DEFENDING CHAMPION Tony Ricciardello won the battle however it was Kerry Baily who won the Kerrick Sports Sedan series war at Wakefield Park Raceway in Goulburn, at Round 8 of the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils.
The Tasmanian-born Queenslander sealed a stunning sixth Sports Sedan title today with a consistent three-race performance that did everything he needed and nothing more to ensure another title.
Ricciardello was in crushing form today: winning all three races and beating Baily’s existing lap record at the circuit in race two; but it wasn’t enough to overhaul the Aston Martin DBR9 that has led the title since the opening round at Mallala back in April.
Hossack had race-winning potential all weekend however a fuel pump circuit breaker issue in race one sidelined the Audi and took him out of ultimate round-winning contention.
He stormed to second in race two and then challenged Ricciardello early in the finale’ – re-setting the lap record in the process – before ultimately finishing second and dropping to third in the standings, behind Ricciardello.
After a classic and unpredictable season, the final race of the year was this year’s Kerrick series in a nutshell; the three fastest drivers racing at lap-record pace for the entire distance.
“I haven’t won it since 2003 and as one gets older it feels good to be able to run with the younger fellas,” Baily said.
“It was with a new car and with a car I always loved. We built this damn thing and it’s been good to us! But we can see it has so much more potential. We were only two-tenths off Darren’s new lap record but there are areas to improve. If we can improve them next weekend then we’ll be damn good.
“Darren (Hossack) and Tony (Ricciardello) were unfortunate early in the season but we were also unfortunate at Queensland where we missed a race when we had to change an engine so, it’s been back and forth all season.
“It is very satisfying to race with them and the competition has been very good. In the past there would have been panel damage but there wasn’t this year. Every person puts in a massive effort and it’s been a great year.”
The Kerrick Sports Sedans broke lap records at four of five rounds (Wakefield Park, Queensland Raceway, Sydney Motorsport Park and Phillip Island) this season and showed their resurgence with the closest title fight seen in years.
More new cars are expected next year as the series continues to grow.
|1. April 1-3 Sandown Motor Raceway|
|2. June 10-12 Winton Motor Raceway|
|3. July 29-31 Queensland Raceway|
|4. Sep. 9-11 Phillip Island GP Circuit|
|5. Nov. 11-13 Sydney Motorsport Park|