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Follow Gary Ramsdale & Shaun Mellors as they pilot their AEL Crystals Ltd/Electronics Sourcing Magazine sponsored Radical Sports Car in the Radical UK Cup race series.
Date: 19/06/2012 00:00:00
2012 Season well underway
For the 2012 season AEL Team Radical are competing within the BRSCC Open Sports Cars Series (OSS). So far one thing has been consitant - It has been very very wet!! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 2012 Round 1 Snetterton The first outing was to Snetterton in Norfolk, where an extremely slippery track and standing water caused Gary Ramsdale to aquaplane whilst attempting to retake 3rd place. The end result was a very sorry looking rear wing and bodywork as a clooision with the crash barrier was the unavoidable result. However not detered, we did finish, and points were accrued! However the car was retired for the second race. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 2012 Round 2. Brands Hatch Race 1 - Once again a wet weekend, with further drama in race one as Shaun Mellors was sideswiped whilst overtaking through Clearways, resulting in an 360 degree spin, which unfortunately caused the starter motor to become damaged forcing an early retirement. Race 2 was no less dramatic with several cars becoming embroiled in an incident at Graham Hill bend. Fortunately Gary was able to weave a course through the confusion and finish the race mid-field unscathed. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ June 2012 Round 3 Castle Combe Race 1 - Saturday. With the weather remaining mainly dry for most of the day, Team Radical were looking forward to their firts dry race. Alas though it was not to be. 10 minutes before assembling the heavens opened forcing a mad scramble for wet tyres and changing the cars suspension settings to allow a more compliant drive in torrential rain. The race itself passed off without event for car 19, although "monsoon" conditions meant Gary Ramsdale was driving blind a credible 6th place and first in class was achieved. Race 2 - Sunday Sunday saw the day dawn dry and bright and with a morning race our first job was to reset the car back to its dry settings. Slicks duly fitted and suspension hardened up Shaun commenced his race in much more clement conditions. He drove a solid race maintaining his grid position withouit incident, despite the safety car being deployed due to an unfortunate spin with one of the Jade cars. Shaun was also first in class! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Photograph courtesy of Annabel Cook
Date: 08/12/2011 00:00:00
New for 2012
The AEL Crystals/ES Team Radical have invested in a new car for 2012. The 1500CC Radical SR3 RS is the latest iteration of the successful SR3 chassis with a new front end yielding even greater levels of downforce and grip. Also incorporated is a paddleshift gearbox and an all new AIM datalogger with incorporated SmartyCam video recorder. So look forward to some exciting clips on Youtube next year. Again the car is sponsored by Electronics sourcing magazine, and will be displayed at ES Live in May 2012 The photo shows the cars recent outing at Brands Hatch with some of the Electronics Sourcing staff enjoying a thrilling ride around the iconic Indy Circuit