Paul Radisich (born 9 October 1962, in Auckland) is a retired New Zealand racing driver and businessman of Croat origin. He has competed in saloon cars for many years — both European-style tourers and the V8 Supercars of Australia and New Zealand.

Early Years

In 1983 he was Formula Atlantic runner-up, earning the prestigious Driver To Europe award. In 1985 and 1986 he raced in British Formula 3, alongside Damon Hill. He later raced in Indy Lights and Formula Super Vee with some success, before finishing second in the 1990 Bathurst 1000. This led him towards racing saloon cars full-time.

European Touring Cars

Radisich driving for Ford at Silverstone during the 1995 British Touring Car Championship season.

He won the 1993 and 1994 Touring Car World Cup events at Monza and at Donington respectively. 1993 was his first British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season, in a Ford Mondeo prepared by Andy Rouse. He finished 3rd in the series despite only competing in half the year. He would again drive for Andy Rouse in 1994 where he finished 3rd again behind Gabriele Tarquini for Alfa Romeo and Alain Menu for Renault. Radisich would again drive for Andy Rouse in 1995 but by the end of the 1995 season the car had reached the end of its development cycle and was increasingly uncompetitive during the end of the 1995 season and in the 1996 season when West Surrey Racing took over the Ford team from Andy Rouse. 1996 would be a disappointment for the Ford team with no podium places and Radisich finishing 13th in the championship. 1997 would see a new Mondeo however it too was uncompetitive, and would not challenge the front running teams. In 1998 he raced for Peugeot where he again had a disappointing season. He left the series and went to race for Dick Johnson Racing in the V8 Supercar series in Australia.[1]

At the end of the 2004 season, Radisich entered the BTCC Masters event at Donington, and was considering a comeback to the BTCC the following year, but he instead chose to continue his racing career down under.[2]

V8 Supercars

The Ford Falcon AU with which Radisich and Steven Johnson won the 2001 Queensland 500. The car is pictured in 2018

In 1999 he joined Dick Johnson Racing replacing the departed John Bowe. He remained with Dick Johnson Racing until the end of 2002. In 2003 he joined Briggs Motor Sport which was later sold to British outfit Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2004. In total he has three race wins and eight other podium results in the championship.

Team Kiwi Racing

He surprised a lot of people by signing for the patriotic Team Kiwi Racing for 2 years in 2005 racing in a Holden for the first time, helping the team to their first ever podium finish at Shanghai International Circuit in China, (third). He finished the 2005 season in 14th place, TKR's highest ever finish in a Supercar season.[3]

In the 2006 Supercheap Auto 1000 endurance race at Mount Panorama he had a major crash at around 200 km/h in The Chase. While attempting to overtake Nathan Pretty he ran wide into the dirt and could not brake in time and careered into a tyre wall head on, flipping the car onto its side. Rescue teams had to cut the roof off the car in order to get him out. He was then taken to a nearby hospital and then flown to a hospital in Sydney for further scans. He broke his ankle and sternum in the crash and missed the remainder of the season.

In November 2006 it was confirmed that Radisich had signed for a further 2 years with TKR and would once again be back racing in a Ford for 2007–08. He has commented that he has unfinished business in V8 Supercars.

Paul returned to the cockpit at Barbagallo for the first time since Bathurst, to the delight of many fans. He had a very good result at Pukekohe, the final round to be held at that circuit, finishing 7th in the third race.

Ford Performance Racing terminated its contract to supply and service the TKR Falcon on 31 May 2007. Paul Radisich said he had terminated his contract with TKR following the team's fallout with Ford Performance Racing that ran the car on behalf of TKR. "TKR is in breach of contract and I have therefore terminated my contract with immediate effect."[4]

Toll HSV Dealer Team

The New Zealand international joined fellow Kiwi Craig Baird and regular drivers Rick Kelly and Garth Tander in the Toll HSV ranks for the big endurance races in September and October.

