Strong entry forecast for Snetterton Summer Triple-header
Both the BARC Radical SR3 Trophy and Revolution UK Trophy are expecting significant grid growth at the next event at Snetterton on August 10th/11th.
The Revolution build programme is now fully underway, and at least two additional cars are planned for the Triple-header event. In addition, the BARC Radical SR3 Trophy is forecasting a double-figure grid after several new drivers pledged to join the series at Snetterton, thanks to positive feedback from the eleven SR3 drivers who have raced so far this year.
The Sports Prototype Cup has also announced that the BARC Radical SR3 Trophy race for Oulton Park on June 22nd has been postponed. “The event clashed with the Radical Festival at Spa and this has stretched teams’ resources. In retrospect, we should have rescheduled this event when we became aware of the implications of the clash. It is in the best interests of the series and our customers to focus on Snetterton where a double-figure Radical grid is expected for the three races” stated James Bailey, Cup Promoter.
This postponement of the Radical SR3 Trophy means that the parallel Revolution UK Trophy will also have its next rounds at Snetterton.
Sports Prototype Cup ‘Championship Mechanic’ award supported by Partscomm
Commercial vehicle parts supplier, Partscomm, is supporting the UK Sports Prototype Cup award for the best mechanic of the championship.
To decide the nominees for the award, each race weekend the ‘Mechanic of the weekend’ will be awarded by the UK Sports Prototype Cup organisers, each winner will go into a vote on social media.
That vote will decide the ‘Championship Mechanic’ and awarded at the final race in Portimao, Portugal in October.
The cup’s promoter James Bailey describes the significance of the award and support from Partscomm: “It’s hugely significant to have Partscomm supporting this brand new award that recognises the hard work the mechanics put in over the season.”
Partscomm Managing Director, Robert Spittle says: “Partscomm is all about supporting mechanics when speed is of the essence, so we are pleased to recognise the winning contribution they make to any racing team.”
The UK Sports Prototype Cup is a premium racing series that features two categories, The Revolution UK Trophy and the Dunlop Radical SR3 Trophy. The series had a successful inaugural event at the Silverstone GP circuit and will race at other world-class circuits in the UK and abroad. The third round of the UK Sports Prototype Cup takes place at Snetterton on August 10/11
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RACE REPORT - Donington Park June 1st/2nd 2019
REVOLUTION UK TROPHY - Wheldon’s Revolution double
Donington hosted the first triple-header event for the Sports Prototype Cup. In the Revolution UK Trophy for the all-new carbon fibre Le Mans style prototypes, pole was clinched by Rob Wheldon, who switched from his Silverstone winning Radical SR3 for the Revolution A-One for this event. Wheldon took the lead at start of race one, narrowly ahead of Revolution development driver James Abbott to secure a commanding win.
In race two, a rain shower before the start meant most of the grid switched to wets, but Abbott gambled on slicks. It was the wrong choice as conditions worsened and the former Formula 4 winner heroically kept the Revolution on the track for half the race before succumbing to the inevitable decision to switch to wets. James Taylor was the star of the opening laps, scything through the pack from 11th on the grid to take 2nd - and fastest lap, before his off at Coppice brought out the red flag.
The 50 minute finale also saw changeable weather, and once again Abbott took the slick gamble. At half distance, he was almost a lap down on the flying Wheldon, who was making the most of his Dunlop wets. Then, a dry line appeared and the top ten drivers were forced to make a tyre change. Abbott emerged in the lead and pulled away to take a stunning win. Wheldon, on fresh slicks, was the fastest car on the track, winning the B.R.M. Speed Award. Taylor also showed impressive pace in difficult conditions, the former Radical SR1 Champion taking second place.
REVOLUTION UK TROPHY STANDINGS AFTER 5 RACES
1st James Abbott . Two wins, One second
2nd Rob Wheldon. Two wins.
3rd James Taylor. One second.
4th = Morten Dons and Johan Boris-Scheier
BARC RADICAL SR3 TROPHY : Five winners from five races this year
Chris Preen led at the start, passing guest entry Joe Lock who had shown storming pace in qualifying. Preen was involved in a collision, cruelling dashing his hopes of victory with a damaged upright. This left the fast starting Jon Macrae in the lead, but he had to withstand huge pressure from Danny Kierle. This engrossing scrap came to an end when a sudden rain shower caused chaos and Kierle and 4th placed Mark Hignett fell victim to the greasy conditions. This eased the pressure on Macrae who took a well-earned first win. Kasper Jenson took a solid second place from Paul Pearce, who repeated his Silverstone podium result.
