RADICAL RXC TURBO GT3 TO MAKE COMPETITIVE DEBUT AT ESTORIL
18th April 2016
The new-for-2016 Radical RXC Turbo GT3 will make its competitive debut at Autódromo do Estoril this weekend (22nd-24th April 2016), during the opening round of the International GT Open championship.
Radical test & development driver James Abbott will share with single-seater hotshot Colin Noble Jnr in the factory’s freshly-homologated GT3, marking Radical’s first full return to top-flight sportscar racing since the SR9 LMP2 of the mid-2000s. Powered by the acclaimed Ford EcoBoost V6 turbocharged engine the RXC Turbo GT3 is the flagship of the Radical range, featuring a raft of new electronic driver aids for the first time.
Abbott gave a Cup-specification RXC Turbo its racing debut in International GT Open last year alongside the RXC V8, powered by Radical’s own RPV8 engine. A pole position in the wet at Monza in 2015 was the highlight of a development season, with Abbott looking to build on last year’s progress alongside his commitments in the Radical European Masters, also racing at Estoril.
“2015 was very much a learning year for us with the advanced Ford EcoBoost V6 powerplant, but coupled with the continued development of the package and its homologation, I’m confident that we will have a strong platform to start the season with and hopefully contend for some podiums,” said multiple Radical champion Abbott. “This is the first time that Colin and I have shared a car but given his extensive single-seater and previous Radical experience I know he’ll get to grips with the new GT3 straight away.”
Midlothian-based Colin Noble Jnr makes his return to the Radical marque, having raced for MGR Motorsport in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2015, widely regarded as one of the most competitive single seater championships in Europe. Prior to this Colin moved to single seater racing for the first time, for the 2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship, securing a top five finish with three podium positions building to a win at the final round.
Noble was also the inaugural Radical SR1 UK Cup champion in 2013, chalking up seven wins over eight rounds with one second place and setting seven pole positions and seven fastest laps in the process. The Noble family are no strangers to Radical with his father Colin Snr holding a brace of domestic titles in the Radical SR3.
A 70-minute race with refuelling takes place on Saturday afternoon with another 60-minute race on Sunday afternoon – both streamed live at www.gtopen.net with updates from the Radical team though our Twitter feed @RadicalCars UK.
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