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July 6, 2019

Rnd#4 - 2019 Radical Australia Cup

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria (29-30 June, 2019)

 

 The annual Phillip Island round of the Radical Australia Cup never fails to deliver, with a record of unpredictability each time the popular category takes to the southern venue in the peak of winter - 2019 was no different.

 

Coming into the round Peter Paddon was again marked as favourite with his past successes on the 4.445-kilometre Grand Prix circuit playing into the equation, but despite his favouritism, the three-time Radical Australia Cup title holder could do no better than second in either 50-minute race, with wins going to title rivals Chris Perini and Mitch Neilson, although Neilson’s result came off the back of a DNF after he was sidelined in race one with a mechanical issue.

 

The ultimate result of the round was that the championship is now all square after four rounds with just The Bend Motorsport Park and the season finale at Highlands to come, Paddon and Perini equal on points with former points leader Mitch Neilson nipping at their heels.. It’s going to be an epic close to the eleventh season of the Cup!

 

Qualifying

Debuting his ex-Rowan Ross RSX in Radical Australia Cup, all eyes were on points leader Mitch Neilson during qualifying, but whether stage fright or just sheer bad luck, the #38 machine suffered a technical issue almost immediately leaving Neilson with just one timed lap in the books thanks to crossing the line in pit lane.. 

 

Sadly that also meant he didn’t record a second lap, with each driver’s second fastest time setting the grid for race two, forcing the two-time 2019 race winner to start both races from the rear of the field.

 

With Neilson out, focus settled on the battle between GWR team-mates Paddon and Perini and it was electrifying, Paddon though ultimately running at near lap-record pace to grab the best two times to claim pole for both 50-minute races, Perini pleased to have been able to get within reach, but still lamenting that he had some work to do to close down the three-time champions advantage, especially with Kosta Pohorukov in such good form.

 

Pohorukov had endured a tough start to the season with an early DNF at Bathurst before missing round two, but he was right on the pace in qualifying, just a tenth shy of Perini on his best lap to set the third fastest time, but his second lap saw better consistency than his team-mate to grab a front row start for race two alongside Paddon, relegating Perini to the second row.

 

RAC rookie Siegfried (Zig) Fuhrmeister was fourth fastest in both his best laps, the Radical regular looking forward to mixing it with the leaders on his Cup debut, whilst the returning Paul Braico led the third row with the intention of making up for the disappointment of two unfortunate DNFs last time out at Sydney Motorsport Park.

 

The Medland trio were next in line, father-and-son combination Chris and Max leading Bill on both occasions, with Greg Kenny, the effervescent Jim Hernandez and Peter Clare trailing the pack (Clare due to a post-session DSQ after a scrutineering issue) to start from the rear of the field for both 50-minute journeys.

 

Race#1 (50-minutes)

Damp conditions saw a cautious start from pole-sitter Paddon who was no doubt lamenting an off on the run to the line to start a previous race at Phillip Island in similar conditions, this time though the ‘First Focus’ driver was flawless, leading the field down to Southern Loop with Perini, Kosta and the fast-starting Chris Medland in tow.

 

Sadly for Mitch Neilson, his tough qualifying run continued, the team striking more setbacks out of the dummy grid to see him back down pit lane as the field took the start, he rejoined although briefly before a throttle cable failure sidelined him forcing him to watch his points lead disappear in the battle at the front of the field.

 

Paddon typically opened a lead early as has been his trademark in past seasons, the experienced campaigner running strongly on cold tyres to put some time between he and Perini prior to the compulsory pit stop, but both were down pit lane early with Pohorukov in tow, all three GWR cars line astern whilst the team checked and adjusted tyre pressures.

 

Once the window had closed with Chris Medland last in from a comfortable lead to hand over to son Max, the landscape was clear - Paddon leading from Perini and Paul Braico, who had initially rejoined ahead of the black and red car of Perini, before the former Superbike racer stormed through on lap 15 to latch back on to Paddon’s tail.

 

Perini was on fire, turning in some of his best laps in an SR3 to apply maximum pressure to Paddon, although whilst he could catch him, passing the Radical veteran would be a completely different scenario but ultimately he didn’t have to push too hard, the #31 making a rare error on the penultimate lap to allow Perini through for his second win of the year.

