Next weekend's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 promises to be the most exciting events yet staged on Mount Panorama, and Team Betta Electrical has left nothing to chance after completing the preparation of its two BA Falcon racecars with total precision.

Team members have been training tirelessly for the tyre-changes that could determine the outcome of the event and, with pit-lane strategies also hones, the stage is now set for the ultimate assault on the mountain on Sunday.

Drivers Paul Radisich and Rickard Rydell are both confident they have one of the best-prepared racecars they have ever slipped behind the wheel of in either of their long motorsport careers. The Kiwi made his debut at Bathurst back in 1988, and has twice finished second in twelve starts.

"It's just fantastic the way the team has worked together in the lead-up to Bathurst," Radisich revealed, "This, coupled with the knowledge and expertise brought to the team by the new team owners - Triple Eight Race Engineering - means that we are going to have the best opportunity ever of winning at Bathurst."

Rydell is no newcomer to the Mountain either, having campaigned the event in both 1997 and 1998 - winning outright in a Volvo during the supertouring-only 1998 race.
He has been busy in the last few weeks, campaigning in no less than six events in Europe.

"It's been a very busy schedule for me, but really I wouldn't have it any other way," the Swede said, "I am really looking forward to this race. The Betta Electrical Sandown 500 was my first introduction to V8 Supercar racing and, yes, it does take a little time to adjust to this form of racecar, but I was grateful to be able to do as many laps as I did at Sandown to prepare me for this weekend."

Team Betta Electrical's second entry - car #66 - will be driven by Dean Canto and Matthew White. White proved he has both the ability and staying power to bring the car home in a top position, after partnering Tony Longhurst to finish as not only as the first Ford, but also to achieve seventh position overall in last year's race.

Canto has performed extremely well in recent rounds, bringing the car home unscathed whilst continuing to improve on his finishing position. He partnered Max Wilson in last year's Bathurst 1000 and was performing well until an accident occurred on the top of the Mountain, when Canto found himself confronted with a stationary car across the circuit. In his endeavour to avoid a collision, the youngster found himself spearing off the circuit and into the wall, ending his chances of continuing to make ground on the leading bunch.

"We are going to run this race like no other," he said, "Both Matthew and I are determined to make this event the highlight of our respective careers so far."

 

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