R Racing rapidly grew, attracting strong drivers and fighting for the title in just half a year.
Despite only entering the championship after the summer break, R Racing claimed three victories and multiple podium finishes.
The team’s best results came from Zak O’Sullivan, whose championship challenge picked up a gear in the second half of the season. He took nine consecutive podiums and was able to close the gap to Hedley at the top of the standings.
It’s not only O’Sullivan that made R Racing the giant-killers of the season.
Rookie Josh Rattican lacked the spectacular results O’Sullivan found, but he more than made up for it in consistency.
In the second half of the year, Rattican finished outside the top 10 just four times, a consistency that put him ninth in the championship standings, ahead of many drivers with higher one-off results.
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The pair were joined by Aston Millar – who only competed in a handful of rounds – and Joel Pearson.
Pearson made the switch from Elite Motorsport for the final two rounds of the year. He had already proven himself a strong driver with Elite Motorsport, but continued to build on his early results with a hat-trick of top 10 finishes in his R Racing races. He continued with the team for the Winter Series, where he was consistently one of the front runners.
Millar showed rapid improvement in the three rounds he competed in, and took a P5 and rookie podium in just his fourth race. He also enjoyed a strong Winter Series, where he denied James Taylor a perfect weekend when he picked up pole position on Sunday. He spent Sunday challenging at the sharp end of the field and led the final race before dropping down to third by the chequered flag.
There’s little doubt, if the team returns in 2020, R Racing will be ones to watch. The squad attracted drivers from established names such as Elite Motorsport and Douglas Motorsport, a sign that the drivers see a lot of potential in the team. With a winter’s testing and a plan for the full season, R Racing could be even more of a headache for the established teams in 2020.
Images courtesy of Caroline Rhea and R Racing
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