The Radical Challenge heads into the penultimate season rounds this Saturday, 9th September, with a new name at the top of the title table. But with only four points separating first and second and 80 points covering the top three, this year’s championship is anything but a foregone conclusion.
Once again, a 30-strong grid of the world’s most successful prototype sports racing cars, the Radical SR3, will do battle across the two 20-minute sprint races and 40-minute endurance race complete with mandatory pit stops and success second penalties carried over from the previous round.
A clean sweep of three race wins from three pole positions and two fastest laps propelled Radical SR1 Cup graduate Oliver Barker from third to first in the championship standings at Snetterton two weeks ago. Former leader Jack Lang overcame a challenging event to salvage solid points for fourth in the feature race, only allowing Barker a four-point advantage.
Defending Champion Steve Burgess lies third after a mixed last round. A second-place podium in race one turned into a DNF in race two, but the RAW Motorsport driver fought back to overhaul the maximum 20 success seconds and finish sixth in the feature race to keep within 76 points of Lang.
Dominik Jackson delivered his best season performance so far with two thirds and a second-place podium cementing fourth in the standings, 38 points behind Burgess and well within reach of the outright title fight.
Also on flying form during his debut Radical Challenge season following SR1 Cup graduation is Richard Baxter. A fourth and two fifth-place finishes saw him rocket up the title table from 18th to 11th, justifiably earning the Sunoco Driver of the Day award. Jack Manchester is another man on the move having climbed from 13th to 7th in the standings thanks to a return to podium form for the first time since his Team Challenge class outing at Spa.
Brian and Tom Harvey lead the Team Challenge battle by 142 points despite sitting out the Snetterton rounds, where Peter Tyler and Paul Gladdis dominated to leapfrog Paul Allen and Jason Redding and move up to second.