Bruichladdich Radical Shakedown
Pembrey in South Wales was the scene today of the first appearance
of Tim Greaves’ Bruichladdich (say brook laddie)
Radical SR9 – the second SR9 chassis to appear from the Peterborough
factory, this one AER-powered.
As confirmed here last week, Greaves and Stuart
Moseley will drive the dramatically-liveried car on its debut at
this weekend’s Le Mans Series 1000 Km.
“Today is a special moment,” comments
a proud Tim Greaves. “Having come so far with Radical cars
it’s a logical next step to have a sportscar team, but racing
at Le Mans is ever closer and that’s an amazing prospect.”
Greaves invested in the Radical company in 2000,
which provided the funding
for the development of the SR3 and expansion into the current larger
premises on the outskirts of Peterborough.
He has owned an example of every model that Radical
has ever built, starting in 1998 with chassis number eight, a Clubsport
car and this SR9 will keep his record going.
The Bruichladdich distillery also benefited from
a Greaves investment, and now the distillery gives its name to the
The news that Paul Thomas is to manage and engineer
the project confirms that this is a very serious programme.
“Longer term we’re looking to have a
two car team for 2007 competing in the Le Mans Series and hopefully
a class win both there and at Le Mans,” suggests Tim Greaves.
That will mean taking on what is likely to be a
fleet of Porsche RS Sypders next year, so Tim Greaves obviously
has plenty of confidence in his project.
absolutely delighted with the car,” he said after today’s
shakedown. “It drives really well so I’m looking forward
to the Le Mans Series at Nurburgring and getting my first real SR9
race action. If this is what it’s like straight out of the
box I can’t wait to see what we can do with work on set-up