Tony Ricciardello has taken the race one win at Queensland Raceways this afternoon in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV, ahead of defending round winner Darren Hossack and returning six-time champ Kerry Baily.
In the process, the top qualifying West Australian reset Hossack’s race lap record to 1m 08.3138 seconds after earlier resetting the qualifying lap record with a 1m 07.7769s effort.
“It was a pretty good race, we were on pole but it was a bit of a dirty line, so it probably took a good couple of laps to get the dirt and the rubber off the tyres,” said Ricciardello.
“Once that happened the car was pretty consistent across the race which is what we were looking for, and the drop in the tyres wasn’t too bad. It was just good to have a clean race and to have Kerry giving Darren a bit of a hurry up as well!
“Yesterday the car was pretty good, we found a few things last night and stayed back and had a bit of a late one, but that was worthwhile as we gained a little bit in a couple of sectors which made a big difference in the lap time, so that was really good.
“This morning in qualifying we did a ‘7.7’ and hopefully we can do a similar time tomorrow and lower the lap record again from today!”
(Pictured above - Tony Ricciardello in action at QR. Credit - KSSS/Nathan Wong)
Second-placed Hossack was prioritising bringing his #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 home safely as the team continues to fine-tune the new gearbox.
“The car was good, we still have some fine-tuning to do with our gearbox and so we were really just looking after the car and making sure we got to the end of the race,” said Hossack.
“The car balance was good and it was good to finish a race – I am never happy coming second but it is better than not finishing!” laughed the Victorian.
“We ran our old tyres in that race and we have some better tyres to put on tomorrow, so I am looking forward to hopefully mounting a bit more of a challenge to Tony if we can.”
(Pictured above - Darren Hossack in action at QR. Credit - KSSS/Nathan Wong)
Six-time national Sports Sedan champion Kerry Baily is making his first start in almost twelve months, with the #58 Rent Depot Aston Martin DBR9 coming home in third position.
“I can see where the car is lacking and I think there is a bit of ‘me’ in there as I am still a bit green, they (Ricciardello and Hossack) have certainly improved their cars from when I last raced them last year,” said Baily.
“I don’t think we are going to be able to have anything for Tony (this weekend), but we will just see if we can make a few adjustments. If I can make the car turn better I think our exit speeds will be better and maybe we can get a slightly better result. Darren seemed to have braking problems in that race and that is obviously why I was able to get up to him, but as far as Tony goes - he is the class act at the moment, so is a bit hard to beat.”
(Pictured above - Kerry Baily in action at QR. Credit - KSSS/Richard Craill)
Rounding out the top five were Steven Tamasi and Phil Crompton, while Shane Bradford led home a race-long battle pack in sixth position, followed by Bob McLoughlin, Bruce Banks, Colin Smith and Michael Robinson.
Jason Heck, Warren Davis and Bruce Henley crossed the line in eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth respectively, with Shane Hart failing to start after breaking his gearbox in qualifying, seeing him out of the weekend.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series has two more races left to run for this weekend’s round three of their 2014 season, to be held at 11.05am and 4.10pm Sunday. For full event information, go to www.sportssedans.com.au
RESULTS: KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES – RD 3, QUEENSLAND RACEWAY, 2014
DNS. Shane Hart - #18 Smart Jump Starters Mazda RX7
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