THE 2022 RADICAL Cup Australia Series will continue apace as the title race moves to the business end of the season this weekend at Queensland Raceway.
Round 4 of the championship means there’s just two rounds left in the battle for the 2022 championship, with a pair of 50-minute races at the 3.2km circuit outside of Ipswich likely to be key in determining who lifts the big trophy at the season finale’ in October.
A strong 17-car field of Radical SR3s are entered for the event this weekend, the first time one-make Radical competition will have competed at the Queensland circuit since 2012.
Four combinations will see two drivers sharing the efforts, including championship contenders Peter Paddon and Peter Carr aboard their #31 First Focus entry.
That duo sit second and third in the championship, respectively, only a handful of points behind series leader Chris Perini.
Arise Racing’s Adam Lisle and Jordan Oon continue to split the driving duties in the #35 entry from the Perth-based team, while both of Volante Rosso Racing’s entries will see two drivers.
The #38 Streamlined Energy car will be shared by Brad and Mitch Neilson while the #47 Shared Runway entry will see the experienced Josh Hunt join Peter Clare.
A narrow round victory at Sydney Motorsport Park last time out saw Chris Perini eek out his championship lead, the Sydneysider holding a narrow 13-point lead over Peter Paddon in the title race.
Arise Racing’s Elliot Schutte sits fourth in the drivers’ championship but only 15 points behind leader Perini.
His teammates Jordan Oon (196 points) and Adam Lisle (191) also remain firmly in championship calculations with only 20 points covering the top six drivers heading into the final four races of the season.
Impressive West Aussie young-gun Caleb Sumich sits seventh in the championship ahead of Zig Fuhrmeister, Andrew Eldridge and Sebastien Fiorenza.
Eldridge, who will miss the Queensland round, narrowly leads Bradley Russell in the Radical Masters Cup points with the latter in a strong position to pounce this weekend.
He’s just four points behind in the class standings, with Sue Hughes currently holding third.
Newcomers to the Radical grid in Queensland include Jonathan Grant in his #51 Race Intelligence SR3RS, the former Australian Formula 3 and Formula Ford racer to make his series debut this weekend.
Once again joining the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships schedule, the Radical Cup field will tackle a pair of 50-minute races with compulsory pit stop throughout the weekend.
Preliminaries include a trio of 20-minute practice sessions on Friday and a 20-minute qualifying session early on Saturday morning.
That's followed by the first 50-minute enduro, the second set for Sunday morning.
Live timing will allow fans at home to follow the races, while the @RadicalCupAus social media channels will have regular updates throughout the weekend.