Racing started at just before midday today for Race Two at Hidden Valley. Sunday has been a much hotter day in the Valley of the V 8's than the previous two days. The air temperature was around 32 Degrees. The track temperature was 39 ...
Racing started at just before midday today for Race Two at Hidden Valley. Sunday has been a much hotter day in the Valley of the V 8's than the previous two days. The air temperature was around 32
Degrees. The track temperature was 39 degrees and the average cabin temperature for the drivers was 46 degrees. All drivers took measures to avoid dehydration during this hottest race of the season.
Paul Radisich in Team Betta Electrical Car 65 got away to a great start, as did Canto in Team Betta Electrical Car 66. Both drivers showed they were competitive early in the race with Radisich gaining three places before the first corner by slotting into fourth position.
Lap 5 saw Mark Skaife in the HRT Holden make hi mandatory pit stop and in doing so allowed Radisich to move up to third position. Marcos Ambrose in the Pirtek Falcon continued on in the lead. Lap 7 saw Radisich come in for his pit stop. This proved costly for him as one of the wheel uts jammed and extended the period in the pits by another 7 seconds.
Paul Radisich rejoined the field in 17th position with a huge job ahead of him to claw his way back up the field. By lap 10, Radisich had made up another 3 places and by lap 13 he had clawed his way back to 10th position.
Canto pitted on lap 13 and rejoined the race in 17th position. By lap 20 he too had managed to fight his way through the field to be at 13th position.
Lap 28 saw Radisich pass Wills in car 44 to take over 8th position, with Canto still holding his own in 13th position. Only 4 laps from home the safety car came out after and "off" by Jamie Whincup in the GRM car 33.
The safety car remained out for the ensuing 3 laps and peeled off into pit lane to give the field the opportunity to battle it out on the last lap, which saw Radisich in Team Betta Electrical Car 65 finish in a credible 8th position. Canto gained a further position by finishing 12th.
Todd Kelly had an altercation with Larkham in lap 2 bringing out the safety car. Radisich came in for an early tyre change at lap 4. By lap 7 the safety car was out again, a position where Dean Canto found himself in the lead with Radisich further back in 9th position. At the resumption of racing Radisich was instructed to do a drive through penalty as it was claimed he had jumped the restart at the end of the safety car period. This effectively put him at the back of the field in 30th position.
The race continued at a rapid pace with few casualties requiring safety car conditions. Canto made hi mandatory pit stop on lap 17, with the Team performing and excellent tyre change. By lap 30 Radisich had made up 6 positions, placing him in 24th position after passing Jason Richards in Car 45. Car 66 of Canto was 3 positions ahead of him at this stage.
Radisich could not make any further headway on the leaders in the closing stages of the final laps and finished in 24th position. Canto finished 5 places ahead of him in 19th position, in the 2nd Team Betta Electrical Falcon.