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May 15, 2015

RICCIARDELLO LEADS SMITH AS AUDI ENCOUNTERS PROBLEMS AHEAD OF QUALIFYING


The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series has enjoyed a lone practice session at Winton Motor Raceway today for round two of the 2015 season, with defending and eight-time champion Tony Ricciardello leading the way in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV.

The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will be on-track tomorrow as part of the V8 Supercars Winton SuperSprint event for qualifying at 10.00am, followed by the first of three races for the weekend at 12.45pm.

“Today was all about just getting out there and seeing where everything is at, it felt good and now we get ready for qualifying tomorrow,” said Ricciardello.

“The focus will be on setting the car up to run a quick lap right away, as we only have that one session for qualifying so time will be of the essence.”

Second fastest on the time sheets was 2014 series runner-up Colin Smith in his #44 MR Automotive Holden Monaro, ahead of Peter Beninca in the naturally-aspirated Beninca Motors Alfa Romeo.

Jack Perkins – Holden Racing Team V8 Supercar enduro driver – turned only a handful of laps in the session, with car owner John Gourlay reporting the engine was “running rough and on only five or six cylinders” from the start of the session, leaving the team with some work to do to locate the problem ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying and opening race.

Also encountering issues was the #50 Slick 50 Mazda RX7 of Peter McLeod, with a red flag required when a battery terminal came loose around the sweeper seeing McLeod stranded.

For full event information, go to www.sportssedans.com.au





Championship Points

1. Tony Ricciardello  
 
2. Jack Perkins  
 
3. Steven Tamasi  
 
4. Michael Robinson  
 
5. Colin Smith