Aug 15, 2012
HAGGARTY WINS QUEENSLAND RACEWAY EPIC
SIMON HAGGARTY won an unbelievable fifth round of the Radical Australia Cup at Queensland Raceway at the weekend.
The Haggarty Racing Team Radical SR3 Cup Car driver didn’t actually take the chequered flag first in any of the three races contested; however the unpredictable results and Haggarty’s consistency saw him score enough points to take an incredible round win.
“I’m a bit surprised,” He grinned on the podium.
“That race (the enduro) seemed like the race no one wanted to win, the lead kept changing so often. It’s been a great weekend and I’m really pleased with the results. It’s been great here in Queensland and the racing has been really competitive.”
The 50-minute mini-enduro on Sunday proved to be one of the most dramatic races of the 2012 season to date, a multitude of leaders having a go at taking the win.
There was drama on the formation lap when PJS air driver Peter Johnston looped his car into the gravel on the formation lap – the pole sitter relegated to the rear of the grid before the race had even begun.
Neale Muston – the winner of the two sprint races on Saturday – led the field away but Johnston was a man on a mission, charging through the field and working his way back into contention.
However, Corse Motorsport’s Muston was able to build an imposing margin and led by a full lap once a majority of the field had executed their compulsory pit stops. Despite not having stopped, by three-quarters race distance the man who had won three of the first four rounds looked a near certain winner.
But the drama wouldn’t stop there.
Muston’s pit stop saw him lose the lead when his car refused to re-fire, dropping him from a lap in front to more than a lap behind and out of the running – elevating Johnston back into the lead after an impressive charge from the back of the field.
Johnston then was chased down by reigning series winner Ed Singleton, the newly-sponsored Finance EZI car applying the pressure and closing to within 0.3 seconds with two laps to go.
However at turn three Singleton and Johnston came together, both spinning out of the leading battle.
Johnston finished fifth. Singleton didn’t finish at all. And an incredulous Peter White came through to win his first major Radical Australia Cup race.
Haggarty finished second in the race, which was enough to secure the round victory, the first of his RAC career.
Andrew Macpherson finished second overall (and won the Octane Events Masters Division) and Richard Bloomfield third.
Muston’s 11th place finish and sprint race victories on Saturday were enough to elevate him to a clear title lead for the first time this year. Tony Palmer sits just six points behind with Haggarty moving to third. Former leader Glyn Edis – who was absent from Queensland – drops to fourth.
Round 6 of the Radical Australia Cup will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit with the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils on September 21-23.
Action from Queensland Raceway will be broadcast on SBS Speedweek in coming weeks.
For more information head to www.radicalaustralia.com.au
2012 RADICAL AUSTRALIA CUP
OUTRIGHT STANDINGS – After Round 5
1. Neale Muston 281
2. Tony Palmer 275
3. Simon Haggarty 258
4. Glyn Edis 242
5. Peter Johnston 197
6. Andrew Macpherspon 170
RADICAL AUSTRALIA MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Richard Bloomfield 129
2. Andrew Macpherson 126
3. Greg Smith 110