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Black Bullet Profile: Paul Radisich
V8 Supercars, Australia

 
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Date of Birth: 09/10/62
Birth Place: Auckland, NZ
Residence: Gold Coast, Queensland
Nick Name: The Rat
Personal: Married, daughter
Height: 170cm
Weight: 70kg
Interests: Fitness and jet skiing

One of the best touring car drivers in the world, Paul Radisich has joined Holden for the first time in 2005 to help spearhead Team Kiwi Racing’s assault on the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

After beginning in his native New Zealand riding motocross, Radisich turned to single seaters at the age of 17. He was a force in Formula Atlantic racing and ventured to England to race Formula 3, only to run short of funds and be forced home.

A stint in Indy Lights in America followed before he made his Bathurst debut in a BMW M3 in 1988. It was the start of a new era in ‘The Rat’s’ career as he become a tin-top expert of note, being signed to drive for Peter Brock’s Mobil team in 1989 and following that with endurance stints with Dick Johnson Racing.

Radisich was signed as a works Ford driver for the British Touring Car Championship in 1993 and he finished third in the series, despite missing the opening rounds. Paul spent five years racing for the works Ford squad in the BTCC, before moving to Peugeot for 1998.

When the French manufacturer pulled out its support, Radisich landed in Australia, joining DJR again as a full-time driver alongside Dick Johnson. The Kiwi spent four seasons with the Queensland outfit before a move to Briggs Motorsport in 2003, which in turn became Triple Eight Race Engineering for 2004.


2005 Performance
The highlight of the season for Team Kiwi Racing during 2005 was undoubtedly Paul's 3rd placing at Shanghai. The teams overall season placing of 14th was also a credible finish for a single car team.


2004 Performance

V8 Supercar Championship Series : 19th
Round 13, BigPond Grand Finale, Eastern Creek : 2nd
Round 6, Queensland Raceway : 6th
Round 1, Clipsal 500 : 7th


Career Highlights

Winner, FIA Touring Car World Champion : 1993
Winner, FIA Touring Car World Champion : 1994
Winner, Nissan Mobil Series NZ : 1989
Winner, Nissan Mobil Series NZ : 1992
Winner, Queensland 500 : 2001
Winner, New Zealand Grand Prix : 1988
Winner, New Zealand Grand Prix : 1989
Winner, Bruce McLaren Drive of the Year Award : 1983
Winner, Nissan Mobil NZ touring car series : 1990/1992
Runner-up, Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst : 1990
Runner-up, FAI 1000 at Bathurst : 2000
3rd, British Touring Car Championship : 1993
3rd, British Touring Car Championship : 1994
4th, Shell Championship Series for V8 Supercars : 2000





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