The formal announcement was put on hold until Carrera Cup star and Bathurst rookie David Reynolds was signed and sealed with Super Cheap Auto Racing for the enduros. Reynolds had been in line for a drive with Toll HSV in the big races in September and October, but was happy to transfer to Super Cheap for his V8 Supercar debut without the potential pressure of a fellow driver’s championship hanging over him.

At Sandown, Paul was paired with Championship front-runner, Rick Kelly. The car was qualified by Rick Kelly, and they started from 8th position on the grid. Paul and Rick Kelly drove the Number 1 Toll HSV Commodore to 2nd place, 2.8 seconds behind Triple Eight Racing's Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.

At Bathurst, Paul was paired with Craig Baird. After qualifying 9th after the top-10 shootout, Paul and Craig Baird started strongly, and were running on the fringe of top 10 for the majority of the race, slowed by persistent braking problems which also afflicted their more illustrious team-mates. Ultimately, the team withdrew from the race on lap 137 of 161 so as not to risk damaging Tander and Kelly's race cars for the championship battle to come.

Retirement and later career

Returning to the team in 2008, Radisich crashed heavily during practice for the 2008 Bathurst 1000, after the throttle jammed open at McPhillamy Park Corner, hitting the concrete wall in a gap in the tyre barriers. Radisich fractured both ankles, reopened the fractured sternum sustained in an accident two years prior, fractured lumbar and thoracic vertebrae, cracked ribs and suffered bruising to his lungs. His recovery has been protracted and brought an end his motor racing career.[5]

Paul raced a Ford Mustang S550 in the invitational non-championship Class Three of the 2018-19 BNT V8 Championship[6]

He was team manager of the Super Black Racing team[7] until the team was disbanded at the end of the 2016 season. He is managing director of New Zealand oil company Aegis Oil, a company founded by his father Frank.[8]

Paul is the in-studio co-host of the British Touring Car Championship segment of TV3's CRC Motorsport with Shaun Summerfield.

Career results

Radisich placed 14th in the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series
Season Series Position Car Team
1982 Australian Drivers' Championship 12th Ralt RT4 Ford Paul Radisich
1983 Australian Drivers' Championship 4th Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd
1984 British Formula 3 Championship 12th Ralt RT3 Golf Murray Taylor Racing
1986 British Formula 3 Championship 16th Ralt RT30 Golf Murray Taylor Racing
1987 American Racing Series 17th Wildcat - Buick Agapiou Racing
1987/88 New Zealand Gold Star Championship 1st[9] Ralt RT4
1988 SCCA Valvoline/Bosch/VW Super Vee Championship 4th[10] Ralt RT5 Ralt of America, Dave Conti Racing
1990 Australian Endurance Championship 13th Ford Sierra RS500 Shell Ultra Hi Racing
1991 Formula Toyota Atlantic Championship 20th Reynard 91H Toyota
1993 British Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Mondeo Rousesport
1994 British Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Mondeo Rousesport
1995 British Touring Car Championship 6th Ford Mondeo Rousesport
1996 British Touring Car Championship 13th Ford Mondeo West Surrey Racing
1997 British Touring Car Championship 13th Ford Mondeo West Surrey Racing
1998 British Touring Car Championship 14th Peugeot 406 Motor Sport Developments
1999 Shell Championship Series 16th Ford AU Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 4th Ford AU Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 7th Ford AU Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 26th Ford AU Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 10th Ford BA Falcon Briggs Motor Sport
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 19th Ford BA Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 14th Holden VZ Commodore Team Kiwi Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 28th Holden VZ Commodore Team Kiwi Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 20th Ford BF Falcon
Holden VE Commodore
Team Kiwi Racing
Toll HSV Dealer Team
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 47th Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team

Complete World Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Pts
1987 New Zealand Bryce Racing BMW BMW 325i MNZ JAR DIJ NÜR SPA BNO SIL BAT CLD WEL
ovr:10
cls:4†
FJI NC 0

† Not eligible for points.

