A DRIVE in the United Kingdom will be the prize on offer for the 2022 Radical Cup Australia champion.
The winner at the conclusion of the five-round series this weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park will receive a funded entry in a round of the UK’s Radical Challenge in 2023.
The winner will receive a funded drive in a Radical works-prepared SR3 at a round of their choice next season.
Sydneysider Chris Perini leads the championship by just 18 points heading into The Bend’s pair of 45-minute races, with 84 points up for grabs across qualifying and racing this weekend.
Peter Paddon sits second, with co driver Peter Carr one point further behind.
Chasing the East Coast regulars will be Perth-based Arise Racing’s leading combination of Jordan Oon and Adam Lisle. Oon sits 30 points from the lead while Lisle trails by a further eight.
Now in its 21st season, the Radical Challenge is Radical’s premier UK & European Racing Series.
The Radical UK series tackles famous circuits including Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Silverstone's F1 layout.
The prize announcement reinforces the global nature of one-make Radical competition which now features 12 separate championships around the world.
As well as the core UK-based championships, which includes a separate series for the V8-powered SR1 entries and the Radical Challenge for SR3 and other models from the brand, Radical-backed series can be found in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Scandinavia, the Gulf / United Arab Emirates region, Korea and more.
Consistency in regulations and formats means a driver can compete in Australia before travelling overseas to race in a similar environment and in almost identical Radical machinery.
Alternatively, the winner can choose to use the prize value to go towards funding participation in the 2022 Radical World Finals, to be held at the Spring Mountain circuit outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 9-13.
The Bend’s 19-strong field represents the equal largest of the season so far, matching the 19 starters at Phillip Island’s season opener.
The field hits the track on Friday for a trio of 30-minute practice sessions prior to qualifying on Saturday morning.
Race 1 commences at 11:50am Saturday (22nd October) while the 2022 season finale’ is set for a 10:10am start on Sunday.
Both races will be streamed live on 7plus throughout the weekend as part of their broader coverage of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event and The Bend Auto Fest event.
Follow the action via the Radical Cup Australia socials, including on Facebook and via @RadicalCupAus on Instagram.
The series official website is www.radicalcupaustralia.com.au
CHARISE BRISTOW – Category Manager
“The support from the factory shows how serious Radical are about building their brand in Australia,” Bristow said.
“It’s great for our competitors to have a serious prize to fight for at the end of the season, and getting the chance to travel to Europe and compete against the best Radical competitors around qualifies as that".
"The five guys in contention this weekend are all pretty excited to be the first to claim the prize and go and showcase how strong our series is against the best the UK has to offer".
“Radical Cup Australia is part of the global Radical community and we would love nothing more than to see one of our drivers head overseas and showcase how strong our series is against the best Radical competitors in the world.”