Drivers who secretly aspire to be the next Mario Andretti or Schumacher (the elder) should gear up for the downforce, as 2013 sees the launch of a new novice racing cup – one that includes training, racing overalls and final ownership of the car.
Featuring two-seater SR1s fitted with a 1340cc RPE-Suzuki engine and Dunlop road tyres, the SR1 Cup is a new championship created by the Radical Group. The full package – a sportscar, plus eight adrenaline-fuelled race weekends and being kitted out in the latest custom-fit Alpinestars SR1 race suit – comes at a biting point of £37,500. The SR1 is available in 12 colour options and has enclosed bodywork, plus a deformable crash structure, ideal for this series, which has been created specifically as an introduction to competitive racing.
The championship warms up with an ARDS race licence test at Bedford Autodrome (or a 2013 renewal, for those who already hold one) in February, followed by two seminars on steering the car to success and artfully navigating a chicane. After two instructor-assisted track days at Brands Hatch and Snetterton, the first opportunity to truly test the limits of the car’s 185bhp will be Radical’s How Fast competitive track day: a series of practice laps and two timed laps back at Bedford. The race fixtures begin in June, accelerating across the UK round tracks including Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Cadwell Park. Come September, the first-ever Radical SR1 champion will carry the trophy home. Drivers particularly revved up at the end of the series will be able to take their SR1 to the next level of Radical racing – the SR3 RS Cup.
13 of the 24 SR1 Cup places have already been filled, and with a winter testing trip in Ascari for those who sign up before November, the race is on to see who will make it to the grid.