Michael Robinson has taken victory at the penultimate round of the 2014 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Phillip Island today, joined on the national series podium by series leader and seven-time champion Tony Ricciardello and fellow Monaro-racer Colin Smith.
Today’s Kerrick Sports Sedan Series festivities were a complex affair, with the first race of the day red-flagged with no points awarded and the second race lead home by Tom Randle, Steven Lacey and Dean Camm.
After he top qualified and won the opening race yesterday, all eyes were on Darren Hossack as the grid prepared to take the green flag this afternoon for the start of the second race of the weekend.
Joined on the front row by Ricciardello, the pair had a strong start off the line to head down the straight side-by-side before being joined on the approach to turn one by a hard-charging Steven Tamasi.
Contact ensued, with Tamasi coming across the front of Hossack, and thanks to the subsequent impact, then into Ricciardello, spearing all three off the track at high-speed.
All three racers were unhurt but the same could not be said for their racing machines, with all needing to be recovered by tow trucks.
As a result, the race come under the control of a safety car before being red-flagged with no points awarded as the recovery process proved lengthy.
The damage from the incident saw Hossack and Tamasi forced to withdraw from the event, suffering steering rack damage and a bent diff respectively.
Also suffering steering rack damage was Ricciardello, but with a championship on the line the West Australian and his team pulled out all the stops to start from pit lane for the third and final race of the weekend. He would fight his way through to finish seventh in the shortened seven-lap race, to claim second on the podium this afternoon.
Impressing at the front was national Series debutant Tom Randle, with the open-wheel young gun starting from fifth on the grid for race three and firing through to take the lead in the opening laps from where he created a large lead.
Behind him Steven Lacey, Michael Robinson and Dean Camm enjoyed an epic battle for position which included multiple swaps for the battle-pack lead for the majority of the race.
Lacey would come home second on the road, followed by Camm and Robinson – leaving Robinson as the first of the national series entrants to take the checkered flag (state of origin entrants are not eligible for national series points).
Fifth on the road was State of Origin entrant Bob McLoughlin, who was followed across the line by Colin Smith to allow the Queenslander to clinch third on the national podium.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will conclude at Sydney Motorsport Park across October 31 – November 2, 2014. For full information, results and points, please go to www.sportssedans.com.au
QUOTEBOARD: ROUND FOUR – KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES – PHILLIP ISLAND (19-21 SEPTEMBER 2014)
SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2014
Race first place – Michael Robinson - #32 Bell Real Estate Holden Monaro
“I am very happy, I never thought about being in there in the points until now, just shows that consistency pays off. It was a great last race with a couple of close cars really battling it out the whole race. I have to thank Malcolm from Kerrick for their support. It is a bit of a shame for some of the front-runners not being able to finish but I guess sometimes you have to have some luck go your way every now and again.”
Round second place – Tony Ricciardello - #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV
“That race two incident was unfortunate on cold tyres and on the outside of the first corner, something obviously happened between Steven (Tamasi) and Darren (Hossack) and we got collected up. We were pretty lucky to get away with the damage that we did, and it was a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get back out there for race three, but we got out there and now it is a matter of preparing for Sydney Motorsport Park. We will analyse it all and go over it with a fine-tooth comb, as Sydney is another one of those places where we don’t want to have any mechanical dramas!”
Round third place – Colin Smith - #44 MR Automotive Holden Monaro
“This is my first Kerrick trophy, it is one I have been chasing for a while now, so this is pretty great. I went faster this weekend than I have ever been around here before, and the only drama we had was wrecking a tyre avoiding that race two crash. It was largely trouble free for us apart from that and now we look forward to heading to Sydney Motorsport Park.”
RESULTS: ROUND FOUR – KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES – PHILLIP ISLAND (19-21 SEPTEMBER 2014)
SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2014
Race two – no points awarded
1 - #93 Thomas Randle – Kerrick/CKAS/SnapOn/Coates Hire SAAB Aero – State of Origin entrant
2 - #29 Steven Lacey – Primo Smallgoods Chev Camaro – State of Origin entrant
3 - #66 Dean Camm – Five Star Fencing and Gates Chev Corvette – State of Origin entrant
4 - #32 Michael Robinson – Bell Real Estate Holden Monaro
5 - #51 Bob McLoughlin – Marinellos Mechanical Commodore VS
6 - #44 Colin Smith – MR Automotive Holden Monaro
7 - #5 Tony Riciciardello – B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV
8 - #67 Bruce Henley – Stawell Cartage Mazda RX8
9 - #43 John Perkins – Superior Rigging/Henley Racing Mazda RX8
DNF - #42 Dan Vereker – Vereker Bros Crash/Henley Racing Mazda RX8
DNF - #1 Bruce Banks – BJ Banks Electrical Mazda RX7
DNS - #4 Darren Hossack – Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4
DNS - #9 Steven Tamasi – Domain Prestige Homes Holden Calibra
|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|