12 July 2012

ROUND 4 of the Radical Australia Cup will be held this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park – and will create a little bit of racing history in the process. In what is believed to be an Australian Motorsport first, the pair of 50-minute endurance races will be contested by a driving combination made up of a Mother and Son.

Experienced racer Sue Hughes will team up for the first time with her Formula Ford racing son Jon Collins, the home-town pair set to tackle a competitive 22-car Radical field at the series’ home base in Sydney’s west.

The duo will join a field full of family values, as father-son combinations of Greg and Oliver Smith, Simon and Tony Haggarty and George and Anthony Davis also team up in the midst of a ferociously competitive series for the 1500cc, open-top sports racing series that has rapidly grown this year.

Tony Palmer leads Glyn Edis by just one point in the series standings half-way through the year, with two-time round winner Neale Muston, reigning champion Ed Singleton and Simon Haggarty all in close company.

However it is the Hughes-Collins combination that is likely to create just as much interest as the championship battle itself.

“I’ve worked on Mum’s car for a long time and been at a lot of her races and supported her where I can – and she’s been a great support in my racing as well – so it’s superb that we can team up for the first time,” Collins said.

“I have got plenty of experience at Sydney Motorsport Park and will be using that to my advantage – and with Mum’s knowledge of the Radical it should be a great combination. I think we can achieve a good result in the two races.”

After witnessing plenty of successful father-son combinations in the past – notably Jim and Steven Richards and Dick and Steven Johnson – Hughes says she is excited to have the opportunity to have her son co-driving.

“I love that we have the opportunity to do it,” she said.

“We’ve always wanted to do a national event together and this is a great chance. It’s especially exciting for him because he will be driving a Formula 3 car the same weekend. The timing was right for it to happen and it’s going to be fantastic.

“It takes some coordination because Jon is over 6 feet tall so he gets a bit squashed in the car with my driving position – and I have to use the world’s biggest seat insert!”

Hughes and Collins will need to be in good form to get onto the Radical Australia Cup podium, however – round four this weekend shaping as the best yet.

Despite missing the Phillip Island round, Neale Muston has won two of the three rounds held so far this year and is an ominous sign for his rivals; both wins were at the circuit previously known as Eastern Creek.

However for all his speed, Palmer and Edis have shown plenty of consistency this year and are regular top three finishers, no matter the format, and both will be keen to continue that this weekend. Palmer won at Phillip Island, whilst Edis is coming off a season-best finish of second at the most recent round, in Sydney.

Defending champion Ed Singleton sits this weekend out, opening an opportunity for others to take a share of the podium this weekend.

Whilst light rain is forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s weather looks promising with sunshine forecast. As such, RAC competitors are likely to have one eye on the track record this weekend, Muston having come within three-tenths of the benchmark at the previous round. 

The Radical Australia Cup will feature as part of this weekend’s fifth round of the 2012 Shannons Nationals Presented by Hi-Tec Oils series, at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Radical Australia Cup will contest their ‘bi-duro’ format, two 50-minute races each with a compulsory pit stop set to spice up the action.

Sunday’s race will be streamed live on the internet via the Shannons Nationals website ( ) and ITV Live.

The action will also feature in a post-produced TV show to air on SBS SPEEDWEEK, and SPEED TV Australia, supported by MPA Projects

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1. Tony Palmer 171
2. Glyn Edis 170
3. Neale Muston 158
4. Ed Singleton 136
5. Simon Haggarty 130


1. Tony Haggarty 80
2. Andrew MacPherson 74

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Richard Craill – Race Torque Media
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Tom Wilson – Sales & Marketing Manager, Radical Australia
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