Jonathan Aberdein Claims Inaugural F4UAE Championship Title
Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 13, 2017 – South African Jonathan Aberdein has officially claimed the inaugural FIA Formula 4 UAE Championship title for Team Motopark, while the action-filled final round at Yas Marina Circuit also welcomed new faces to the podium.
Amassing 14 race wins and two other podium finishes, Aberdein (#21) had been the standout driver of the season and lead the championship standings from the get-go, but not without strong competition from teammate Logan Sargeant (#23). Sargeant finished second outright in the championship thanks to his 15 race podiums, took home Rookie Champion honours, and also helped Team Motopark seal the Teams Champion title for the 2016/17 season.
Having been a rookie in last year’s ADAC Formel 4 Championship in Germany, Aberdein says that winning his first open-wheeler title in the UAE has been the perfect preparation to chase his first European title this coming season.
“F4UAE has been a really successful championship for me and all the experience I’ve gained in the last six months has definitely made me a better driver,” said Aberdein, who also won a limited edition BRM Chronographes watch for his title win, thanks to series partner BRM Middle East.
“I’ve had some good competition from Logan especially, but overall the competitiveness of the championship has been really strong in the last few events and it’s been more challenging to get the wins. I’m going to be racing a few of the other drivers again in Europe but there’s no reason why I can’t be up the front fighting for the German F4 title this year after all the success I’ve had here in the Middle East.”
Dubai-based Sean Babington (#4) from Energy Dubai F4 Racing Team – a race winner last event – took third place honours in the title fight and was the highest-finishing local driver this season. While the QMMF F4 Team’s Ahmad Al Muhannadi (#22) won the Best Performing GCC Driver of the season while also finishing an impressive fourth place outright in the championship points.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of ATCUAE and Emirates Motor Sports Foundation, congratulated the championship’s inaugural winners.
“Congratulations to Jonathan for a very strong performance this year and winning the first F4UAE Championship,” said Ben Sulayem. “All of our teams and drivers have improved more than we could expect and they have contributed to making F4UAE the championship that we hope all of the future champions will come to race. We are very proud of all of the winners but I also would like to congratulate the QMMF for being the champion GCC team. We look forward to another great season starting at the end of the year.”
Round 5 of the 2016/17 season was held at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, the Home of F4UAE, with Races 15 to 18 being run on the 2.345km South Circuit configuration.
The final round saw three new drivers join the grid, with Renault Sport Academy driver Sun Yue Yang (#88) from China joining Dragon F4, Leonard Hoogenboom (#27) from the Netherlands joining front-running Team Motopark, and Dubai-born Swedish racer Lucas Petersson (#8) making his circuit racing debut with the Energy Dubai F4 Racing Team.
Aberdein topped qualifying for the fifth straight round thanks to a time of 59.49 seconds. Aberdein qualified ahead of Sargeant, Rasgaira Motorsport’s Fabio Scherer (#13), Babington and Team Motopark’s Charles Weerts (#25); all clocking their fastest lap times of the weekend and the only drivers to make it inside the 59-second mark.
Race 15 saw Aberdein hold the lead and the top five qualifying drivers remained inside the top five finishing positions, except for Babington who overtook Swiss racer Scherer for third place. Aberdein’s result also gave him enough of a points lead over Sargeant to claim the title early in the weekend.
With Race 16 being reverse grid, Aberdein was able to convert a last place start into a first place finish; the last time he was able to win a reverse grid race was in Round 2 back in December last year. Ben Sulayem started from pole and was soon overtaken by Belgium racer Weerts, who was able to hold on to finish second place and best rookie – his first and only podium since joining the championship in January. Babington again placed third.
Experienced European F4 racer Hoogenboom finished fourth for Team Motopark, while Sun Yue Yang finished his highest position of the weekend in fifth for the Dragon F4 team.
Saturday morning’s Race 17 saw a stellar fight between Aberdein and Sargeant, with Sargeant taking the chequered flag first but was relegated back to second place after stewards imposed a one-position penalty for overtaking outside track limits.
Babington’s second place result was also his 11th podium finish of the season and his first race rookie honours, while Energy’s new recruit Petersson – current leader of Junior Max karting championship in the UAE – finished in third place in what was his first circuit-racing podium finish.
GCC NATIONS TROPHY
In the battle of the GCC competitors, QMMF F4 Team’s Ahmad Al Muhannadi (#22) and Abdulrahman Tolefat (#20) performed their best of the season with lap times now just two seconds shy of the leaders.
Despite a crash in practice, Al Muhannadi went on to win the outright GCC Nations Cup driver standings as well as being the highest finishing GCC driver in three of the four races. In Race 16, the ATCUAE’s Saif Ben Sulayem (#3) – who returned to racing duties for the final round – held his own around the faster frontrunners and took home his first GCC Nations Trophy race plate.
