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 Celebration of Motorsports which is the final weekend 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.
The final two rounds of the Emzone Radical Cup Canada series were held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the CASC Celebration of Motorsports weekend. Drivers would compete in two forty-minute races around the ten turn 2.459-mile road course.
|The pace lap for Saturday’s race, round seven, of the 2021 Emzone Radical Cup Canada series. Fifteen competitors enter Canadian Tire Motorsport Parks turn nine for a forty-lap contest. On the pole is the No. 77 Emzone Radical SR3 RSX of Robert Burgess. Next to Burgess is the title contender, Austin Riley, in the No. 20 Racing with Autism Radical SR3 XX. Row two is occupied by the points leader, Matt Graham and Owen Clarke.|
|Austin Riley entered the final weekend second in the championship chase. He put the No. 20 Racing with Autism Radical SR3 XX second on the grid for Saturday’s contest. During the race, Riley grabbed the lead and took the win. He now trailed the championship leader, Matt Graham, by nineteen points. The next day, Riley started third overall. He moved into the points lead and captured the title when Graham retired.|
|Matt Graham led the standings with just two rounds remaining in the inaugural season of the Emzone Radical Cup Canada series. Graham had a cushion of twenty-four points over his main rival for the title, Austin Riley. In the weekend’s first event, he finished behind Riley, but the gap was still a comfortable nineteen-markers. Unfortunately, an incident with a backmarker on lap-9 forced Graham to retire.|
|The first lap through a very foggy corner two for the final round of the 2021 Emzone Radical Cup Canada series. Leading the way is the pole-sitter, Robert Burgess, in the No. 77 Emzone Radical SR3 RSX. Behind Burgess is the second-place starter and newcomer, Owen Clarke driving the No. 55 Van-Fort Ontario Radical SR3 RS. Trailing the leaders are Austin Riley, Alan Shaw and Matt Graham.|
|Joining the series for his first weekend of competition was Owen Clarke. The former go-kart racer adapted quickly to the No. 55 Van-Fort Ontario Radical SR3 RS. Clarke qualified fourth fastest for the event on Saturday and finished in the same position. In the finale, he was gridded on the outside of the front row and grabbed the lead on lap-1 and won by a margin of 9.952-seconds.|
|Robert Burgess, the company principal for Radical Canada East, piloted the No. 77 Emzone sponsored Radical SR3 RSX. Burgess topped the timesheet in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session. However, in the weekend’s first race, he was no match for the title contenders, Austin Riley and Matt Graham, and finished third. Unfortunately, Burgess fell to seventh-place on lap-1 of Sunday’s contest but would finish sixth.|
|Peter Dyck drove the No. 73 NRW Rennsport Radical SR3 RSX, qualified eighth fastest for the penultimate round of the 2021 Emzone Radical Cup Canada series. In the race, Dyck advanced three positions and crossed the finish line in the fifth position. On Sunday, he started in the seventh position but moved up the race order when Matt Graham and Robert Burgess encountered issues. Dyck finished third.|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||ENTRANT / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||PRO 1340||Austin Riley||Racing with Autism / Radical SR3 XX||23||-|
|2||PRO 1340||Matt Graham||Radical Canada / Radical SR3 XX||23||-|
|3||PRO 1340||Robert Burgess||Emzone / Radical SR3 RSX||23||-|
|4||PRO 1340||Owen Clarke||Van-Fort Ontario / Radical SR3 RS||23||-|
|5||PRO 1340||Peter Dyck||NRW Rennsport / Radical SR3 RSX||23||-|
|6||PRO 1340||Nickoli Roussakov||Content Bloom / Radical SR3 RS||23||-|
|7||PRO 1340||Doug Allingham||Allingham Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||23||-|
|8||PRO 1340||Leigh Chapman||Radical Canada East / Radical SR3 RSX||23||-|
|9||PRO 1340||Ron Tomlinson||TWOth Autosport / Radical SR3 RSX||23||-|
|10||PRO 1340||Huw Leahy||TWOth Autosport / Radical SR3 RSX||23||-|
|11||PRO 1340||Jim Hallman||Hallman Motorsports / Radical SR3 RS||20||-|
|12||PRO 1340||Alan Shaw||Rilli Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||10||Did Not Finish|
|13||PRO 1340||Brad Baker||Baker Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||9||Did Not Finish|
|15||PRO 1340||Kevin Poitras||Post Plastics / Radical SR3 RSX||0||Did Not Finish|
|16||PRO 1340||Jonathan Woolridge||RaceCanada.ca / Radical SR3 RS||0||Did Not Finish|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||ENTRANT / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||PRO 1340||Owen Clarke||Van-Fort Ontario / Radical SR3 RS||26||-|
|2||PRO 1340||Austin Riley||Racing with Autism / Radical SR3 XX||26||-|
|3||PRO 1340||Peter Dyck||NRW Rennsport / Radical SR3 RSX||26||-|
|4||PRO 1340||Alan Shaw||Rilli Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||26||-|
|5||PRO 1340||Nickoli Roussakov||Content Bloom / Radical SR3 RS||26||-|
|6||PRO 1340||Robert Burgess||Emzone / Radical SR3 RSX||26||-|
|7||PRO 1340||Leigh Chapman||Radical Canada East / Radical SR3 RSX||26||-|
|8||PRO 1340||Doug Allingham||Allingham Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||26||-|
|9||PRO 1340||Jim Hallman||Hallman Motorsports / Radical SR3 RS||26||-|
|10||PRO 1340||Jonathan Woolridge||RaceCanada.ca / Radical SR3 RS||26||-|
|11||PRO 1340||Huw Leahy||TWOth Autosport / Radical SR3 RSX||25||-|
|12||PRO 1340||Ron Tomlinson||TWOth Autosport / Radical SR3 RSX||25||-|
|13||PRO 1340||Matt Graham||Radical Canada / Radical SR3 XX||9||Did Not Finish|
|-||PRO 1340||Brad Baker||Baker Racing / Radical SR3 RSX||0||Did Not Start|
|-||PRO 1340||Kevin Poitras||Post Plastics / Radical SR3 RSX||0||Did Not Start|
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