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Old 03-05-2018, 06:01 PM
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2018 Radical North American Masters - COTA

We are getting ready to head to Circuit Of The Americas for round 1 of the 2018 Radical North America on March 23-25.
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We've arrived safely in Austin, you can follow the action at: www.tsl-timing.com
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:03 AM
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Radical drivers star during World Challenge weekend at COTA for round one of Blue Marble Radical Cup North America.

An air of anticipation and excitement surrounded round one of the Radical Cup North America series from the onset. The paddock was energized with the announcement of new title sponsor Blue Marble Cocktails, a switch to Hankook rubber and a 27 car entry list with a number of fresh faces. The on-track action didn't disappoint, nor did the off-track atmosphere in the Blue Marble Radical Cup hospitality area.

Qualifying saw a number of drivers test the track limits imposed by Pirelli World Challenge officials causing times to be disallowed, while two red flags also aborted hot laps. Not that this or an offseason switch to SR3 machinery phased 2017 Masters class champion Jesse Menczer, who set the 1500 class pace over fellow Spring Mountain Country Club members Shahin Mobine and Ron Fletcher. Reigning champion, Richard Thomas , was one to get caught out however, finding himself fourth as the session ended. In the 1340 class it was Antoine Comeau, the 2017 champ, who set the benchmark.

Theodor Olsen led the field to the green for Race 1. Alongside him was fellow Masters class driver Will Hardeman, whose qualifying performance in the new SR8 was particularly impressive given he and the team only had two days of testing under their belts.

The race was defined by a number of incidents including a turn one altercation which left Thomas and Alain Derzie sidelined. Ron Fletcher also fell victim, as did Menczer and Mobine when they came to blows to end the race under full course caution. Capitalizing on the chaos was Greg Gorski who took the 1500 class win from teammates Ethan Stone and Indy Al Miller.

Louis Schriber commenced 2018 the same way he finished the 2017 season, standing on the top step of the COTA podium after winning in the 1340 class over Canadians Dan Earle and Alan Shaw – whose recovery from the back of the grid after a post-qualifying engine swap earned him drive of the day.

At the front of the field Theodor Olsen led from start to finish, fending off Will Hardeman each restart, to take an impressive Masters Class win. Dave Tweedlie finished third.

Olsen's delight then turned to drama as he missed the false grid cutoff for Race 2, forcing him to start from the back of the pack. Not one to be flustered, the young Norwegian stunned the crowd, carving his way up to fourth outright by the end of lap one. On lap four he again stole the show becoming the fastest man to lap Circuit of the Americas during the weekend with a 2:05.026– some sixth tenths faster than Mike Skeen's PWC GT qualifying effort in Mercedes-AMG GT3 machinery.

Nevertheless, just before the halfway point of Race 2 it looked as though Will Hardeman would manage his lead until a rare pneumatic compressor issue gave Theodor Olsen the outright lead and another Masters Class victory. Hardeman's demise promoted Dave Tweedlie to the second step of the podium.

After Schriber fell by the wayside early on, Greg Boland took a decisive victory in the 1340 class over Antoine Comeau and Alan Shaw, who again impressed.

In the 1500 class Menczer once more found himself in the thick of the action, fighting for the lead with Stone, Mobine, Miller, Fletcher, Thomas, Gorski and Miguel Grillo. An overly optimistic dive-bomb from Stone in Turn 12 sent Menczer tumbling down the order and left Stone with a drive through penalty. When the checker flag flew on Race 2, Shahin Mobine was on top, taking the 1500 class win from Indy Al Miller and Ron Fletcher.

The mandatory pitstop added an extra element of strategy, not to mention some controversy, to Race 3. The minimum pitstop time caught out 1500 class front runners Menczer and Fletcher, the later by just a few tenths. Comeau, who was leading the 1340 class as the pitstop window opened, also short stopped and all three drivers were hit with drive through penalties. However, Antoine Comeau managed to stay on the lead lap to win the 1340 class from Louis Schriber and Greg Boland.

Indy Al Miller, who had started on the class pole thanks to his Race 2 fastest lap, drove a stellar race and perfected the pitstop to claim the top step of the 1500 podium. Miguel Grillo and Ethan Stone locked out the top three for One Motorsports.

Hometown hero Will Hardeman also used the pitstop to his advantage to leapfrog Theodor Olsen and give new Texas Radical dealer Moorespeed its maiden victory. Dave Tweedlie completed the Masters class podium.

The Blue Marble Cocktails Radical Cup North America series now heads to picturesque Virginia International Raceway for Round 2 with Pirelli World Challenge, April 27-29.
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:20 AM
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Re: 2018 Radical North American Masters - COTA

Some video of me driving not as fast as I should.

https://youtu.be/Hv09AUWb6B4

https://youtu.be/4SUUNFF0hlk

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Re: 2018 Radical North American Masters - COTA

Your lines looked awesome Matt, though it didn't seem to matter on such a wide track offering plenty of creative lines ......... which most of the other cars were taking! My favourite is the dude straight lining the esses
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