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Champion and Clare to battle for 2019 SuperSports title


Rnd#4/5 - 2019 SuperSports Series

Phillip Island/Wakefield Park

Heading into the final round of the NSW SuperSports season at Sydney Motorsport Park in late October, two Radical Australia Cup regulars are locked into an epic battle not just for the Class 1 title, but also the outright battle after both featured strongly in rounds four and five at Phillip Island and Wakefield Park across recent weeks.

Stephen Champion emerged as the points leader after a solid run at Wakefield Park, although he had his work cut out for him and may well have been the chaser rather than the chasee after a brilliant performance by Peter Clare gave him three straight class wins at Phillip Island - a DNF at Wakefield stalled his momentum though to put Clare second heading back to Radical Australia’s Sydney base for the final.

Rnd#4 - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria (17-18 August)

Phillip Island presented it’s typical random winter weather across the two days or action, with a much condensed field that contained just four Class 1 entries, although despite the number, the action was impressive with Peter Clare declaring his intentions early with pole ahead of Stephen Champion, former Class 1 champion Rowan Ross and John Beck.

Clare’s speed was impressive, his lap time faster than his Radical Australia Cup effort at the circuit in late June, and just over half a second shy of Peter Paddon’s pole time.

From there the ‘Shared Runway’ driver was unstoppable, claiming victory for Class 1 in all three races across the weekend, with all three of them providing second outright behind former SuperSports Champion Darren Barlow in the faster Class 2 Stohr.

Stephen Champion couldn’t quite match his title rival, although he was able to comfortably hold out Rowan Ross and John Beck to claim second in class for the weekend with Ross third after a late retirement for Beck who at the time was splitting Clare and Champion for a certain podium result.

Clare’s triple wins moved him to equal second in the championship alongside Beck and just 14 points off Stephen Champion with two events remaining.

Rnd#5 - Wakefield Park, NSW (7 September)

Mother nature was at her challenging best as the NSW SuperSports teams hit Goulburn’s Wakefield Park where the nearby snowfields provided cold and blustery conditions for the teams to battle across the single day event.

A good field of Class 1 cars was led again by points leader Stephen Champion who was keeping a close eye on Phillip Island round winner Peter Clare, especially after the ‘Shared Runway’ driver claimed an impressive pole time in the constantly changing conditions, to be second outright ahead of Volante Ross team-mate Greg Kenny.

New Radical recruit Jonathon Canavan was third fastest and fifth outright, whilst Champion struggled to make the most of the tyres and the changing conditions to be just eighth ahead of fellow GWR pilot Paul Braico and Simon Bathgate.

That early setback didn’t deter Champion who was quickly through onto the tail of Clare after an early setback avoiding a spinning Greg Kenny at turn two, to be second at the line and fifth outright, with Braico close behind.

Second became victory in race two, with Champion crossing the line third outright behind the two faster Class 2 cars of Barlow and Kenny, and with Braico again locked in behind after Clare had been eliminated before the start with an electrical issue, allowing team-mate Greg Kenny through for a podium finish.

The final again saw some epic racing and with Clare off rear-of-field, Champion had an opportunity to build a solid points lead ahead of the season finale, and he did just that, carding a second win for the day with a comfortable result over team-mate Paul Braico, with Jonathon Canavan an impressive third in his Radical debut.

Peter Clare needed just a couple more laps to reign Canavan in, but the clock was against him leaving him fourth ahead of Greg Kenny and Simon Bathgate and a frustrating 30-points back in the title race.

Focus now turns to the final round of Radical Australia Cup at Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand across 4-6 October where Peter Clare and Paul Braico will turn valuable laps, ahead of the SuperSports final at Sydney Motorsport Park on 26 October where the 2019 title will be decided.

