Radical Cup Saturday report: Subject, Rafols, McMurry take COTA wins – EAST AUTO NEWS

Radical Cup Saturday report: Subject, Rafols, McMurry take COTA wins

After a profitable Friday, Blue Marble Radical Cup groups and rivals returned to the observe Saturday for the ever-important qualifying session and first wheel-to-wheel race of the weekend. Dense fog layered the power with a single follow session kicking off the day as drivers took to the observe. The 32 Radical racers negotiated the picturesque facility with out incident because the session ran inexperienced in its entirety.

Robert Rossi (WISKO Racing/Carpet Large) led the Platinum class with a 2m07.452s as Jon Subject (ONE Motorsport/Bricker Dwelling Design) and Judd Miller (ESSES Racing/Radical Texas) slotted into second and third. The Professional 1500 class was led by Gustavo Rafols (WISKO Racing)) as his blistering lap was greater than a second sooner than his rivals. Chris McMurray (CROWN Ideas/Prisma) led Reid Stewart (Group-A Racing/Fasano Textiles) and championship level chief Mike Anzaldi (RYNO Racing/Emmett’s Power) with qualifying on the horizon.

Qualifying outcomes


1. Jon Subject – 2m07.097s

2. Robert Rossi

3. Judd Miller

4. Steve Jenks

5. Willie Putrajaya

Jon Subject stole the present in qualifying scoring the primary pole place for the One Motorsport workforce and his first in a very long time. Coming off a stable win final weekend in a take a look at occasion, Subject destroyed the instances beforehand set in official competitors to earn the quickest lap of the day of any automobile in any collection. Robert Rossi slotted into second, putting the highest two drivers within the Platinum Class championship collectively on the entrance row for the primary inexperienced flag of the weekend. Hometown hero Judd Miller earned the third quickest lap time of the session and can look to problem for the win whereas Steve Jenks (Group-A Racing/Audien Listening to) and Willie Putrajaya (ESSES Racing/Radical Texas) purpose to maneuver ahead from fourth and fifth on the grid

Professional 1500

1. Gustavo Rafols – 2m10.337s

2. Gregg Gorski

3. Alain Derzie

4. Kent Myers

5. Aurora Straus

Professional 1500 championship level chief Palmer Miller (ESSES Racing/Radical Texas) was mired down within the sixth place and could have his work minimize out for him as Gustavo Rafols returned to Radical Cup North America competitors and instantly scored the pole place. Gregg Gorski (ONE Motorsport/Smokebuddy) will line up beside Rafols on the entrance row and forward of Alain Derzie (ONE Motorsport/Derzie Racing) and Kent Myers (ESSES Racing/Radical Texas) in row two. Triple Watkins Glen podium finisher Aurora Straus (Group-A Racing/Richard Miller/Arch Capital) earned the fifth beginning spot however felt her machine was down on energy as she goals to search out and repair the issue earlier than racing commences.

Professional 1340

1. Chris McMurry – 2m14.305s

2. Mike Anzaldi

3. David Alban

4. Reid Stewart

5. Austin Riley

The highest three tempo setters within the Professional 1340 class had been separated by lower than 0.3s in qualifying. Championship level chief Mike Anzaldi was out-driven by Chris McMurry as McMurry scored the within entrance row beginning place. David Alban (WISKO Racing/ Sheep Store) and Reid Stewart confirmed their tempo to clock the third and fourth quickest laps of the session forward of Austin Riley (Racing with Autism/SparkPower/Lincoln Electrical) who at the moment sits second within the championship factors desk for each the Professional 1340 class and total.

All three courses scored sooner pole place laps than final yr.

Race one






A clear begin in race one noticed a number of drivers go vast on the exit of Flip 1 to keep away from any contact, nevertheless it was Subject who exited the primary nook to keep up his pole place and by no means look again. Overcoming an early warning interval for a stranded No. 329 entry of Putrajaya, Subject held off the advances of Miller early on to take the Platinum class win by greater than seven seconds. The Former American LeMans Sequence driver is the motive force to beat and will rating the weekend sweep if the celebrities align Sunday.

Miller was in a position to get by Rossi after a number of makes an attempt and drive to the second place on observe and one other podium for his outcomes resume. Rossi held on for third total and third at school as Jason Plotke (CROWN Ideas/Apex Motor Membership) and Jim Sales space (WISKO Racing/McDonald’s) battled tooth and nail for fourth with Plotke popping out on high.

A notable point out to Jenks who had an unimaginable race. After a automobile subject early within the race that dropped him from second to fourth, he fought his method again ahead passing Rossi and Miller to maneuver again into second. In a detailed hard-fought battle, Jenks had regarded to earn himself a podium earlier than the recurring automobile subject reared its ugly head with seven minutes remaining and he was compelled to retire. Following the race, it was discovered to be a gas strain subject that took him out of rivalry. Regardless of not ending, he earned the pole place for race two on Sunday.


Professional 1500

Scoring the pole place in dominating vogue, Rafols continued his dominance into the primary wheel-to-wheel Professional 1500 race of the weekend. In reality, he completed fourth total as he took the win within the Professional 1500 ranks, however within the meantime, he out-raced and outpaced a number of of the extra highly effective Platinum class automobiles. Scoring the quickest race lap at school, Rafols loved his boring race up entrance as he took the category win by greater than 20s. Gorski was the perfect of the remaining and, if Rafols was faraway from the outcomes sheets, the Professional 1500 class would show to be aggressive from second to fifth.

Straus earned her fourth podium end in as many races relationship again to Watkins Glen earlier this season, proving that she has the capabilities to race driving from fifth to 3rd. David Flynt (OMPT Racing/ and Mark Allen (ONE Motorsports) additionally earned top-five finishes scoring fourth and fifth place outcomes respectively.


Professional 1340

McMurray transformed his pole place into his first win of the weekend. Championship level lead Anzaldi crossed the road second to increase his level lead as he narrowly beat Riley. Riley drove from fifth on the grid to complete third to maintain his championship hopes alive as he put a ton of strain on Anzaldi late within the race. With the victory, Anzaldi gained a further 5 factors in his quest for each the category and total championship.

Maintaining his machine within the high 5, Alban was in a position to dangle on to fourth simply forward of Vince Switzer (CROWN Ideas/SwissTeknik) who drove from eighth to fifth.

Solely 5 races stay within the 2022 season. Blue Marble Radical Cup rivals will return to the observe Sunday for race two and three on the weekend with the primary inexperienced flag at 8:30am CST.

Sunday’s stay stream will be seen at

Radical Cup Saturday report: Subject, Rafols, McMurry take COTA wins – EAST AUTO NEWS


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