The Radical SR1 Cup, the UK’s fastest and most exciting entry-level racing series, makes a welcome return to Donington Park for the first time in four years this weekend.
The first rung on the Radical racing ladder for rookie to intermediate drivers, the highly competitive single-make series makes prototype style sportscar racing both accessible and affordable. The field of high downforce, lightweight, 1340cc RPE-Suzuki powered SR1s delivers fantastic racing at close quarters, making it the ideal proving ground for novice drivers, club racers and karting graduates alike.
Unrivalled competition packages include a dedicated driver training programme, on-track and technical tuition, testing, plus all-encompassing event support across the eight-round championship.
With the entire 2017 field tackling the Donington Park National circuit for the first time this weekend, all eyes will be on which of the relative racing rookies can best tame the 210bhp SR1 around the 1.979-mile track.
Series debutant Jérôme de Sadeleer dominated the second stage rounds at Rockingham back in June, taking two convincing pole to flag victories. His outstanding form propels him to the top of the SR1 Cup standings as the 2017 battle enters the second half of the season.
James Pinkerton also stormed up the standings at Rockingham with third and fourth place finishes the best of his season so far, leaving the Works team driver 42 points adrift of de Sadeleer.
Another series newcomer also sits near the top of the table. Nielsen Racing boss David ‘Sven’ Thompson came into his own at Rockingham, clinching his first career podium finishes in style with a pair of second places to put him third.
This year also sees a close fight for the Fangio Trophy, for drivers aged 50 years and over, with just 19 points covering the top three contenders. At the halfway season marker, Peter Devlin has a 17-point advantage over David Tagg, who will be looking to repeat his Rockingham pole winning and double podium form to close the gap this weekend. Nigel Paine was another top performer at Rockingham, his pair of class wins leaving him just two points away from Tagg.
Radical SR1 Cup qualifying is scheduled for 09:35 on Saturday morning, followed by two 20-minute races at 12:10 and 16:20. For further even information visit www.donington-park.co.uk