This week on SuperArchive: Radisich reigns at Wanneroo Raceway

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  • 18/10/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

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Monday October 18 at 6.00pm: 2001 Perth Race 13

The sixth round of the 2001 Championship Series saw Paul Radisich claim pole for the opening race in Western Australia.

Championship leader Mark Skaife started from fifth, with Paul Ramano failing to make the start due to a mechanical issue.

Radisich led the field ahead of Paul Morris, who came under attack from Russell Ingall and Mark Skaife in the opening stint.

Morris’ worn tyres saw him slip back in the pack, before Larry Perkins suffered a lock-up on lap 15 and speared off into the sandtrap.

Skaife and Ingall continued to battle for podium positions throughout the 20-lap sprint, with the Shell Ford sailing out in front.

Radisich claimed his first win of the weekend, 13-seconds ahead of second-placed Skaife.

Tuesday October 19 at 6.00pm: 2001 Perth Race 14

The second sprint race in Perth saw Radisich starting from pole alongside Skaife.

A spectacular start from Lowndes saw him jump from sixth to fourth before the first corner.

Radisich came under pressure from Skaife, with battles ensuing throughout the field.

Dry conditions made for minimal incidents during the race, with Jason Bargwanna being the only driver to retire after spinning off on at Turn 6. 

Radisich claimed his second win of the weekend, with Skaife holding off Ingall to record second.

Wednesday October 20 at 6.00pm: 2001 Perth Race 15

Radisich continued to dominate the weekend, with Skaife charging hard off the line but unable to pass the Ford driver.

Ingall saw his chance of a third-consecutive podium dashed when he jumped the start, receiving a stop-go penalty, gifting third place to Murphy. 

The opening stint saw Steven Ellery turned around on lap 3, with cars narrowly missing him as they thundered down the main straight.

Radisich went on to clean sweep the weekend, with Skaife extending his championship lead recording second in all three races.

Thursday October 21 at 6.00pm: 2001 Sandown Race 30

The third race at a rain-soaked Sandown began with controversy, seeing the Holden Racing Team receiving a fine for a pitlane infringement for an error made in Race 2.

The final race of the 2001 championship began under Safety Car conditions, with a Kmart Racing Team’s Todd Kelly and Greg Murphy leading the field.

Under a rolling start, Kelly held the lead into Turn 1, while Skaife passed Craig Lowndes to move into third.

The former teammates continued to battle before heading to pit lane on lap 5.

An issue during his tyre change saw Skaife rejoin in 18th before running off the track at Turn 1.

The rain intensified in the opening stint, with Lowndes making light contact with Murphy to claim the lead on lap 7.

The wet conditions caused havoc throughout the field, seeing multiple cars sliding off the circuit.

Skaife recorded a DNF after an incident with Steven Richards on lap 17, but had already sealed his 2001 championship title.

Lowndes held off Marcos Ambrose for the win, finishing 11th in the championship, in his first season for Gibson Motorsport.

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