Three contenders with 14 titles between them will go head-to-head this weekend at Wakefield Park to battle it out for the 2012 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series crown. The "Big Three" headlining at the Shannons Nationals this weekend are Tony Ricciardello who has seven titles, Kerry Baily who has five series trophies and Darren Hossack with two.
Each will drive Chev V8-powered cars with composite-style bodies that lend little to their original manufacture, what with their huge wheels under flared wheel arches, spoilers and splitters. Baily is favoured to notch up series number three in the Aston Martin as he has a 43-point lead going into the final three races but Ricciardello and Hossack had dominating rounds three and four respectively.
Baily will not have the good engine that propelled him to outright wins at the opening two rounds of the series after it lost all oil pressure at the last round. “We had to use our spare to get through the weekend in Queensland and it is down on power compared to our usual one,” he said.
“I can sit behind Darren and Tony although if the car is good enough, I might try a bit harder. But I don’t want to blow a title chance with a silly move – we will just have to wait and see how it all pans out,” Baily added.
Ricciardello (Alfa Romeo) and Hossack (Audi A4) had issues at the opening round that forced the pair to revert to other, slower cars and therefore have since gone all out for race victories “and let the series take care of itself”. With Baily’s engine failure it has brought both back into title contention.
The field is predominately V8 powered and although Shane Bradford has wrapped up the Trans Am title in his Chev Camaro, Phil Crompton’s newly constructed Ford Mustang looks a strong contender for round honours while there is likely to be some good battles between Anthony Cox (Saab), Colin Smith (Holden Monaro) and Dameon Jameson’s Jaguar as Damian Johnson (Torana) and Bruce Banks provide the best non-V8 action.
Aussie Sports Sedans allow more freedoms than any other tin top category in the country, have been competing nationally since 1975, and can number among its winners such names as Allan Moffat, Frank Gardner, Allan Grice, Tony Edmondson and Allan Jones. The somewhat different Trans Am cars run alongside Sports Sedans, are of similar performance but originated in the United States, are built differently and have varying rules.
The Kerrick Sports Sedans are set to hit the circuit for two sessions of practice on Friday. There will be three 20 minute qualifying sessions on Saturday at 10:25am and 1:00pm, leading up to a 13-lap races on Sunday at 10:20am, 12:20pm and 2:40pm.
For all the latest news, information, vision and contacts regarding the 2012 Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series visit the www.sportssedans.com.au and www.thenationals.com.au websites. Watch live over the internet at www.itvlive.com.au or catch up with all the action on SBS Speedweek and Foxtel’s Speed in the coming weeks.
No DRIVER CAR/ENGINE
1 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 6000
4 Darren Hossack (Vic) Audi A4/Chev V8 6000
14 Anthony Cox (Qld) Saab/Dodge V8 6000
19 Damian Johnson (Vic) Holden Torana 3300
44 Colin Smith (Qld) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 6000
45 Dameon Jameson (NSW) Jaguar XKR/Chev V8 5900
56 Bruce Banks (Tas) Mazda RX7/Turbo Rotary 5998
58 Kerry Baily (Qld) Aston Martin DBR9/Chev V8 6000
No DRIVER CAR/ENGINE
21 Phil Crompton (Qld) Ford Mustang V8 5936
68 Shane Bradford (Qld) Chev Camaro/Chev V8 6000
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