Complete Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 DC Points
1988 New Zealand Bill Bryce Racing BMW M3 BAT
NC
WEL
Ret
PUK
Ret
FJI NC 0

Complete British Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position - 1 point awarded all races 1996 onwards) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) (* signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap - 1 point awarded 1998 only)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 DC Pts Class
1990 Labatt's Team Ford Sierra RS500 A OUL DON THR SIL OUL SIL BRH
Ret‡
SNE BRH BIR DON THR SIL NC 0 NC
1993 Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Si SIL DON SNE DON OUL BRH
1
BRH
2
PEM
8
SIL
3
KNO
1

5
KNO
2

5
OUL
Ret
BRH
1
THR
2
DON
1

1
DON
2

2
SIL
1
3rd 110
1994 Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Ghia THR
Ret
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

4
SNE
2
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

1
OUL
2
DON
1

2
DON
2

2
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
SIL
3
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

2
OUL
Ret
BRH
1

14
BRH
2

DSQ
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

DNS
DON
1

1
DON
2

9
3rd 206
1995 Valvoline Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Ghia DON
1

3
DON
2

6
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

DNS
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

6
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

1
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

5
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

7
DON
1

5
DON
2

2
SIL
6
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
BRH
1

14
BRH
2

Ret
SNE
1

9
SNE
2

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

12
SIL
1

18
SIL
2

12
6th 130
1996 Valvoline Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo DON
1

Ret
DON
2

8
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

8
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

7
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

Ret
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

8
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

11
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

9
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

9
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

11
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
DON
1

17
DON
2

11
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
13th 27
1997 Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo DON
1

6
DON
2

7
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

Ret
THR
1

10
THR
2

10
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

7
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

7
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

11
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

Ret
THR
1

14
THR
2

12
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

4
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

5
13th 41
1998 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 THR
1

Ret
THR
2

8
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

4
DON
1

11
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

12
OUL
1

12
OUL
2

13
DON
1

10
DON
2

Ret
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

Ret
SNE
1

18
SNE
2

10
THR
1

9
THR
2

Ret
KNO
1

10
KNO
2

6
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

10
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

Ret
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

14
14th 31

† Not eligible for points due to being an endurance driver.

‡ Endurance driver.

Complete Japanese Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Pts
1992 Autotech Racing Team BMW M3 Sport Evolution JTC-2 AID AUT SUG SUZ MIN TSU
23
SEN FUJ
7
18th 23

Complete V8 Supercar Championship results

Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 Position Points
1999 Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon EAS
R1

