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Radical fight heads to the Island


JUST TWO weeks following the most recent round at Queensland Raceway, the Workhorse Radical Cup Australia series fight quickly moves to the quickest circuit on the calendar this weekend in Victoria.


The iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit will host the third round of the series, the circuit having hosted the season opener and first round of the re-born series last year.


It's set to be a key event in the five-round title battle this year as the series reaches the half-way point this weekend.


A strong field of 16 are entered for the event, which will be run alongside the PIARC 'August Access' event at the 4.46km circuit in Victoria's South East.


The ever-consistent Elliott Schutte leads the series heading to Phillip Island following a pair of strong performances in Sydney and at Queensland Raceway, respectively.


The West Aussie, who drives for Arise Racing, holds a narrow four-point lead over Peter Paddon while teenage star Alex Gardner sits third following his impressive maiden round win at QR last time out.


Gardner, who drives for Volante Rosso Motorsport, starred in the sunshine state and closed to within seven points of the championship lead by virtue of his winning ways.


Three teams - Arise Racing, GWR Australia in the form of Paddon, and Gardner's Volante Rosso squad hold down the top four spots in the series heading to the Victorian event this year.


Fourth in the championship is Cooper Cutts, the impressive rookie having accumulated nicely across the first two rounds.


Peter Clare leads the Radical Masters standings after two rounds, ahead of Brad Russell and Terry Knowles, while Cutts is the leading rookie driver, with a 20-point lead over Gardner.


The Phillip Island field includes all the series regulars, while newcomer Adam Naccarata joins the series for the first time.


Four combinations will run with two drivers, with Jordan Oon and Adam Lisle back together in their Arise Racing entry.


Volante Rosso's duo of Peter Clare and Josh Hunt, and Greg Kenny and Melinda Price will swap seats mid-race, as will Terry Knowles and Barton Mawer following their strong run in Queensland.


Defending champion Chris Perini is back looking to get his otherwise challenging 2023 season back on track, the Sydneysider unable to compete in Queensland.


He was the man to beat at Phillip Island last year, claiming both 50-minute races.


He won the first by just over one second and the second race by more than 15 seconds, on both occasions in front of Peter Paddon and Peter Carr's similar GWR entry.


Pole Positions went to Jordan Oon and Adam Lisle, while Paddon (Race 1) and Oon (Race 2) set the quickest race laps, respectively.


Teams hit the track today (Friday) for four open practice sessions before the official event commences tomorrow (Saturday, 19 August) with three official practice sessions, and qualifying.


Both 50-minute races will be held on Sunday, August 20, the first at 9:30AM and the second at 12:20pm.


There's no broadcast coverage from Phillip Island, with results available from the Workhorse Radical Cup Australia Website and socials throughout the weekend.



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