17 May 2012

ROUND THREE of the 2012 Radical Australia Cup (RAC) at Eastern Creek Raceway could be a critical round when it comes to the fight for the RAC title later this season. It remains early in the year, but the competition is tight enough that anyone who can get an early break this weekend may get a buffer they can maintain...

With two rounds in the books in the increasingly competitive one-make championship, Glyn Edis and Tony  Palmer are tied at the top of the standings with 111 points each; reigning champion Ed Singleton sits third  with Simon Haggarty, Steve Shelley and opening round winner Neale Muston all covered by less than ten  points, in third through sixth places.  There will be three opportunities to score points this weekend; two 12-lap sprint races on Saturday prior to a  50-minute enduro on Sunday. 

20 cars are entered, including the return of round one winner Muston who dominated at the Creek back in  March this year in his SR3 Cup Car. Despite missing Phillip Island, Muston remains in top form having won  the Easter Bathurst Production Sports Car enduro and still sits well within striking distance of the leader.

Meanwhile, Phillip Island winner Tony Palmer says Eastern Creek will be a new challenge, outlining his plans  for a title tilt.  “We are just taking it one round at a time from here because consistency is absolutely key to winning this  championship,” he explained.

“There are seven or eight guys at each round who have a realistic shot at winning races and therefore  contending for the title. We are going to each round looking to continue our progress, fine-tune the setup and  keep running towards the front.”

Ed Singleton is fresh from his trip to the iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit at the weekend and will be looking  to use his new Radical experiences to his benefit and, at the same time, go one better than the ‘near misses’  he has had in this years’ races.  Singleton finished second behind Muston by just 0.2 seconds at round one, and scored third in the second  race at Phillip Island – just 0.8 seconds behind the leaders.

Meanwhile, AdLux-supported driver Nick Stavropoulos exploded onto the Radical Australia landscape at  Phillip Island, proving to be a contender across both races on the high-speed Victorian layout and showing  his hand as ‘one to watch’ this weekend.

Also looking for a big result this weekend will be the Deputy Radical Works #14 entry shared between  Nathan Brumby – one of the rapid learners across the last two seasons – and open-wheel ace Daniel  Reinhardt. 

The pair were extremely competitive at Phillip Island, showed plenty of potential at Eastern Creek earlier this  year and could be a strong bet for a top result this weekend as one of only four, two-driver combinations  entered in the 20-car field this weekend.

2012 RADICAL AUSTRALIA CUP  – After Round 2


1. Glyn Edis 111

1. Tony Palmer 111

3. Ed Singleton 86

4. Simon Haggarty 81

5. Steve Shelley 80

6. Neale Muston 78


1. Andrew Macpherson 58

2. Tony Haggarty 55

3. Greg Smith 49

Article produced by Richard Craill - Race Torque Media on behalf of Radical Australia.

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