Trying Times in Territory For Team Betta Electrical The heat was on, weather-wise and for the teams for races 2 & 3 at Hidden Valley today. Both Team Betta Electrical Fords performed well this morning during the warm-up session. Race 2...
Trying Times in Territory For Team Betta Electrical
The heat was on, weather-wise and for the teams for races 2 & 3 at Hidden Valley today.
Both Team Betta Electrical Fords performed well this morning during the warm-up session.
Race 2 brought a major problem for the team, seeing Max Wilson in car #888 experience a failure with the front suspension during the warm up lap prior to the start of the race.
Wilson had to withdraw from Race 2, as it was not possible to repair the car in time.
Team -mate Paul Radisich in car #88 had a good start and was putting in an superb effort, after starting 9th on the grid.
Radisich entered pit lane to take on new tyres on lap7, rejoining the race in 21st position.
The next unfortunate event for the team occurred on lap 18, when Garth Tander in car #34 came in contact with Radisich at the hairpin, forcing Radisich off the circuit & resulting in car #88 dropping back into 18th position.
Radisich persisted with the remaining laps finally finishing in 16th position.
"Not one of our better races, I had hoped for a better outcome than 16th position, however racing is like that" - Radisich commented.
Max Wilson was back out to take his place at the back of the grid for Race 3, whilst Radisich in car #88 was positioned 12th.
Again the race was off to a fierce pace with only Craig Lowndes left standing on the grid after the engine stalled at the start.
There was plenty of biffing and barging by the entire field going into turn one.
Lap 4 saw Wilson as one of the first into the pits for his mandatory tyre change, with Paul Radisich in for his tyre change on the following lap, Lap 5.
By lap 6, Radisich had gained 6 positions and settled into 18th spot, with Wilson six places further back in the field.
Lap 10 saw Radisich given a drive through penalty for exceeding the pit lane speed limit whilst exiting after his tyre change.
This effectively put him further back in the field in 28th position with an impossible task ahead of him.
Lap 14 saw yet another disappointing outcome for Radisich when the front splitter collapsed forcing him yet again to pit and have it replaced, duplicating a similar incident occurring to Wilson in the morning warm-up session.
Lap 22 saw the safety car enter the circuit after Paul Weel exited the circuit at turn one and retiring from the race.
By lap 24 Wilson in car #888 had worked his way back up to 16thposition while team-mate Paul Radisich was still languishing back in 28th spot.
Lap 26 saw the safety car exit the circuit with the race recommenced for the remaining 5 laps.
The very next lap saw contact between Wilson and Tony Longhurst, with damage being sustained to the rear bar of Wilson's car #888, requiring him to yet again return to pit lane for repairs.
Wilson returned to the field in 24th position with Radisich holding down 27th position.
The race finished on lap 35 with the Team Betta Electrical Fords posting their least impressive result so far this season.
Wilson in car #888 finishing 22nd and Paul Radisich in car #88 crossing the line in 25th position.
"This is one round we would rather forget" - said Wilson.
"So many strange and silly things went wrong, the kind of things you just can't give a reason why they should happen, but in saying that our team wasn't alone, similar unexplained things were happening to other teams as well, it is very strange".
"We will now have to regroup as a team and plan for round 5 in Perth in just a few weeks time, I think it is best we put this weekend behind us and move on to regain our positions in the championship" - Wilson concluded.
After Round four of the 2004 V8 Supercar Series Championship Points for the drivers stand at :
Max Wilson 20th 304 points
Paul Radisich 15th 392 points