Bowmanville, ON- After what proved to be a dramatic and exciting race weekend for all teams and participants involved, Radical North America Cup rounds 5 and 6 is in the books. WISKO Race Engineering fielded a total of four Radical SR3’s, all equipped with RPE’s 1500cc engine which placed all our entries in the “Super Sport” category. A total of twenty four Radical SR3 cars made up a heavily competitive field at a racing venue which is commonly regarded to as one of the fastest and most courageously challenging road courses in all of North America. Mosport.
Carrying the WISKO Team flag this go-around were four experienced drivers, all familiar to Radical competition. Roberto Dal Pont in car #22, a Brazilian native and resident who piloted a 2011 Radical SR3 RS 1500cc made the trip to Ontario for his first visit to Mosport’s challenging race circuit.
Peter Heffring, a Canadian native from Calgary in his own 2015 Radical SR3 RSX 1500cc car #27 was back to Mosport for his second visit. He brought with him his son Drew who raced a 1340cc Radical SR3 RSX and was able to run consistently under the previously held 1340cc lap record all weekend. Drew and Peter both visited Mosport back in the spring of 2016 to familiarize with the challenging nature the track had to offer in preparation for this past weekend’s National competition.
Richard Thomas, #738 brought his 2015 Radical SR3 RSX 1500cc. Richard has had the most recent race experience in his car having recently raced at Autobahn’s Radical Can-Am challenge back in June where ended the weekend with two first place race finishes in the 1500cc category.
Lastly but not in the least, Radical European Masters Series star Jim Booth made his SR3 racing debut in his all-new-to-him 2016 Radical SR3 RSX 1500cc in car #63, the same race number Jim currently races with in his 2016 Radical RXC Spyder Turbo in the European circuit where he currently sits 3rd overall in championship series points.
This round of Radical’s North America Cup was hosted at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. This was WISKO Racing’s first trip outside the continental United States for racing competition since it’s inauguration in 2012. The team made the long haul across the border with two of our race haulers carrying five race cars, tools, equipment, spares, driver gear, wheels and tires and more. The trip totaled 1,580 miles and upon arrival welcomed by event host Radical Canada (www.radicalcanada.com) who brought their own arsenal of race ready SR3’s. Other participating teams included Team Stradale (www.teamstradale.com) of Autobahn Country Club who swept the 1340cc category all weekend qualifying on pole Sunday and winning both Saturday and Sunday’s races. Racing alongside the bigger factory supported teams were a large number of privateer drivers supporting their own race, which showcases the easement of operation with Radicals and that with a club racing approach, competitive prototype racing can still be made very possible. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, once a Formula One circuit and previously and arguably more famously known as “Mosport”, the 2.4 mile racing circuit is one of the fastest by average speed and most challenging for drivers of all experience levels.
Thursday held a test day hosted by Engineered Automotive, a high-end exotic car club based in (see www.engineeredautomotive.com). WISKO Racing along with several other Radical Cup racers used this opportunity to get up to speed and collect some data that would prove to be valuable in car evolution throughout the weekend. Our SR3 drivers used the morning sessions to get up to speed and the weather and track temperatures were ideal early in the weekend including Friday’s practice sessions where WISKO’s Richard Thomas topped the time charts throughout the day.
Saturday saw a different turn of events in the 1500cc category where while leading the race overall, in the midst of an intense battle for track position with 1340cc race leader Antoine Comeau, Richard's #738 machine suffered an ignition issue forcing him to retire into the pit late for repairs. The WISKO team quickly diagnosed and replaced the culprit component, however 4 laps off the lead lap at this point which took him out of race contention. Peter Heffring clinched the race win, further solidifying his Super Sport championship points lead. Jim Booth clinched second place and Roberto Dal Pont took home third place.
Sunday’s qualifying session saw Richard Thomas again on pole and this time he was able to translate that into a race win after what ended up becoming a wet-condition race, with rain drops falling just minutes before the grid opened for the Radical Cup race group. Spectators and officials watched all race teams and crew scramble for wet tires and frantically adjusting car setup to compensate for the conditions. Others took the gamble and took to the track on slick tires in hopes the track would quickly dry out. Jim Booth battled fiercely most of the race to overtake for second position on the track, however it would be Richard Thomas who took the race win and ending his race weekend on the highest of notes and Peter Heffring taking third in the Super Sport category.
On top of his 1500cc class race win on Sunday, Richard Thomas was able to break the official SR3 lap record which stood from 2014 by Spring Mountain’s George Kurtz. The previous record of 1:20.34 was cut down to a blistering 1:19.59. The 1340cc class also saw a new lap record clinched this time by Team Stradale’s Antoine Comeau at a 1:19.91, only .5 seconds off the 1500cc record. The two recent class lap records at this past weekend's event proves the outright pace of the Radical RSX model cars over the traditional SR3 models.
On the Horizon
The next rounds for the North American Radical Cup tour will be hosted by Houston’s Radical Sportscars distributor Radical Texas (www.radicaltexas.com) and will be held at the world famous Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas only weeks before the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix. WISKO Racing will be supporting several SR3, SR8 and Radical RXC Spyder models in this prestigious event and like last year will be aiming to take home several first place trophies. Stay tuned to find out more including which drivers will be making the WISKO Racing roster for this upcoming national event.
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Photo credits go to David Kump, Eschel Sweig and WISKO Race Engineering, LLC.
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Press Team 2016