The second race was very nearly payback time for Preen. He led commandingly in very treacherous conditions, pulling away from Macrae who was struggling with visibility issues. The man on the move was Dean Hale who caught Chris. The two battled hard, in a great demonstration of clean driving in tricky conditions, before Hale passed and pulled away to win. Hignett fought past Macrae to take the final podium spot.
In the 50 minute endurance race, it was third time lucky for Preen. Part of the lead battle throughout, he again had to withstand huge pressure from Hale and Kierle, ultimately winning by just 0.146 seconds after 39 laps of racing. Hignett claimed the final podium position after a strong drive, matching the leading pace on the drying track. Macrae should have been part of the thrilling lead scrap, but an off-track excursion cost him a podium result, but with the consolation of the B.R.M. Speed Award for fastest lap of the weekend. Joe Lock in the invitation class Radical PR6 was a star of the race. In the mixed conditions Lock demonstrated his pace by running at the front of the pack throughout.
BARC RADICAL SR3 DRIVER RANKINGS AFTER 5 RACES
1st = Bruce Crawley, Chris Preen and Dean Hale . One win, one second.
4th Jon Macrae One win, one fourth
5th Rob Wheldon One win
6th Paul Pearce One second, two thirds, one fifth, one sixth
7th Kasper Jenson One second, one fourth, one fifth.
8th Danny Kierle One second
9th Mark Hignett Two thirds
10th Andrew Scott One fourth, one seventh
11th James Breakell
RACE REPORT - Silverstone 27th April 2019
Bruce Crawley leads the rankings after Silverstone opening rounds
The UK Sports Prototype Cup began at the Silverstone GP Circuit, this two race showcase of the brand new Revolution race car and the debut of the BARC Radical SR3 Trophy producing intrigue and drama.
The diverse nature of the grid was highlighted as each race was won by a different driver. In race 1, James Abbott won the Revolution UK Trophy while Rob Wheldon won the BARC Radical SR3 Trophy in dominant fashion. The pair had a tight battle in the early stages for overall honours before they focused on securing their respective class victories.
Bruce Crawley won the second SR3 race in dramatic fashion after Wheldon pitted in the closing stages. Johan Boris-Scheier drove a superb race winning the Revolution Trophy despite very limited running in the car before the race due to International race licencing issues. The Frenchman built his pace throughout the race, despite an unscheduled pitstop to investigate a wheel balance issue.
Bruce Crawley explained his dramatic victory: “I was surprised to win the race, the challenging conditions made it tricky but we changed the setup on the car and we were able to keep a strong pace.
“The Revolution looks like a great car and I hope to see more on the grid in the future.”
Paul Pearce was a double podium finisher, making it a good weekend for the RAW Motorsport team. Team owner Wheldon, who has previously won races in the Radical Challenge showed extremely quick pace and consistency throughout both races winning the B.R.M Speed Award for Radical drivers. Abbott narrowly won the same award in a hotly contested Revolution fastest lap battle with Boris-Scheier. At the end of the year, the three fastest drivers based on class fastest laps win a limited edition B.R.M. luxury watch.
James Bailey, Championship Promoter stated: “The first round of the Sports Prototype Cup showcased a depth of talent. We had positive feedback on the format and are applying the learnings to attract more Revolution and SR3 owners later this season.”
The next round of the UK Sports Prototype Cup is at the Donington Park Circuit on the 1-2 June with three races.
SPORTS PROTOTYPE CUP DRIVER RANKINGS AFTER 2 ROUNDS
1 Bruce Crawley 1 Win, 1 Second
2= Rob Wheldon 1 Win
2= James Abbott 1 Win
4 Paul Pearce 1 Second, 1 Third
5= James Breakell
5= Morten Dons
5= Johan Boris-Scheier
5= Ian McDonald
5= Chris Preen
5= Paulo Pinheiro
5= Dragos Dumitrascu
B.R.M SPEED AWARD
1= Rob Wheldon and James Abbott
NEWS RELEASE 16th March 2019: Sports Prototype Open launched at selected rounds
The organisers of the Sports Prototype Cup, which incorporates classes for the BARC Radical SR3 Trophy and the new Revolution, have added a ‘Sports Prototype Open’ race to selected rounds of the 2019 calendar.
