17 December 2012

A MAJOR event to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park in conjunction with the Shannons Nationals and the Australian Six-Hour race weekend will become a marquee event within the 2013 Radical Australia Cup. The Radical 250 will be an approximately 250-km race to be split into two halves, on the Saturday of the July 13-14 weekend next year supporting the Australian Manufactures Championship Event.

A 50-minute first half will be followed by a 20 minute ‘compulsory pit stop’ for all competitors before being followed by a resumption under safety car conditions, for another 50 minutes of racing to the final flag – with no compulsory pit stops required during each 50-minute ‘half’.

The grid will be determined by a 20-minute qualifying session followed by a Top-10 one-lap shootout – believed to be a first for Radical racing worldwide. Whilst co-drivers are permitted, entrants also have the option of competing the Radical 250 solo.

‘Professional’ drivers will be able to race in the second half of the race – following the 20-minute half time period – however will be forced to serve a drive through penalty as part of their time handicap for being a ‘seeded’ driver.

Radical Australia has also secured television coverage of the 5 rounds of the 2013 Radical Australia Cup, and has plans to secure an extended television package for this new Radical 250 marquee race.

As well as announcing the new marquee race of the 2013 season, Radical Australia has also implemented a number of regulation changes designed to enhance the entire series, and also bring the category into line with other international Radical Cup competition.

As with most other Radical Cup series’ around the world, each race in the 2013 Radical Australia Cup will commence with an 80km/hr rolling start.

Following the introduction of the V8-powered SR8 RX into the series next year, it’s been determined that the driver with the most points accumulated in either the SR8 or SR3 classes will be the Radical Australia Cup winner – ensuring drivers with the existing SR3s will still have the opportunity to win the series overall.

Continuing the incentive offered for the previous 3 years, Radical Australia have confirmed the overall series champion will receive a funded Radical UK works team race seat for their chosen round of the Radical European Masters Series in 2014. That could mean a drive at Spa, Monza or another European Motorsport Mecca.

Meanwhile, the SR8 entrants will be distinguished from their SR3 counterparts by fluro yellow markings on the nose cone and wing mirrors – aiding identification for race fans and competitors on-track alike.

Outside of July’s Radical 250, professional driver ‘time penalties’ will be reduced to 40-seconds for each stand-alone 50-minute race.

Radical Australia is also pleased to announce that entry fees have been reduced nearly 25% over 2012 rates – making the series more affordable than ever for competitors. 

For more information contact Tom Wilson at tom@radicalaustralia.com.au.

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