It was a busy weekend for 360 Racing at Brands Hatch, with Jason Rishover, Jacek Zielonka and Wesley Fongenie, joined in the Radical Cup UK by a fourth Radical SR3shared by Neil Glover and Jason Green.
Zielonka was quickest of the quartet in qualifying, taking seventh place. “It was my practice more than qualifying. But after we lowered the tyre pressures I got one more time in,” he explained.
But Rishover was particularly disappointed to be down in 11th. “I didn’t even feel the benefit of the new tyres, so frustrating,” he added.
The first race was barely underway and the safety car was called into action, with Zielonka and Rishover in sixth and seventh respectively.
With further caution periods there was little chance to progress and they took the flag having held station and just 0.487 secs apart, with Fongenie 14thand Glover a lap down in 17th after an earlier stop.
“I wasready to go but never got the chance,” said Rishover.
With defending champion James Lay spinning out of contention exiting Druids on the opening lap of race two, both Zielonka and Rishover were off to a flying start in third and fourth.
The safety car intervened again before Rishover snatched the advantage from the restart. “I took him around the outside at Paddock, “ he said.
While the lead pair escaped, Zielonka was on the attack to try and recover third place from his team mate. He only had to wait two laps, before a brave dive down the inside into Druids paid dividend.
“I had a touch at the first corner and bent my steering, but had to try that move on Jason,” said Zielonka. “I really wasn’t expecting him to try that there though,”Rishover replied.
Their duel continued to the flag at the head of a five-car train, but Zielonka took the flag for third, with just 0.690 secs to spare.
Fongenie was 11th in Class on the road, but was given a 30 secs penalty, dropping six places overall, while Glover finished two laps down.
The safety car was out yet again only a lap into the third and final race of the weekend, with Zielonka lying fifth and Rishover seventh.
When the pitstop window opened they were up to third and fifth respectively until they headed pitwards for their stops.
Rishover came out in third, which soon became second when Preen pulled off, while Zielonka was in sixth.
With the clock counting down Rishover was being caught by both Tyler and double race winner Daryl De Leon, and both managed to get by on what proved to the penultimate lap, with red flags out and a car off at Surtees.
Rishover was therefore fourth, but completed a hattrick of Fangio Trophy podiums, having been third in race one and the victor in race two.
“My car continued to get better through the weekend, but backmarkers cost me dearly again today,” said Rishover.
Zielonka just held off Tomalin for sixth, while Green took 11th in Class with Fongenie and early retirement.
Published by Peter Scherer