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Muston/Barker take comfortable Radical win

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Sunday 17th July, 2011 - 7:24pm

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The field heads into Turn 1

The field heads into Turn 1

Neil Muston and Ben Barker have combined to win Race 2 of the Radical Australia Cup at Eastern Creek Raceway.

Muston took the chequered flag some 45s in front of the second placed Ed Singleton/James Winslow entry after Singleton was forced to save fuel in the closing stages.

Barker put in a strong opening stint from second on the grid. The Briton was the last of the front-runners to pit, and despite 30s being added to the Excalibur Racing entry’s stop due to Barker’s ‘Pro’ status, Muston was able to emerge from the cycle at the head of the field.

Tony Palmer, Trevor Gerber and Chris Medland rounded out the top five at the end of the 50 minute race, having all benefited from the demise of the Tim Macrow/Peter Opie SR3 just prior to half distance.

The Radical Australia entered car suffered a loss of drive with Macrow at the wheel.

“It (the engine) felt a bit odd from the start of the race, but it didn’t appear to be losing too much pace to the leaders,” said Macrow after the race.

“But before it went I was starting to look for where there might be trouble, and it just lost power coming out of Turn 3 and let go a bang as I went for the kill switch, and that was it.”

Round 1 winner Tim Berryman joined Macrow on the retirements list three laps later with a gearbox issue while running behind Singleton.

On combined points for the weekend, the Muston/Barker and Singleton/Winslow entries tied for the top spot ahead of Palmer and Simon Haggarty.

Muston and Barker did not score Radical Australia Cup points however, having not registered for the series.

The weekend’s results see Singleton take over the points lead from Opie with one round remaining.

The Radical Australia Cup will continue with the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils at Queensland’s Morgan Park Raceway next month.

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