First front row lockout for the RadicalsSeptember 15, 2016
A bumpy start of the 2017 WCS campaignMarch 13, 2017
The series’ first race at the new Nürburgring GP track didn’t kick off with another front row start for the Radicals, but Mogar showed he still has plenty of pace towards the end of the season.
After setting a respectable qualifying time he would start the race from the 6th position. Yuta was less than 2 tenths behind in 12th, but Kazuki and Paul struggled considerably as they qualified at the back end of the grid in 23rd and 26th.
Once the green lights started blinking Mogar was off to a good start and after some side by side action through the first corners he managed to maintain his position until his fortune ran out and a contact saw his race go downhill from there to finish in 16th.
Q: Did a reasonable job, few mistakes, could do a 4th but missed a couple of tenths on two small mistakes. P6
R: Things were good till I got dive bombed and got crashed at T1 with damage on my rear right wheel on a, let's say, bit optimistic move. A lap later, I was side by side with another driver at turn 2, defending my position, but he went a bit wide and hit my rear left wheel. My car jumped than spun, and then I got also a bit of damage on rear right wheel.
Could do reasonable laps, but rear tires melted since they got off-camber, than had to coast till the finish line.
Hope I can do a race with no incidents at Cota.
After his bad qualifying Kazuki quickly started gaining positions and he was driving in 16th position as he caught up with Oscar Mangan. Exiting the chicane he was very close behind and with slightly different braking points they made contact and ended up doing a synchronous spin into the gravel pit losing 2 positions in the process.
In the second stint Kazuki ended up doing some overtakes and finished in 15th position.
Paul got off to a clean start but soon ended up in a big gaggle of cars for most of the first stint.
With several cars in front of the group making mistakes and mixing it up with the group as well everyone ended up struggling to find proper pace and rhythm for the first half of the race.
As the pitstops spread the field out a bit more Paul’s pace in the second stint was better but so was everyone else’s. As he was late to stop he lost some positions but it seemed several people who had stopped quite early struggled towards the end of the race and Paul managed to gain some positions with that as he ended up in 21st position in the end.
Yuta did set a good qualifying time but unfortunately had to serve a drive-through penalty for an incident in the the Suzuka race which made him drop back to the 26th position.
Having clean air he managed to catch up with the Paul’s gaggle before the pitstops, but his recovery was halted when he had a coming together with Vincenzo Amico braking for the chicane.
Having not lost too much time and stopping early he was on his way to a good result till a freak spin out of the chicane on lap 48 sent his car around spinning. This lost him a lot of time and he ended up finishing in 22nd behind Paul.
All in all a race with quite some incidents for most Radicals drivers which has resulted in drive-throughs for the final race at COTA for both Kazuki and Yuta.
That season finale will take place this coming saturday, so be sure to check it out to see the championship battle comes to an end and we’re hoping a for some good results for the team as well to end the season with.