SR1 Cup Joins British GT Round at Oulton Park: Weekend Preview

SR1 Cup Joins British GT Round at Oulton Park: Weekend Preview

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It’s a few months later than originally planned, but competitors in the Radical SR1 Cup are excited to be back in action at Oulton Park for the second round of the 2020 campaign this weekend (Saturday 1st August) . 

The Radical SR1 Cup is the UK's fastest and most exciting club racing championship which makes racing prototype style sportscars more accessible than ever before. Now in its seventh year of competition, Radical’s entry-level UK championship kicked off the UK’s return to racing post-Coronavirus lockdown, forming the very first race nationwide on 4th July at Snetterton.

Returning 2018 champion James Pinkerton seized pole for both 20-minute sprints, but would achieve a lights-to-flag victory in only the first, ahead of Avidity Motorsport’s Ross Elliot who spent the latter stages of the race preoccupied with the defence of his position from Dean Warriner.

Warriner scooped his maiden series victory in Race 2 after an uncharacteristic mistake from Pinkerton saw the Cambridgeshire racer drop to fifth, with ex-Ginetta GT5 racer Nick Zapolski and returning racer Mackenzie Walker second and third on the podium.

In the Rookie Cup, Frazer McFadden would score both class victories on his SR1 Cup debut, having made the switch from off-road ATV racing to circuit competition. In the Fangio Trophy one win apiece would be taken by Simon Bailey – his first Fangio victory – and Works Team racer Mark Williams.

In support of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship at Oulton Park, the Radical SR1 Cup field is set to expand with more entries including that of newcomer Ian Cowley, fielded by endurance racing experts TFL Racing. TFL joined the series at Snetterton with another two drivers, ex-FFord racers Ian Ellis and Will Alterman, and they’ll be out at Oulton Park too.

After several exploratory outings in the Radical Nevada Cup, Radical’s Spanish winter series, Orton Racing’s Andy Lowe also joins the grid in Cheshire. Andy goes head-to-head with established entrants including Scorpio’s Will Hunt, RAW Motorsport’s Gavin McAlpine and longstanding SR1 Cup racer David Tagg (Simon Green Motorsport), all competing in the second-generation SR1 Cup racecar.

Fully built and ready to go, the SR1 was substantially revised in 2017 with dramatic new styling, improved aerodynamics and updated electronics – you can’t go faster and have more fun for less. Aimed at drivers making the switch from trackdays to racing, experienced Radical staff and technicians are on-hand to explain everything that happens during a race weekend, from signing-on to taking the chequered flag, along with circuit driving theory, circuit driving techniques and how to prepare yourself for what lies ahead.

Keep up to date with all the action across the weekend on Radical's social media channels. Qualifying commences at 09:00 on Saturday morning, with Race 1 scheduled at 15:35. Race 2 completes the day's action commencing at 17:55.