The race is on to crown the champion of the 2017 Radical SR1 Cup, the UK’s fastest and most exciting entry-level series at this weekend’s season finale at Snetterton.
The SR1 Cup offers the first step to prototype sportscar racing on the Radical ladder for novice drivers, club racers and karting graduates alike. Competitive packages including dedicated driver training, on-track and technical tuition, plus complete on-event support as standard help rookie to intermediate drivers get on track with the high downforce, lightweight, 175bhp RPE-Suzuki powered SR1.
After six of eight rounds, the title fight comes down to Jérôme de Sadeleer and James Pinkerton, both racing rookies tackling their first season of Radical competition in the highly-competitive single-make series. The leading front-runners since the second-round battles at Rockingham, Jerome leads the way with four wins and five podiums to James’ three rostrum visits and consistent top-five finishes.
The duo took a win and a second place each at Donington Park, with James’s maiden career pole position and race victory plus two fastest laps closing the gap to 38 points. With neither driver able to take the upper hand in terms of track experience at Snetterton, this title fight will go down to the wire.
Andrew Ritchie can’t be ruled out either. Up to third, 56 points behind Pinkerton, the Nielsen Racing driver leapfrogged team boss David ‘Sven’ Thompson with third and fifth at Donington Park. Despite a DNF, Thompson is only 16 points adrift of his charge, while just nine points separate fourth to seventh.
The fight for the Fangio Trophy for drivers aged 50 years and over is another hotly contested affair. Peter Devlin holds an 11-point advantage over Nigel Paine, who moves up to second following his class win and third place at Donington Park. David Tagg stays in close contention, eight points away.
The final championship standings will be determined across qualifying and two 20-minute races with a total of 84 points up for grabs, including extra points for each race pole position and fastest lap.
Will Jérôme seal the title in style with a repeat of his Rockingham clean sweep, or can James continue his ever-improving pace to spoil the Swiss man’s celebrations?