Paul Radisich Brands Hatch BTCC Review Rounds 7 & 8 of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship Brands Hatch 17th May 1998 Conditions: Hot, sunny and dry New Zealand's Paul Radisich racked up another three points in today's sprint race at...
Paul Radisich Brands Hatch BTCC Review
Rounds 7 & 8 of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship Brands Hatch 17th May 1998 Conditions: Hot, sunny and dry
New Zealand's Paul Radisich racked up another three points in today's sprint race at Brands Hatch, finishing eighth from his starting position of 12th.
Kicking off with a great start in round 7, Radisich passed Robb Gravett's Independent Honda before taking a place from Vauxhall's, and ex-Formula One campaigner, Derek Warwick, moving into tenth spot by the first corner. Next on the Kiwi's list of targets was Bintcliffe's Audi, which he overtook at Clearways and travelled alongside through the awsome Paddock Hill Bend, edging ahead by the run up to Druids. Ninth swiftly became eighth when Matt Neal’s Nissan was helped off the circuit by the Renault of Jason Plato, after which Radisich drove on to the chequered flag, maintaining his eighth place ahead of the then championship leader, James Thompson.
A repeat performance in the 50 lap feature race, was not however rewarded and this time, starting from a disappointing 16th on the grid and once again making his way into the top ten, Radisich seemed a good bet to collect further points. Alas he was denied the opportunity on lap 19 when his progress was thwarted by the chasing Gianni Morbidelli (Volvo), who made contact with the Peugeot sending Radisich into the gravel trap at the notorious Paddock Hill bend. This incident coincided with the first batch of cars making their mandatory pit stop and so Radisich used it as an opportune time to visit the pit lane and strap on a set of fresh tyres giving him the best chance to claw back the nine places he had lost through Morbidelli's over-exuberance.
The final result was a 12th.
The two races this afternoon once again demonstrated Radisich's tenacity and ability to profit in the face of disappointing qualifying positions. Today he drove a great blend of finesse and aggression, making a series of clean and well executed passing manoeuvres.
After round 8 Radisich reflected on his day at Brands Hatch: " In view of my qualifying position, I was hoping for a tenth place and came away with eighth and three points in the first race. The second race was shaping up well until Morbidelli hit me, so it meant I had to work hard to try and make up those places. "
Next race: Round 9 & 10 Oulton Park, Cheshire Monday 25th May