Ret
EAS
R2

15
EAS
R3

17
ADE
R4

Ret
BAR
R5

13
BAR
R6

4
BAR
R7

3
PHI
R8

6
PHI
R9

13
PHI
R10

Ret
HID
R11

DNS
HID
R12

9
HID
R13

12
SAN
R14

4
SAN
R15

3
SAN
R16

4
QLD
R17

5
QLD
R18

5
QLD
R19

6
CAL
R20

Ret
CAL
R21

12
CAL
R22

7
SYM
R23

Ret
SYM
R24

Ret
SYM
R25

WD
WIN
R26

5
WIN
R27

5
WIN
R28

3
ORA
R29

10
ORA
R30

5
ORA
R31

5
QLD
R32

Ret
BAT
R33

Ret
16th 812
2000 Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon PHI
R1

5
PHI
R2

6
BAR
R3

6
BAR
R4

5
BAR
R5

5
ADE
R6

5
ADE
R7

9
EAS
R8

4
EAS
R9

1
EAS
R10

26
HID
R11

Ret
HID
R12

16
HID
R13

Ret
CAN
R14

15
CAN
R15

9
CAN
R16

8
QLD
R17

5
QLD
R18

6
QLD
R19

Ret
WIN
R20

7
WIN
R21

6
WIN
R22

2
ORA
R23

10
ORA
R24

Ret
ORA
R25

19
CAL
R26

1
CAL
R27

6
CAL
R28

2
QLD
R29

6
SAN
R30

1
SAN
R31

3
SAN
R32

1
BAT
R33

2
4th 1260
2001 Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon PHI
R1

12
PHI
R2

14
ADE
R3

Ret
ADE
R4

NC
EAS
R5

5
EAS
R6

3
HID
R7

6
HID
R8

DNS
HID
R9

DNS
CAN
R10

6
CAN
R11

4
CAN
R12

7
BAR
R13

1
BAR
R14

1
BAR
R15

1
CAL
R16

5
CAL
R17

4
CAL
R18

2
ORA
R19

17
ORA
R20

9
QLD
R21

1
WIN
R22

15
WIN
R23

5
BAT
R24

Ret
PUK
R25

17
PUK
R26

8
PUK
R27

19
SAN
R28

20
SAN
R29

6
SAN
R30

Ret
7th 2109
2002 Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

Ret
PHI
R3

8
PHI
R4

3
EAS
R5

14
EAS
R6

9
EAS
R7

9
HDV
R8

17
HDV
R9

27
HDV
R10

Ret
CAN
R11

8
CAN
R12

Ret
CAN
R13

Ret
BAR
R14

24
BAR
R15

16
BAR
R16

Ret
ORA
R17

13
ORA
R18

20
WIN
R19

17
WIN
R20

Ret
QLD
R21

13
BAT
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

15
SUR
R24

6
PUK
R25

Ret
PUK
R26

WD
PUK
R27

WD
SAN
R28

29
SAN
R29

Ret
26th 398
2003 Briggs Motor Sport Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

12
ADE
R1

4
PHI
R3

12
EAS
R4

15
WIN
R5

7
BAR
R6

16
BAR
R7

13
BAR
R8

6
HDV
R9

5
HDV
R10

8
HDV
R11

23
QLD
R12

Ret
ORA
R13

Ret
SAN
R14

7
BAT
R15

7
SUR
R16

11
SUR
R17

6
PUK
R18

5
PUK
R19

7
PUK
R20

8
EAS
R21

12
EAS
R22

7
10th 1618
2004 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

7
EAS
R3

20
PUK
R4

3
PUK
R5

16
PUK
R6

11
HDV
R7

9
HDV
R8

16
HDV
R9

25
BAR
R10

Ret
BAR
R11

Ret
BAR
R12

29
QLD
R13

6
WIN
R14

19
ORA
R15

14
ORA
R16

13
SAN
R17

Ret
BAT
R18

Ret
SUR
R19

12
SUR
R20

7
SYM
R21

9
SYM
R22

21
SYM
R23

14
EAS
R24

6
EAS
R25

2
EAS
R26

4
19th 1188
2005 Team Kiwi Racing Holden VZ Commodore ADE
R1

23
ADE
R2

10
PUK
R3

6
PUK
R4

6
PUK
R5

6
BAR
R6

6
BAR
R7

8
BAR
R8

Ret
EAS
R9

32
EAS
R10

18
SHA
R11

6
SHA
R12

5
SHA
R13

3
HDV
R14

6
HDV
R15

8
HDV
R16

27
QLD
R17

29
ORA
R18

12
ORA
R19

9
SAN
R20

8
BAT
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

13
SUR
R23

13
SUR
R24

27
SYM
R25

12
SYM
R26

10
SYM
R27

12
PHI
R28

7
PHI
R29

8
PHI
R30

14
14th 1384
2006 Team Kiwi Racing Holden VZ Commodore ADE
R1

23
ADE
R2

12
PUK
R3

21
PUK
R4

Ret
PUK
R5

14
BAR
R6

31
BAR
R7

6
BAR
R8

15
WIN
R9

20
WIN
R10

Ret
WIN
R11

16
HDV
R12

18
HDV
R13

21
HDV
R14

11
QLD
R15

13
QLD
R16

13
QLD
R17

7
ORA
R18

Ret
ORA
R19

14
ORA
R20

16
SAN
R21

13
BAT
R22

Ret
SUR
R23
SUR
R24
SUR
R25
SYM
R26
SYM
R27
SYM
R28
BHR
R29
BHR
R30
BHR
R31
PHI
R32
PHI
R33
PHI
R34
28th 1235
2007 Team Kiwi Racing Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1
ADE
R2
BAR
R3