The Sports Prototype Open will provide an opportunity for a diverse range of lightweight sports cars to compete in additional longer distance races alongside their official championship commitments. Cars as diverse as Sports 2000, Sports 1000, Clubmans, Kitcars, Caterham Sevens and the Radical SR1 are eligible.
Races will be held at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, Donington, Snetterton and Oulton Park with a variety of double-header and triple-header formats offering up to 110 minutes of track time. Events can be tackled solo or with two drivers.
James Bailey, Championship Promoter: “Since announcing the Cup, we have had many enquiries from owners of other sports cars who are interested in our generous track time. We expect over 15 cars to compete in the first year of the main Cup , but on the longer circuits we have the ability to accommodate additional cars. There are some championships that don’t get the opportunity to race on the longest versions of these circuits, particularly the Silverstone Grand Prix layout. The Sports Prototype Open also provides racers with the chance to experience an endurance race format on four great circuits in addition to competing in their main championship.”
For more information and entry forms, please go to: https://www.sportsprototypecup.com/open-class
NEWS RELEASE 4th March 2019: Revolution race hire launched in Sports Prototype Cup
Many headlines have already been written about its visually spectacular, high-downforce body, and the technology used in creating a carbon-tub that is both energy and time-efficient in its production.
Much has already been said about this being the first sports racer with a carbon tub that has a sub-£100k price tag, but perhaps less so about the class-leading safety, the quality of the components and the fit and finish, or the technology available to the driver via a bespoke steering wheel that allows the driver to control every aspect of car’s operation, while being able to monitor all performance parameters from the easy-to-read central screen.
The driver is the heart of this car, from the initial concept The Revolution was designed to deliver a driving and ownership experience like no other. From intuitive and user-friendly handling, to long service life and detailed data acquisition, this car delivers value in all definitions of the word.
Extensive testing in both the UK and Portugal has continued all through the winter, where the car has met every criteria set by the development team.
Every component has now endured well over 5,000 miles of testing in all conditions, ensuring confidence in reliability and performance.
Full Carbon monocoque
Carbon crashbox, diffusers & floor
3.7l V6 with dry sump
Custom transmission with multi-plate differential
Double-wishbone suspension, 3-way adjustable dampers
Bespoke F1-style steering wheel with integrated multi-function dash-display
280mm floating discs / 4-pot calipers
15” front & 16” rear wheels
Standard Car Price: £ 98,650
Production began at the end of February and customer tests are available.
Test drivers Rob Wheldon and James Abbott reported themselves excited about how the car drives so early in its life. The target performances were easily reached and both drivers were impressed by the car’s balance & ease of driving, the smoothness of the motor, chassis stability and lack of vibration. The early reliability bodes well for the promised longevity of components with low running costs. Hire drives are exclusively available for the UK Sports Prototype Cup in 2019, which begins at Silverstone on 27th April. Cars can be hired from top championship teams to allow you to try The Revolution before buying.
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NEWS RELEASE 16th January 2019: UK Sports Prototype Cup appoints B.R.M. as Official Timing Partner.
B.R.M. Speed Award to reward drivers with most pole positions & fastest laps.
5 year agreement covering the Revolution UK & Radical SR3 Trophy
Luxury watch manufacturer B.R.M. and the UK Sports Prototype Cup have announced a partnership that will see the French based company appointed as Official Timing Partner.
As part of the agreement, B.R.M. will award limited edition chronographs to the fastest three drivers over the course of the season. This will be called the B.R.M. Speed Award. Drivers in both the the Radical SR3 Trophy and Revolution UK Trophy classes will be eligible for the coveted prizes which will be awarded based on a ranking of pole positions and fastest laps.
James Bailey, Cup Promoter, said: “We are honoured to have a prestigious and well-regarded luxury brand such as B.R.M. choose to partner with the Sports Prototype Cup. The B.R.M. Speed Award will give drivers a valuable prize to aim for, bringing a new dimension to the mix of Sprint of Endurance races in our inaugural calendar. In our conversations with B.R.M. it was clear that they share our vision in creating a premium, strongly promoted championship that treats the competitor as a customer”.
