24 June 2013

A Bumper grid of Radical SR 3 RS and SR 8 RX arrived at Sydney Motorsport Park for Saturday’s Supersports NSW State Championships, 16 Radical’s dominating a grid of 20 cars in the multi marque category. Several Radical Australia Cup regulars taking advantage of condensed track time during this one day event for final testing ahead of Round 4 and the unique First Neon Radical 250 event on July 14 – an event which doubles up as Round 4 of the Radical Clubman Cup.

In qualifying Neale Muston assumed his normal position at the front of the pack, ahead of the normally front running Stohr’s. Peter White and Greg Smith not far behind, with Simon Haggarty celebrating recently becoming a father with fastest time in the SR3 Class ahead of Peter Paddon and Peter Johnston.

Race 1 action started early with several cars slow off the line resulting in multiple position changes as drivers headed 3 and 4 wide into turn 1 – somehow all making it through unscathed. Muston assumed the lead, a position he’d keep whilst his SR8 RX set a new lap record for the NSW Supersports category with a time of 1min 27.4s. A time he’d better in race 2, shaving off another half a second to bring the record down to 1min 26.9s – around 3 seconds faster than a V8 Supercar! Greg Smith quickly disposed of a fast starting Juno to take the runner up spot from Muston, as Peter White and his SR8 RX carved through the pack of SR3’s to make up for his slow start – Peter Johnston leading 13 SR3’s home with a strong drive from P3 on the SR3 class grid.

This time Peter Paddon was slow off the line for race 2 – recovering well by reclaiming 5 spots in just 5 corners! Muston again finished at the front of the pack with SR8 regular Nick Kelly temporarily swapping his V8 for his 4 cylinder SR3 RS to lead home the 4 cylinder class.

The mid pack battle of the SR3 RS class proved the highlight of the day, with Andrew Macpherson, Peter Paddon and father and son team Simon and Tony Haggarty sharing a race long battle behind class leader Nick Kelly. Tony Haggarty momentarily nosing ahead of son Simon across the back of the circuit, before the young charger went about hunting down Paddon and Macpherson, eventually disposing of them both with a gutsy move in turn 9 on the last lap to take second spot behind Nick Kelly. Peter White took the SR8 win in his First Neon machine.

Nick Kelly won the SR3 RS Class with a consistent showing all day, clearly taking no time to adapt from his more powerful SR8 back to 4 cylinders. Whilst of the SR8’s Peter White emerged the Class winner for the day after Muston hit trouble in race 3.  

The next round of the Radical Clubman Cup will run in conjunction with the Radical Australia Cup on July 13-14 at Sydney Motorsport Park, before the state championships move to Wakefield Park in Goulburn mid August.  

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