16
BAR
R4

11
BAR
R5

22
PUK
R6

15
PUK
R7

10
PUK
R8

7
WIN
R9

24
WIN
R10

12
WIN
R11

13
EAS
R12
EAS
R13
EAS
R14
HDV
R15
HDV
R16
HDV
R17
QLD
R18
QLD
R19
QLD
R20
ORA
R21
ORA
R22
ORA
R23
20th 96
HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore SAN
R24

2
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26
SUR
R27
SUR
R28
BHR
R29
BHR
R30
BHR
R31
SYM
R32
SYM
R33
SYM
R34
PHI
R35
PHI
R36
PHI
R37
2008 HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
EAS
R3
EAS
R4
EAS
R5
HAM
R6
HAM
R7
HAM
R8
BAR
R29
BAR
R10
BAR
R11
SAN
R12
SAN
R13
SAN
R14
HDV
R15
HDV
R16
HDV
R17
QLD
R18
QLD
R19
QLD
R20
WIN
R21
WIN
R22
WIN
R23
PHI
QR

17
PHI
R24

7
BAT
R25

DNS
SUR
R26
SUR
R27
SUR
R28
BHR
R29
BHR
R30
BHR
R31
SYM
R32
SYM
R33
SYM
R34
ORA
R35
ORA
R36
ORA
R37
47th 196

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1988 New Zealand Bill Bryce Racing BMW M3 Germany Ludwig Finauer 19th 113
1989 Australia Mobil 1 Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Australia Brad Jones 9th 153
1990 Australia Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500 United Kingdom Jeff Allam 2nd 161
1991 Australia Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500 Australia John Bowe
Australia Terry Shiel
DNF 152
1993 Australia Dick Johnson Racing Ford EB Falcon Australia Cameron McConville 8th 151
1994 Australia Glenn Seton Racing Ford EB Falcon Australia Glenn Seton DNF 82
1997* United Kingdom Esso Ultron Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 United Kingdom Tim Harvey DNF 70
1998* Australia Brad Jones Racing Audi A4 Quattro Australia Paul Morris DNF 84
1999 Australia Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Steve Ellery DNF 147
2000 Australia Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Jason Bright 2nd 161
2001 Australia Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Steven Johnson DNF 63
2002 Australia Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Steven Johnson DNF 29
2003 Australia Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon Sweden Rickard Rydell 7th 161
2004 Australia Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon Brazil Max Wilson DNF 116
2005 Australia Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore Australia Paul Morris DNF 26
2006 New Zealand Team Kiwi Racing Holden VZ Commodore New Zealand Fabian Coulthard DNF 71
2007 Australia HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore New Zealand Craig Baird DNF 137
2008 Australia HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore Australia Rick Kelly DNS 0

* Super Touring race

References

  1. ^ "BTCC Greats - Paul Radisich".
  2. ^ "Radisich: Look out, I might be coming back". 18 October 2004.
  3. ^ "Paul Radisich - Black Bullet". www.nzmotorsport.co.nz. Archived from the original on 11 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Radisich quits Team Kiwi". Television New Zealand. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  5. ^ The Rat faces uncertain future Archived 4 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine Official Site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series retrieved on 9 December 2008
  6. ^ "The Rat is back: Paul Radisich to race Mustang in BNT V8s".
  7. ^ "Paul Radisich joins Super Black Racing".
  8. ^ "About Us | Aegis Oil - New Zealands Oil".
  9. ^ Gold Star Race Champions - Single Seaters, www.motorsport.org.nz Retrieved on 29 April 2012
  10. ^ Phillips, David (12 December 1988). "All the Answers". On Track Magazine (December): 38. Paul Radisich 4 wins, 5 poles, 3 fastest laps
Sporting positions
Preceded by Winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix
1988
Succeeded by
Preceded by
none
Winner of the FIA World Touring Car Cup
1993-1994
Succeeded by