The F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth will now take a summer break from racing in the Middle East, with the 2017/18 Championship commencing later this year. An official calendar plus new championship developments will be announced in coming weeks.
New Radical SR1 Breaks Cover At Rockingham
The latest evolution of the Radical SR1 – the Peterborough manufacturer’s highly successful entry-level prototype sportscar, will break competition cover at Rockingham today, Sunday 25th June, as Europe’s fastest racing circuit hosts the second-round battles of the ever popular Radical SR1 Cup.
All new for 2017, the Generation 2 SR1 has been substantially revised with dramatic new styling, improved aerodynamics and updated electronics, while staying true to the same focussed sports-racing car which offers value-for-money and an excellent safety record. The result is a stunning all-round package designed to give the novice circuit driver direct performance feedback and inspire confidence to perform to their full potential.
Sitting on top of the well-proven two-seater steel spaceframe chassis, the extensively re-styled and aerodynamically advanced lightweight fibreglass bodywork – now available as a cost effective and user friendly modular system – offers greater stability and predictable handling.
Inside, the Generation 2 SR1 features a high-quality new interior and ergonomically improved carbon composite dashboard, which for the first time will share the same AiM MXL2 electronic display system as its SR3 stablemate. All designed with the entry-level racer in mind.
The same successful mechanical specification remains at the SR1’s core, the 1340cc 4 cylinder RPE-Suzuki engine delivering 175bhp and 130 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed sequential gearbox. Weighing just 490kg, the SR1 offers 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 138mph, while boasting a power/weight ratio of 375bhp/tonne.
The first on the Radical ladder, the SR1 Cup is the UK’s fastest and most exciting entry-level prototype style race series. Making prototype style sportscar racing both accessible and affordable, it’s proven five-year format offers unrivalled track time, expert tuition and dedicated Radical support across eight rounds at top UK circuits. The perfect platform for novice racer enthusiasts, club racers and karting graduates alike.
In addition to the SR1 Cup, the second generation SR1 is eligible to compete in the successful UK Radical Challenge Championship, with further racing opportunities available worldwide via official single-make series running on four continents. The new SR1’s mid-season launch allows competitors to get to grips with the new machine throughout the remainder of the 2017 season, in preparation for a full 2018 campaign.
Alex Mortimer, Radical Sportscars Motorsport and Engineering Director, enthused: “The 2017 SR1 is fantastic to drive. Like the current car, it’s easy to get to grips with and the new cockpit layout means everything you need to know and use is within easy reach. It feels good through all types of corners. There’s still a fantastic amount of grip, which is confidence inspiring for new, entry-level and experienced racers alike. It’s something we’ve worked hard to keep while making it fun to drive and be easy to control while exploring the limits.”
Radical SR1 Spec:
0 – 60mph: 3.5sec
Top Speed: 138mph
Lateral force: 1.9g
Engine: 175bhp RPE-Suzuki 1340cc 4-cylinder wet sump oil system
Transmission: Six-speed sequential with Quaife chain driven limited slip differential
Chassis: Two-seater steel spaceframe with aluminium crash structure
Tyres: Dunlop bespoke race tyres
For in-depth SR1 specification and packages visit http://www.radicalsportscars.com/car/sr1/
The brand new Radical SR1 is now available exluisvely from AUH Motorsports in the UAE!
Jani Hjerppe Claims RMEC Title 2016-17
With the final round at the Yas Marina Circuit, the Radical Middle East Cup concluded one of the most exciting seasons in the history of the championship. The extremely hot weather during the two decisive races made for an additional challenge for all participants and after final heat, Jani Hjerrpe (Dream Racing) secured the championship following two further victories, keeping his closest competitor Sergey Shalunov (Arloid Racing) at bay. The two rivals performed at the highest level, making for exciting races for all the spectators until the last chequered flag.
The weekend started perfectly for the Flying Finn, who secured the pole position in both qualifying sessions, while Shalunov struggled a bit and would start the races from 5th and 4th position respectively. In Race 1 the Russian driver furthermore had to deal with an extended pit stop, due to his victory in the previous race. With this big handicap Shalunov was not able to catch one of the three steps on the podium in Race 1 and Hjerppe recorded his sixth victory of the season. Behind the Hjerppe, the duo of Necchi-Lutter ended second after a very consistent race with Al Nusif-Elgammal finishing the race in third position. In Race 2, Shalunov had to win to keep is title-dreams alive but Hjerppe was once again the quickest on track again claiming the top step on the podium. Behind him, Shalunov and again Al Nusif – Elgammal took the chequered flag in P2 and P3 respectively.
