UK: Radical Challenge and SR1 Cup returns to Snetterton for Round  as season heats up

UK: Radical Challenge and SR1 Cup returns to Snetterton for Round as season heats up

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It’s been a long break since the UK-based Radical championships were last in action at Brands Hatch GP in early May, but they are back as keen as ever this weekend for their second visit of the season to Snetterton.

Radical Challenge

Having made a highly successful comeback in 2021 after a lengthy sabbatical, Radical Challenge Championship contender Matt Bell goes into the weekend with the championship lead, over long time competitor Jerome De Sadeleer.

But both could be under pressure from within their own team, with a host of other drivers all eager to add to their own victory tallies.

Bell heads a quintet of cars from RAW Motorsports, with both John Macleod and Chris Short having shown pace this season.

Short was out more recently at the non-championship Radical Summer Cup at Oulton Park in June where he went oh-so-close to securing his first win, backing up the increasing pace he has shown in this season’s races. 

Although absent from the Radical Summer Cup, Macleod has kept his eye in more recently by sharing brother Alex’s Fun Cup car at Silverstone.

Elliot Goodman has been a member of the RAW squad for a good few years now, but showed his best form of the year at the Radical Summer Cup, winning one race outright and another in the Challenge class, in his SR3. Spencer Bourne completes the RAW line-up.

Although De Sadeleer heads the 360 Racing trio, he could find himself under pressure from his teammate Mark Richards. Already a winner in the last race at Brands Hatch, Richards was missing from the opening round at Snetterton, so his performance here remains ungauged this season.

360 Racing regular Martin Verity is also due to make his 2021 season debut this weekend.

Currently sitting third in the championship behind Bell and De Sadeleer, Jason Rishover heads the Radical Works Team. He has had a number of podiums and has fought hard in several mid-race battles this year that could just as easily have gone his way, so could this be the weekend that delivers his first win? James Sweetnam and Peter Tyler are also running with Works in the latest spec Radical SR3 XX, and Peter Brookes completes the line-up.

Chris Preen, running with Valour Racing, is fresh from a strong showing at the Radical Summer Cup and will be one to watch as he seeks to capitalise on his mid-season momentum.

Completing the Challenge class line-up is Mectech Motorsport’s Anthony Ayres, and Steven Lake in his Radical SR3 representing data capture and analysis supplier Aim Technologies.

The Radical Challenge races on Saturday 12.30 and 14.45, with the Challenge Enduro scheduled for 11.45 on Sunday.


Radical SR1 Cup

In the Radical SR1 Cup the question is can anyone end Will Hunt’s unbeaten record this year?

The Scorpio driver has won four from four so far, leaving what can only be described as a dominant stamp on the championship so far.

RAW’s James Lay will be challenging Hunt hard, giving a series of strong performances despite having only made his car racing debut during Round One at Snetterton in June.

After his double class win at the Radical Summer Cup, Track Focussed driver Frazer McFadden is on form, but will have teammates Dean Warriner and rookies Ben Stone and Alex Spooner looking to challenge. The experienced Mark Williams will continue his ever-improving form as he chases his first SR1 Cup victory.

Joining Hunt in the Scorpio lineup is John Caudwell. Brother Brian, also with Scorpio, has been a regular this year and running at the sharp end of the field, so there is no doubt that a little sibling rivalry is sure to carry onto the track.

James Hadley heads the Radical Works Team, with LMP team principal Sven Thompson joining alongside. Mackenzie Walker is with Road to Race, Ian Cowley at TFL Racing, and Andy Lowe joins the grid as a privateer.

The Radical SR1 Cup races on Saturday at 11.30 and 13.35.

Preview written by Peter Scherer for Radical Sportscars