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“During my four years at DJR the team had awesome
support from Shell and other corporate supporters, so
we had the budget to spend a tremendous amount of
time attempting to test and develop the AU Falcon as
Ford had gone through a decade of not being inter-
ested in motor racing whilst Holden was dominant.
“It took us a fair while to get the AU dialled in around
the issues that it had.
“I remember jumping into a predecessor EL car for
the Gold Coast race and it was well balanced and you
could work with it.
“The biggest low for me was the 1999 FAI Bathurst
1000, with Steve Ellery sharing the car with me, as we
had the dominant package and were in a commanding
position leading the race until I clipped another car and
then the last 15 laps didn’t gel for us.
“It was a great disappointment for us but there are
a million and one stories like that associated with the
“Several weeks later I won all three of the V8
Supercar Challenge races at the Honda Indy 300 on
the streets of Surfers Paradise, so we knew we still had
a competitive package.
“At the 2000 Bathurst 1000 our race strategy wasn’t
quite there so Jason Bright and I had to push the car
quite hard, probably too hard at times.
“To finish second to the Garry Rogers Motorsport
Holden Commodore of Garth Tander and Jason
Bargwanna was a semi-good result as it covered the
pain up a bit from 12 months earlier.
“During my time with the team both Dick and I had
our ups and downs and I was pretty vocal at times as
we attempted to move forward. Overall, we got on
At the end of the 2002 season Radisich left DJR and
joined Brisbane-based Briggs Motor Sport team that
was taken over during 2003 by Englishman Roland
“John Briggs ran a good little tight team and it was
then that Roland approached me as he wanted to get
into the V8 Supercars, so I set the deal up for him to
purchase the team,” says Radisich.
“I knew Roland from my time in the BTCC as he was
running the Triple Eight Race Engineering cars in that
series and it was coming to an end.
“He could see a future fielding a team in the V8
championship and was keen to deal with the Holden
Racing Team, but at that time it was not possible so he
took my advice and purchased Briggs Motor Sport.”
Radisich remained with Triple Eight for another
season before joining Team Kiwi Racing. And it was in
their Holden Commodore at the 2006 Bathurst 1000
that he ran wide at high-speed onto the dirt exiting the
Chase whilst avoiding another competitor.
His car careered head-on into a tyre wall and flipped
onto its side and it took the safety crew over 20
minutes to cut him free after removing the roof.
He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital as
he had sustained a broken ankle and sternum, forcing
him to spend six months recuperating.
Two years later in a HSV Dealer Team Commodore
he was sharing with Rick Kelly, he experienced another
horrifying crash during practice at the top of Mount
“I was going through McPhillamy Park and the throt-
tle jammed wide open when I lifted off, so I threw both
feet on both pedals and locked the brakes as I veered
straight off across the gravel trap and into a concrete
wall,” he reflects.
“I hit the unprotected wall at 200km/h and sus-
tained pretty severe injuries that included broken
back and both legs that had rods inserted, fractured
sternum again, plus other bits and pieces.
“It took three years to fully recover from it. The
first Bathurst crash didn’t quite finish me off but the
second one did (laughs).”
After spending several years living in England,
Radisich returned to Auckland in 2011 after accepting
an offer to be the Chief Executive Officer of the new
national touring car series, V8SuperTourers.
Radisich is also the managing director of Aegis Oil,
an extremely successful lubricant company that was
established 35 years ago by his father Frank Radisich,
a leading open-wheeler racer in his day.
He’ll return to V8 Supercars as one of the key person-
nel behind New Zealand-backed Super Black Racing,
set to take on former teams with a Kiwi flavour.
Scan to watch Paul
Radisich’s huge Bathurst
crashes that ended his
Active years: 1988-2008
2nd (1990, 2000)
Teams: Bryce Racing
(1988)*, Mobil 1 Racing
(1989)*, Dick Johnson
Glenn Seton Racing
(1994)*, Dick Johnson
Briggs Motor Sport/Triple
Eight (2003-2004), Team
Kiwi Racing (2005-2007),
HSV Dealer Team (2007-
* Endurance co-driver only
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