Sussex racer Will Hunt all set for Radical SR1 Cup 'Donington decider'
Sussex racer Will Hunt is preparing to complete his four-year journey to the Radical SR1 Cup Championship title in the concluding part of the 2021 season on the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit (Saturday 18 September).
The Motorsport UK Team UK Futures driver began his racing career in 2018 and won the Rookie Cup before marking himself out as a consistent threat for podiums and outright victories.
But despite winning over 50 per cent of races run in 2021, Hunt is second to title rival James Lay in the championship following a pivotal non-score at Silverstone in August, heavy contact in the first of two sprint races resulting in terminal damage.
Crucially, the Sussex racer pulled off a masterful recovery, pushing on to his fifth victory of the season in the double points endurance race that completed the joint Radical Challenge-SR1 Cup triple-header at The Home of British Motor Racing, to get back within one point of Lay.
Consequently, who wins the 2021 SR1 Cup Championship will be determined by two 20-minute sprints at Donington Park, and there is an air of calmness and composure within the Hunt camp as he and his Scorpio Motorsport team prepare for three days of testing at the East Midlands circuit.
“Back in 2018, I gave myself four years to challenge for the Radical SR1 Cup Championship title, and here I am doing just that,” said Hunt. “I realised after Silverstone that I may have been overthinking things and overloading my brain with information when there’s absolutely no need for me to do that now I have four years of knowledge and experience to call upon. As a result, I’ve taken my mind away from racing a little in recent weeks and I’m feeling relaxed, comfortable that we can only expect to find miniscule improvements.
“I’d obviously like to be leading going into the season finale at Donington Park, but the non-score at Silverstone was completely out of my control and I’m happy to have clawed back most of my deficit to James (Lay) in the double points endurance race. The fact is, some of my best performances have come off the back of misfortune and Scorpio Motorsport and I are all in agreement that we can’t lose sight of the big picture, not taking individual points for pole positions and fastest laps for granted when it could all come down to the finest of margins. James is bound to be there or thereabouts – he has been fast all season – but we can only focus on ourselves, and I have three days of testing to get my eye in and ensure the car is hooked up.”