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Radical Challenge

RAW Motorsports James Lay goes into the final weekend of the Radical Challenge, with a 50-point lead over Breakell Racing’s Noah Degnbol.

After six consecutive wins Lay’s run was broken last time out at Oulton Park, but after crashing out of the last round, Degnbol failed to score too.

Lay has had seven wins so far to Degnbol’s two, while third in the Championship Anthony Ayres is hoping to add to his tally for Mectech, after winning round one at Donington.

RAW’s John Macleod is probably the most experienced Radical driver in the field and currently fourth in the Championship. He has had four podiums, including seconds at Donington and Snetterton, but is still waiting for a win this season.

Chris Preen is another member of the RAW squad and currently fifth in the Championship. His best so far this year is fourth at Snetterton, so will be keen to end the year with a podium.

360 Racing’s James Sweetnam was in the 360 1-2 at Snetterton, behind Cian Shields. He is looking for his first UK Radical win, but is more than capable of a podium to improve on his sixth in the Championship.

Peter Tyler’s best result of the year came in the last round at Oulton, when the DW Racing driver was fourth in the Enduro race.

Behind Tyler in the Championship standings is RAW’s Chris Short, but he has already ended his season and his car was raced to a debut victory at Oulton by Dougie Bolger, who races it again this weekend.

Doris Racing’s Mark Williams was almost the victor at Silverstone, when the conditions proved his tyre choice correct, only to lose out at the end but still secured a season’s best third and his only podium of the year so far.

Jason Rishover started the season on a high with a victory at Donington, but the rest of the season has been character building to say the least. His pace is undoubted, but after missing Oulton, he will be looking for a successful finale too.

RAW Motorsports will also be running Elliot Goodman, another to have already visited the podium, along with Ben Stone, who was fourth at Oulton and Nicholas Francis.

DW Racing have John Davis back out after debuting at Brands Hatch, Wesley Fongenie is out with 360, Matt Jones with Scorpio, Andy Lowe with Valour and Jack Leese with RJ Motorsport.

US visitor Jim Booth is back with his SR10 and in Sunday’s Enduro race he will be joined by Formula W Stars Alice Powell and Abbi Pulling.

Qualifying on Saturday is at 11.20 for 20 minutes, with the 25-minute sprint races at 15.40 and 18.30, and qualifying Sunday is 9.00, with the 45-minute race 13.10.

SR1 Cup

Valour Racing’s Daryl De Leon comes to Donington with a healthy 54-point lead over DW Racing’s Ben Caisley in the SR1 Cup.

Caisley has had a couple of wins, but has struggled for pace of late, while De Leon has seven victories under his belt.

Track Focused’s Frazer McFadden has had four second places, so still seeking that elusive first win of the year and a further 30 points adrift of Caisley.

Works driver James Ockenden has shown consistency and had three fourth places, but still looking to get onto the podium.

Former British GT4 racer Tom Wood has had two wins in the Derby University car. He has missed a few races too and is still fifth in the Championship. It’s his local circuit as he could walk from his home to the Donington track.

Scorpio’s James Hadley completes the top six in the standings, but he will be joined by teammate Brian Caudwell, Road 2 Race’s Paul and Oliver Denning, DW’s Paul Atherton and Sven Thompson, Track Focused’s Darren and George Knutton, RAW’s Katrin Kristensen and Sim Racer and Youtuber Steve Alvarez Brown in a works car.

All of their action is on Saturday, with qualifying at 9.35 for 20 minutes, and race at 13.25 and 16.50 for 20 minutes each.

Published by Peter Scherer for Radical Motorsport, September 14th, 2022.