In 2021, FEL (Franczak Enterprises Ltd.), an automotive learning and promotion company, expanded its presence in Canadian motorsports.
FEL saw an opportunity to revitalize and reinvest in Canadian car racing. FEL’s foray into the 2017 Toyo Tires F1600 Series as a featured sponsor resulted in fields growing from twelve to fifteen entries to over thirty cars in just three years.
The company was now ready to make its mark in the Touring and Sports Racer categories. The new FEL Motorsports Sports Car Championship Canada is for vehicles prepared to GT4 and TCR specifications. Various models of the purpose-built Radical SR3 sports racers compete in the FEL Cup Canada.
Each race weekend, FEL Cup Canada drivers compete in two forty-minute contests. The inaugural season kicks off in June at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the 41st VARAC Vintage Grand Prix. This event is followed by the championship’s only visit to Calabogie Motorsport Park. Then the series travels to Quebec to compete at ICAR Mirabel as part of the NASCAR Pinty’s weekend. Teams return to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Labour Day Weekend Sprints, this is followed by the Celebration of Motorsports, which is the final event of the championship.
The FEL Cup Canada series cars are built by the British manufacturer, Radical Sportscars. The company was founded by Mick Hyde and Phil Abbott in 1997. The early vehicles were road legal but were more popular as race cars.
There are two classes competing in FEL Cup Canada – Platinum and Pro 1340.
In July, FEL Motorsports announced the Radical Invitational presented by Michelin. The races, held during the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Labour Day Weekend Sprints, were open to all competitors in the Radical community. During the event, drivers would compete in two forty minutes contests around the ten turn 2.459-mile road course.
|The start of Saturday’s race for the FEL Motorsports Radical Invitational presented by Michelin. Leading the field of fourteen entrants into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s corner one is the pole-sitter and only Platinum competitor, Bruce McIntyre, in the No. 67 Radical SR8. Behind McIntyre is the No. 105 Radical SR3 RSX of Charles Robin. Robin started on the outside of the front row and was the fastest qualifier in Pro 1340.|
|The quickest of the Pro 1340 competitors was Charles Robin in the No. 105 Radical SR3 RSX. Robin was second fastest in practice but captured the category pole for the weekend’s first contest. In race one, he chased the Platinum class leader, Bruce McIntyre, until McIntyre retired. Robin would collect the overall and Pro 1340 division victory. Sunday’s race began on a damp track, Robin lead flag-to-flag for the win.|
|It was an excellent weekend for Emzone Radical Cup Canada series regular Austin Riley. Riley currently trails the Emzone points leader, Matt Graham, who did not participate in this event by twenty-four markers. He earned a pair of runner-up finishes during the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Labour Day Weekend Sprints and gained more experience in his new No. 20 Racing with Autism / Radical SR3 RSX.|
|Pro 1430 title contender, Alan Shaw, drove the No. 99 Radical SR3 RSX. To date, his season included four podiums, one of which was a runner-up result. Shaw qualified third in class for the first race of the weekend. During the contest, he passed Robert Burgess but lost a position to Austin Riley and finished third in his division. On Sunday, Shaw crossed the finish line in the fourth position.|
|Making his first appearance of the season was Robert Burgess, the president and owner of Radical Canada East. Burgess was piloting the No. 77 Radical SR3 RSX. He qualified second in Pro 1340 for Saturday’s contest, but in the race, Burgess lost places to Austin Riley and Alan Shaw to finish fourth. In the finale on Sunday morning, Burgess redeemed himself and captured the final position on the podium.|
|Bruce McIntyre is the only Platinum class competitor in the series. His No. 67 Radical SR8 is powered by an RPE 2.7-liter RPX V8 engine. As expected, McIntyre qualified on the overall pole for race one of the weekend. Unfortunately, he encountered issues and finished twelfth overall, eight laps behind the leaders. It went from bad to worse on Sunday. An off-course excursion damaged the rear wing and he failed to finish the race.|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||ENTRANT / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||PRO 1340||Charles Robin||Charles Robin / Radical SR3 RSX||25||-|
|2||PRO 1340||Austin Riley||Racing with Autism / Radical SR3 RSX||25||-|
|3||PRO 1340||Alan Shaw||Rilli Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||25||-|
|4||PRO 1340||Robert Burgess||Emzone / Radical SR3 RSX||25||-|
|5||PRO 1340||Jim Hallman||Hallman Motorsports / Radical SR3 RS||25||-|
|6||PRO 1340||Leigh Chapman||Leigh Chapman / Radical SR3||25||-|
|7||PRO 1340||Peter Dyck||NRW Rennsport / Radical SR3 RSX||25||-|
|8||PRO 1340||Blair Gibson||Blair Gibson / Radical SR3||25||-|
|9||PRO 1340||Andre James||KSP / Radical SR3||25||-|
|10||PRO 1340||Don Dagenais||Rilli Racing / Radical SR3 RS||24||-|
|11||PRO 1340||Brad Baker||Baker Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||21||-|
|12||Platinum||Bruce McIntyre||Radical Canada / Radical SR8||17||-|
|13||PRO 1340||Doug Allingham||Allingham Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||13||-|
|DNF||PRO 1340||Robert Calisi||AIM Autosport / Radical SR3 RS||11||-|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||ENTRANT / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||PRO 1340||Charles Robin||Charles Robin / Radical SR3 RSX||24||-|
|2||PRO 1340||Austin Riley||Racing with Autism / Radical SR3 RSX||24||-|
|3||PRO 1340||Robert Burgess||Emzone / Radical SR3 RSX||24||-|
|4||PRO 1340||Alan Shaw||Rilli Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||24||-|
|5||PRO 1340||Brad Baker||Baker Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||24||-|
|6||PRO 1340||Peter Dyck||NRW Rennsport / Radical SR3 RSX||24||-|
|7||PRO 1340||Jim Hallman||Hallman Motorsports / Radical SR3 RS||24||-|
|8||PRO 1340||Leigh Chapman||Leigh Chapman / Radical SR3||24||-|
|9||PRO 1340||Doug Allingham||Allingham Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||24||-|
|10||PRO 1340||Blair Gibson||Blair Gibson / Radical SR3||24||-|
|11||PRO 1340||Andre James||KSP / Radical SR3||24||-|
|12||PRO 1340||Don Dagenais||Rilli Racing / Radical SR3 RS||22||-|
|DNF||Platinum||Bruce McIntyre||Radical Canada / Radical SR8||5||-|
|DNF||PRO 1340||Robert Calisi||AIM Autosport / Radical SR3 RS||1||-|
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