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Radical Sportscars to Partner with PWC

Radical Sportscars to support Pirelli World Challenge on headliner weekends…

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Radical Sportscars will partner Pirelli World Challenge, with all six rounds of Radical’s North American championship supporting PWC events next year.

The announcement was made during the Pirelli World Challenge Competitor meeting at the PRI trade show in Indianapolis last week.

Originally announced events were Radical supporting races at PWC headliner weekends at Circuit of The Americas (March 23-25), Virginia International Raceway (April 27-29) and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (May 18-20).

Last week, two additional weekends were secured with Utah Motorsports Campus (Aug. 10-12) and Watkins Glen International (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) joining the first three dates.

One more weekend will be announced in the near future for the Radical North American championship with the PWC weekends.

The partnership with PWC means the Radical series will now be sanctioned by USAC, giving North American Radical drivers access to FIA licensing and the opportunity to compete internationally, via Radical’s one-make championships in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and UK.

The popularity of Radical’s North American series has warranted an expansion from five to six rounds in 2018. This season’s championship attracted 45 competitors from across the U.S. as well as drivers from Canada, Brazil, England and Norway.

Jesse Menczer (One Motorsport) won the Masters (SR8) class championship. Richard Thomas (Wisko Racing) won his second consecutive 1500 title after a year-long battle with Ethan Stone (One Motorsport).

Antoine Comeau won the 1340 class championship, even though a broken wrist kept him from participating in the final round.

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  1. Curtis

    December 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I actually enjoy watching the Radicals race. I’m looking forward to seeing them at VIR in April.

  2. Pierce

    December 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Is this precursor to Radical in GT3 spec joining the GT class

    • Tim

      December 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      God I hope not. I wouldn’t mind seeing a Radical LMP3 though.

      • Nate

        December 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm

        The RXC GT3 looks pretty good to me, though it does admittedly look a little out place among more “normal” looking GT3 cars. But at this point PWC could use anything to boost the car count

        • daedalus

          December 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm

          they are pretty cheap too at only $200k compared to $400k+ for most other GT3s. It would a nice alternative for someone from GTS wanting to step up without braking the bank.

          • jrw

            December 12, 2017 at 11:51 pm

            “Braking” for a corner is one thing, “breaking” a bank is another.

      • StueyB83

        December 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

        I loved the SR9 LMP2 of the mid 2000’s. Rollcentre didnt do too badly with it.

        Be nice to see something lile that again.

  3. Denz

    December 12, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    A nice addition to the Watkins Glen Weekend!!

  4. daedalus

    December 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    This is a good move for PWC. Adding more tintop classes would further complicate things. The thing sportscar racing has been lacking since forever is prototype sprint racing, so having the 40min radical races will be a refreshing change.

    Considering the sr8 ran 4:04s at cota
    when the GT3s were in the 4:07s it means the radical will be the fastest class of the weekend when not running with indycar. Not bad for a car that only costs about $100k, less than a GT4 car.

    • daedalus

      December 12, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      *correction 2:04s,2:07s

    • Steve91386

      December 13, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Sportscar racing is missing Prototype sprint racing? I suppose you haven’t seen IMSA’s Mazda Prototype Challenge class.

  5. Robert

    December 12, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    This is great news, can’t wait for the 2018 racing season!

  6. NaBUru38

    December 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    The Pirelli World Challenge should partner with the Pikes Peak Hillclimb to enter a fleet of GT3 entries.

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