Soaked but Stoked Perini Clinches RCA Title

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Soaked but Stoked Perini Clinches RCA Title

GWR Australia driver Chris Perini has secured his second Radical Cup Australia title at The Bend Motorsport Park today, bringing his Radical SR3 XX home eighth in a diabolically wet final race of the season.

With Perini’s main title rivals Peter Paddon/Peter Carr and Jordan Oon failing to finish, he ended the season comfortably on top of the points table.

The Sydney driver said the conditions in today’s race were the worst he had ever raced in.

“After we completed our compulsory pit stops, the weather really closed in and in particular, the visibility was terrible,” Perini said.

“In an enclosed car, it might not have been quite so bad, but in the Radical it was really hard to see where I was going, let alone work out where the standing water was lying on the track.

“I spun four times and still finished eighth, which just shows how chaotic the race was. At one stage, I went into a corner two gears lower than normal and still spun.”

After taking the chequered flag, an elated Perini celebrated with Garth Walden and the rest of the GWR Australia team.

“I was soaked but I was also stoked!” Perini said.

“It’s been a great year and another awesome performance from the GWR team throughout the entire season.

“The competition really stepped up a notch this year – as well was racing against the two Petes, I also had to contend with some talented West Australian drivers who were fast all year. For the series to come right down to the last race demonstrates just how tough the competition has been, and I just couldn’t afford any bad results.

“My first title in 2019 was special, but this one also feels very sweet because of how hard we’ve had to work for it.”

Of the other GWR drivers, Steve Champion completed his best round of the season by coming home just behind Perini in ninth, while Sue Hughes finished 13th and the Peter Paddon/Peter Carr entry unfortunately failed to finish.

The RCA race was the only on-track activity for GWR on a sodden Sunday at The Bend, with the worsening weather conditions necessitating the cancellation of the final races for the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge and Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Presented by AWS.