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Rnd#4 - 2019 SuperSports Series

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria

17-18 August, 2019

Qualifying (20-minutes)

1. 27. Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1) - 1:30.5376

2. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3) - 1:33.3940

3. 34. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS) - 1:34.8439

4. 88. Rowan Ross (Radical Australia Radical SR3RSX) - 1:36.2885

5. 77. John Beck (Vantage Property Radical SR3RS) - 1:36.7388

Race#1 (12-laps)

1. 27. Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1)

2. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3)

3. 34. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS)

4. 77. John Beck (Vantage Property Radical SR3RS)

5. 88. Rowan Ross (Radical Australia Radical SR3RSX)

Race#2 (12-laps)

1. 27. Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1)

2. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3)

3. 34. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS)

4. 88. Rowan Ross (Radical Australia Radical SR3RSX)

5. 77. John Beck (Vantage Property Radical SR3RS)

Race#3 (13-laps)

1. 27. Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1)

2. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3)

3. 34. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS)

4. 88. Rowan Ross (Radical Australia Radical SR3RSX)

DNF. 77. John Beck (Vantage Property Radical SR3RS) - 11-laps

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Rnd#5 - 2019 SuperSports Series

Wakefield Park, Goulburn, NSW

7 September, 2019

Qualifying (15-minutes)

1. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC) - 1:08.1904

2. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3) - 1:08.5220

3. 56. Greg Kenny (Bluegate Property Radical SR3RS) - 1:12.4734

4. 27. Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1) - 1:15.5344

5. 77. Jonathon Canavan (Radical SR3RS) - 1:16.0633

8. 34. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS) - 1:18.5102

9. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3) - 1:22.4609

10. 42. Simon Bathgate (GWR/PSA Racing Radical SR3RS) - 1:45.2734

Race#1 (11-laps)

1. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC)

2. 27. Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1)

3. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3)

5. 34. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS) - 10-laps

6. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3)

8. 56. Greg Kenny (Bluegate Property Radical SR3RS)

NC. 42. Simon Bathgate (GWR/PSA Racing Radical SR3RS) - 8-laps

DNF. 77. Jonathon Canavan (Radical SR3RS)

Race#2 (12-laps)

1. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC)

2. 27. Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1)

3. 34. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS)

4. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3)

6. 56. Greg Kenny (Bluegate Property Radical SR3RS) - 11-laps

7. 77. Jonathon Canavan (Radical SR3RS)

8. 42. Simon Bathgate (GWR/PSA Racing Radical SR3RS) - 9-laps

DNF. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3) - 0-laps

Race#3 (12-laps)

1. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC)

2. 27. Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1)

3. 34. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS)

4. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3)

5. 77. Jonathon Canavan (Radical SR3RS) - 11-laps

6. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3)

8. 56. Greg Kenny (Bluegate Property Radical SR3RS)

10. 42. Simon Bathgate (GWR/PSA Racing Radical SR3RS) - 9-laps

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NSW SuperSports Series - Class 1 Championship Points (after round five of six)

1. Stephen Champion (199-points), 2. Peter Clare (169), 3. John Beck (141), 4. Paul Braico (94), 5. Simon Bathgate (77), 6. Greg Kenny (62), 7. Garth Walden (46), 8. Mitch Neilson (41), 9. Rowan Ross (38), 10. Philip Hughes (31), 11. Bill Medland (29), 12. Chris Sutton (28), 13. Max Medland (26), 13. Sue Hughes (26)

NSW SuperSports Series - Class 2 Championship Points (after round five of six)

1. Darren Barlow (195-points), 2. Alex Kenny (111), 3. Paul Palmer (57), 4. Neale Muston (46), 5. Mark Laucke (35), 6. Daniel Gonzales (31), 7. Glen Stallbaum (30), 8. Nick Kelly (27), 9. Brenton Keogh (25), 10. Peter Hills (22), 10. Dave Barram (22)

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2019 SuperSports Series

Rnd#1 - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (Saturday, 6 April, 2019)

Rnd#2 - Wakefield Park, NSW (Saturday, 25 May, 2019)

Rnd#3 - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (Saturday, 22 June, 2019)

Rnd#4 - Phillip Island, Victoria (Saturday/Sunday, 17-18 August, 2019)

Rnd#5 - Wakefield Park, NSW (Saturday, 7 September, 2019)

Rnd#6 - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (Saturday, 26 October, 2019)


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