http://www.paulradisich.co.nz Race one 17 laps extended to 19 weather: dry Oran Park hosted the final event on this yearâ€™s sprint race calendar, todayâ€™s trio of races being Shell Helix Teamâ€™s boss, Dick ...
Race one 17 laps extended to 19 weather: dry
Oran Park hosted the final event on this year’s sprint race calendar, today’s trio of races being Shell Helix Team’s boss, Dick Johnson’s last short distance appearance before he retires from the Shell Championship Series at the end of the season.
A charging get-away elevated Paul Radisich to twelfth by the end of the pit straight. Two departures on the first lap forced the safety car to join the circuit on lap two, leading the train of 32 cars round for three laps while the stranded cars were removed.
Racing re-commenced on lap five, Radisich claiming tenth from Bargwanna at his earliest opportunity. For the remaining laps the number 18 Shell Helix Falcon crawled all over the back of Seton’s Ford, unable to overhaul Seton for lack of rear end grip, but staying very much with him until the chequered flag.
Radisich finished tenth in race one.
Race two 17 laps extended to 20 weather: dry
Another great start saw Radisich sandwiched in the top ten train at the first corner, emerging in eighth as the cars jostled under the bridge. In a repeat of race one, the safety car appeared at the beginning of lap two while the stricken cars were towed away. The safety car peeled off after three laps and Radisich passed the Falcon of Crompton promoting him to sixth.
Circulating for the next five laps behind Queensland 500 team-mate, Steve Ellery, Radisich continued to apply relentless pressure until he passed Ellery just after the bridge.
Radisich crossed the line in fifth.
Race three 17 laps extended to 22 weather: Dry, sunny
The field of 32 V8 Supercars managed to complete three laps this time before the safety car was required to emerge after a brace of accidents involving Doulman and Romano. The Doulman incident took some time to clear, the safety car staying out on the track for eight laps.
The signal to race came on lap twelve and Radisich, running in fifth, stayed in touch with Tander ahead, but struggled with slow speed traction. Radisich rested his tyres for two laps to allow him to make another lunge at Tander, however, he was forced to settle for fifth in race three and sixth overall on the day.