BTCC: Brands Hatch Paul Radisich Review

Radisich wrings every last tenth out of his 406 in front of a record Brands Hatch crowd A record crowd of nearly 40,000 packed into Brands Hatch to witness Nigel Mansell's dismal performance, crashing out of both races and failing to deliver ...

Radisich wrings every last tenth out of his 406 in front of a record Brands Hatch crowd

A record crowd of nearly 40,000 packed into Brands Hatch to witness Nigel Mansell's dismal performance, crashing out of both races and failing to deliver "Mansell Magic " on this second of his three BTCC appearances this year.

For Paul Radisich, a brace of tenth place results secured another two points, despite the Peugeot struggling to make best use of its tyres on the Kent circuit.

Round 21 started with the dramatic departure of former Formula One World Champion, Nigel Mansell's Ford on the opening lap, causing the safety car to emerge on only the second lap of the 25 lap sprint. Radisich had put in an impressive performance in the "one-shot showdown" qualifying a better-than-expected tenth, placing him in the midst of the leading pack as the cars concertinaed behind the safety car. Contact between Radisich's 406 and Cleland's Vauxhall left the Peugeot's front wing damaged and in need of attention before the feature race later in the day. Otherwise the sprint race was uneventful after the intial casualties had retired and Radisich finished tenth.

The 50 lap feature race proved to be barely more successful for Mansell, the ex-champ again crashing out of the race, but this time covering more than half distance before disappointing his followers with his third of four BTCC retirements.

Radisich decided to pit early for his tyre swap, stopping on lap 16 when he had made up three places from his qualifying position of 18th to 15th. Over the ensuing laps, he climbed up the order to 11th, but was awarded the tenth place result after Warwick had been reported for putting all four wheels of his Vauxhall over the boundary line at Paddock, therefore docking him five seconds.

Next race: Oulton Park 13 September 1998 Rounds 23 and 24

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Series BTCC
Drivers Nigel Mansell , Paul Radisich