Tony Ricciardello has topped both qualifying sessions for round two of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Winton Motor Raceway today, while Darren Hossack has managed to lock out the second spot on the front row despite being unable to take to the track this afternoon.
In the #4 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV, Ricciardello was never really challenged for the top spot, dominating both qualifying sessions (1m 22.3766s and 1m 22.5455s respectively) to secure the pole position.
“The balance in the car is pretty good, obviously yesterday was wet so we spent a lot of today playing with the set-up and we have been able to get it pretty balanced so we are happy with that,” said Ricciardello.
“With it being so cold it took a while to get up to the right temperatures so we probably could have gone quicker but we wanted to get the cold tyre balance right first - it is pretty muddy out there and there is very little room for error.
“We are pretty happy with how it all panned out and now we are just hoping that it doesn’t rain tomorrow and also that Darren (Hossack) can get back out on track for the races – we are looking forward to getting out there.”
Pictured above: Tony Ricciardello (credit: Kerrick Sports Sedan Series/Joel Strickland Photography)
“What we thought after the first qualifying session was a minor gearbox problem ended up being a major gear box problem, with a broken selector shaft. We are getting one from Melbourne at the moment and will fix it overnight,” said Hossack following the afternoon session.
“(Missing the afternoon session) isn’t ideal obviously as I need my laps in the dry running conditions but we shall fix it and we are still on the front row, so there isn’t too much of a change there (from the first session).
“As far as tomorrow we will just have to wait and see, you always have to be optimistic in motorsport - we did a test day here earlier in the year so have gone back to that set-up and are pretty confident the car will be okay – when it comes to whether it will be as quick as Tony (Ricciardello) we will just have to wait and see, all you can do at the end of the day is have a crack at it!”
Pictured above - Darren Hossack (credit - Kerrick Sports Sedan Series/Joel Strickland Photography)
Lining up behind the hard-charging pair in the third grid position will be Shane Bradford who endured a heart-braking round one at Mallala Motorsport Park in the #68 Aston Air Conditioning Chev Camaro with multiple mechanical failures. He will be joined on the second row of the grid by Steven Tamasi whose team experienced a frantic clean-up for the #9 Domain Prestige Homes Holden Calibra between qualifying sessions when a turn three understeer brought out the red flags and the tow truck. Colin Smith rounds out the top five in the #44 MR Automotive Holden Monaro.
“As this is only my second time being here at Winton after last having visited three years ago, we used the morning session as a bit of a familiarisation opportunity. The car is performing well, but I do feel like we are leaving a fair bit on the race track still,” said Bradford.
“The car is pretty good and is handling well despite the lack of dry running conditions so it is all just maintenance now and we will start thinking about tyre strategies for the three races. Hopefully we can have a better run here this weekend than we did at Mallala – we got to the end of today with no issues so we are already ahead!”
Pictured above - Shane Bradford (credit - Kerrick Sports Sedan Series/Joel Strickland Photography)
Sitting alongside Smith on the third row of the grid will be ‘State of Origin’ entrant Peter Beninca in the #11 Beninca Motors Alfa Romeo GTV, with Bruce Henley and his #67 Stawell Cartage Mazda RX8 and defending champion Bruce Banks in the #1 BJ Banks Electrical Mazda RX7 behind in seventh and eighth position respectively. Making up the final two rows for the start of tomorrow’s first of three races will be Michael Robinson (#32 Bell Real Estate Holden Monaro), Simon Pfitzener (#8 Pfitzner Performance Gearbox Ford Falcon), ‘State of Origin’ contestant Shane Ryding (#15 Liquid Clothing Company Mazda RX7) and Charlie Senese (#81 The Car Mine Chev Corvette) in ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth respectively.
Racing for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Winton Motor Raceway kicks off tomorrow (Sunday) at 10.15am for race one, followed by race two at 12.45pm and race three at 3.10pm.
Live streaming of all of Sunday’s action at Winton Motor Raceway will be available thanks to Nationals TV from 9.00am, available at http://thenationals.com.au/index.php?page=nationals-tv. Tickets for tomorrow’s action are just $35.00. For full event info, please go to http://www.sportssedans.com.au/index.php?page=round-2---winton
RESULTS: ROUND TWO – WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY – SATURDAY 14 JUNE, 2014
Combined qualifying results
For further results, please go to www.natsoft.com.au and follow the links to the 2014 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals Round Four results
|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|