19 February 2013

A SUPER HEALTHY Radical Australia Cup is set for 2013, with grid numbers closing in on 30 cars three weeks out from the opening round. 29 entries have currently been received for the opening round of 2013 at Top Gear Festival Sydney, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park between March 8-10.
Eight of the brand-new V8-powered SR8 models have been entered with a further 21 SR3s nominated for their own ‘Race within a race’ battle that is set to be just as exciting as the very competitive 2012 title fight. 

“Reaction from the competitors to the new rules and new vehicles has been nothing short of outstanding,” Radical Australia’s Sales and Marketing manager, Tom Wilson said. 

“We have had a lot of competitor consultation throughout the last season and across the Christmas break, and the new innovations we are introducing this year are as a result of that – and a desire to follow what is utilised so successfully by Radical series’ around the world including a shift to rolling starts. It is very pleasing that in times of economic challenges and people tightening purse strings, we have been able to experience growth and build our category."

“To have eight SR8s confirmed for round one, already, is exciting. They are going to be spectacular cars to watch and will make for very exciting racing at the front – but looking at the standard of the SR3 field, the V8 cars will have to watch their back because there is a lot of talent and experience there. We’re all about providing great racing and there’s no doubt that we’re going to have that this year, with pre-season entries confirming minimum grid numbers of 20 cars at every round. I can’t wait!”

The all-new SR8 battle will feature plenty of firepower, defending Radical Australia Cup winner Neale Muston is confirmed to enter one of the stunning, 430-hp racers prepared by Corse Motorsport. Muston was one of the outright stars of the 2012 season and took a stunning title win – especially dominant at his home turf at Sydney Motorsport Park. 

Chris Medland, Graeme Cook, John Corbett, Nick Kelly, Peter White and Richard Kimber are also confirmed in SR8s for the opening round – plus Ash Samadi, who has jumped seats from Australian GT and his regular Mosler drive.

The SR3 class features names well familiar to Australian Radical fans, including outright 2012 contenders like Tony Palmer, Andrew Macpherson, Peter Johnston and Simon Haggarty. Porsche racer John Morriss is amongst a host of new names also set to join the field. 

The series will mix up race formats in 2013, with new ideas set to increase competition and make racing more interesting for both competitors, fans and TV viewers this season. 

New in 2013, the First Neon Radical 250 Event will see competitors tackle a 100-minute race with a short refuelling break in the middle, as a departure from ‘standard’ Radical Australia race formats. The First Neon Radical 250 Event will allow drivers and teams to tackle a true ‘endurance’ event that is a mainstay of Radical Racing around the world, whilst the standard formats experienced last year will continue for the remainder of the season. 

Rolling starts will also be introduced for the first time in 2013, following on from its widespread use in European Radical competition. The new starting procedure will make life easier on major vehicle components including clutches and gearboxes, and therefore ideally reduce the costs of competing across the season. 

Radical Australia will confirm further changes to their category management structure in the coming week, along with details of major sponsorship and new marketing initiatives in place for an exciting season ahead. 
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