Rounds 3 & 4 of the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship Silverstone, 26th April 1998 Website : http://www.paulradisich.co.uk RADISICH ALMOST ON THE PODIUM ! After starting from the back of the grid for Round 3 of the Auto ...
Rounds 3 & 4 of the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship Silverstone, 26th April 1998
Website : http://www.paulradisich.co.uk
RADISICH ALMOST ON THE PODIUM !
After starting from the back of the grid for Round 3 of the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship today, Paul Radisich worked his way to 12th by the chequered flag in what was to be an uneventful sprint race for Esso Ultron Team Peugeot.
In complete contrast Round 4 could not have been better scripted, delivering a score of surprises and once again two new names to victory lane. For the spectators who had braved the earlier rain storms, their reward was in witnessing one of the best Touring Car races ever to be staged at Silverstone; pre-season favourite, Alain Menu ( Renault ,) out of the race for the second time today and team-mate Jason Plato running off the circuit when he lead the pack, only to recover in style by taking the second place on the podium. Thruxton victor, Rickard Rydell ( Volvo, ) crashed in dramatic fashion on lap nine and Round 3 winner, David Leslie ( Nissan ) retired on only the second lap.
For Radisich, Round 4 was a whole new ballgame, with the unpredictability of the weather and the mandatory pit stops again playing their part in affecting decisions and fortunes. Peugeot'’s Kiwi driver, starting from 13th for the 30 lap feature race, had good measure of the weather and in spite of the temptation to bolt on wet tyres when the heavens opened, trusted his instinct to change to intermediates when he made his obligatory pit stop on lap eight. Rain had been falling hard since lap six and the track conditions signalled a change of plan for tyre choice, however, Radisich called for intermediates inspired by the patches of clear sky appearing.
After a quick tyre change, the Esso Ultron Team Peugeot pit crew ripped off the Kiwi’s trailing bumper for the leading 406 to rejoin the race, in tenth. Tenth swiftly became ninth and then seventh as Radisich passed the Honda of Peter Kox at the fast and sweeping Bridge corner. At this mid-point of the race the track surface was drying and on lap 17, Radisich passed the second of the Hondas into fifth place. An overtaking manoeuvre on Yvan Muller’s Audi, promoted the Peugeot to fourth on the following lap to allow Radisich to make advances on the Renault of series leader, Jason Plato. Radisich drove the 406 hard and was all over the back of the Renault, lapping the circuit at the same pace as the lead car of Will Hoy ( Ford .)
Towards the final stages of the race, Radisich continued his hot pursuit of the third placed man, Anthony Reid and was forced to settle for fourth place, just missing out on his first podium place of 1998.
NEXT MEETING: Rounds 5 & 6 - Donington Park, Monday 4th May