A Day in the Rain
While south of the border basked in sunshine, the weather at Knockhill could have been mistaken for a disappointing October day. Persistent rain, strong winds and cool temperatures challenged hardened race-goers determined to make the most of the annual British Touring Car visit to Scotland. Qualifying 13th for both the sprint and feature races, Paul Radisich, nursing a stomach bug, claimed his second best result of the season, finishing sixth in the 45 lap feature race, and collected a point for tenth in the sprint race earlier in the day.
Spectators who braved the horrendous conditions were treated to on of the highlights of the season, now moving into it's final quarter in two weeks at Brands Hatch.
Radisich, like his fellow BTCC competitors (with the exception of Craig Baird) chose to start the longer feature race on slick tyres, but worsening track conditions and increasingly heavy rain gave them no option but to select a suitable time to change to full wet tyres. Early progress ensured Radisich could recover a mid top ten position after making the un-scheduled pit-stop. Ironically this was the only feature race this year to withdraw from the mandatory pit-stops because of concerns over pit-lane safety.
Radisich, finding himself in a Renault 'sandwich' held off Alain Menu until lap 39, therefore taking sixth at the checkured flag. Derek Warwick won his first British Touring Car race, while Anthony Reid moves into second place in the drivers championship.
Next race is at Brands Hatch, August 31st.