The 'Rat' turns the wick up at Barbagallo After a cool start to the day at Barbagallo Raceway the action got heated well before Race One even got underway. Practice proved a trying time for Dean Canto in Team Betta Electrical Car 66. Towards...
The 'Rat' turns the wick up at Barbagallo
After a cool start to the day at Barbagallo Raceway the action got heated well before Race One even got underway.
Practice proved a trying time for Dean Canto in Team Betta Electrical Car 66. Towards the end of the practice session Dean Canto experienced an off at Novis Corner. The damage sustained was only superficial and the Team was able to piece the car together to have it ready for qualifying in just one hour.
The first qualifying session was at a fast pace, with 5 of these participants sealing their final shoot out places. The second group were not so lucky, an oil spill early in this second qualifying session from Team Brock Car 16 driven by Paul Weel caused great concern to the other competitors and in effect prevented any of them from putting in a competitive lap for the all important qualifying session.
The oil spill caused chaos for the rest of the field. Paul Radisich in Team Betta Electrical Car 65 only managed to complete 12 laps because of the number of red flags.
Race One of 42 laps, got away to a good clean start with the entire field settling into the race during the first lap. Early pit stops were the order of the day for most of the teams.
Paul Radisich had come from 28th position to 15th position by Lap 7, pitting relatively early for the compulsory tyre change on Lap 9. The pit stop was exemplary and allowed Radisich to continue to fight his way up the order.
Following the pit stop for both Team Betta Electrical Car 65 and Car 66 they were sitting at 23rd and 29th respectively. Canto battled to get ahead as did Radisich. The rat had fought his way back through the field to come back up to 15th position by Lap 29.
This is typical of the determined driving style we have seen 'THE RAT' display in many of the rounds this year.
His tenacity has paid dividends in getting him up through the field previously at both Adelaide and again at Winton Raceway only two weeks ago, this win earning him the 'Top Dog Award' for a second time from VIP Pet Foods, by making up the greatest number of placing's by a competitor from his original starting position.
Radisich finished the race in 16th position, with team mate Dean Canto coming home in 27th position.
"It was a constant battle out there said Radisich. No-one was about to give an inch and you needed to keep your wits about you by predicting the other drivers moves as you came up behind them on a passing move, still that's what racing is all about".
"Although the car was not performing well during practice, I just had to slot into a rhythm and push it to the limit for the entire 100 km's" -Radisich concluded.
"I am determined to improve on my placing of today for race two tomorrow and starting the race in sixteenth position will certainly be an improvement on today's grid position" Radisich commented.