Barbagallo Raceway, Wanneroo, Perth Western Australia Round 3 - Shell Championship Series, V8 Supercars Watershed in Perth - Radisich 3rd and 4th Paul Radisich and the Shell Helix Team arrived in Western Australia on Thursday and enjoyed some...
Barbagallo Raceway, Wanneroo, Perth Western Australia Round 3 - Shell Championship Series, V8 Supercars
Watershed in Perth - Radisich 3rd and 4th
Paul Radisich and the Shell Helix Team arrived in Western Australia on Thursday and enjoyed some rare moments of relaxation before getting down to business on Friday at the Barbagallo circuit in Wanneroo. During the time available since round two in Adelaide, where the progress in the Shell Helix AU Falcon's performance was evident, Dick Johnson Racing has been concentrating on some key areas in its development programme.
First sight of Barbagallo came on Friday for Paul Radisich, never having previously competed in Western Australia during his single seater days in Australia.
Qualifying - Saturday 1 May 1999
Following two short practice sessions in the morning, the Shell Championship Series drivers had 15 minutes to register their fastest lap, qualifying for race one some three hours later.
Paul Radisich finished the session in 17th alongside team-mate Dick Johnson in 16th, both drivers reporting a lack of performance from their allocated qualifying tyres rendering them unable to better their early laps. .
The short track ensured the top 18 qualifiers were separated by less than a second, but that was no consolation for the Shell Helix Team, who after the team's improved performance in Adelaide expected to start the Wanneroo race further up the grid.
RACE ONE -Saturday 1 May 1999
After a good start, Radisich made up four places over the 19 lap race, working hard to overcome the abrasive track surface. In two exciting duels, the Kiwi diced with Steven Richards and Mark Noske, both succumbing to Radisich's persistence.
Over the closing stages of the race, the number 18 Shell Helix Falcon suffered tyre deterioration and Radisich was forced to settle with 13th, where he would start for Sunday's first race of the day.
Sunday 2 May 1999
Paul Radisich gave a fine performance today driving his way to a third and a fourth - the Shell Helix Team's best result to date this season. Using a well-planned strategy, Radisich and the team made good use of tyres, giving Radisich the opportunity to pick off drivers in a number of calculated passing manouevres.
Overall, Radisich finished fourth in round three - an encouraging result to take to Phillip Island in two weeks.
Race two - started 13th
In a determined display of true-grit racing, Radisich got the bit between his teeth, charging off the line into 11th by the end of the first lap.
The exit of Bowe and Bargwanna promoted Radisich to ninth before he challenged Richards at the first turn, taking eighth followed by a move on Faulkner, rising to seventh.
Next victim was Longhurst on the straight before the last corner which positioned Radisich behind Crompton, where he waited for the opportune moment to nudge past four laps from the chequered flag.
Radisich finished fourth, where he would start for race three.
Race Three - started 4th
Less effective off the line this time, Radisich regained his fourth place by the second lap ready to mount his attack on third placed Bright. After running alongside Bright's Falcon the distance of the pits straight, Radisich squeezed past him on the entry to the first corner on lap five and began closing on Seton.
Over the remaining race, he lined up Seton, running on Seton's tail throughout the final 12 laps, but with extreme tyre wear hampering his attempts to make the move, the Shell Helix driver settled for a well deserved third, giving him fourth overall for round three.
Paul Radisich said: " We had a slow start to the weekend, but we managed to turn things around quickly. The team pulled out all the stops and came up with an alternative set-up which gave me the chance to really race up the front and challenge for positions. We have shown we're competitive and it'll be interesting to see how the set-up translates at Phillip Island."