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Rookie Ryan Godfrey moves into SuperSports points lead


Despite making his Radical debut just last month at Wakefield Park with a stunning drive in testing conditions, Ryan Godfrey has set the established stars on notice after emerging from Sydney Motorsport Park’s second round as the outright points leader of the SuperSports category, despite having to play second-fiddle to the more experienced SR3 drivers on their ‘home’ circuit.


The battle at the front in qualifying saw Alex Kenny emerge fastest in his Juno, with former Radical Australia Cup champion Neale Muston half a second shy in his Radical SR8, but it was third-placed Peter Paddon who was pushing Muston every step of the way, the three-time Cup champion pushing his new SR3RSX to third fastest, just over a tenth shy of Muston’s best, with Peter White fourth in the second of the SR8s.


Experienced SR3 campaigners Stephen Champion (the reigning Class 1 SuperSports champion) and Peter Clare shared row three, with Ryan Godfrey emerging seventh fastest in his Sydney Motorsport Park debut, half a second up on Volante Rosso’s Greg Kenny.


Muston led the field down to turn two during the opening race, with Alex Kenny, Paddon and White in pursuit. Godfrey was lucky to get through untroubled after John Beck - with all four wheels locked - tagged Greg Kenny under brakes, spinning the latter to the outfield, narrowly avoiding the tail of the #8 entry who in the process was avoiding the spinning Peter Paddon who had been tagged by Peter White.


A safety car to remove Greg Kenny’s car saw the field bunched up for the restart, Godfrey the big loser, dropping positions to Clare and Champion before coming under fire from a recovering Paddon, the multiple RAC champion taking advantage of the Clare and Champion battle to move back into fourth, making short work of White soon after.


Alex Kenny crossed the line three seconds clear of Muston, with Paddon a distant third ahead of White (SR8), Clare, Champion, Godfrey, Beck, Paul Braico, Sue Hughes, Michael Donnellan and Stephen Roberts.


Muston got the jump again off the start of race two, with White holding out a great battle for position behind him between Paddon, Clare, Champion, Godfrey and Beck.


Keen to get back to the front, Alex Kenny bullied his way into the lead on the run into turn five, but Muston wasn’t about to let him get away. As the leaders fought hard, the action behind was no less intense, Ryan Godfrey making a slight error at the hairpin to allow Stephen Champion an opportunity, the rookie though recovering on the exit to run down to turn 17 side-by-side, Godfrey with the more ideal line for the run onto the main straight.


Godfrey then took the fight to John Beck who had taken advantage of the battle ahead of him to move forward, the two drivers running side-by-side down the main straight and into the blindingly fast left hander at turn one, the battle going down to turn two where Godfrey ran wide and onto the grass, dropping him back down the order.


Sadly for Alex Kenny a late race technical issue saw him retire, leaving Muston to run comfortably to the line, 16-seconds clear of Peter Paddon with Peter White another ten seconds back in third. Stephen Champion eventually overcame challenges from Clare and Beck to be second SR3 (Class 1) entry home, Clare, Braico, Godfrey, Greg Kenny and Sue Hughes rounding out the ten.


With Alex Kenny out for the final 20-minute race, Neale Muston was able to get the jump off the line untroubled with White, Paddon, Clare, Champion and Braico in pursuit. Behind them Ryan Godfrey was getting a short-back-and-sides from Greg Kenny and John Beck as they tipped into turn one, the rookie coming off second-best and dropping back to ninth.


Peter Clare muscled his way through on Stephen Champion on the exit of turn two in a bid for fourth place, as Paddon worked his way to second on the outside of White at turn four after monstering the faster SR8 during the early laps.


White though was able to use the superior horsepower of the SR8 to regain the position on the long main straight, starting a great battle that would continue through much of the race, Paddon able to regain the position through the tighter midfield, although it would be White’s power advantage which would ultimately hand him second at the line, despite following Paddon out of the final corner.


Behind them Champion and Clare continued their great battle for position, Clare typically leaving little opportunity for the reigning title holder allowing Champion’s GWR team-mate Paul Braico to join the fight, the trio swapping positions before Champion ultimately prevailed with second in Class 1, and fourth outright.


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Rnd#2 - 2020 SuperSports Series

Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW

1 August, 2020


Qualifying (15-minutes)

1. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC) - 1:28.1666

2. 41. Neale Muston (Excalibur Racing Radical SR8) - 1:28.7375

3. 31. Peter Paddon (First Focus Radical SR3RSX) - 1:28.9498

4. 28. Peter White (First Neon Radical SR8) - 1:29.5628

5. 1. Stephen Champion (GWR/Champion’s Business Radical SR3RS) - 1:29.9272

6. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Radical SR3) - 1:31.3906

7. 8. Ryan Godfrey (Ready Set Reline Radical SR3) - 1:31.9184

8. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX) - 1:32.4709

9. 77. John Beck (Vantage Property Radical SR3) - 1:32.5402

10. 62. Craig McLatchey (Radical Australia SR3RSX) - 1:37.3728

11. 23. Michael Donnellan (GWR Radical SR3) - 1:37.6667

12. 88. Stephen Roberts (AustWIDE Freight Radical SR8) - 1:45.0682

14. 32. Sue Hughes (Hughes Motorsport Radical SR3) - 2:02.6518

15. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3) - NTR


Race#1 (9-laps)

1. 21. Alexander Kenny (Juno NC)

2. 41. Neale Muston (Excalibur Racing Radical SR8)

3. 31. Peter Paddon (First Focus Radical SR3RSX)

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

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

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

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

8. 77. John Beck (Vantage Property Radical SR3)

9. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3)

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

11. 23. Michael Donnellan (GWR Radical SR3)

12. 88. Stephen Roberts (AustWIDE Freight Radical SR8)

DNF. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX) - 5-laps

DNS. 62. Craig McLatchey (Radical Australia SR3RSX)


Race#2 (11-laps)

1. 41. Neale Muston (Excalibur Racing Radical SR8)

2. 31. Peter Paddon (First Focus Radical SR3RSX)

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

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

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

6. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3)

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

8. 77. John Beck (Vantage Property Radical SR3)

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

10. 32. Sue Hughes (Hughes Motorsport Radical SR3) - 10-laps

11. 23. Michael Donnellan (GWR Radical SR3)

12. 88. Stephen Roberts (AustWIDE Freight Radical SR8)


Race#3 (11-laps)

1. 41. Neale Muston (Excalibur Racing Radical SR8)

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

3. 31. Peter Paddon (First Focus Radical SR3RSX)

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

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

6. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3)

7. 77. John Beck (Vantage Property Radical SR3)

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

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

10. 88. Stephen Roberts (AustWIDE Freight Radical SR8)

11. 23. Michael Donnellan (GWR Radical SR3)

12. 32. Sue Hughes (Hughes Motorsport Radical SR3) - 10-laps


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

1. Ryan Godfrey (80-points), 2. Stephen Champion (78), 3. Peter White (73), 4. Michael Donnellan (56), 4. Peter Clare (56), 6. Alex Kenny (51), 7. Neale Muston (50), 8. Sue Hughes (46), 8. Peter Paddon (46), 10. Nick Kelly (42), 11. Greg Kenny (41), 12. Stephen Roberts (38), 13. Chris Barry (36), 14. Paul Braico (35), 15. Craig McLatchey (33), 15. John Beck (33)

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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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