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Congrats, that's a nice pot and a great achievement for your first year mate!

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Thanks mate, wait till you see my last lap you'll be wondering why I didn't throw it down the inside to take the title, I stay awake at night wondering the same 😫

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weve all done that, dont beat yourself up you achieved more than 

the  rest of us.. .. be satisfied  you survived the season, did real good and had fun..

why didnt i do this or that?.  have a ..  few of them myself......  

 

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Thanks Andy, Yeah I think at the start of the season I thought I'd be right on the pace, how wrong was I, much harder than I thought, you soon recalibrate your expectations though then it became a lot more fun, you are right though, looking back it was a lot of fun.

Met the new race team yesterday, a proper outfit that runs LMP3 LeMans cars, going to be another interesting year 👍

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Radical SR1 Season 2 - Here We Go Again!

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Hi Everyone,

So this is a question I get asked a lot, will I be doing another season in the Radical SR1 Cup again this year? So I am pleased to say that yes I will although I did think long and hard about it as last season ended up being much tougher than I ever imagined it could be to be honest, I ended up being no where as fast as I thought I would be although I did love the whole experience, but I have been told by so many people that I’d be mad to abandon it after one season as the first season is such a big learning curve that the 2nd season will be much more straightforward and most people are always quicker in season 2 so fingers crossed.

We have moved teams to 360 Racing who are based at Silverstone, these guys run in the European LeMans series which is pretty epic so they really are a serious racers and I’ll have a team mate this year which will be a great yard stick, they’ve even got a truck with a meeting room to look over data and somewhere to get changed, really feels like we’ve gone up a level already, and I’m really pleased to be working with Darren Winter again and Tom Gladdis who is still trying to coach me to going faster, poor lad, he’s really got his work cut out.

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I’d like to thank our sponsors who have stuck with us for another year so thanks to, in no particular order, PMC, Atlas, Rega, Chord, Trilogy, HiFi Pig, Naim and I’d like to welcome dCS as a new sponsor, still waiting on a couple more that we hopefully can announce soon.

Goals for the year?

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So it looks like the grid for the SR1 Cup is going to be much bigger this year which hopefully will lead to much more close racing, there is almost more pressure this year as I can no longer hide behind the Rookie status of last year so I guess my main goal is to definitely be faster than last year, in all honesty it took me till the last 2 rounds to really feel like I was getting on top of the car so hopefully we can carry that into 2019.

It was the last race at Brands that really did help spur me on to this year as it was the first meeting where I actually felt I was racing so I want to attack more and be more aggressive, by the end of the year over 1 lap my times were OK but my racing still left a lot to be desired so I really need to work on that also, I’ve also decided to insure the car this year as last year I took my chances and got away with it but I did feel it was holding me back a little as these things are not cheap to mend so now I’ll be insured that is another excuse gone :)

Losing the Fangio Cup by 0.2 Second

I really meant to post this last year but it has been extremely busy lately but here is the last lap of the last race, basically at the start of the video the car that is 2 ahead was my main title contender for the Fangio Cup, David, I beat him in race one so it came down to whoever won between us took the Fangio crown, as you can see I had plenty of opportunities, unfortunately I just didn’t realise it was the last lap so I have fitted a countdown stop watch in the car for this year, but as you can see I definitely need to toughen up for this coming year, so in the end we lost the title by 0.2 of a second which I felt was a fitting end to any season of motorsport as it went to the wire but congratulations to David, the best man won in the end.

Testing at Snetterton

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So yesterday was my first time out in the car since the races at Brands and boy do I ache today, my arms are killing me, Snetterton is a pretty fast circuit and the last part of the lap really does have you holding on for dear live but it was good to be back in the car, in the end we went 1.5 seconds quicker than my best lap last year and there was plenty of potential to go even quicker, I just never managed to link up all the sectors but happy with that, the next stop is the first race of the season at Oulton Park, this will be interesting as last year when at Oulton I hadn’t driven the car before the race weekend so hopefully I should be much quicker there.