 

Paddon crossed the line comfortably second, with Paul Braico an impressive third in the slippery conditions. Max Medland again made a big impression on the RAC regulars in wet conditions on debut at Phillip Island, whilst Kosta Pohorukov finished fifth, well clear of Peter Clare who had started from pit lane after a setback in qualifying.

 

Zig Fuhrmeister was first driver a lap down after a challenging run in the damp conditions, to finish ahead of Bill Medland and the smiling Jim Hernandez, who was overjoyed to have finished his maiden race on the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

 

Race#2 (50-minutes)

Bright sunshine met the teams for the second race of the weekend, although low ambient temperatures meant building tyres to a workable grip level would be a challenge across the opening laps.

 

Paddon led the field away but Pohorukov was keen to stick with him, holding strong until Southern Loop with Paul Braico locked in behind. Max Medland was the big mover off the line, taking Fuhrmeister quickly for fourth whilst from rear of grid Mitch Neilson was already fourth by Honda and menacing Braico by Siberia.

 

The following lap Neilson threw it down the inside of Kosta at MG, but the GWR driver closed the door on the exit, putting Neilson on the outside for the run into the final corner. By turn one Neilson was through with Kosta turning his attention to Braico who was keen to follow the #38.

 

Whilst all this was going on Peter Paddon was pushing hard at the front and by lap four was more than four seconds clear of the charging Neilson, whilst further back, a frustrated Chris Perini who suffered damage in the APS race immediately prior was forced to start from pit lane, he was eighth by lap four and pushing hard.

 

Paddon, Neilson, Pohorukov and Perini were in as soon as the compulsory pit stop window opened, and with a hefty success penalty against his name, Paddon was stationary for 90-seconds, a full ten-seconds more than Mitch Neilson and Chris Perini, and an agonising 25-seconds longer than Kosta Pohurokov.

 

By the time the pit-stop cycles were complete, Nielson found himself comfortably in front and charging away from the pack with Paddon behind, whilst Zig Fuhrmeister and Paul Braico were in close pursuit, but quickly under fire from Chris Perini who worked his way to third by lap 25 to close out the podium with the title contenders all scoring strongly.

 

Ultimately Neilson finished a staggering 40-seconds clear of Paddon, with the three-time champion 20-seconds up on Perini. Fuhrmeister crossed the line fourth clear of Braico who was ultimately classified third for the round behind Paddon and Perini, whilst Peter Clare recovered from a rear-of-field start to take sixth ahead of Max Medland.

 

Greg Kenny was eighth ahead of Pohorukov with Jim Hernandez getting to within five seconds of the race leaders pace on his Phillip Island debut - the smiles continued..

 

Bill Medland was the sole casualty of the second race, after contact with the barriers in a battle for position, breaking an upright as a result which forced his retirement.

 

For the Radical Australia Cup teams, they enjoy a length break before the penultimate round of the season at The Bend Motorsport Park at the end of August, whilst for the NSW SuperSports Series regulars, they return to Phillip Island a week earlier on 17-18 August.

 

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2019 Radical Australia Cup

Rnd#4 - 2019 Radical Australia Cup

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria (29-30 June, 2019)

 

Race#2 (30 June):

1. 38. Mitch Neilson (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX) - 31-laps

2. 31. Peter Paddon (First Focus Radical SR3RS) +40.9767

3. 81. Chris Perini (GWR Radical SR3RSX) +1:01.9631

4. 27. Zig Fuhrmeister (Elect Motorsport Radical SR3RS) +1:09.3119

5. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3RS) +1:30.2978

6. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Racing Radical SR3RS) - 30-laps

7. 9. Chris Medland/Max Medland (Radical Australia Radical SR3RS) 

8. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RS) 

9. 26. Kostinken Pohorukov (GWR/Tilton Racing Radical SR3RSX) 

10. 23. Jim Hernandez (RA Motorsports Radical SR3RSX) 

 

DNF. 52. Bill Medland (RA Motorsports Radical SR3RSX) - 13-laps

 

Race#1 (29 June):

