Radisich Deals with Frustration as Loss of Power Destroys any Chance of a Top Three Result V8 Supercar Racing at Barbagallo Raceway today was marred by unpredictable weather. Teams struggled to come to terms with the ever-changeable ...
Radisich Deals with Frustration as Loss of Power Destroys any Chance of a Top Three Result
V8 Supercar Racing at Barbagallo Raceway today was marred by unpredictable weather.
Teams struggled to come to terms with the ever-changeable conditions that varied from fine and sunny to wet and windy, all within minutes.
From practice on Friday the Team Betta Electrical Fords #888 driven by Max Wilson and Car #88 driven by Paul Radisich had mixed fortunes, with today being no different.
Saturday's early morning practice session saw Radisich struggle with a fuel problem and about half way through the practice session Wilson had an unfortunate excursion from the circuit which saw him buried in the sand at Kolb corner, bringing out a red flag.
Radisich in Car # 88 had a best lap time in the first practice session of 0:56.9438, whilst Wilson in Car #888 recorded his best lap time in the same session of 0:56.7040
In qualifying, Radisich went out in the lower half of the field, with his time in practice placing him back in 20th position.
This was about to change with a huge effort by Radisich in qualifying to come in at the head of his group, with a time of 0:56.1565.
Wilson in Team Betta Electrical car #888 did not have such good fortune, with the weather playing its part in upsetting his final effort to get out and record a good time with just 10 minutes remaining.
Wilson had just come in for a new set of qualifying tyres when the weather changed and the rain started.
Wilson ran out of time unable to get back out and improve his position on the rest of the field.
Bright managed to record the fastest time in the run up to the shoot out recording a time of 0:55.8539.
Radisich went on to take part in the top ten shoot out, where he managed a very credible 5th fastest with a time of 0:56.4728 placing him in an enviable position on the grid for race one, with Wilson having to be content with 27th position.
Race one saw the weather remain fine for what proved to be a clean start for this the first race, of a three race even here at Barbagallo today.
Team Betta Electrical had some nervous moments on the grid with the team working on the engine of Radisich's car #88 with the 5- minute board being shown.
The team were convinced they had rectified the problem and the race got underway at a blistering pace.
Lap 4 saw an altercation between the lead cars of Steven Richards, Mark Skaife and Jason Bright at Novus corner resulting in the leader, Steven Richards, being punted off into the sand trap and out of contention.
The safety car entered the circuit resulting in a rush by the majority of the field entering the pits for their mandatory pit stop.
Radisich remained in contention in the early laps of the race re-start, holding down 5th position through to lap 10, after which his car lost power and dropped back rapidly through the field finally limping back into the pits on lap 11 where the car was parked for the remainder of the 42 lap race.
Radisich's car had lost function of a crankshaft sensor, which resulted in the car drastically loosing power and was impossible to correct in the given time available.
"I'm extremely disappointed" - said Radisich. "We really thought we were in contention for a top 3 finish today", he said.
"These little gremlins just keep popping up and it makes the job very frustrating, as a result of this outcome, I will have to start from the rear of the grid for tomorrow's race 2, a situation I would rather have avoided" - commented Radisich.
Wilson too, was disappointed with his finishing position in Race one.
"I was looking forward to starting a lot further up in the grid and had the rain not prevented me in posting a better qualifying, then I feel sure I would have had a better opportunity to be up with the front runners" - said Wilson.
"Tomorrow's another day and we must keep positive for races 2 & 3 tomorrow and I hope the team can sort the cars out over night for the remaining races this weekend" - Wilson concluded.
Wilson in car #888 started the race in 27th position and progressively made his way up into 19th spot by lap 14, where he remained until the closing stages of the race, making up a further three spots to cross the finishing line in 16th position.
Mark Skaife went on to win race one from Jason Bright with Marcos Ambrose bringing his Ford home in third place and effectively regaining the championship points lead from Steven Richards in the Castrol Commodore.