Paul Radisich Adelaide 500 Race 2 Review

Sensational Adelaide 500 Race Two - 250km / 78 laps Crowd: 60,000 Weather: Hot, sunny DRAMATIC END TO RADISICH'S RACE After an overnight gearbox change, Paul Radisich returned to the grid for today's second leg...

Sensational Adelaide 500

Race Two - 250km / 78 laps Crowd: 60,000 Weather: Hot, sunny

DRAMATIC END TO RADISICH'S RACE After an overnight gearbox change, Paul Radisich returned to the grid for today's second leg of the Adelaide 500. In high spirits following his convincing drive yesterday, Radisich Started in 26th, but having made his way into 22nd by the first turn suffered a spin after a serve from Paul Romano towards the end of the first lap. Rejoining in 35th, the Shell Helix driver had his work cut out for him, but made rapid progress over the first stage of the race.

By lap 30, Radisich had fought his way into a creditable 11th and through the first set of mandatory pit stops, lay in sixth place on the track. Recording impressive lap times, Radisich was picking off places until he made his first pit stop for fuel just before half distance on lap 36.

Radisich's second pit stop for tyres followed on lap 49 and in spite of the stop, still managed to claw his way into eighth position by some ten laps later. Prime for a top six finish, the Kiwi pushed hard to gain further places but realised on lap 57, he was breathing in fumes and made an urgent call to the pits. Feeling overcome and close to passing out, the Kiwi made his way back to the pits and was carried from his car by his pit crew before being ferried to the circuit medical centre for treatment.

The Shell. Helix Team showed real promise this weekend, equalling the pace and making good progress in both legs of the race. Radisich demonstrated his mettle and team owner, Dick Johnson, finished a deserved tenth in today's second leg'.

Next race: Perth 2nd May 1999

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Series Supercars
Drivers Paul Radisich , Dick Johnson