The UK’s fastest single-spec series, the Radical Challenge Championship, sees the green flag next weekend (Saturday 25 July) with a mouth-watering championship battle envisaged from the Oulton Park opener. Radical’s new SR3 XX iteration will also make its UK competitive debut, when 2019 title protagonist Jac Constable will roll out onto the track during Friday’s pre-event test.
Constable narrowly missed out on the 2019 championship honours in his debut Radical season, just 77 points short – out of a haul of 1097 – from ultimate back-to-back champion Dominik Jackson. Indeed, the title fight was one of the closest in recent history, with former SR1 Cup champion Jerome de Sadeleer sandwiched between Jackson and Constable in the standings, just 24 points adrift at the Donington season finale.
This year former Ginetta GT4 racer Constable is leaving nothing to chance, and will be driving the first SR3 XX on the grid for the first time on Friday, hired from the Radical Works Team but supported by Constable’s longstanding team partner, Hart GT. He’ll be squaring up against a field which includes the most experienced SR3 racer in the field, RAW Motorsport’s John MacLeod, and former LMP3 racer Jason Rishover. Despite only joining the Challenge mid-way through 2019, long-time GT ace Marcus Clutton impressed with a Brands Hatch win and brace of podiums, and the Lancastrian is back for the season from Oulton with Valour Racing.
Commencing three months later than planned due to Covid-19 restrictions, competitors in the Radical Challenge can nonetheless look forward to an action-packed calendar of events over the latter half of the year. Round 1 takes in Oulton Park International, famed for its technical and varied circuit layout in the stunning Cheshire countryside.
Icelandic racer Auðunn Guðmundsson and London-based Guillaume Gruchet – the latter run by endurance racing stalwarts Newbridge Motorsport – bring an international flavour to the Radical Challenge grid. Guðmundsson will be vying for the Team Challenge honours, teaming up for the first time with China GT ace Tom Ashton, also forming part of Radical’s Official Instructor roster.
Brothers John and Caudwell return to the championship along with the father-and-son duo, in separate cars, of Rod and Elliot Goodman. Former SR1 racers Mark Richards and Peter Brookes are amongst the other returning racers on the grid at Oulton Park. Competitive action kicks off with qualifying at 09:45 BST on Saturday 25 July, with the 50-minute Race 1 at 12:20. The first of the afternoon’s two races is a 20-minute sprint at 15:10 before the final race of the day, another 50-minute enduro at 17:25. Subscribe to Radical’s social media channels across the weekend for the latest news.RADICAL CHALLENGE