The 2018 World Championship Grand Prix Series sees the return of the premier sim-racing championship. Our WCS drivers Kazuki, Mogar, Daniel, Yuta and Paul this season to be joined by Michael Partington, who had a strong showing in the winter Pro Series. It was a tough season last time round, but the team is as determined as ever to climb the ranks once again in the pursuit of success. Hard work though always pays off and with this in mind the team set about preparing for the season ahead. “The team have been working really hard,” exclaims team boss Rob Cuss, “I’m looking forward to a solid start to the season.”.
Round 1 – Interlagos:
The tight nature of Interlagos coupled with it being the opening round of the season, means it was always going to be a tough race. Qualifying, saw Kazuki position highest of all the Radicals cars in P12, the rest of the team down in the mid 20 positions however only slower by a few tenths – highlighting the competitive nature of this year’s field. An unfortunate race saw 5 of our cars with major damage by the end of lap 2, only Paul surviving to take home P27.
Round 2 – Philip Island:
After a years absence, the F1 cars were back around the tight and tricky circuit of Philip Island in what proved to be another challenging weekend for the team. The nature of the circuit means nailing a qualifying lap was always going to be tricky and the drivers suffered with minor errors costing them large amounts of time throughout the lap. Going into the race however we were confident as we knew the race pace was right up as long as it was a clean race. It was not to be, as again our drivers were the victims of a number of incidents pushing them further down the field. At the chequered flag it was again Paul who finished in the highest position of P22.
Round 3 – Montreal:
Coming off of two disappointing results overall as a team it was crucial to get Montreal right. The team worked as hard as ever to iron out all the issues of the previous rounds as well as to build on the successes and make sure we were in the best positions possible come Saturday. At last the hard work seemed to pay as some brilliant laps in qualifying saw Kazuki take the front row with P2, Mogar in P10, Michael in P15 followed by Paul and Yuta in P27 and P29 after issues. There was still a long race to compete and all the drivers drove phenomenally, Kazuki taking a fantastic P3 followed by Michael in a comfortable P12, Yuta fighting through the field to P16, Mogar, after an early spin, recovering to P19 and Paul (who had been battling illness all week) bringing it home in P22. “I’m so damn proud,” said Rob at the conclusion of the race, “hard work pays!”. Results such as these are sure to become more frequent as the team continues to push harder and harder in there pursuit of success.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the opening of the World Championship season and be sure to catch us once again on the 28th of April as we head to Road America for Round 4!