Experienced sportscar squad Track Focused will launch a multi-car attack on this year’s Radical SR1 Cup championship, in what could be the first of a multi-season programme for the team.
The Cheshire-based outfit will field two SR1s across the course of this season, for drivers Dean Warriner and Simon Bailey.
Warriner made an instant impression in the SR1 Cup at Brands Hatch last season, qualifying on the second row and storming to a second-place finish in only his second event. Prior to that, Warriner has experience of racing in both the Fun Cup and Lotus Cup UK.
Bailey is fresh to circuit racing, having formerly competed in club rallying.
Track Focused has quickly built itself a competitive reputation within sportscar racing. The team has competed in Britcar, the GT Cup, Fun Cup and Lotus racing and will this year also embark on a full GT4 campaign within the British GT Championship.
Team head Sean Cooper says the expansion into Radical racing comes at a good time for his squad, and hopes it will be the start of a longer-running relationship with the brand.
“We’ve always had an eye on Radical championships, mostly because the cars are fantastic bits of kit and the company has a very appealing structured motorsport ladder where you can start in the SR1 and work your way up to race in Europe and around the world,” said Cooper.
“The time is right for us to get involved now, but the planning started last year. We’ve worked with Dean Warriner for a few years, and were with him for his series debut at Donington Park last year and he absolutely loved it, and obviously getting on the podium at Brands Hatch helped! We also met Simon Bailey, and he was keen, so we’ve been able to enter the championship with a two-car team.
“Dean won’t take long to adapt. He’s well-versed in rear-wheel-drive racing and showed his pace last year. Simon will take a little time to adjust, coming from his rallying background, but I know he’ll be up to speed very quickly. Rally drivers certainly don’t lack car control!
“From a team perspective, the Radical SR1 will be a new challenge for us. But I’m firmly a believer that physics are physics and mechanics are mechanics, so as long as you understand how to effectively run a racing car, you can apply that knowledge anywhere. For us it will be about learning the setup of the SR1. But we’re confident we can be fighting for podium finishes from the start and see where that leads.
“We’re also planning for this not to be a one-off, and we’ve already had conversations about where the SR1s can take us, both as a team and with our drivers – be that into SR3s or beyond. We’ll see what this year brings us.”
The opening round of the Radical SR1 Cup takes place at Oulton Park over Easter weekend, Saturday, April 20.