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All the best,

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Great stuff Paul,  glad you are enjoying it,  that is what it is all about,  fingers and toes  crossed for another damage free season for you, enjoy   :thumbup:

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Thanks Dan, yeah that sounds like a good plan, I am going to insure the car this year though just incase, basically £4500 for the season so could be worse.

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Having watched the video of the lat lap, I don't see where you could have gone for it without going off or taking the leader off with you.  Well done on getting 2nd in your first season.  Can only be better with a year's experience!

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Thanks Trevor, only a couple more weeks and we start again, can't wait 👍

Definitely going to try and be a little more aggressive this year though.

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great job Paul..   that video looks damn fast, not driven that track but looks immense fun with scary little run off in places! 

enjoy reading about your race adventures...  something id love to do if i had the finances and skill set..

 

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Fantastic Paul 😎

looking forward to video from Caldwell - with the relative narrowness of that track the Radicals always look ridiculously quick there. One of my fave vids is still Roger Green piloting an SR9 (I think) round there....

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On 04/05/2019 at 21:31, andyj007 said:

something id love to do if i had the finances and skill set..

HaHa, thanks Andy, still plenty to do on the Skill Set myself unfortunately 🤣

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Fantastic Paul 😎

looking forward to video from Caldwell - with the relative narrowness of that track the Radicals always look ridiculously quick there. One of my fave vids is still Roger Green piloting an SR9 (I think) round there....

Thank Mik, yeah I found it hard last year at Cadwell to commit as 100% due to the narrowness of the track and the closeness of the barriers but I've got insurance this year so there's nothing to worry about now 🙄

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I may go to watch as it is the SR3 meeting, not sure yet, may have to do some family stuff.

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I saw that the meting contained radicles and thought it might have been your series...  i was going to go to the strattons open day which is always good, then may  shoot across to snetterton for the afternoon....

 

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Enjoy if you do Andy, the SR3's are pretty rapid, if I can get out of the family stuff I'll head over also, be good to get some miles on the 3-Eleven 430 👍

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Cadwell Park Race Weekend Report!

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Hi Everyone,

This is just a quick one as I wanted to share my quickest lap from last weekend as I feel that I probably did my best lap yet in our Radical SR1, it is a slow process getting on top of these cars but everytime we go out we get a little bit faster which I guess is all I can ask for.

My problem is that I love chasing lap time and here I can find reasonable speed now but I go slower in the races for some reason, not ideal I know so just need to treat the races like qualifying.

This past weekend at Cadwell Park went pretty well, closed the gap to the front guys again, have to say that I absolutely love cadwell Park, probably my favourite track of the year, it is a stunning location and the track really is quite technical and challenging but it definitely rewards an attacking driver and getting air at the mountain is definitely a unique experience which keep you awake.

So I went 4 seconds quicker than when I was Cadwell last year, I put it down to my new helmet design, if I knew it was going to make that much difference I would have done it earlier I was concentrating on carrying more speed into the corners which I am getting the hang of now, for once the below lap actually looks reasonably fast whereas last year they looked pretty pedestrian.

I was mortified when I got home to watch my lap and find that the file was corrupted somehow but luckily I found some guys in California who somehow un-corrupted the file for me which was a huge relief, thanks guys.

So anyway here is the lap, for me it is worth watching just for how beautiful the track is -

Next Stop Brand Hatch in a couple of weeks

Cheers,

Paul.

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brilliant video...lovely driven lap  .track looks very very fast  40-46 secs, that looks like a tricky combination of corners where coudl easy get wrong  .....   1.09 secs  - airborne.....💪

must get out to this track somepoint...

 

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Thanks Andy, yeah most definitely one of my favourite tracks, highly recommend you give it a try 👍

The 2nd race was wet and getting airborne then was a little scary.

