The Radical World Of 2006
Autosport International nearly a month ago turned out to be too
busy to snatch more than a few minutes with Radical’s Mick
Hyde – so here we are in early February, catching up with
all the developments, some of which have fallen into place since
thing we did finalise at the Show was our supporting race at the
Le Mans Series meeting at Donington Park in August,” comments
Mick Hyde (left). “In an ideal world, we would have been supporting
the whole Le Mans Series, but the dates we had in place anyway made
that too complicated.
But the Donington race fits in very well with the
‘stepping stone to Le Mans’ that we’re developing.”
The new SRP LMP2 car also fits in well, as this
burgeoning company grows and expands.
The European calendar for Radical series gets bigger
and better by the year. 2006 sees six series on the agenda: the
Dunlop Radical Biduro / Enduro Championships (at the Dunlop Great
& British meetings), the Matador Powertec Radical Challenge,
the Radical Celtic Cup, the Swedish Radical Cup and – both
new for this year, as are the Celtic Cup and Matador Challenge -
the Radical German RaceCup and the Radical Challenge Portugal.
But there’s more: “The national series
come together at the end of the season to form the Radical World
Cup – with races at Donington (in August, the LMS meeting),
Spa in early October and Estoril in mid November.”
These meetings will feature 60 minutes of practice,
30 minutes of qualifying and two 100km races.
The thinking here is that until now it’s been
hard to justify rounds of UK national championships on the European
continent: “You tend to get two-thirds of a normal grid, say
16 cars instead of 24 – except at Spa. The teams always want
to go to Spa. But when there’s a national series, such as
our new one in Portugal, when the British (and other teams) arrive,
you’ve got a very healthy grid.”
The World Cup idea will grow further in 2007 –
because Radical is planning a national series in Italy, so that
paves the way for a World Cup race at Monza, while the German series
this year should develop with a world series race at the Nurburgring
want to race in warm climates at the end of the season,” explains
Mick Hyde. “As winter descends on northern Europe, why not
head south and carry on racing? We’ll have events open to
all five types of Radical – Clubsports, Prosports, SR3s, SR4s
The Celtic Cup racers – events at Knockhill
(3), Kirkistown, Mondello Park and Croft – will also be heading
to the Nurburgring anyway this year. This series should start off
“with about 16 entries”.
Mick Hyde reports
“huge interest” in the Matador Powertec Radical Challenge
(events at Brands Hatch, Croft, Anglesey, Pembrey, Mallory Park,
Snetterton and Spa - the cars running on durable Matador tyres).
“It’s appealing to those who don’t want to take
their racing too seriously.” Low cost is the motto here.
Hyde is also bubbling with the prospect of the Dunlop
Great & British package being covered on both SKY Sports and
And then there’s
North America. The 1500 SR3s, 1300 SR4s and Prosport Radicals are
all eligible for the new IMSA Lites series - where they'll race
against the Elan van Diemens and Wests.
"One of the things missing in our lineup of
series was a place where people who were interested in racing prototype-style
cars could race with us in a professional environment and in front
of the kinds of crowds we attract with the American Le Mans Series,"
explained IMSA COO Tim Mayer. "One of our missions is to develop
future drivers, teams and fans for the American Le Mans Series."
There’s that stepping stone again.
The IMSA Lites join the ALMS at four venues this
year: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lime Rock Park, Road America and
Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
“The IMSA Lites cars are also eligible for
C Sport and D Sport in the SCCA,” continues Mick Hyde, “so
there’s that stepping stone again.”
The top step, shortly, will be the SRP LMP2 car,
and enquiries have arrived from potential entrants in North America,
but “everyone’s waiting to see how the car goes.”
happening in America is in parallel to what we’re doing in
Europe,” concludes Mick Hyde. “Once IMSA Lites gets
going, we can push harder in the states.”
first event of the Radical year takes place very soon: the Brands
Hatch Media Trackday, on February 24.
of track time will be available between 10am and 1pm, with Dunlop
and Café Dunlop present. The media will also be in attendance,
with opportunities available for rides around the track.