Jani Hjerppe: “It has been a very tough season until the end. Shalunov was always quick and I am pleased to have beaten such an experienced and always fair driver. Now I look forward to the European Masters season.”
Sergey Shalunov: “Jani deserved the victory. I tried my best to fight for the title and I was very close to it. The RMEC is a very interesting series with many fast drivers and I am happy to have been in contention for the title for the whole season, proving my speed as one of the quickest drivers on the grid. I’ll return and try again next year!”
Radicals enjoy close racing at their opening event of the season at Yas Marina
The Radical Sportcars took to the track this weekend for their opening races of the season at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit. With only three weeks to go before the Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi the Radical drivers provided some close racing for the fans that attended the event.
In race one, Jordan Grogor took line honours in the Dragon Racing SR8 but it took him to the final lap to overhaul Lucco racings Ludovic Loffreda racing in his SR3 and partnered by Goodyear sponsored driver Romain Lutter. Third in the Supersports class was Oliver Smith and Andy Marshall in the AUH Motorsports car.
The Clubmans class which had a number of new drivers racing, was won by Emirati driver Ahmed Al Hammadi and Mark Jordan in their EMAL Racing car. Eric Zimmerman in his first outing, joined by Qatar driver Salman Al Khatar secured a strong second place followed closely by father and son team John and Matt Illingworth.
Winning driver Jordan Grogor said after the race, “although I was in the SR8 which is a faster car, the extended pit stop that was used by the organisers to balance the performance with the SR3’s, made my race particularly challenging and I was made to work hard for the win. In the second half of the race I had lots of overtaking manoeuvres and it was good to see that whilst the other drivers did not make it easy for me, the racing was extremely fair.”
Race two saw The Loffreda/ Lutter partnership securing the win, but only after some close racing with Russian driver Sergey Shalunov in the Arloid intra House team car. First time out driver Jan Bijsterbosch and co driver Wesley Grogor who had led for the first half of the race
secured third place but nearly lost out following a final lap collision involving the Zimmerman car.
Carl Rolaston, the managing Director of AUH Motorsports which promotes the series said” it was really great to see the mix of new and seasoned Radical drivers out on track today. There was some close wheel to wheel racing but the drivers respected each other and there were few incidents. It augers well for the rest of the season. Yas Marina put on a great event which I am sure was enjoyed by the spectators that attended.”
The next raceday for the Radicals will be at Dubai Autodrome on the 4th, 5th and 6th of December.
Radical Launches New SR3 RSX
Since 2002 the SR3 has been providing drivers thrilling, cost-effective, high-performance track driving and racing, and now the SR3 RSX with its dramatic styling, improved aerodynamics and extended durability will blow you away in a sportscar package that's faster over any lap, easier to drive and cost even less to run than before.
First launched in 2002, the SR3 is the world's most successful sports-racer, with over 900 satisfied customers. The SR3 RSX has been carefully developed over the last 12 months, incorporating a show-stopping new look and latest-generation LMP aerodynamics into the proven, lightweight and high-performance SR3 powertrain package.
In our continual quest to reduce the cost of racing while maintaining all the thrills, the SR3 RSX features a new high- performance variant of the RPE 1500 Generation 3 short stroke engine, with more mid-range power and torque for faster laps, at the same time delivering longer service intervals and improved efficiency.
The 2015 Generation 3 four-cylinder engine features a new larger-diameter stainless steel tubular exhaust manifold, bigger 45mm individual throttle body induction system and redesigned air box, including bespoke inlet trumpets tuned for optimum torque, power and response.
The benefits of this modern powerplant include an increased factory warranty from 40 to 45 hours. Radical remains the only manufacturer in the world that offers this level of comprehensive factory guarantee on all road and race engines. Other benefits include a reduction in high-frequency vibration, leading to smoother running characteristics and increased component longevity, particularly camshaft drivetrain.
The RPE 1500 Generation 3 short stroke engines produce lower levels of CO2, both in the manufacturing process and in running, through greater efficiency and reduced weight.
These new engines and the previous generation of RPE 1500cc engines will both be eligible for all 2015 Radical SR3 Championships - the Radical Clubman's Cup, Grove & Dean Motorsport Insurance Radical SR3 Challenge and Radical European Masters. From 2016 onwards only the RPE 1500 Generation 3 short stroke engine will be eligible.
Whilst the SR3 RSX retains the class leading, confidence inspiring and FIA-approved SR3 spaceframe chassis, the differences are obvious as soon as you set eyes on the spectacular new styling.
