The GWR Australia squad has experienced a challenging weekend in Round 2 of the Radical Cup Australia at Perth’s Barbagallo circuit this weekend, with the duo of Peter Paddon and Peter Carr scoring the team’s best result of the weekend with eighth overall.
Paddon and Carr were consistent performers in the pair of 45-minute races, chalking up a pair of seventh-place finishes.
Chris Perini, the points leader coming into the weekend, ran competitively in the weekend’s opening race and was on target for a top five finish before some issues after a late-race Safety Car saw him falling back to 10th at the finish.
In the second race, Perini lost a handful of places when he was forced to take evasive action to avoid a spinning car in the first corner. However, Perini fought back strongly, becoming involved in an exciting late-race scrap with Paddon and young West Australian competitor Caleb Sumich. He ultimately saw off the challenges of both rivals to finish the race in fifth position.
Making her first visit to the West Australian venue since 1999, Sue Hughes steadily improved over the weekend, recording finishes of 14th and 15th in the two races.
Steve Champion endured another tough weekend; after coming home 12th in Race 1, he spun in the first corner of Race 2, sustaining battle scars to the front of his Radical SR3 XX. While the GWR crew attempted to patch up Champion’s car, the damage was ultimately too severe and forced him into retirement.
The next Radical Cup Australia round will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park, 27-29 May.