1. 81. Chris Perini (GWR Radical SR3RSX) - 25-laps

2. 31. Peter Paddon (First Focus Radical SR3RS) +10.3820

3. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3RS) +40.0488

4. 9. Chris Medland/Max Medland (Radical Australia Radical SR3RS) +52.5334

5. 26. Kostinken Pohorukov (GWR/Tilton Racing Radical SR3RSX) +52.5579

6. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Racing Radical SR3RS) +1:32.3396

7. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RS) +1:45.3713

8. 27. Zig Fuhrmeister (Elect Motorsport Radical SR3RS) - 24-laps

9. 52. Bill Medland (RA Motorsports Radical SR3RSX)

10. 23. Jim Hernandez (RA Motorsports Radical SR3RSX) - 23-laps

 

DNS. 38. Mitch Neilson (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX) 

 

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Race#2 Grid (29 June):

1. 31. Peter Paddon (First Focus Radical SR3RS) - 1:33.0543

2. 26. Kostinken Pohorukov (GWR/Tilton Racing Radical SR3RSX) - 1:34.5895

3. 81. Chris Perini (GWR Radical SR3RSX) - 1:35.2112

4. 27. Zig Fuhrmeister (Elect Motorsport Radical SR3RS) - 1:35.5216

5. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3RS) - 1:36.9996

6. 9. Chris Medland/Max Medland (Radical Australia Radical SR3RS) - 1:37.8442

7. 52. Bill Medland (RA Motorsports Radical SR3RSX) - 1:40.2716

8. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RS) - 1:40.6172

9. 23. Jim Hernandez (RA Motorsports Radical SR3RSX) - 1:47.1859

10. 38. Mitch Neilson (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX) - NTR

11. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Racing Radical SR3RS) - DSQ

 

Race#1 Grid (29 June):

1. 31. Peter Paddon (First Focus Radical SR3RS) - 1:32.6716

2. 81. Chris Perini (GWR Radical SR3RSX) - 1:34.2561

3. 26. Kostinken Pohorukov (GWR/Tilton Racing Radical SR3RSX) - 1:34.3068

4. 27. Zig Fuhrmeister (Elect Motorsport Radical SR3RS) - 1:35.4231

5. 80. Paul Braico (GWR Radical SR3RS) - 1:36.7115

6. 9. Chris Medland/Max Medland (Radical Australia Radical SR3RS) - 1:37.2301

7. 52. Bill Medland (RA Motorsports Radical SR3RSX) - 1:39.0063

8. 56. Greg Kenny (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RS) - 1:40.1447

9. 23. Jim Hernandez (RA Motorsports Radical SR3RSX) - 1:46.4570

10. 38. Mitch Neilson (Volante Rosso Radical SR3RSX) - 3:32.3464

11. 47. Peter Clare (Shared Runway Racing Radical SR3RS) - DSQ

 

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Championship Points (after four rounds of six)

1. Peter Paddon (267-points), 1. Chris Perini (267), 3. Mitch Neilson (241), 4. Brad Neilson (158), 5. Chris Medland (156), 6. Peter Clare (153), 7. Max Medland (145), 8. Bill Medland (136), 9. Simon Haggarty (127), 10. Greg Kenny (120), 11. Phil Anseline (108), 12. Jim Hernandez (104), 13. Kostinken Pohorukov (75), 14. Rowan Ross (71), 15. Tony Haggarty (66), 16. Brenton Griguol (63), 17. Neale Muston (60), 18. Paul Braico (54), 18. Michael Whiting (54), 20. Oliver Smith (52), 21. Aaron Love (47), 22. Stephen Champion (46), 23. Siegfried Fuhrmeister (45), 24. Anthony Davis (21), 25. David Pennells/Matthew Windsor (18), 25. JP Drake (18), 27. Brad Shiels/Grant Denyer (11), 28. Ed Singleton (0), 

 

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2019 Radical Australia Cup

Rnd#1 - 1-2 February - Mount Panorama, Bathurst, New South Wales

Rnd#2 - 1-3 March - Sydney Motorsport Park, New South Wales

Rnd#3 - 17-19 May - Sydney Motorsport Park, New South Wales

Rnd#4 - 28-30 June - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria

Rnd#5 - 23-25 August - The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia

Rnd#6 - 4-6 October - Highlands Motorsport Park, New Zealand

 

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