CONTINUED growth is expected to be a hallmark of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series in 2013.
A radical change to the commercial arrangements in 2012 brought stability and viability, and a new sense of optimism for one of Australia’s enduring and exciting motor racing categories.
The prediction of a steady growth has come true with a net growth of 4 cars adding to the solid 2012 core group of 14 cars.
“We have to be realistic- running a Sports Sedan in a national series takes a lot of development, well honed race craft and a big budget,” said category commercial manager, Rob Curkpatrick
“You don’t just pull these cars off a shelf, so we are very pleased with the way things are going”.
The partnership with Kerrick, now in its’ eighth year, combined with ongoing support from Dunlop as the series official tyre supplier continue to provide a solid foundation for the category.
Whilst concurrent state rounds will not be a feature in 2013 - the Kerrick Series preferring to concentrate on building a strong national competition - non-series entrants remain welcome to join in for a ‘one off’ weekend of racing
Whilst new competitors look set to join the series doubts surround the appearance of the current champion.
Now six-time national champion Kerry Baily endured significant fire damage to his business during the recent Tasmanian bushfires – a financial and workload setback on the enduring racer.
However after showcasing his stunning Aston Martin DBR9 at the front of the field last season, one of the series’ best and brightest names is working on a title defense.
“I’m keen to keep racing, especially given it may be the only chance to wear the #1 on my car,” he explained.
“I will be trying to get there and things are not over yet. I would love to defend my title.”
The solid group of core series regulars are set to return with the epic Darren Hossack – Tony Ricciardello rivalry to return afresh.
Whilst Hossack’s Audi is race proven as one of the quickest cars in the land – it decimated lap records last year – rumor has surrounded the long-term future of Ricciardello’s famous Alfa with 2013 potentially the cars swansong.
Bob McLoughlin, Charlie Senese and Daniel Tamasi made limited appearances last season however will all be back for the full Series in 2013.
Adding youth to the line-up will be Steven Tamasi, son of Daniel, in the ex Kerry Baily Nissan.
Meanwhile, veteran racer, Peter McLeod has also signed on for the Series with his new Mazda RX7.
Famous for his exploits in Rotary-powered Mazda’s during the Group C days in Australian Touring Car racing, talk has McLeod sporting his iconic ‘Slick 50’ livery on the car again on his full-time racing return.
“This will be a development year,” said McLeod.
“We won’t be at the front, but we will see how we go”.
The ‘winged and wild ones’ of the Kerrick Sports Sedan will be in action for the first of five scheduled rounds this year at Sydney Motorsport Park, in New South Wales, on the March 22-24 Weekend.
The series hallmark event – the Clem Smith Cup – will again be held at Mallala in April.
|1. April 1-2 Wakefield Park|
|2. June 17-18 Winton Motor Raceway|
|3. July 1-2 Sydney Motorsport Park|
|4. Sep. 30- Oct 1 Phillip Island|
|5. Oct. 27-29 Sydney Motorsport Park|