Toby Sowery was crowned Pro 1500 World Champion in the inaugural Radical World Championship presented by Hankook which took place at Charleston Peak, Spring Mountain Resort from 11th – 14th of November 2022.
26 year old Sowery was the the dominant driver in the Pro 1500 ranks driving his Valour Racing prepared Radical SR3XX to pole position during qualifying and taking victory three times over the weekend.
Racing the Radical SR3XX for the first time, Toby secured pole position for Heat One on Friday 11th November. The race started with a huge accident into turn one. Leading the pack from restart it looked like Sowery would score his first win of the weekend. Unfortunately a mechanical failure resulted in a disappointing DNF.
Overnight the Valour team were able to repair the car and Toby went on to win both heat two and heat three on Saturday leaving everyone feeling positive ahead of the World Championship race on Sunday.
“We had some good results on Saturday. The circuit is amazing and Valour Racing have done a great job with the car” Sowery said after topping the podium during both races on the day “It’s been tough as I am having to attack as well as defend, but we got the job done and I’m looking forward to tomorrow”
On Sunday 36 drivers from 5 different nations took to the grid one last time. While the weekend had seen almost perfect weather, the Indy Lights star and his Corby based team woke to high winds and a lot of dust at the Las Vegas circuit giving difficult race conditions for the World Championship decider.
After a strong start Toby quickly secured the lead and then started to battle with the Platinum drivers. Although Toby was faster through corners which allowed him to pass, he was unable to gain enough of a gap to stay in front on the straights, which caused him to have to attack for position and defend his position simultaneously. In the end Toby maintained position to win the World Championship and scored the fastest race lap by nearly half a second.
After the race Toby said “Everything went really smoothly and I started on the front row. Track conditions were tricky, it was like driving through a sand storm. It was all about adapting to the circuit and maintaining positioning as well as defending from the guys behind while attack the guys in front. I am delighted for Valour racing for taking both the Pro 1500 and Platinum championships titles and of course grateful to all my sponsors and supporters at home in the UK”
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