Rounds 25 and 26 SILVERSTONE 20th September 1998
SEASON ENDS ON A HIGH FOR RADISICH
Paul Radisich's 1998 season drew to a close on a high note, the Esso Ultron Team Peugeot driver forced his way up the leaderboard from 14th to sixth in today's BTCC sprint race. The 17 lap sprint was destined to be a thrilling duel between Reid and Rydell, although the action was not confined to the title challenge, with almost all the runners involved in paint-swapping and bumper-tagging.
Radisich drove a masterful race, carving his way through the field into fourth, before the safety car emerged to allow the clearance of David Leslie's stricken Nissan. When the safety car pulled off the circuit, Radisich's Peugeot was no match for Anthony Reid's Nissan or Jason Plato's Renault and he finished in sixth place, earning five points. Pleased with his performance in the sprint race, Radisich said: " It is so much more satisfying being in a position to race, rather than play 'follow the leader'. I was determined to drive out of here tonight with a result and I know I drove a well-planned race to get the points, so it is a good feeling."
Rickard Rydell was crowned 1998 BTCC champion after his victory in round 25, no longer branded with the BTCC bridesmaid tag.
The longer feature race was a sharp contrast to the earlier sprint, largely uneventful and more processional. Running in eighth and holding off overtaking attempts from Hoy and Rustad, Radisich suffered an untimely misfire with seven laps remaining, costing him six places while he made two unscheduled pit stops to determine its cause. A faulty spark plug proved to be the problem and so Radisich would finish in 14th.
Radisich finished 14th in the 1998 Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship, but looks forward to returning to the podium next season.
Paul Radisich to drive Audi A4 in Bathurst 1000k - 4th October