Race with Mectech in 2020
Mectech has team space available for the 2020 Radical Challenge and RLM Bikesports series. The team has a strong history with Radical Sportscars claiming multiple championships over the years. We can provide the complete arrived and drive package with your car or we also have our race winning SR3 RSX available for hire. Packages can include car preparation, storage, transport, experienced mechanics, race tuition and data engineer and race weekend management.
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Closing the LMP3 season with a win!
The last round of the LMP3 Cup took place at Silverstone on the grand prix circuit which was exposed to some tricky weather conditions. 50 mph gusts hit the track all weekend which affected the high downforce Le Mans prototype cars.
The weekends started off well with FP1 taking place in wet conditions. The team took P1 by 1.2 seconds with Bradley Smith at the wheel. However the track started to dry in qualifying to create some tricky conditions which saw Duncan finish the session in 5th position.
By the race start the circuit was fully dry with the wind still blowing strong. A great start from Duncan saw him move up to P3 and a couple laps later moved up into 2nd position. Duncan held position withstanding pressure from the cars behind until lap 13 when the #96 car found his way past as the pit window opened.
“I was happy that I made a good start on the first lap and the car felt really good for the first few laps. After that I then just tried to settle in and save the tyres. The track was made difficult by the wind, and it would have been easy to make a mistake, it really affects these cars but it was great fun in the car” Said Williams.
With the pit stops made, the team emerged in P4 48 seconds behind the leading car. After a few laps struggling to find a way past Johnny Mowlem in the #2 car, Bradley made the overtake going into maggots to take 3rd. A move around the outside of Aintree saw smith up to 2nd , then setting about putting in some fast laps to chase down the leader. With two laps to go Smith caught the leading #7 car and an overtake exiting the loop saw the #21 Norma lead the last lap to take victory in the last race of the season and sealing 2nd place in the LMP3 Championship
“That was a tough race. With all the cars coming out the pits with the pro drivers pretty much together I tried to move forward as soon as I could. The car felt great I was able to push really hard all stint. Its great to end the season with a win and finish 2nd in our debut LMP3 season. The car was great today, the team and Duncan have done an amazing job all year” Said Smith
The team has a focused program available in LMP3 for a bronze graded driver with the Norma M30 in either UK, Le Mans Cup and ELMS. For more information contact us.
LMP3 SUCCESS AT DONINGTON PARK
The team headed to Donington Park for round 9 and 10 of the LMP3 Cup. Saturday saw a dry but cold start to the weekend and a great lap from Duncan put the Norma M30 LMP3 on pole by just 0.09 on his last lap of the session
“The conditions were tough but I built it up throughout the session, then the team told me I had one lap left, so I made sure I didn’t leave anything on the table” Said Williams
With rain starting to fall just 10 minutes before race one, a change of tyres was needed and the race started in full wet conditions. Duncan made a great start to hold the lead into turn one and didn't loose the lead throughout his stint to hand over to Bradley for the second half of the race. A quick pit stop by the team ensured that the car kept the lead as the track started to dry out. Smith was being challenged for the lead all race by Colin Noble but Bradley held on as the race was cut short by a Red Flag
“Conditions where really tough out there, I struggled a bit with the rear tyres overheating as the circuit got drier, but thankfully the safety car gave me a couple of laps to cool them down to hold on to the lead” said Smith
Sunday saw better conditions and another dry qualifying session saw Duncan qualify the car in second place after a spin early on cost him valuable time in the short ten minute session.
“I made a little mistake trying a different line, spun the car and then lost temperature in the tyres so it was a bit of a struggle to get a lap in time. But we were quickest in the first two sectors and then lost out in the third”
Race two saw Duncan hold second place at the start and all three LMP3 cars were pushing hard, only separated by eight seconds until an unfortunate spin in the last sector saw the Mectech car drop back to fourth place where the car was then handed over to Bradley. After the pit window the car came out in third place behind Neil Primrose in the other Norma manufactured car which Bradley battled with for several laps, before finding a way past into Redgate. Smith then settled into a good pace despite the power steering failure to set the fastest lap of the race
“A big thanks to the team, Duncan, Norma and Excool its been a good weekend and the competition is very tough so one small mistake can cost you a lot. Hopefully we can end the championship with two strong results at Silverstone” said Smith
RECOVERY DRIVE FROM AYRES
Anthony Ayres made his 750mc debut at Donington Park which held two races on the national circuit in the Mectech Radical SR3 RSX. After an unfortunate spin in the first few laps of qualifying, Anthony would have to start at the back of the grid, P20, for both races.
Race 1 saw a cautious start, but once settled into the race, Anthony started making good progress through the field in the 18 minute race, and eventually took the flag in 9th place overall and 5th in class.
Race 2 saw a great start and some quick lap times with another comeback drive through the field working his way up to 9th place, before the race was cut short and red flagged with 5 minutes still to go. Anthony also came away from the race with the 3rd fastest lap showing good progress despite limited laps of the Donington circuit and in the Radical SR3.
"I really enjoyed the two races. The car was fantastic and it was good to work on overtaking, getting used to the loss of downforce when racing close to the other cars. I'm really looking forward to my next race and getting more laps in the Radical" Said Ayres
LMP3 SUCCESS AT SNETTERTON
The team made the short trip up to Snetterton for Round 4 of the LMP3 Cup. A circuit that is not best suited to the Norma, proved to be a challenge for the team. Saturdays race saw Duncan settle into 3rd where he remained for his stint ahead of the chasing car of Bon Grimes. After the stop Bradley remained in 3rd to the end and secured the fastest lap whilst chasing down the front two cars. Sunday saw a similar race which again resulted in a 3rd place finish, fastest lap and a new LMP3 lap record.
"Its been a difficult weekend for us as we have been a little behind our competitors in terms of time on track. But the team worked very hard and maximised the time we have had to give us a car that had great pace. I'm looking forward to the next round and Silverstone where I hope we can deliver some more good results" Said Bradley Smith
The next round of the series will be at Silverstone and will see the added challenge of the CN and Radical Cars on the same grid.