16 August 2011

Radical stalwart Ed Singleton secured his first Radical Australia Cup at the fifth and final round of the 2011 Radical Australia Cup at Morgan Park Raceway, Queensland.

"I'm stoked," a jubilant Singleton said after the title was secured today.  "It's pretty special".

Singleton’s season was punctuated by the hallmarks of strong and consistent results at each of the five rounds.


His good finishes saw him coming to the final round at Morgan Park carrying a handy 56 point margin over nearest title hope Simon Haggarty.


Two third places in each of the two Saturday sprint races meant the Championship was sealed with the Sunday 50-minute enduro still to be run. 


“We knew what we needed to do, and the aim was to keep out of trouble in today’s sprint races to ensure the result was out of question for tomorrow”, he said after the first day of racing on Saturday. 


“Eighth was the cutoff, if we finished worse than eighth we would have to complete the 50-minute race with complete caution. Fortunately though we can enjoy the race tomorrow and go on the attack.”


In the end, Singleton prevailed by 27 points over 2010 titleholder Peter Opie.  Rookie Simon Haggarty ended a great year by nabbing third place.


After Sunday’s enduro was completed and the results became official, fellow Radical competitors were quick to offer their congratulations. 


“Ed has supported Radical as a competitor from the very beginning”, said Opie.  “He kept it all together when it mattered and he fully deserves the title”.


A full race report can be found at the Radical Australia website.


Singleton becomes the first Radical Australia Cup customer to receive the coveted prize of a fully-funded drive in the Radical European Masters. 


For 2012 he will run at the iconic Nurburgring circuit, courtesy of Radical Australia and series sponsor Travelplan. 


The prize includes return airfares, accommodation and a fully-supported drive in a factory Radical SR3RS works car.


Garth Walden, Radical Australia’s Team Manager and ex-V8 Supercar driver, ran at Spa in the Shell Racing Solutions Radical Masters this year after being gifted the 2010 prize. 


No doubt Ed will be looking to Walden for tips on how to handle the prospect of 50-60 car Radical grids.


It seems that Singleton won’t be the sole Australian on the grid, either.  


A number of other Radical Australia Cup competitors have put their hand up to join him on the oddessy and Radical Australia are working on securing a number of SR3s to lease to local drivers. 


Look out for the boxing kangaroo flag on some cars on the Nurburgring grid next year. 

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