Park 1000 Kms - August 25-26
BEN DEVLIN JOINS TEAM BRUICHLADDICH RADICAL FOR DONINGTON
Colin McRae - Team Bruichladdich guest in Radical World Cup
Bruichladdich Radical is ready to take on its second race in the
Le Mans Endurance series in the factory supported Radical SR9. Tim
Greaves and Stuart Moseley drove a fantastic race at the Nurburgring
track last month and Ben Devlin will make a one-off appearance in
the driver line-up for the Donington Park race on Sunday 27th August.
Ben is racing the SR9 for the first time to familiarise himself
with the car in preparation for Petit Le Mans when his ALMS team
Van Der Steur Racing will be running their new Radical. Conversely
Tim Greaves will join the Van Der Steur squad for the American 1000
mile/ 10 hour race at Road Atlanta in late September.
The Bruichladdich Radical Team was launched in July
and is the result of Tim Greaves’ combination of enterprises
- the innovative British road and racecar company and the Islay
distillery. Tim has owned one of every car that Radical has ever
built, starting in 1998 with chassis number eight, a Clubsport car
and this SR9 has kept his record going and takes him towards his
goal of racing at Le Mans. The car ran well on its first outing
in Germany five weeks ago just days after it was rolled out of the
Radical factory. Immediately the car was on the pace and led the
class for part of the race and despite a few teething problems crossed
the line after six hours finishing fifth in class.
Tim’s Donington weekend sees him not only
race in the six hour Le Mans Series endurance race, but also in
his SR8 in the inaugural race of the Radical World Cup. He will
be partnered by Stuart Moseley. Ben Devlin, current Radical Enduro
Championship leader, will be competing in the Radical World Cup
too, as will rally driving legend and Le Mans racer Colin McRae.
Colin has recently bought a road registered Radical SR3 and will
be a guest of Team Bruichladdich for the weekend, also racing a
Radical SR8 in the Radical World Cup.
Greaves, Team Owner and Driver: “This weekend’s
going to be brilliant - there’s so much happening! I’m
clearly pleased that Colin’s joining us for a run in the Radical
World Cup and hope that he enjoys the experience and wants to come
back for more next year in either the World Cup or the Le Mans Series
The SR9’s been worked on to get rid of those first time out
issues and so we’re all set for a good race. Ben joining us
will be good too and will be excellent preparation for both of us
for Petit Le Mans. In terms of goals I’m looking for a Le
Mans Series podium before the end of the season and to do it on
home ground would be a real achievement for the team.”
Greaves career highlights:
2006 currently second in SR8 championship with Stuart Moseley
2005 winner of Radical SR8 championship with Nick Dove
2004 runner up in Radical Clubsport
2000 Radical Prosport Champion with Michael Vergers
Prior: 250S Gearbox karting for 9 years, best championship results
were 7th in UK championships and 3rd in Shennington Club Championship
Moseley career highlights:
2006 5th Le Mans 24 Hr LMP2. Currently second in SR8 championship
2005 2nd Radical Enduro Championship. Race Winner & Pole Positions
- British GT championship.17 Race wins between 4 different Championships
2004 Race Winner Radical Enduro Championship. Development of Ferrari
360 Stradale GT. F1K Endurance Kart Champions Champion.
2003 3rd Sepang 12hrs - Merdeka Millenium Endurance.
2002 3rd Classic Le Mans 24hrs and Radical SR3 Champion.
2001 Radical Sportscars - Test Driver.
1997 Represented Great Britain in Nations Cup..
1996 Champion Vauxhall Lotus B.
1995 1st Privateer Formula Vauxhall Junior.
1993 Works Driver for Italian CRG karts - British Super One Championship.
1990 1st British Kart Championship Rowrah.
Devlin career highlights:
2006: Currently leading Radical Enduro Championship by over 60 points
2005: ALMS, Radical Enduro Championship and Britcar races
2004 Initial testing of the A1GP car and test driving and development
2003 Test and development driver including for Lola and Van Diemen,
Sebring 12 hour race and Radical SR3 debut
2002: ALMS championship 2nd in the 675 Championship.
2001: British GT Championship, GrandAm races and ALMS 12 hour race
2000: 6 podium finishes, 6 fastest laps, 2 pole positions and a
race win in the Lotus Autobytel Elise Championship
1999: Vauxhall Junior Series, finishing in the top ten every race.
