Shell Championship Series Round 9 Symmons Plains, Tasmania - 7-8 August 1999 RADISICH'S FIRST POLE POSITION OF THE SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES The annual trip across the Tasman often remembered for days of rain and cool temperatures promised...
Shell Championship Series Round 9 Symmons Plains, Tasmania - 7-8 August 1999
RADISICH'S FIRST POLE POSITION OF THE SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
The annual trip across the Tasman often remembered for days of rain and cool temperatures promised better memories this year, with a cool but sunny day for qualifying, defying all of Tasmania's critics. However, it wasn't to last and not only did it rain for the duration of race day, it poured....and it poured...
After missing the first practice and his first opportunity to drive the Symmons Plains circuit, Paul Radisich astounded the rest of the V8 Supercar field by claiming pole position ahead of fellow New Zealander, Greg Murphy. It was Radisich's first pole position in the Shell Championship Series, almost a tenth of a second ahead of Murphy and taken during the closing moments of the fourteen minute qualifying session.
Race one 22 laps ( extended to 24 laps ) Starts: POLE POSITION
Complete disbelief for the Kiwi, who had stunned the pit lane with his pole position and equivalent performance in the wet morning warm-up. As the lights turned to green, Radisich got the jump on Murphy and raced into the first corner. As he dived through the sharp left hander the Shell Helix AU Falcon understeered off the track allowing Murphy and Skaife to dive down the inside. Radisich re-joined in third where he struggled to keep the number 18 car on the road, fighting the lack of rear grip caused by the changing conditions. The morning-long persistent rain petered out during the course of the race and it quickly became apparent Radisich had lost the tread on one of his tyres.
With only a lap to the chequered flag, he was running in third and looked likely to at least salvage enough points to make a step towards the podium, until the hairpin proved too much for the deteriorating grip and the Falcon spun off the track.
Race two 22 laps ( extended to 25 laps ) Starts: 30th
The tale of woe continued for the unlucky Kiwi, this time the wet conditions providing more than its share of problems. The heavy rain had created a sea of spray and despite his best efforts to make it through the backmarkers, on lap two Radisich collided with the back of one of the privateers cars at the hairpin, blinded by the spray and unable to see even inches ahead of his bonnet.
The impact of the crash destroyed the front of the number 18 and Radisich was forced to pull off the track. Race over day over....
Radisich did not start race three due to the extensive damage.