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2020 NSW SuperSports season underway at Wakefield Park

Despite a turbulent start to the year and re-emerging border lockdowns, the NSW SuperSports season was finally able to get underway at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park on July 11, with a strong field of entries that featured both seasoned veterans, and emerging rookies, on a day of changeable weather that saw more fantastic racing.


Typically conditions for early practice and qualifying were nippy, snow on the nearby ski-fields an indication that teams were likely to experience a challenging day. Despite the trepidation though, there were few issues as drivers searched for the limit of grip, in the end, Radical veterans Nick Kelly and Peter White - who was making a return after being out of the seat for more than two years - in their respective V8-powered SR8s claiming the top two qualifying positions.


Reigning SuperSports champion Stephen Champion claimed top honours for the Class 1 (SR3) teams and fourth outright, ahead of rSR3 ookie Ryan Godfrey, Volante Rosso’s Peter Clare and team-mate Greg Kenny who was debuting his new SR3RSX.


The two SR8s led the field away on a damp circuit for the opening race, a race which claimed a couple of early victims in Sue Hughes (crash at turn five) and Greg Kenny (spin), before Nick Kelly took back the lead from a spinning Alex Kenny to take a narrow win over Peter White. 2019 title-contender Peter Clare followed the pair across the line just over a second in arrears after taking the position away from Stephen Champion early in the race.


Race two saw a 30-minute delay thanks to consistent heavy rain, forcing all cars onto wet weather tyres, providing a very interesting battle for position in the slippery conditions, which claimed almost every driver in the field across the course of the race. For debutante Ryan Godfrey though, a cautious approach saw the Sydney-sider claim his maiden victory - and the outright win - by more than three seconds from Alex Kenny, with a recovering Nick Kelly, who had led at various stages, third.


Peter White again followed Kelly across the line for third in Class 2 (Alex Kenny taking the class win), with Peter Clare bagging a good haul of Class 1 points with second in class ahead of another rookie in Michael Donnellan. Sue Hughes - who returned to the field after some epic work by the GWR Australia team after her race one off - was fourth SR3 across the line, from rookie Craig McLatchey and Stephen Champion, who had a late off at turn 10.


A wet final race again saw the teams tip-toeing around the circuit looking for grip off the start with race two winner Godfrey holding point, but again the conditions claimed early victims, one of them being Peter Clare who suffered an electrical issue off the start forcing officials to tow him to the side of the circuit as the race began.


Victory in the end went to Nick Kelly from Peter White, with Ryan Godfrey third - after battling at the front for much of the race - and top Class 1 finisher, his performance impressive on debut to finish just over a second behind the two battling SR8s and more than ten seconds clear of reigning SuperSports title holder Stephen Champion.


Greg Kenny’s tough return to SR3 competition was buoyed by third in Class 1, ahead of McLatchey, Sue Hughes and Michael Donnellan.


Whilst for Kelly and White it was very much a throwback to their battles of seasons past, for Godfrey, his Radical debut surprised many, and perhaps laid the foundations of a successful career..


“I had a ripper of a weekend and I just want to say a big thank you to GWR for prepping the car,” Godfrey said post-event. “Race two was a definite highlight - I was surprised with myself and chuffed with the result. I love the Radical, I’m addicted and I can’t wait for round two.”


For the other two rookies - Michael Donnellan and Craig McLatchey, the pair did an incredible job in testing conditions - McLatchey in particular impressing the RA Motorsports team on the debut of his new SR3RSX, the motorsport debutante taking a measured approach as he absorbed a huge amount of information across the event from the RA team and driver coach Mark Williamson - whilst Donnellan too proved just how forgiving the mighty SR3 can be, even in the hands of drivers new to the sport.


Teams now switch their attention to the second round of the SuperSports Series, which will see a return to Sydney Motorsport Park for the rescheduled event on Saturday, August 1.


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Rnd#1 - 2020 SuperSports Series

Wakefield Park, NSW

11 July, 2019

Qualifying (15-minutes)

1. 99. Nick Kelly (Industrie Clothing Radical SR8) - 0:56.8939

2. 28. Peter White (First Neon Radical SR8) - 0:57.7611

3. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC) - 0:58.0408

4. 1. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS) - 0:58.5865

5. 8. Ryan Godfrey (Ready Set Reline Radical SR3) - 0:59.2606

6. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3) - 1:00.2012

7. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX) - 1:00.2128

9. 62. Craig McLatchey (Radical Australia SR3RSX) - 1:03.0749

10. 23. Michael Donnellan (GWR Radical SR3) - 1:04.0273

11. 32. Sue Hughes (Hughes Motorsport Radical SR3) - 1:04.0586


Race#1 (12-laps)

1. 99. Nick Kelly (Industrie Clothing Radical SR8)

2. 28. Peter White (First Neon Radical SR8)

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

4. 8. Ryan Godfrey (Ready Set Reline Radical SR3)

5. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC)

6. 1. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS)

7. 62. Craig McLatchey (Radical Australia SR3RSX)

9. 23. Michael Donnellan (GWR Radical SR3)

10. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX)

DNF. 32. Sue Hughes (Hughes Motorsport Radical SR3) - 4-laps


Race#2 (14-laps)

1. 8. Ryan Godfrey (Ready Set Reline Radical SR3)

2. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC)

3. 99. Nick Kelly (Industrie Clothing Radical SR8)

4. 28. Peter White (First Neon Radical SR8)

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

6. 23. Michael Donnellan (GWR Radical SR3)

8. 32. Sue Hughes (Hughes Motorsport Radical SR3) - 13-laps

9. 62. Craig McLatchey (Radical Australia SR3RSX)

10. 1. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS) - 11-laps

DNS. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX)


Race#3 (16-laps)

1. 99. Nick Kelly (Industrie Clothing Radical SR8)

2. 28. Peter White (First Neon Radical SR8)

3. 8. Ryan Godfrey (Ready Set Reline Radical SR3)

4. 1. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS)

6. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX) - 15-laps

7. 62. Craig McLatchey (Radical Australia SR3RSX)

8. 32. Sue Hughes (Hughes Motorsport Radical SR3)

9. 23. Michael Donnellan (GWR Radical SR3)

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


NSW SuperSports Series - Overall Points (after round one of five)

1. Nick Kelly (51-points), 2. Ryan Godfrey (47), 3. Alex Kenny (40), 4. Stephen Champion (38), 5. Craig McLatchey (37), 6. Chris Barry (37), 7. Michael Donnellan (34), 8. Peter White (29), 9. Peter Clare (29), 10. Sue Hughes (22), 11. Greg Kenny (22)

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2020 SuperSports Series

Rnd#1 - Wakefield Park, NSW (Saturday, 11 July, 2020)

Rnd#2 - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (Saturday, 1 August, 2020)

Rnd#3 - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (Saturday, 5 September, 2020 - TBC)

Rnd#4 - Wakefield Park, NSW (Saturday, 26 September, 2020)

Rnd#5 - Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (Saturday, 14 November, 2020)

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