B.R.M was set up in 2003, born of the commitment and passion for precision mechanics nurtured by founder, Bernard Richards, from an early age. A motorcycle collector and lover of race cars, Bernard’s passion for racing shines through in his creations. He said: “The concept of having a ‘race within the race’ rather than open classes makes the Sports Prototype Cup very appealing. We are entering into a five year commitment with the B.R.M. Speed Award and we are excited about the ambitious growth plans for the Cup”.
The Sports Prototype Cup will race on top UK circuits including Silverstone, Brands Hatch (TBC) , Donington, Snetterton and Oulton Park. The season finale is scheduled at Portimao as a support race to the European Le Mans Series in October. The Cup will feature two classes, one for the well-proven Radical SR3 and one for the exciting new Revolution. The Revolution is a 3.7 litre, high downforce prototype with a carbon fibre chassis and will make its race debut in 2019.
NEWS RELEASE 23rd December 2018: 5 year partnership signed between Revolution and Sports Prototype Cup.
The new Sports Prototype Cup has signed a 5 year agreement with Revolution Race Cars. This will guarantee that the all-new car has its own promoted ‘Revolution UK Trophy’ running as a lead promoted category within the Cup.
James Bailey of Sports Prototype Cup said: “The Cup was created to provide ‘races within the race’ for defined classes of sports prototypes. We worked closely with Revolution Race Cars in designing the race format and we were proud to launch the Cup and the car together at Silverstone last month. To go a stage further and commit to a 5 year partnership is an important step. It provides the teams and drivers investing in the Revolution the confidence that it will form the Cup’s lead class, called the Revolution UK Trophy, for a long term period”.
The first round of the Revolution UK Trophy will be on Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on April 27th with a double-header race.
NEWS RELEASE 10th December 2018: Provisional calendar revealed for inaugural season
Mix of formats from 20 minute sprints to 50 minute mini-endurance races
Revolution UK Trophy and Radical SR3 Trophy to share grids at each round.The Sports Prototype Cup has revealed more details of its inaugural calendar. The 2019 season will feature races at six different circuits, beginning at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on April 27th and concluding with an end of year festival at the demanding Autodromo Algarve in Portugal.
The exact race distances will be announced shortly, but the outline plans are as follows:
Two of the circuits (Silverstone and Oulton Park) will host one day events, featuring two races of between 25 and 40 minutes.
The other circuits will host two day events with three races. One of these races will be a 50 minute event.
James Bailey, Sports Protototype Cup Promoter, said: “We’ve listened to both existing owners of Radical SR3s and buyers of the new Revolution Race Car. Both groups of customer have asked for a mix of formats to spice up the season. The longer 50 minute race can be tackled with two drivers or just one driver. We will publish the definitive formats in January when registrations open for the 2019 season”.
April 27 Silverstone GP 2 races
June 1-2 Donington 3 races
June 22 Oulton Park 2 races
August 10-11 Snetterton 3 races
October 26-27 Portimao 3 races
Date TBC Brands Hatch 3 races
Dates and formats are provisional and subject to change.
NEWS RELEASE, 3rd December 2018: Amanda Abbott joins Sports Prototype Cup co-ordination team
The new Sports Prototype Cup has announced that former Radical Sportscars Championship Manager, Amanda Abbott, will join the Cup organisational team.
The Sports Prototype Cup will begin in 2019 comprising two categories, the Revolution UK Trophy and the BARC Radical SR3 Trophy. Amanda will focus on the growth of the Revolution UK Trophy, which caters for the spectacular new 440bhp/tonne Revolution Race Car, launched at the Motorsport Days Live Show at Silverstone a month ago.
Both the Revolution UK and Radical SR3 Trophy races will share a grid in 2019, with races to be held over 6 weekends, administered by the British Automobile Racing Club.
James Bailey, Sports Prototype Cup promoter, said: "Under Amanda's leadership, the Radical Championships flourished with strong grids and close competition. That's because Amanda and her colleagues understood the importance of treating drivers and teams as customers. We aim to bring the same customer-centric focus to the Sports Prototype Cup and create that blend of professionalism with a welcoming family atmosphere in the paddock."
The first round of the Sports Prototype Cup will be held on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on April 27th.