Paul Radisich today proved, given a competitive car he would deliver the required results. By attaining a top ten in qualifying and starting today's race in 9th position on the grid, Radisich paced himself superbly throughout the...
Paul Radisich today proved, given a competitive car he would deliver the required results.
By attaining a top ten in qualifying and starting today's race in 9th position on the grid, Radisich paced himself superbly throughout the 280 klm. Race, bringing the #88 Ford home in 6th position.
"We experienced difficulty early in the race with a lack of rear tyre grip, however this was quickly overcome with my tyre change on lap 33, it made all the difference, from that point onward it was a different car" - said Radisich.
"It was the type of race that demanded your constant attention and input, never allowing yourself to relax for a moment".
"With close racing to this degree, one slip up can cost you dearly".
"There was a lot of debris on the circuit and that posed a problem not only for me but also for the rest of the field".
"All in all, I think the team performed very well today, the pit stops were super fast and the strategy spot on".
"Overall I'm quite pleased with the result achieved today and with the continued improvement through the planned development, I believe it will be sooner rather than later the team Betta Electrical Fords will be up running amongst the top three cars in the field" - concluded Radisich.
Max Wilson driving the second Team Betta Electrical Ford car #888 considered himself very fortunate in avoiding the first corner carnage, coming through with only minor body damage to both front and rear body panels of his car.
Wilson set a good pace climbing to 3rd place by lap 37, although still to make his tyre and fuel stop.
Like team - mate Radisich, Wilson showed the improved performance of the Triple Eight Fords and vowed the best is still yet to come.
"It's a tough race at those speeds, with all the cars so close together it's hard to find the breaks you need to climb up to match the lead cars" - said Wilson.
"I was concerned at one stage that the cars power steering unit was going to let me down again, however it hung on and appeared to right itself towards the closing stages of the race, so I just kept my foot firmly planted to the floor".
"I would have liked to have finished further up in the field than 14th obviously, but all in all to get through that incident on the first corner was a bonus".
Out of the total field of 34 cars, 9 cars failed to finish the race, a further indication to many of what may be in store with the endurance events coming up later in the year.
A record crowd of 66,705 attended the Round 6, 3-day event - 13,795 more than the 53,712 that attended the same event in 2003.
Round 7 of the V8 Supercar Championship will be conducted at Winton Motor Raceway on July 23 - 25 next.