LUCK PLAYED ITS part at the third round of the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series staged at Queensland Raceway as part of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals last weekend. It didn’t go with Darren Hossack in race one on the Saturday but did on Sunday, whilst for Tony Ricciardello it worked the other way.
While he admitted he couldn’t have beaten Ricciardello in the opening race when the lead changed hands due to lapped traffic, Hossack bounced back with a solid second in the second race before taking a comprehensive win in the last driving the John Gourlay-owned Auto Union Deutache Audi/Chev V8.
“It is so good to get through the meeting without problems and getting the lap record was great,” beamed Hossack after claiming the round win over Kerry Baily and Shane Bradford who also took the Trans Am class-with-the-category Trans Am.
Meanwhile Ricciardello who had won race two, breaking the lap record three times in three consecutive laps, led the last until, of all things, loose bodywork force the B&M Ricciardello Alfa/Chev into the pits to rectify. He would ultimately re-join one lap down and finish eleventh.
Defending title holder Baily and his Aston Martin/Chev in the Sunday morning race where Daniel Tamasi spun his Calibra/Chev into the sand at Turn 2. That brought about a safety car and the battle of the Chev Camaros for fourth resolved on the final lap with Bruce Banks getting past Bradford.
After failing to finish race one, due to an oil seal popping off the front of the Ford Mustang’s engine, Phil Crompton worked his way to sixth from the back of the grid, getting past Anthon Cox’s Saab/Chev, Colin Smith (Holden Monaro/Chev), Bob McLoughlin (Commodore/Chev), Charlie Senese (Chev Corvette) and the Nissan turbo-powered Commodore.
Ricciardello led the last until his bodywork issue and that allowed the challenging Hossack through to victory with Baily taking second ahead of Bradford, Banks, Crompton, Tamasi and Cox.
Michael Robinson (Monaro/Chev) saw off the challenge of the Commodore/Chev of Bob McLoughlin when it expired, and after pitting, Ricciardello re-joined to finish eleventh, one lap down on the winner.
KERRICK SPORTS SEDANS ROUND THREE RACE TWO RESULTS (12 laps)
1 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 15:15.7387
2 Darren Hossack (Vic) Audi A4/Chev V8 15:19.7294
3 Kerry Baily (Qld) Aston Martin DBR9/Chev V8 15:20.2546
4 Bruce Banks (Tas) Chev Camaro V8 15:37.2913
5 Shane Bradford (Qld) Chev Camaro V8 15:43.9907
6 Phil Crompton (Qld) Ford Mustang V8 15:44.5262
7 Anthony Cox (Qld) Saab/Dodge V8 15:54.1625
9 Colin Smith (Qld) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 15:59.0268
8 Bob McLoughlin (NZ) Holden Commodore/Chev V8 15:58.7374
10 Charlie Senese (Qld) Chev Corvette V8 16:23.5155
11 Garry Aston (Qld) Holden Commodore Turbo 11 laps
DNF Michael Robinson (Vic) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 10 laps
DNF Daniel Tamasi (Vic) Holden Calibra/Chev V8 1 lap
DNF Jeff Barnes (Qld) Pontiac Trans Am/Chev V8 0 laps
Fastest lap: Tony Ricciardello 1:08.3903 (New lap record)
KERRICK SPORTS SEDANS ROUND THREE RACE THREE RESULTS (12 laps)
1 Darren Hossack (Vic) Audi A4/Chev V8 14:02.5711
2 Kerry Baily (Qld) Aston Martin DBR9/Chev V8 14:04.5990
3 Shane Bradford (Qld) Chev Camaro V8 14:21.9220
4 Bruce Banks (Tas) Chev Camaro V8 14:24.4222
5 Phil Crompton (Qld) Ford Mustang V8 14:25.5371
6 Daniel Tamasi (Vic) Holden Calibra/Chev V8 14:49.0123
7 Anthony Cox (Qld) Saab/Dodge V8 14:57.1069
8 Michael Robinson (Vic) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 15:01.3526
9 Colin Smith (Qld) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 15:16.4368
10 Charlie Senese (Qld) Chev Corvette V8 11 laps
11 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 11 laps
12 Garry Aston (Qld) Holden Commodore Turbo 11 laps
DNF Bob McLoughlin (NZ) Holden Commodore/Chev V8 6 laps
Fastest lap: Darren Hossack 1:08.3145 (New lap record)
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
Points after three rounds
Kerry Baily 355, Shane Bradford 315, Bruce Banks 310, Tony Ricciardello 308, Daniel Tamasi 260, Jeff Barnes 198, Darren Hossack 188, Colin Smith 152, Bob McLoughlin 120, Tony Cox 103, Dameon Jameson 95, Damian Johnson 71, Charlie Senese 50, Michael Robinson 42, Garry Aston 37.
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|