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Jason Rishover finished the Hagerty Radical Cup UK season as he had started, with a podium finish at Donington Park.

360 Racing team mate Jacek Zielonka qualified fourth quickest, with Rishover just0.071 secs behind in fifth. But when the lights went out it was Rishover slotting into fourth on the opening lap, with Zielonka sixth.

The safety car was into immediate action with cars off at Redgate, but as the field came around to close-up, Zielonka was caught out as the field slowed and hit Champion elect James Lay in the rear, dropping him to 16th place.

As the race went live again Rishover stayed just off the back of the lead trio, but was close enough to threaten at times, as well as consolidating his own fourth place.

“I caught them time and time again on the Melbourne Loop. I was having a good race, but waiting for one of them to make a mistake, which they eventually did,” he explained.

Into Goddards on lap 13, second placed Preen was forced wide, and Rishover followed through into third, before his recovery. It proved to be the last lap too, as with more cars off the race was red flagged.

“The carfelt really quick and it was nice to be back on the podium, winning the FangioClass and third overall,” he added.

Zielonka had pitted after 15 laps and rejoined, taking the flag 20th overall, but he was later excluded for his earlier incident.

Any hope Rishover had of a repeat in the second race were dashed before he had completed the opening lap. “I was probably about fourth, but lost some pace  exiting McLeans. Sven Thompson got a run on me into Coppice and he went for the inside as I turned in, and he hit me,” he said after ending his race in the Coppice gravel.

Zielonka was holding ninth place and chasing Chris Headlam, but spun at the Melbourne Hairpin and lost three places.

His recovery gained momentum and on the closing lap and he managed to finally take Headlam to regain ninth.

Pouring rain and terrible visibility greeted the drivers for the last race of the weekend and the UK season. Zielonka was starting from fourth, with Rishover in penultimate place.

It was a flying start for Zielonka though, holding third until a second lap spin, just as the safety car came out. It dropped him to ninth, but he was still faring better than Rishover. “I was 10th but had to pit after the second lap as I couldn’t change gear,” he explained.

The safety car took the drivers up to the pitstop window, with Zielonka pitting 10thand rejoining 16th.

Rishover rejoined after his stop, but soon returned to the pitlane to retire, whileZielonka revelled in the conditions and started to climb the leaderboard,

With the stops completed he was up to sixth and gradually closed in on the battle for ahead. With Williams spinning on the last lap, he made two places as the flag was readied, taking fourth.

Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing, September 19th, 2023

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