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Very cool, Paul. I actually did my first ever race weekend, at Cadwell earlier this month in the BRSCC MX5 championship. Talk about a baptism of fire, having last driven there in my S2 Exige 5 years ago! The front-runners are a good 12 seconds or so down the road from you, based on the video. However the laps are hectic, with the Mazdas flat in a lot of places (turn1 for example), and dancing all over the shop with no aero and on road tyres. I'm actually racing with an ex Radical racer, but I believe he was in the series down from the SR1s. Next stop Snetterton for me

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Hey Arun, Yeah this racing lark is certainly not easy, great fun though, is it Peter Tyler you are racing against? I know him well.

Good luck with your season also, I bet the MX-5's are great fun, I actually think racing a non downforce car could be more enjoyable.

I have learnt though that as long as you get quicker every time out in the car then you are on the right path, testing at Snetterton tomorrow so hopefully I can find some more time 👍

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@Vipers That's right, turns out he only lives a couple minutes from where I am in the South Downs! His son debuted as well at Cadwell, but didn't have luck on his side, finishing only the last of the 3 races. Next round all 3 of us will be driving, but Peter is comfortably on A-grid pace, whereas I expect to be in the B-group a while longer. That said, my 2nd race saw me start p20 and finish P11, but fate conspired against me in race 3 and I was punted off,  denyng me of my top10 finish. Still got her to the flag though, so I'm happy!

Don't tell anyone, but the MX5 was a lot more fun than my bewinged Lotus 🙊, so I think your point on non-aero cars is valid! 

I totally agree, seat time is key. I know Snett very well so that plus now having experience in the car should put me in good stead. I'm coming back for that top10 finish!!

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Cool, say hello to Peter and his son from me next time you see them.

Maybe I need to come along and watch a race to see if it is worth making the switch 😉

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Brands Hatch Race Report!
 
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Hi Everyone,
 
The races are coming thick and fast this year as we were at Brands Hatch this past weekend for race 5 & 6 on our calendar, unbelievably we are now half way through the season, I was really looking forward to racing at Brands again as I really enjoyed it last year but the weather really had different ideas.
 
In all honesty I much prefer dry conditions, especially at Brands as it is a track that really rewards a little attack but for the Friday test it was pretty much wet all day, we woke up Saturday morning to more rain and a drying qualifying session that got quicker with every lap which made it tricky to know how much grip there was but the weather looked promising for both races.
Race 1
 
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So for race 1 we are all in the assembly area where we gather 20 minutes before race start, all on dry tyres but in the distance we could all see this very dark and menacing cloud getting closer and closer and then with only a few minutes to go the heavens opened as everyone was running around swapping the tyres over from dry’s to wets, it was all a little chaotic but I have to say a big thanks to the team who did a stellar job getting the car ready under pressure for the race start.
 
I must admit at the start of race 1 I really had no confidence, I actually think I drive my van quicker in the wet, but anyway at least I survived with a top 10 finish which when the conditions are like this then I’ll take that, below is the first lap of race 1 where you’ll see 2 cars spin off then another hits the pit wall at the end of the lap, all very entertaining :)
 
 
Race 2
 
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For race 2 it was almost DeJa Vu as the track had dried out between races and what looked like the same cloud was hovering again in the same place but luckily the wind changed direction and the race stayed mainly dry, I was a bit hesitant at the start and got overtaken by a couple of cars then 2 cars went off into the barriers at Paddock Hill bend so we spent quite a bit of time behind the safety car then I had a great race with one of my competitors, I knew I was quicker but I just couldn’t find a way past but in the end with 2 laps to go I found an opening, overtook and pulled away but before I knew it the race was over, another top 10 finish though so could have been worse.
 
Have to say it was a brilliant weekend though where we had every condition to deal with in true British summertime fashion and it ended up being a lot of fun and the car stayed in one piece which was quite an achievement in my book.
 
Snetterton next at the end of July, I really hope this is a dry one and that I can attack more as I am a fair bit quicker this year so really want to race with the mid pack more as I have been racing more this year and it really has wetted my appetite for more.
 
Anyway please find a few pics below, thanks as ever to Ollie for taking some brilliant pictures and to the guys from 360 Racing for their support and our great HiFi Sponsors
 
Cheers,
 
Paul.
 
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