Race one 250km / 77 laps Saturday 10 April Radisich leads race for 22 laps Starting from fifth on the grid, Paul Radisich, raced into fourth by the first turn, setting the early lap record on the third lap .
Race one 250km / 77 laps Saturday 10 April
Radisich leads race for 22 laps
Starting from fifth on the grid, Paul Radisich, raced into fourth by the first turn, setting the early lap record on the third lap . The Aucklander's pace ensured he stayed with the top three and on lap 28, made a calculated move on Bright promoting him to third. Within the same lap, Radisich took the lead when Lowndes and Skaife made their first mandatory pit stop under the safety car.
The Shell Helix Team tried a different pit stop strategy from most of the 39-strong field, meaning both Radisich and team owner, Dick Johnson would remain out on the track until a further safety car appearance. Johnson made his fuel stop on lap 25 and Radisich waited until lap 50, when the safety car was brought into action once more.
While the offending car was being removed from the track, Radisich used the safety car laps to make yet another pit stop for tyres, putting him in a strong position to capitalise on the team's late-stop strategy.
With fresh tyres strapped to his AU Falcon, Radisich began the final 25 laps in line for a top six finish. However, only 15 laps from the chequered flag, the number 18 Shell Helix Racing AU suffered transmission failure and Radisich was forced to retire.
Although disappointed to miss out on a strong finish before tomorrow's second half of the full race distance, the Dick Johnson Racing pilot was pleased with his AU's pace: " We were running competitively and would have certainly featured in the top five or six. As it is, I will have my work cut out for me tomorrow, but I feel confident we can make up a lot of ground with a well-planned strategy. The team have worked hard to get us on the pace this weekend, so I think Dick and I will come away with a result tomorrow."
TODAY'S RACE WINNER: Craig Lowndes HRT Holden Commodore
Radisich starts tomorrow's race 27th. on the grid.