THE KERRICK AUSTRALIAN SPORTS SEDAN SERIES competitors will be banking on better conditions after round two when they vie for top honours in third round at Queensland Raceway this weekend.
The last round at Mallala threw up a conundrum of weather conditions that affected all the favoured car and driver combinations. Series front runner Tony Ricciardello, from West Australia, hit a back marker with his Chev-powered Alfa Romeo, and Victorian Darren Hossack was delayed badly with a late call on tyre strategy with his Audi/Chev.
Reigning champion, Tasmanian-born Queenslander Kerry Baily managed to take the lead in the championship but was not without dramas in the greasy conditions. The Aston Martin/Chev driver and Shane Bradford in his Chev Camaro, both spun away the chance of a good points haulage while Phil Crompton’s weekend end early with drive problems with his Ford Mustang.
The only real beneficiary from the weekend was Jeff Barnes. The category veteran steered his Pontiac Trans Am to victory as well as taking out the category hallmark event, the Clem Smith Cup, capping off an emotional weekend for the Queenslander. Clem Smith, the Mallala track owner is a close long-time friend and Barnes was also dedicating his victory to another great friend, the late Des Wall.
Bailey will be looking for a trouble-free outing after a near disaster at the corresponding event last year. He qualified fastest then but had engine dramas as they rolled up to the start of race one – it was a game-changer but fortunately he was able to salvage two reason race results after an engine change.
At that round last year, Hossack and Ricciardello were the stars, putting on some the best racing seen in any category at the Shannons Nationals in 2012. If the form is true and mechanicals not an issue, the battle between the three will be enormous.
Bradford has new 6 litre V8 engine slotted into his Chev Camaro and will also be a threat along with Crompton, the Holden Calibra/Chev of Daniel Tamasi, and Dameon Jamieson in the exquisite Jaguar XKR/Chev V8 among a host of top rated spaceframe race machines.
There will also be a quality rollup of local cars and talent as well, including Bob McLoughlin (Commodore/Chev), Anthony Cox (Saab/Dodge), Colin Smith (Holden Monaro/Chev) and Barnes up against the interstate visitors Michael Robinson (Monaro/Chev) from Victoria and the Tasmanian Bruce Banks in a NSW Chev Camaro that has been the model of consistency this year.
The Queensland Raceway field is predominately Chev V8 powered, where the Aussie Sports Sedans allow more freedoms than any other sedan category in the country, and make up the most of the competitors. The technically-different but similarly paced Trans Am class which originated out of the United States, also has a competitive mix.
They 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 20-minute practice sessions on Friday, August 2 at 8:35am and 10:55apm, leading to a pair of qualifying outings the next day, at 8:55am and 11:20am before the first of three races scheduled for 4:35 pm. The other two 12-lap races are at 10:25am and 3:05pm on Sunday, August 4.
No ENTRANT/SPONSOR DRIVER CAR
1 Rent Depot Kerry Baily (Qld) Aston Martin DBR9/Chev V8
4 Auto Union Deutsche Darren Hossack (Vic) Audi A4/Chev V8
5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8
8 Mick Motors/Exelite Racing Shane Hart (Qld) Mazda RX7 Turbo
9 Luxury Auto Body Daniel Tamasi (Vic) Holden Calibra/Chev V8
14 Rosemount Smash Repairs Anthony Cox (Qld) Saab/Dodge V8
19 Johnson Motorsport Damian Johnson (Vic) Holden Torana 3300
32 Bell Real Estate Michael Robinson (Vic) Holden Monaro/Chev V8
38 Barnes High Performance Jeff Barnes (Qld) Pontiac Trans Am/Chev V8
44 MR Automotive Colin Smith (Qld) Holden Monaro/Chev V8
45 Campbelltown Frames & Trusses Dameon Jameson (NSW) Jaguar XKR/Chev V8
51 MR Automotive Bob McLoughlin (NZ) Holden Commodore/Chev V8
55 Aston’s Pharmacy Garry Aston (Qld) Holden Commodore Turbo
72 BJ Banks Electrical Bruce Banks (Tas) Chev Camaro V8
No ENTRANT/SPONSOR DRIVER CAR
21 Moonbi Oil Traders Phil Crompton (Qld) Ford Mustang V8
68 Aston Air Conditioning Shane Bradford (Qld) Chev Camaro V8
81 The Car Mine/Liqui Moly Charlie Senese (Qld) Chev Corvette V8
2013 KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES
Round 1 March 23-24 Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
Round 2 April 20-21 Mallala Motorsport Park, SA
Round 3 August 3-4 Queensland Raceway, Qld
Round 4 September 21-22 Phillip Island, Vic
Round 5 November 16-17 Sandown, NSW
Round Two Points
Kerry Baily 234, Tony Ricciardello 213, Shane Bradford 206, Bruce Banks 204, Daniel Tamasi 200, Jeff Barnes 180, Dameon Jameson 95, Colin Smith 89, Bob McLoughlin 72, Damian Johnson 71, Darren Hossack 58, Tony Cox 24.
Previous Kerrick Series Winners – 2012 Kerry Baily (Aston Martin/Chev), 2011 Tony Ricciardello (Alfa/Chev V8), 2010 James Sera (Saab/Chev), 2009 Des Wall (Chev Corvette), 2008 Darren Hossack (Audi/Chev), 2007 Tony Ricciardello (Alfa/Chev), 2006 Dean Randle (Saab/Chev).
|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|