Between these three, we are talking about a lot of championships! Left to right - Darren Hossack (two-time champ), Tony Ricicardello (eight time champ, current champion) and Kerry Baily (six time champion)
The 2015 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series is officially underway at Sandown Raceway and with just one qualifying session currently complete, it is already clear that this season will be quite competitive.
This afternoon saw Tony Ricciardello on the top of the sheets in the #1 B&M Ricciardello racing Alga Romeo GTV (1m 09.7074s) just 0.17s ahead of Darren Hossack’s Auto Union Deutsche Audi (1m 09.8839s), with Tom Randle third fastest in the Kerrick/CKAS SAAB (1m 10.0598s) just a further 0.2s shy of the fastest time. Kerry Baily was fourth fastest in his mighty Rent Depot Aston, less than 0.8s off provisional pole (1m 10.4306s).
Qualifying will continue tomorrow at midday, ahead of the first of three races for the weekend at 2.10pm. Today's qualifying session followed two unofficial practice sessions, with the first session red-flagged on the outlap when Mick Benton in the #92 Castrol MARC entry found the inner armco on the approach to turn one, while the second practice session was topped by Hossack with the fatest time of the day - a 1m 09.4658s effort.
“Yeah we were pushing hard, the track was pretty green and it’s our first set of laps that we have done for the year so we wanted to have a longish sort of run and see what the car was doing,” said the eight-time and reigning champion Ricciardello.
“It didn’t feel too bad, obviously we have been quicker before but I think it’s more the track conditions that have varied since then so tomorrow hopefully with a bit more sunshine and a bit more track temp the times should be a little bit better. We’ve got a little bit of work to do tonight, there is definitely a bit more in set-up, and we will just see how we go.”
Also looking for more will be Hossack’s crew, with the two-time champion saying they will be looking to make changes while focusing on reliability to get their championship chase off to the best possible start.
“Today was okay for us, we were reasonable in the first session and we did end up setting the fastest time of the day so that was not too bad – but we made a change for the first qualifying session and it was a backwards step. We made the change because it wasn’t good enough, so now we will have to look at what we are going to do to make the car better,” said Hossack.
“It was obviously good to get back in the car, do some laps, we had a good circuit. This weekend of course we would like to win, but the important thing is that we need to come away from this round with some points. If you look at why we haven’t won more championships over the years it is because we haven’t finished enough races – speed is great but if you don’t finish you can never win, so that is first and foremost.”
The Sandown Raceway action continues tomorrow (Saturday 28 March) with a further qualifying session at 12.00pm, ahead of the first of three races for the weekend at 2.10pm. For results from today’s sessions, go to www.natsoft.com.au and follow the links to round one of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals.
|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|