http://www.paulradisich.co.uk RADISICH SALVAGES A POINT FROM SNETTERTON FRUSTRATION After a successful and productive test at Croft last week, Paul Radisich was confident Esso Ultron Team Peugeot had turned the corner, finding a good balance...
RADISICH SALVAGES A POINT FROM SNETTERTON FRUSTRATION
After a successful and productive test at Croft last week, Paul Radisich was confident Esso Ultron Team Peugeot had turned the corner, finding a good balance in the 406.
To the team's disappointment the new-found balance did not translate to the faster Snetterton circuit, with its long, sweeping corners.
Radisich's woes began on Saturday with his absence from the morning warm-up which he missed as a result of his engine losing compression overnight. The knock-on effect meant the experimental set-up destined for the warm-up was then introduced in the first qualifying session, only for the team to discover it was the wrong direction to follow. In second qualifying- the one shot showdown - Radisich found himself with no brakes for his flying lap and with the best will in the world, found himself on an impossible mission.
The Kiwi would therefore start both races from eighteenth position on the grid.
Today's first race ran a predictable course, with few highlights and the pole position man, Anthony Reid, maintaining his lead throughout the 17 laps. Radisich finished in eighteenth.
Two hours later, the longer feature race sprang a surprise on the second lap, when the safety car emerged from the pit lane to allow the cars of John Cleland and Alain Menu to be cleared from Russell after their contact on the opening lap. Some seven laps later, the safety car peeled off and racing re-commenced. Radisich made his way up the leaderboard as the pit-stop schedule unfolded, making his stop on lap 25 .
Largely a race of attrition, the 40 lap race saw pole-sitter, Anthony Reid demoted to outside the top ten and James Thompson claim victory for Honda. Radisich ensured he kept his 406 in the points, finishing in tenth place, adding a point to his championship total.
Esso Ultron Team Peugeot and Paul Radisich have only a few days to prepare for their next outing at Thruxton. Qualifying action takes place on Saturday 1st August with a packed programme of racing on Sunday.