Thirty nine year old Colin Smith of Brisbane in Queensland is set to bring home second in the national Kerrick Sports Sedan Series this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park if all goes to plan.
Smith is currently second in the points standings in the #44 MR Automotive Holden Monaro, 115 points shy of seven-time champion Tony Ricciardello (#5 B&M Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV) and 35 points ahead of defending champion Bruce Banks (#1 BJ Banks Electrical Mazda RX7).
A season of consistency has brought the former Queensland Sports Sedan champion to this point, and so unsurprisingly, consistency will continue as his mantra this weekend.
“As long as we don’t have any DNFs, I think we should be okay for second – Bruce and I are normally pretty close, so even if he is just in front of me if we can finish all the races it should go to plan,” said Smith, who thanks his dad Warren, crew Russell and Tony, sponsors MR Automotive and Valvoline and Series sponsor Kerrick for their support.
“To be second in the standings heading to the final round is a lot higher than I expected – heading in to the last round at Phillip Island I thought that we would leave there fourth or fifth as I expected Darren (Hossack) to do well there and pass us, but as we saw, they (Hossack, Steven Tamasi and Tony Ricciardello) all ended up in the paddock, so we were able to sneak up to second.
“I am a slight mathematical chance of winning (the championship) but to be honest I think Tony would need to come down with food poisoning or something and then I would just about have to win (the round), so we will be focusing on second,” chuckled Smith.
Smith was on-track today for three unofficial practice sessions alongside the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series field.
“(Sydney Motorsport Park) is a funny track, it is probably the toughest track that we go to as far as getting it right because of its mix of high speed and low speed corners," said Smith.
“The car is better this time around than it was last time so hopefully we can keep on it and just keep going fast and see what happens – it plays on your mind a bit, being in second, so it is easy to become conservative, but we just need to keep finishing races and take it from there.”
The final round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will officially kick off at Sydney Motorsport Park on Saturday 1 November with two qualifying sessions to be held at 10.20am and 1.15pm, before Sunday hosts three 10 lap races at 10.00am, 12.55pm and 4.25pm. For full event information, visit www.sportssedans.com.au
|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|