughan would take a dominant hat-trick of victories in the Sprint Championship, with 2014 Clubman’s Cup Champion Steve Burgess and Radical newcomers Harry & Edward Cockill taking a win apiece in the Enduro Championship.
On a drying track John MacLeod would give the new SR3 RSX its maiden pole position with a best lap time of 2m14.001s, 1.4s ahead of former Prosport Class racer Ben Dimmack and Brian Caudwell. Mark Crader would line up alongside Caudwell with McClughan and Radical returnee David Jacobs rounding out the top six grid spots.

Conditions were much drier by the start of Race 1, with MacLeod making an unfortunate error in the early stages of the race, quickly capitalise on by McClughan who had gained four places at the start. By the second lap the Newtownabbey racer was into the lead, with Marcello Marateotto holding second but under pressure from Dimmack.

With just two laps to go, Dimmack found away past Marateotto for second and third at the flag. A little further back Brian Caudwell enjoyed a great battle to the end with Richard Stables, the latter having started at the back of third but finishing fifth ahead of Jacobs and Sprint Championship newcomers Jason Rishover and Martin Verity. The revived Clubsport Class for SR1s saw Peter Tyler take the class win ahead of Barry Liversidge.

New regulations for 2015 determine the Race 2 grid by Race 1’s results, but Brian Caudwell had the best start off the line to take the lead over McClughan and Dimmack. All eyes were on a fantastic three-way battle between Elliot Goodman, Chris Car and John Caudwell for much of the race, as well as MacLeod battling up through the field.

On the third lap McClughan was able to pass Brian Caudwell for the lead, but the latter resisted Dimmack for a further five laps before the SR3 convert could find a way past for second position. SR1 racer Barry Liversidge had a blinding start to hold sixth overall for much of the race, eventually finishing 10th and first in class. At the chequered McClughan held a 11s advantage over Dimmack and Caudwell, with MacLeod battling Caudwell to the line but just 0.18s adrift for a photo finish. Verity and John Caudwell completed the top six.

To really shake the established order, the Sprint Championship now features a third 15-minute race with the top 50% of gird positions reversed. Consequently, it would be Liversidge’s SR1 on pole, and the SR1 Cup graduate did a brilliant job of holding off the faster SR3 RSX in the first two laps as day turned to dusk. MacLeod has the first to overtake and briefly held the lead before McClughan overtook, to hold and extend his advantage all the way to the flag. Dimmack would also find a way past MacLeod with Verity narrowly missing out on a debut Sprint podium, in turn just ahead of Rishover and John Caudwell.

A fast and furious Enduro Championship qualifying session saw Radical stalwart Stuart Moseley and single-seater ace Scott Mansell trading times on a drying track, with the former eventually setting the pole time for the first race with a 2m02.923s lap. Mansell would qualify second just 0.2s adrift ahead of Scott Mansell and former PR6 racer Brian Murphy on his Enduro debut. Marco Cencetti and ’92 Formula Ford champ Jamie Spence completed the top six grid positions. For the second Enduro race, Radical Works Team driver James Abbott would take pole ahead of Burgess and Edward Cockill, a team new to Radical completion. Ozzy Yusuf, Murphy and Marateotto comprised the first three rows.

With Moseley’s co-driver Hui-Sun Kim starting from pole, Malvern made the best getaway to take the lead on the opening lap, and hold position comfortably to the pitstops. Behind him Burgess and Harry Cockill traded places repeatedly before the order was shaken up considerably as the pit window opened on lap 7.

Malvern’s replacement Nick Jones resumed the race still leading, but Burgess’ faster laps meant the solo driver was soon on the tail of the Kevin Mills Racing-run SR3 RSX. With five laps to go Burgess found a way past, and he was never headed for the rest of the race. The Cockill brothers would gain second on the very last lap of the race, running side-by-side with Jones to the flag to complete the podium. Kim/Moseley would finish fourth, just ahead of Ozzy Yusuf/Gavin Kershaw and Mark Crader/James Abbott.

In Race 2 Malvern made the best start to leads the field ahead of Marateotto, Abbott and Cockill, with Spence up to fourth from ninth on the grid. However, a track penalty would see the latter drop out of contention, and Marateotto retiring in the early stages of the race. The Cockill brother had closed to within 1.5s of Abbott but a stop/go penalty for Crader would allow them to swap positions and take up the chase to the lead.

Nick Jones would hold the lead all the way to the final lap, but was gain denied the win by the Cockills, who would take a maiden win in only their second Radical race. Jones finished just 2.6 seconds behind with Kershaw/Yusuf completing the podium. Father-and-son team Brian and Tom Harvey crossed the line in fourth with Abbott/Crader sixth and Mansell/Lidbetter sixth.
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