Tony Ricciardello has his attempt for an eighth Kerrick Sports Sedan Series title well on-track after top qualifying for today’s final round of the 2014 season at Sydney Motorsport Park.
In both sessions, Ricciardello and his #5 B & M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV chalked up ‘twenty nines’, but with rain affecting the second session this afternoon, it was Ricciardello’s morning time which secured him the pole position.
“We rolled around on Friday with a little issue ongoing from the (Phillip Island) accident, but other than that from the first practice we have been heading in the right direction, the car is feeling pretty good,” said Ricciardello.
“It is pretty difficult with the temperature of the day, the track temp was pretty high and the air temp was high, so everything you need to go fast is not happening.
“But we are pretty happy with the times, I was expecting to go a little bit quicker but in hindsight the car feels pretty good and obviously everyone is a little bit slower than what they were last year I think - hopefully tomorrow is a bit cooler, and we can have a bit of fun.”
Darren Hossack in the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 was the only other racer to crack a sub-30 lap, seeing him lockdown the other front row spot for tomorrow’s first of three races.
“The car was pretty average this morning, we tuned it up and made some changes and it was much better then, we were happy with that because we were running on old tyres,” said Hossack.
“We will tune it up for tomorrow, I don’t know if we have got (Tony’s) speed but we have found a couple of more things to do to it so hopefully we can find a bit.”
The second row of the grid will see Steven Lacey third on the road despite not him not showing for the second session, alongside Phil Crompton in fourth and ahead of Steven Tamasi (fifth) and Colin Smith (sixth).
Smith is currently second on the championship standings, 35 points ahead of Bruce Banks who was unable to front for either qualifying session today. After discovering computer issues this morning, the team made a frantic trip to an off-site dyno but were unable to return, with further issues discovered on the dyno leading the team to withdraw from the event. The withdrawal sees Michael Robinson - ninth fastest today - in the box seat to claim the final championship podium position after heading to this weekend 17 points shy of Banks in the standings, although he will also have Bruce Henley (currently 5th and 5 points shy of Robbo) and Darren Hossack (currently sixth and 12 points behind Robbo) to contend with also.
Seventh fastest was Ron Moller who is making his first Kerrick Sports Sedan Series start of the year and elected to sit out the afternoon session to save tyres, while eighth quickest on the road was Birol Cetin - who last weekend claimed the NSW State Championship, NSW Club Championship and Division 1 Championship in the NSW Sports Sedan Series. Unfortunately Cetin will be taking no further part this weekend, following an accident in his #27 Billy’s Motorsport and Automotive Chev Camaro during this morning’s qualifying session.
Ninth and tenth fastest were Robinson and Bruce Henley, ahead of Charlie Jobse who also decided to sit out the afternoon session.
Sunday 2 November will host the final three races of 2014 for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at 10.00am, 12.55pm and 4.25pm. All of the action of the Shannons Nationals event will be live streamed for free on Sunday from 9.00am at www.thenationals.com.au. For full event information, please go to 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|