AFTER almost two years of waiting, Matt Windsor is ready to have a Radical weekend at Mount Panorama.
This Sunday as part of the Bathurst Light Car Club's Speed Weekend, the Bathurst driver will tackle the Mount Straight Hillclimb in his Radical SR3 RS.
It will be the first time Windsor has cut laps in the car since contesting the Radical Australia Cup races held at the circuit in February 2019 as part of the Bathurst 12 Hour support program.
The difference is Windsor now owns the Radical himself.
"I brought the car off Dave Pennells at an event in February almost two years ago and it's been in the shed ever since," Windsor said.
"We were going to do some running this year but never got the chance with COVID and we've been very busy at work."
While Windsor is eager to see how his Radical, which is powered by a 1.5 litre Suzuki Hayabusa engine, performs on the slopes of Mount Panorama, he is not the only driver who is looking forward to the weekend.
"It's the second-only event we've had on the tar this year because of COVID for the Bathurst Light Car Club," Windsor said.
"We were in two minds whether or not to do it, but council said we could so we decided to run with it. We have about 55 cars each day to run."
Windsor will not take part in Saturday's super sprint which sees competitors start near the BLCC clubhouse and race to the start-finish line on pit straight.
His focus will be on Sunday's hillclimb and seeing how the Radical performs ahead of participating in more events in 2021.
"It's fairly light and it's got good aero, you've got to run softer tyres than what they use on the circuit, but with what's available and with what the car can do itself, it should be a fairly sort of potent package when you can get it all working right," he said.
"I wouldn't mind doing some hillclimbs next year in it and see how we got from there. Sunday is just a run, a shakedown, we do have the opening round of the state series, hopefully, in the first weekend of March next year and we'll enter that."
Racing starts 8.30am and while viewing areas will be open, spectators must adhere to COVID-19 social distancing protocols.