Paul Radisich is out to make amends for the points he missed out on at Pukekohe when he lines up in the HPM Racing Ford Falcon at Christchurch’s Powerbuilt Raceway at Ruapuna this weekend.
“The goal is to try to catch up on the points we missed at Pukekohe really,” he said this week. “Try to come away with a fist full of championship placings.”
Radisich is currently eighth overall on points after his debut meeting in the Tracer team car. “With the few small ailments we had earlier in the month all cured, we’ll come out with all eight cylinders firing,” he said.
He’s less than 100 points behind series leader John McIntyre, and with 75 points for a race win, Radisich sees the new three-session qualifying as the key to easy points.
“In this category it’s important for a trouble-free qualifying,” he said. “The closeness of the cars [performance wise] makes it hard to get by during the race.”
The last time he raced a NZ V8 at Ruapuna, Radisich won the Liquor King 500 with fellow Ford racer Mark Pedersen.
“It’s a good track, quite tight and twisty with a long front straight,” Radisich said.
“You’ve got to have the car working well – it isn’t so critical to have good engine performance, you can pull it back a bit with brakes and handling.”
The first NZ Truth V8s race of the GT Radials 200 race weekend at Ruapuna Raceway is a 14-lapper on Saturday afternoon. Sunday features two races, an 18-lap event followed by a full reverse-grid 22-lap finale.