THE THIRD round of the 2022 Radical Cup Australia will see the series return to the unofficial home of one-make Radical competition in Australia, Sydney Motorsport Park.
Long a hotbed of both Radical customers and long-serving competitors, the circuit is also the home base for key teams including GWR Australia, RA Motorsports and Volante Rosso – giving a substantial portion of the grid a literal home-track advantage this weekend.
That comes following a trip to the West last round, the home of Arise Racing.
The 16-strong field heads to Sydney with the championship finely balanced following a competitive showing at Wanneroo Raceway, the national series making a successful racing debut in Perth.
Round three is set to be a competitive battle of East versus West as key competitors from Perth-based Arise Racing travel across country this weekend.
All the key contenders will be in Sydney with series leader Chris Perini clinging on to a narrow championship lead following the first two events.
His 148 points earned compare to the 143 logged so far by Jordan Oon, who shares his car with Arise Racing teammate Adam Lisle (138 points).
Peter Paddon sits equal with Lisle on 138 points while Round 2 winner Elliott Schutte and Paddon’s teammate Peter Carr are locked together one point further back on 137 apiece.
The narrow margins mean a Sydney win for any driver in the top five is likely to have a significant impact on the standings with just two rounds to follow after this weekend’s Sydney shootout.
All those contenders are locked and loaded for Sydney and will be joined by a competitive field as the series sets a pair of 50-minute races for the first time this season.
From the West, Sebastian Fiorenza, Bradley Russell and teenager Caleb Sumich also make the trek to Sydney. Meanwhile, Volante Rosso racing will field a pair of two-driver combinations with plenty of experience at Sydney in one-make Radical competition.
Brad and Mitch Neilson will reconvene their formidable driving combination in their #38 entry, while team co-owner and Carrera Cup racer Josh Hunt will be joined by experienced Radical competitor Peter Clare in the #47 car.
RA Motorsport will field Bill Medland in his #52 car and James Hernandez in his #23 entry.
Following a strong performance in Round 1, Zig Fuhrmeister also returns to the grid in his #216 Elec Motorsport SR3, as does Ash Samadi and Warwick Morris.
GWR Australia will also field season-long competitors Sue Hughes and Stephen Champion who will both enjoy their home-track advantage in Sydney this weekend.
The Radical Cup Australia field continues their focus on endurance racing this weekend with a pair of 50-minute races with compulsory pit stops on the schedule at a bumper Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event.
Following three practice sessions on Friday, the field qualifies bright and early on Saturday morning prior to the first 50-minute race, due to start at 11:20am.
The second race commences at 9:45am on Sunday morning.
Follow the Radical Cup Australia social channels across the weekend for updates from the circuit.