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It proved to be a tough weekend for Jason Rishover and Jacek Zielonka, with both drivers battling hard to try and earn a top six finish in the Radical Cup UK at Oulton Park.

Zielonka lined up eighth for the opening race, after Saturday mornings qualifying. “I managed to improve a little, but the car was a bit loose at the rear and I went straight on into the gravel at Cascades,” he said.

Rishover was three places further back, but had issues too. “The car felt great, but it wasdown on straight line speed,” he explained.

“I got a good start and think I was fifth, but the car in front braked early and I lost places,” said Zielonka after he dropped to 14th place on the opening lap of race one, while Rishover was in a challenging eighth.

But Rishover soon came under pressure and was down to ninth on lap four, before losing a further place a lap later. “I made a good start but couldn't hold it,” he explained.

Having retained what became a solitary 10th he managed to keep Andy Lowe at bay to hold his place, while Lowe came under late pressure from Zielonka, who had to settle for 12th. “I was closing in, but didn’t take any risks as I wanted to come back in one piece,” he said.

It was another good start from Rishover in race two, advancing from his early seventh, to sixth on lap six, chasing Peter Tyler.

Zielonkaalso made early progress into the top 10 as both drivers continued to moveforward.

Rishover held fifth from lap 10 and had to fight hard to fend off Chris Preen, but he lost three places after a post-race penalty for track limits violations, but still netted third in the Fangio Class.

“The car was much better and I got to P5, holding off Preen after a great battle,” said Rishover. Zielonka was eighth at the flag, but benefitted from his teammate spenalty and was promoted to seventh.

Lining up seventh and ninth for the final race of the weekend, both drivers were aiming for a good result.

The whole of the top 10 were fairly dormant until the pitstop window opened, with Rishover seventh and Zielonka 10th.

Both made their stops under the safety car and rejoined in fifth and sixth respectively. But Zielonka soon lost out to both Chris Preen and Chris Headlam.

Preen then closed in on Rishover for fifth, but the 360 driver still had the place as they crested Hilltop for the final time.

As they headed towards Knickerbrook Preen forced his way past Rishover taking them both off the race track. With both Rishover and Preen off track, Zielonka made two places to take the flag in sixth, but Rishover’s hopes of a top six had gone and he finally made it home 12th.

Rishover now lies sixth in the Championship, with Zielonka eight points behind in seventh. Both will be back in at action for the next rounds at Silverstone on July 29/30th.

By Peter Scherer

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