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Great Opener to Radical Enduro Championship

30th April 2007

Having led the practice time sheets earlier in the day things were set for a great weekend at Snetterton for Nick Padmore and his team mate, Austin Reynolds in their yellow and green SR8. Such was the level of competition at the front of the field however, they lined up fourth and second on the grid for the two races, being just 0.2 seconds off pole. Nick lapped the 2-mile Norfolk track in 1:03.46 seconds, equating to an average lap speed over 110mph!

In the first race Austin took the start battling bravely with the front-running SR3s, handing the car over to Nick in tenth place, ready for his charge back up through the field. The deployment of the safety car just a couple of laps into his stint curtailed things a little, particularly as at this stage Nick was just behind race leader, Ross Kaiser and looking for a way to un-lap himself. The restart only lasted a further two minutes unfortunately as the race was red-flagged, preventing any further progress leaving the pair in fifth place.

Austin again had the honour of starting race two and enjoyed a terrific battle with the similarly SR8-mounted Ian Ford. Austin held off Ian’s attack for many laps before the Select Travel machine found a way to sneak by. Austin pitted at the first opportunity from eighth place and Nick decided the only thing for it was a maximum attack run to the finish, with every lap treated as a qualifying special. It paid off, as nick climbed to 5th with five minutes of the 40 to run, have pulled off some spectacular moves along the way.

Former Spanish GT champion, Shaun Balfe in fourth was the length of the pit straight ahead, but that didn’t worry Nick, who amazingly caught him with two laps to go passed him with the move of the race. Out of Sear, the second corner and onto the long back straight Nick towed up behind Balfe and jinked right, throwing him a dummy. As Balfe moved to defend, Nick dived down the inside under the bridge to snatch the place. It was a pass reminiscent of Mansell and Piquet battle at the British GP many moons ago and an excellent way to end the fist raceday of a new season.

After the race Nick commented: ‘It was a great weekend, I really enjoyed the fight through the field and Austin was driving well, lowering his lap times and achieving his personal best. The car felt great all weekend and that’s thanks to all the hard work put in by Paul and Trevor at Tranzpower. The next race is at Oulton Park, which should be good for us. The Radicals haven’t raced here for a couple of years but last time out I scored two lap records, so I’m looking forward to getting back there! I shall be very busy that weekend as I’ll be racing two very different cars at two different circuits.’

Watch this space for more details.

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