Berryman/Miles take Radical honours

Berryman and Miles were too strong at Wakefield Park

Berryman leads Opie, Edis and Singleton through Turn 1

Tim Berryman and Jonathon Miles have combined to win the opening round of the 2011 Radical Australia Cup at Wakefield Park.

The one-make sportscar class provided entertaining racing in its first apperance on the Shannons Nationals bill, with today’s 50 minute ‘enduro’ completing a three-race weekend.

Berryman added the enduro victory to his Race 1 success, with the Volvo Cars Australia-backed entry leading home reigning Radical Australia Cup series winner Peter Opie by 3.7s.

“That was fabulous,” said Berryman, who was having his first race meeting in a Radical.

“This was a brand new car and Thursday saw my first laps of Wakefield in it.

“I brought Jonathon onboard because I wasn’t sure how tough the enduro format would be, but in the end, I probably could have done the full quota myself, but I really enjoyed his company, and he drove brilliantly.”

While Berryman’s Formula 3 experience helped the New South Welshman adapt to the SR3, Miles had his first taste of wings and slicks action.

“I’m grateful for Tim giving me the opportunity, and I had a blast,” said Miles.

“I’ve never driven a wings and slicks car before, and at certain parts of the track you could really feel the aero working, it was a blast,

“I hope I get invited back for the next round!”

Glyn Edis took third in the 50-minute feature race, ahead of Radical stalwart Ed Singleton, who had contended for victory before a slow pitstop curbed his charge.

Fears of high tyre-wear across the longer duration race were disproved by the pace of the front-runners in the closing stages, with Miles setting a new category lap record (58.3194) on Lap 48 of 49.

The Radical Australia Cup will continue with the Shannons Nationals at Phillip Island on May 28-29.

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