Soggy finish to the "rat's" chances at the Island. The long awaited 300 km race, round two of the series got underway at a fast pace today under a threatening sky. Skaife led the field for the first 25 laps before making his first ...
Soggy finish to the "rat's" chances at the Island.
The long awaited 300 km race, round two of the series got underway at a fast pace today under a threatening sky.
Skaife led the field for the first 25 laps before making his first fuel stop.
Radisich in car 65, the Betta Electrical entry, picked his way through the field, gaining seven placing's in the first eleven laps, placing him in 12th position.
Radisich displayed his racing experience by carefully choosing his moves and keeping the pressure on the competitors ahead of him.
Dean Canto in the second of the Team Betta Electrical cars, car 66 drove consistently in the early stages of the race improving on his position of 20th, by bringing his car up to 14th position by lap 11.
Canto also pitted for fuel on lap 25, rejoining the field in 24th position.
Both Team cars pitted for tyres on lap 42, rejoining the pack around midfield.
The sky was progressively darkening over the ensuing laps with the rain finally hitting the circuit on lap 49 with cars making a dash for the pits to change to wet weather tyres.
The safety car came out on lap 52 planning to steady the field for a period in order to see if the weather cleared, however by lap 54 it became apparent the rain was going to persist, brining the race to an early end.
The Team Betta Electrical Cars finishing in 12th placing for car 65 of Paul Radisich and a DNF for car 66 of Dean Canto, the reason for this decision is unclear at this stage, Canto pitted to allow the team to remove a drink line from the vehicle, however Canto returned to the circuit joining the field in 20th position.
Craig Lowndes was declared winner of the race on lap 54 with Jason Bright 2nd. Greg Murphy was 3rd.
Lowndes was elated with his win, explaining it had been a long time between drinks and that this formed the rebirth by Ford of an assault on the championship.
The teams can now look forward to the next round of the championship at Eastern Creek in three weeks, where again the teams will compete in round three of the series.