RADICAL CHALLENGE & SR1 CUP AT OULTON PARK

RADICAL CHALLENGE & SR1 CUP AT OULTON PARK

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RADICAL CHALLENGE SET FOR OULTON SCORCHER

Following his sixth consecutive win at Silverstone, RAW Motorsports James Lay heads for Oulton Park on Saturday with a 12-point lead in Radical Challenge.

Breakell Racing’s Noah Degnbol had been his nearest challenger, but despite a number of podium finishers, his only win so far came in the first of the Brands Hatch races.

Anthony Ayres has one win under his belt from the opening  Donington meeting, but has shown remarkable consistency in his Mectech Motorsport car and only lost out on a second win at Brands due to a harsh penalty.

RAW’s John Macleod is fourth in the Championship and the most experienced Radical driver in the field. He has had his podiums too this year, but is the highest placed driver still seeking his first win of the year, after second places at Donington and Snetterton.

360’s James Sweetnam season highlight was second to team mate Cian Shields in the Brands Enduro, but he is a regular top six contender and just missed out on a podium at Silverstone too.

It’s been an up and down year for RAW’s Chris Preen. Fourth at Snetterton is his best so far, so he will be keen for a first podium of 2022.

RAW’s Chris Short is missing from Oulton, but turned up as a late entry for Silverstone, so you never know.

Peter Tyler is the highest placed DW Racing driver, eighth in the Championship. Sixth in the Silverstone Enduro is his best so far, but DNF’s have hampered his season.

For a while Mark Williams looked set for his and Doris Motorsport’s maiden victory at Silverstone, when weather conditions and tyre choice were working perfectly. It proved one lap too many, but he was still a well-deserved third, and was able to celebrate his first Radical Challenge podium.

Valour Racing’s Andy Lowe only just missed out on his first podium too with fourth in the Snetterton Enduro and rounds off the top 10 in the points table.

Matt Jones is out with Scorpio Motorsport. He missed the Donington rounds and has had two seventh placed finishes since.

RAW Motorsports have another six cars on the grid. Ben Stone had a fifth at Silverstone and was unlucky not to get a podium after doing the whole wet to drying race two on slicks.

Elliott Goodman missed the Snetterton rounds, but started his year on a high with third at Donington. Chris Myhill came back to racing this year after a long lay-off, his best result was at Donington too in sixth.

Jacek Zielonka debuted his new car at Silverstone, but was a long way off his tremendous second place finish in the Donington Enduro.

Nicholas Francis is due back after missing Snetterton and Silverstone, he has a new car too. Completing the RAW line-up is SR1 Graduate and Silverstone race winner Dougie Bolger, who will be making his SR3 debut.

Jason Rishover and Wesley Fongenie complete Saturday's line-up. Rishover started so well giving DW Racing their first win at Donington. A string of misfortunes and DNF’s have followed with the exception of two fourths and two fifths, which have seen him slip down the table.

Fongenie has contested both Brands and Silverstone with 360 Racing and will be looking for his first top 10 of the year.

After a morning qualifying session there is a 25-minute Sprint race at 12.15 and a 45-minute endurance race at 16.50. Live streaming will be available for both Challenge races on MSV TV.

DE LEON HEADS SR1’S

With six wins from nine races Daryl De Leon will once again be starting the SR1 Cup as favourite for Valour Racing.

Currently 36 points adrift is DW Racing’s Ben Caisley, having taken victories at Donington and Brands Hatch, but struggling for pace of late.

Since his DNF in the first Donington race, Track Focused’s Frazer McFadden has never been off the podium. He has had three second places, but is still looking for his elusive win.

James Ockenden is in a works run car, fourth at Donington and Brands, he tends to be leader of the chasing group.

Derby University have used a few drivers in their car, but former British GT racer Tom Wood is due out again this weekend. He had a win third and fourth at Silverstone, to add to his season’s opening Donington podium.

Track Focused have Darren and George Knutton doing one race each, while Scorpio have James Hadley joined again by the returning Brian Caudwell.

DW have a second car for Nielsen team boss and occasional racer Sven Thompson, while debutant Paul Denning completes the entry for Road 2 Race.

They qualify on Saturday morning, before two 20-minute races at 11.45 and 14.40. Live streaming will be available for both SR1 Cup races on MSV TV.

Written by PETER SCHERER for Radical Motorsport

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