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Radical crowns champions in entertaining fashion

Monday, October 13 2014

A dramatic day of action in mixed conditions at Cadwell Park on Saturday (11 October) saw titles decided in the Radical SR3 Challenge and SR1 Cup, plus the final rounds of the Clubman's Cup. The MSVT Team Trophy added more drama with an incident-packed sixth race of 2014.

The SR3 Challenge wins were shared by the championship hopefuls, Marks Electricals duo Phil Keen and Peter Belshaw and Supreme Racing's Lewis Plato. The Keen and Belshaw win, in an attritional affair, wrapped up the title with one race to spare.

Plato built a lead of four-seconds per lap in the early stages on a drying track, but a safety car for Shahin Nouri spinning out of second at Mountain eradicated his lead. Success pit stop penalties dropped Plato and Keen to the back of the field, with Keen reappearing ahead. Keen, having taken over from Belshaw, picked through the pack to win on his first ever appearance at Cadwell Park. Plato shadowed him to the flag, but was handed a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits. He was far enough ahead of Richard Stables in third to retain second.

Race two was no less dramatic as Plato led until a moment at Mountain midway  through. He recovered to catch and pass Nouri at the final corner, denying Nouri  a maiden win. The overtake was later scrubbed out for avoidable contact, handing  the win back to Nouri. Ozzy Yusuf claimed third ahead of new champions Keen and Belshaw.

The Radical SR1 Cup saw Matt Brookes and James Guess split the wins, Guess' first win since the opening race of the season in June. Brookes' win proved pivotal in the title race as nearest title challenger Dave Morgan spun out of third behind Martin Verity. That promoted Guess to third, and back into second in the championship. Brookes needed a top-10 finish in race two to become the second-ever SR1 Cup champion, and he did so by hounding Guess to the finish. Morgan made amends for his race one disappointment by coming home third.

The Radical Clubman's Cup was dominated by Oskar Kruger, who doubled up in his Radical PR6. Steve Burgess, the newly-crowned champion, took a brace of second places to claim the Supersport class honours. Ben Dimmack completed both podiums.

The MSVT Team Trophy race was cut short before the halfway mark when Rich Hughes and Darren Langeveld came together on the pit straight. Extensive barrier repairs meant the result was called after 23 minutes, three minutes into the pit window. Richard Preece and James Reed ran out winners in their Ginetta after an entertaining battle with Chris Fryer and Chris Oakman's MINI Cooper JCW. Third went to Anthony Neils and Paul Sheard in the guest class Mazda MX-5, just ahead of the David Scarborough and Antony Sharpe-shared Elise.

Auto 66 bike championships are up next at Cadwell Park on 25/26 October, the club's annual season-ending 'Cadwell Bonanza'. Tickets cost £10 in advance, click here for more details.