Round 5 Shell Championship Series for V8 Supercars, Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Australia 20,21 May 2000 Circuit length - 2.90 kms, characterised by an awe-inspiring long front straight and a tight hairpin Qualifying Struggling to find a...
Round 5 Shell Championship Series for V8 Supercars, Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Australia 20,21 May 2000
Circuit length - 2.90 kms, characterised by an awe-inspiring long front straight and a tight hairpin
Struggling to find a good balance through morning practice, the Shell Helix Racing number 18 Falcon hovered around the edge of the top ten. Determined to wring the last few hundreths out of the car, Paul Radisich found some momentum in qualifying to shave another 1.1 seconds off his morning time to take seventh on the grid for Sunday's first 18 lap race.
Race One - 18 laps Ambient temperature: 34 degrees Starts: 7th
Lap 1: The start lights malfunctioned, with half the field missing the green light. The race was therefore abandoned mid-way through the lap.
Lap 1: Second start
This time the full grid of 35 cars got clean away. Radisich's clutch failed as he left the line, allowing half the field to pass number 18 by the first turn. As the midfield train exited turn one, Radisich took the full force of the Paul Morris Holden, who careered across the grass and t-boned the Shell Helix car, spinning it round. The impact recorded a G-force of 2.4.
Radisich limped his beaten car back to the pits. Because of extensive damage to the driver's side, including a shattered window and bent rails, Shell Helix Racing wprked against the clock to get the car back on the track for race two. Radisich would start the second race from the back of the grid along with a number of other race one casualties.
Race Two - 18 laps Starts: 32nd
Lap 1: Radisich suffered a slipping clutch as he left the line, making it a sluggish start to race two. In avoiding carnage at turn four he was forced back into 32nd, having made up a couple of spots at turn two.
Lap 5: Up into 24th, Radisich was on his familiar charge.
Lap 12:Picking off six cars over the preceding seven laps, Radisich was holding 17th.
Lap 18: Radisich crossed the line in 16th, earning some much needed points.
Race Three - 18 laps Starts: 16th
Lap 1: Radisich became tangled with a bunch of midfield cars and was demoted to 22nd
Lap 2: Making up two places, the luck-bereft Kiwi was almost collected by Bowe, who touched the Falcon which in turn clipped some tyres. Radisich recovered but was running in the mid twenties.
Lap 3: The right, front tyre on the number 18 Shell Helix Falcon burst, sending Radisich off the track at the end of the straight. The front splitter had punctured the tyre in the incident with Bowe on the previous lap.
Radisich is now 4th in the driver's championship http://www.paulradisich.co.nz