Bushy Park Circuit Inc (BPCI) has been appointed an official dealer for Radical Sportscars; in an arrangement agreed earlier this month, a new entity, Radical Caribbean, will now represent the British race and road car manufacturer throughout all regional territories. The St Philip facility’s first race meeting of 2018 will be the third Radical Carnival over the weekend of January 27/28.
BPCI Operations Manager Amy Willis said: “Bushy Park has been serving the needs of our Radical drivers since the start of the SR3 Cup back in 2015, therefore becoming the regional dealer for Radical is the natural progression for us. As Radical Caribbean, we will now be handing all the sales for Radical vehicles and parts for the region, along with providing services such as technical support and engine rebuilds. We are thrilled to be the regional dealer for Radical and are looking forward to seeing this series develop in the Caribbean.”
Radical Sportscars Sales & Marketing Director Nigel Land said: “We’re delighted to appoint Bushy Park as the sole distributor for Caribbean. The incredible circuit in Barbados provides an excellent base from which to promote Radical and support all of our customers across the region. We have been working with the team for many years both as customers and competitors in the European championships, and it is a natural step for us both to formalise this fantastic partnership”.
The Radical Carnival in January, which will coincide with Radical’s 21st Anniversary, will also launch Bushy Park’s 2018 season; organised by Bushy Park Motor Sport Inc (BPMSI), the two-day race meet will host the double-header opening round of the fourth Suzuki Challenge Series, with the cars from the Swift Cup joining the Radicals of the SR3 Cup. The Saturday races will run under the recently-installed all-arena lighting, which was launched at the Barbados Festival of Speed in October.
Based in the East Midlands city of Peterborough, Radical has built more than 2,000 cars, progressing from the iconic Clubsport model revealed in early 1996 and which established the company’s reputation, through the SR3, launched in 2002 to the SR8, which brought Le Mans Prototype pace to the national racing scene. Entering 2017, a core range of five models means that Radical caters for a wide audience, with a ladder spanning from the SR1 club racing model through SR3 with over 1,200 racing globally to the 650bhp RXC GT3, suitable for international endurance racing.
In the three seasons since the launch of the Suzuki Challenge Series in Barbados in 2015, 24 drivers from seven nations have competed in 55 SR3 Cup races for Suzuki-powered Radical SR3s at Bushy Park Barbados; at the recent final round of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) in Guyana, three of the cars shipped home by their Guyanese owners drove the first demonstration laps of the South Dakota circuit. In addition, two of Jamaica’s most accomplished drivers, Kyle Gregg and David Summerbell Jnr, have acquired an RXC and SR8 respectively.
Regional drivers have also travelled to race in other Radical series; from Barbados, Mark, Sean and Stuart Maloney and David Simpson have raced at leading British circuits, including Brands Hatch and Silverstone, while Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey contested the whole of the UK-based Radical Challenge Championship, including the overseas races, in 2017. In his first season competing away from home in the highly competitive Radical Challenge which regularly has grids of greater than 30 cars, he finished the season in 5th overall, with a number of podium places including 2nd at Rockingham and the season finale at Snetterton 300.
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