The stepped cockpit surround echoes current Le Mans Prototype (LMP) styling whilst still affording excellent visibility for the driver and passenger. Advances in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling have seen the SR3 RSX gain a redesigned front diffuser. This features a 'double-tunnel' profile from leading edge to rear and for the first time integrates into the wheelarch leading edges for improved airflow. This in turn improves the front aerodynamic efficiency of the car without compromising front-rear balance, and also creates greater stability under braking.
The front view is dominated by an 8-LED race lighting array, affording improved forward visibility and track illumination for night or poor-weather racing. Moving to the rear a new open-deck tail improves airflow, grip and cooling at the back of the car, and incorporates high-intensity LED brake and rain lighting. The rear diffuser profile has been greatly revised using experience gained from the RXC development programme, with a lowered deck angle to improve 'ground effect' aerodynamic grip. Above this sits a new dual exit exhaust system.
Suspension and brakes
For the first time, the SR3 RSX features fully-floating disc brakes front and rear as standard. 280mm 48-vane ventilated discs are gripped by four-piston calipers for phenomenal braking performance, and a hard-line braking system for greater consistency and improved feel over a full race distance. Intrax Racing Suspension adjustable dampers complete the package, making the SR3 RSX the most advanced specification yet.
The SR3 RSX features the new AIM MXL2 multifunction LCD dashboard and datalogger, with expanded capability and a new high-contrast display. The MXL2 offers a black to white ratio nearly double its predecessor, fused with a graphical LCD offering great flexibility in alerts and information, including a real-time track map location for the first time. An ambient light sensor keeps the backlight at optimum brightness levels. The latest-generation SmartyCam HD GP can be added to the system to provide video with a realtime overlay of data, ideal for lap time improvement or corporate use at up to 720p resolution.
- Power: 210rwhp @ 9,500rpm
- Torque: 124lb/ft. @ 8,200rpm
- Weight from: 570kg
- Power to weight ratio: 368hp/tonne
- 0-60mph: 3.1 seconds
- VMax: 155 mph
* All figures quoted at rear wheels on Radical’s rolling road – add 20% for crank figures
Taking the World’s favourite track racer to the next level
Radical Launches New SR8 RSX
Radical Sportscars today announces the SR8 RSX, the Peterborough manufacturer's most advanced, powerful and aerodynamically-developed open racing car yet. The SR8 RSX is Radical's new flagship racing car offering an experience closer to LMP competition than ever before - at a purchase and running cost far below the competition.
Using the latest-generation technology shared with the RXC V8 coupe including a new seven- speed paddleshift gearbox and variable-assistance power steering, the SR8 RSX enjoys larger dimensions than the current SR8 RX, allowing for a bigger and more generously-appointed cockpit than any previous open Radical and with a greater range of driving aids and benefits than previously available.
A specification to beat all rivals
The SR8 RSX is the only car in its class and price range to offer a bespoke racing engine designed specifically for race and track use. The latest-generation RPE 3.0-litre V8 engine develops an incredible 440bhp at up to 10,500rpm, yet is also warranted for up to 40 hours between rebuilds - the equivalent of a whole season's racing use. The SR8 RSX is also the only open race car at this price to feature a seven-speed, paddleshift transverse gearbox, with architecture identical to Le Mans prototype and top-end single-seater design.
The all-new FIA-compliant chassis will feature inboard pushrod suspension for a greater range of adjustment, and 350mm six-pot ventilated disc brakes behind either 17” or 18” wheel options to suit a variety of control tyre brands. The SR8 RSX is also the first open Radical to feature electrically power- assisted steering with variable assistance options.
The unique body shape draws styling cues from its sister RXC closed-cockpit model as well as Radical's SR9 LMP2 model. Modular composite bodywork construction reduces servicing and repair costs whilst giving the SR8 RSX a contemporary, fluid look clearly distinct from Radical's existing open-cockpit range.
Inside the cockpit, the dash is dominated by the brand-new AIM MXG dash logger, featuring a high-contrast 7” TFT display and integrated WiFi connectivity for data download. The central instrument pod is styled seamlessly into the nose for optimum visibility and airflow. Each FIA-certified bucket seat - specially designed for the requirements of the SR8 RSX - is adjustable, perfect for trackdays and corporate as well as race use.
The larger platform allows an FIA fuel cell capacity of up to 100L, with dual dry-break refuelling an option for endurance racing.
Pre-orders for the new SR8 RSX will commence immediately with deliveries in Q1 of 2015. The SR8 RSX will be eligible for the 2015 Radical European Masters championship, Radical's premier pan-European racing series visiting revered Grand Prix circuits across the continent and racing alongside Radical's existing SR3 RS, SR8 RX and the new SR3 RSX models.
The new SR8 RSX will retail at £109,950 +VAT at launch in January, with a wide range of performance and racing options and personalisation available.