RADICAL CHALLENGE & SR1 CUP AT BRANDS HATCH - WEEKEND PREVIEW
Over 20 cars are entered for this weekends Radical Challenge, a rare opportunity to race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.
RAW Motorsports Chris Short currently leads the Championship after his win in the Donington finale last month, but only one point clear of Breakell Racing’s Danish teen Noah Degnbol, who is still seeking his first Radical win, following a second place at Donington.
Chris Short leads the championship after round one. SR1 and Challenge both opened the season at Donington last month.
RAW’s John Macleod is the only driver to come away from Donington with two podiums and is currently third in the points table.
Jason Rishover won the first race of the Donington weekend for Daz Winter’s DW Racing with Mectech’s Anthony Ayres the second, but there were podiums too for RAW’s Elliot Goodman, SR1 Champion James Lay and 360 Racing’s Jacek Zielonka and all five will be on the grid at Brands Hatch.
Chris Preen and Ben Stone both featured at the sharp end in the opening rounds and will be hoping to improve on their results. Both are part of the RAW set up, where they also have ex Formula Renault racer Chris Myhill, who came back from a long lay-off at Donington and Danish racer Nicholas Francis.
As well as Zielonka, 360 Racing are fielding four more cars. James Sweetnam is joined by Wesley Fongenie, while Neil Glover and Jason Green are due to share their car over the weekend.
Completing their line-up is Glasgow based Cian Shields, a former karting ace who recently hit the headlines as a winner in the GB3 Championship at Silverstone, in his first season of car racing.
DW Racing have Radical regular Peter Tyler alongside Rishover and John Davis, due to make his seasonal debut.
Mark Williams will be out with Doris Motorsport and returning this weekend with Scorpio Motorsport is former Fun Cup and SR1 racer Matt Jones.
The two car Valour Racing team complete the field, with Andy Lowe and in the Masters Class the returning US racer Jim Booth in an SR10.
Qualifying on Saturday is at 10.30 for 20 minutes, with two 15 minute races at 14.25 and 17.25.
Sunday’s qualifying is at 10.00, with the 45 minute pitstop race completing the weekend at 15.15.
Brands Hatch, 2021
The SR1 Cup had two different winners at Donington too, with DW Racing’s Ben Caisley and Valour’s Daryl De Leon sharing the victory spoils.
After winning the season opener, Caisley leads the championship by eight points, having taken third in race two.
Penalties cost University of Derby driver Tom Wood dearly at Donington, but the former British GT racer will be keen to make amends.
De Leon is third in the points behind Radical Works run Dougie Bolger, with team mate James Ockenden seeking his first podium and Sally Erdmann.
Track Focused have Frazer McFadden out for the first time this season, alongside Darren and George Knutton, who share their car.
RAW Motorsports are giving Gavin McAlpine his seasonal debut, alongside Katrin Kristensen, while Scorpio have a strong line-up with James Hadley and Brian Caudwell.
They qualify on Saturday morning at 9,30, with races at 12.45 and 15.45, each over 20 minutes, as well as being eligible to race in the Sunday 45 minute pitstop race.
Race preview by: Peter Scherer