24 April 2013

Radical Sportscars took out pole position plus a victory in race one on a wet first day of the multi marque Supersports Category at the NSW State Championships last weekend, held on the Sydney Motorsport Park GP Circuit. The category features a separate points structure whereby all Radical Sportscars compete for the honors of Clubman Cup champion over 4 events, plus 2 additional championship events run in conjunction with the Radical Australia Cup. Last weekends race was Round 2 - Round 1 having taken place at the Top Gear Festival Sydney in early March.

Radical Australia Works driver Phil Anseline started qualifying on fine form early on Saturday morning to claim pole in his SR3 RS Cup Car, with special wet set up advice from Radical Sportscars UK clearly producing the goods for the Sydney sider. Peter Johnson took second spot also in his SR3 RS, with the 3rd Radical of Anseline’s works team-mate Greg Smith on P4.

Smith refined his base factory set up for race one to match the challenging conditions, but after 2 laps he’d clearly found the grip & discarded of 2 Stohr’s, who were struggling in the wet Autumn conditions and rapidly dropped off the pace and down the field.

Peter Johnson showed some determination after an initially poor start dropped him down the field needing a strong drive to recover to P3 by the end of the race, just 0.4s off second place. Phil Ansleine dropped back from pole position to finish 3rd Radical home, ahead of long term State Championships stalwart George Davis.

Saturday’s wet conditions highlighted the importance of a standard factory car set up, with no need to complicate to handling of the car with changes. “The downforce produced by the Radical SR3 aero package produces incredible grip in the wet, making the car very easy to drive compared to other marque’s who struggled to find grip. We’ve tried alternative set up options in the past & always find reverting to factory recommendations works best” commented Smith after his victory.

Day 2 produced a dramatic improvement in conditions with clear blue skies – Greg Smith continued with his strong Clubman Cup performance, starting from pole due to his race 1 victory and coming home ahead of Peter Johnson, David Crampton and Davis – but the roles were reversed for Race 3 as Johnson took the advantage and finished the day strong to take victory for the round overall.

Images of the Radical Clubman Cup can be found on our facebook page by clicking here.

Round 3 takes place on June 22 / 23rd also at Sydney Motorsport Park. For more details, click here

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