Laguna Seca: Team Bruichladdich Radical preview

TEAM BRUICHLADDICH RADICAL CROSSES THE ATLANTIC The Team Bruichladdich Radical SR9 had a quick turn-round before heading across the Atlantic ocean to take up position in the grid for the final round of the American Le Mans Series. Having...

TEAM BRUICHLADDICH RADICAL CROSSES THE ATLANTIC

The Team Bruichladdich Radical SR9 had a quick turn-round before heading across the Atlantic ocean to take up position in the grid for the final round of the American Le Mans Series. Having competed in the last three rounds of the Le Mans Series in Europe and showing that the car has impressive pace, the team is taking the factory supported SR9 to wow the American audience. Being keen to impress, it has changed its line-up to include a driver with circuit knowledge and experience. Michael Vergers, newly crowned Le Mans Series LMP2 champion will be joining regular driver Stuart Moseley for the four hour race which takes place on Saturday 21st October at the Southern California track near Monterey. Tim Greaves, team owner, will be on hand to watch two of his sometime Radical race-partners drive together in what is sure to be a gripping race.

A full grid and serious competition is promised from the Porsche, Lola and Courage rivals. Without set-up knowledge for the Radical SR9, Michael will be working with Stuart and Racing Director Paul Thomas to get the car in good shape for the race. Tim Greaves, Team Owner: "Laguna suits LMP2s well with it being tight and twisty but the locals will definitely have the advantage on set-up. We'll be on the chase to find ours and Michael should be a big help with that and getting Stuart up to speed on the circuit, although he doesn't need much coaching! Having an LMS champion in the car supporting Stuart's going to be a big help for this race. He's an excellent driver and knows his way round Laguna well. In terms of the car, we've had a few engine troubles but think we've got to the bottom of that and hopefully that's behind us now so we're looking for a good result. Tyres are going to be critical too so we're taking our Dunlops with us. We've got our tried and tested wide range of compounds so we've got plenty of choice. We really want to take the race to the Americans so we're going with the best possible team, equipment and drivers for the job. We would like to thanks Dyson for helping us with some equipment; a really appreciated gesture."

Stuart Moseley, Driver: "I'm desperately looking forward to the weekend. It's a fantastic experience from my point of view. From being a kid there were three tracks I wanted to race at and this is the first of those that I'll be able to cross off my list. It's going to be a high pressure race. A one-off's always tricky and the team deserves a good result after a cracking start to the season spoiled only by a few minor first-season niggles. I drove a Radical SR8 in the Radical World Cup with Paul Thomas [Bruichladdich Radical's Racing Director] in Spa last weekend. It was a great way to learn more about how each other thinks differently with car set-up and driving and we even managed to take a third place in the process from a grid of over 50 cars; so that wasn't bad! Hopefully we'll come up with another cracking result in California with the LMP2 and maybe even manage to mix it with the LMP1s over there."

Michael Vergers, driver: Tim has sponsored me over the years and it is great honour to be asked to drive for his new team. I've been involved with Radical from the start [1997] and to drive the SR9 is a superb opportunity. I recently tested the car at Snetterton and have been depressed ever since; knowing what a fantastic and easy car it is to drive compared to the Courage, I hope I get the opportunity to drive on next year. I have had a couple of races at Laguna in a Radical Prosport , a great circuit and one that should suit the Radical SR9 well."

-credit: tbr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Michael Vergers , Tim Greaves , Stuart Moseley