TEAM BRUICHLADDICH RADICAL PICKS UP THE PACE ON HOME GROUND
tested at Pembrey earlier in the week in the rain the team was ready
for the mixed conditions that hit Donington today. The track dried
progressively through the two sessions to completely dry by the
end of the second hour. Ben Devlin had a chance to get to grips
with the Radical SR9 after a handful of laps in testing earlier
in the week at Pembrey while Stuart Moseley and Tim Greaves got
back up to speed with the car and track. All three drivers had been
looking forward to getting out in the SR9 on home territory.
Today saw a twenty minute qualifying session for
tomorrow’s six hour/ 1000km race and Stuart Moseley was charged
with setting the time that would determine Team Bruichladdich Radical’s
starting position. In Germany five weeks ago the team took a third
place in class for the start of its first race. Today brought a
better grid slot and a faster pace – just two-tenths of a
second from class pole. Stuart led the class for half of the session
before being pipped by Tommy Erdos in the MG Lola.
Moseley: “The times were a good stab quicker than
this morning. It was a case of finding the limits of the car and
pushing. The traffic didn’t cost too much and the car was
working well. The game tomorrow is to run a rhythmical race with
no hiccups. We’ve shown we’ve got the pace and now we
want to be on the podium.”
Devlin: “The car’s lovely – I got in
and it immediately had a positive feel. It’s solid and well
put together and gives good feedback straight away giving you loads
of confidence in it. An awesome bit of kit.”
Greaves: “We’ve continued from where we left
off at the Nurburgring and it’s just a matter of time before
we get all of the elements together and are scoring pole positions
and winning races. Obviously we’d like it to happen sooner
rather than later and a second here is heading in the right direction.
As Stuart says we’re targeting a podium next and if that was
to happen tomorrow we’d be more than delighted.”
DISAPPOINTING DONINGTON FOR TEAM BRUICHLADDICH RADICAL
Radical started the race second in class and ninth overall. In the
mayhem at the green flag Stuart Moseley kept out of trouble on the
crowded first corners but lost places and after the first laps was
lying fifth. By lap three he’d gained one place back to be
fourth but disaster struck on lap five with a non-return valve problem
on the water system that took 11 laps to fix. Once out Stuart took
up the chase and commenced a campaign through traffic to claw his
way back up the timing screens. Having come out of the pits thirty-ninth
and ninth in class it was a commendable drive to have worked his
way back to sixth in class for the handover to Tim Greaves after
his double stint of two hours and twenty minutes.
Tim’s double stint went according to plan
with no issues at all until ten laps from the end of his stint on
the four hour mark. He hit a kerb and the force of the impact sent
the car off the track into the gravel and damaged the steering bringing
an end to the race for the team. Ben Devlin was waiting in the garage
for his spell in the car which wasn’t to be but he only has
to wait until Thursday to drive the USA van der Steur Radical SR9
that he’ll be driving at Petit Le Mans.
Moseley: “I didn’t get enough heat into the
tyres at the start so got a bit of wheel spin coming out of Goddards
that lost me time on the start straight and into Redgate. I gained
a couple of places back going into Old Hairpin. After that I ran
a short time behind the Lola and just after I overtook him we got
the water leak. I could feel the water in the seat so knew we had
a problem before I got the call to pit. The guys did a great job
fixing it as quickly as they could. Then back out there it was a
case of beating my way through the traffic. It was particularly
difficult passing the GT1 cars but managed to claw a few places
back. Overall the car’s good – the balance especially.”
Greaves: “I hit the inside kerb at Coppice too hard
and it just sent the car off into the gravel. The impact was pretty
hard on the steering so unfortunately that was the end of the race.
“Overall I’m pleased with the competitiveness
of the car. The only weakness was getting out of the slow corners
– we needed a different gear ratio. The car handles superbly
so although I’m disappointed about today’s result I’m
pleased about that. The early problem with the non-return valve
was one of those totally unpredictable failures and once we’d
identified it the guys fixed it really quickly. From there we had
the long haul of climbing back up the ladder which Stuart did really
well to get up to sixth and I think we were fifth when we finished.
Racing Radical did very well again and it was a great shame that
they were robbed of victory in the closing stages by a minor technical
very disappointed for Ben but I’m sure he’s looking
forward to the test in the USA car on Thursday. I have to say a
big thanks to the team. For a group of guys that have only been
together for two events they’re excellent – very responsive.
They’re growing together very well and we’ll be at Jarama
better and stronger.”