Rookie and SR3 RSX impress in largest ever Radical Canada Cup field.
Louey Jabouri and Matt Graham may have won the Unlimited and Cup class victories respectively both days, but it was rookie Greg Boland and his pace in the new SR3 RSX that impressed the most at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park recently, during the largest ever turnout for a Radical Canada Cup round.

Sixteen Radicals took to the track for the three day event in August at the former home of the Canadian Grand Prix, still known to many as Mosport.

Series stalwart Matt Graham impressively took pole position for Saturday’s race with a 1:22.949, out pacing both 1500cc and V8 engined cars with his 1340 Cup spec SR3 RS. Amazingly only a second separated the next seven drivers on the grid, with Jabouri fastest in the Unlimited class to share the front row.

While Jabouri immediately leapt into the overall lead with Graham following, guest driver and North American Radical Sportscars representative Tom Drewer catapulted his SR3 RSX from seventh on the grid to fourth with fellow SR3 RSX driver Boland just behind.

As a full course caution came out to recover Robert Calisi’s stricken car, Boland inadvertently passed Drewer for third in class. The rookie mistake may have rendered his result void, but nevertheless it was an impressive first race for Boland, who greeted the checker in third outright and recorded the Cup class’s fastest lap of the race– and the weekend– of 1:22.720.

The SR8 of Bruce McIntire was another hard charger, finishing fourth outright to take second in Unlimited behind a faultless Louey Jabouri. Another rookie, Curig Johnston completed the Unlimited podium, finishing eighth overall.

The final classification read Matt Graham, Allan Shaw and Tom Drewer as the top three in the Cup class, with Mike Boekdrukker, Jonathan Labbee and Doug Allingham completing the top six.

In the hands of Boland, the speed of the new SR3 RSX continued to impress on Sunday. A twenty-three flat ensured the rookie was fastest of the Cup classed cars in qualifying to secure a front row next to Unlimited pole sitter Jabouri.

As the cars completed lap one disaster struck. McIntyre, who had started third, made heavy contact with pit wall. With the race neutralized the outright order was Jabouri, Boland and Graham.

As the racing resumed it initially looked like Boland would take a fairytale win in his first race weekend. However Graham had other ideas and pressured Boland into a spin to clinch his second Cup win of the weekend.

Boland recovered to take second in the Cup class, while Calisi came out on top of a tremendous battle with Mike Boekdrukker to clinch third. Alan Shaw and Jonathan Labbee completed the top six, while the hardest charger of the race was Mark Ryhorski, who moved up four positions to claim eleventh overall and ninth in the Cup class.

Leading from start to finish, Jabouri took another outright victory and his second Unlimited class victory of the weekend. Standing beside him on the Unlimited class podium was Curig Johnson and Bruce McIntyre.


 

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