Three drivers will battle for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series title this November, following a close weekend of racing at Wakefield Park to set-up a ‘winner-takes-all finale’ between three of the series’ best.
Jack Perkins continued his recent domination of proceedings in the Auto Union Duetsche Audi to sweep all three races, in the process setting a new Wakefield Park lap record (56.26s) during his race two run victory.
However it was the battles behind that set up the thrilling series finale’ with Thomas Randle in the Kerrick/CKAS SAAB and Steven Tamasi in the Domain Prestige Homes Holden Calibra conspiring to put immense pressure on eight-time and defending champion, Tony Ricciardello.
Randle bounced back from his race one non-finish with a superb drive to third in race two, swapping positions with the famous B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo twice before the reigning and eight-time champion could pull away from the youngster.
In race three however, Randle would be able to finish in second position ahead of the West Australian – helping to close his points margin with one round of racing now remaining.
A consistent weekend from Tamasi maintained the Holden Calibra driver’s consistent season and ensured he remains in the championship fight.
As such, Ricciardello (464 points) leads Tamasi by just 11 points with Randle just 23 points from the leader ahead of the final round, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on November 20-22. For full event information, visit sportssedans.com.au
WHAT THE DRIVERS HAD TO SAY…
Jack Perkins - #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 – Round Winner
“We put together a pretty faultless weekend. It wasn’t quite as convincing as Queensland, but we have six (wins) in a row now which is pretty cool. I have to thank John Gourlay and the whole team for putting everything together - I am just a small cog in a big wheel here. John puts all the effort in behind the scenes and the car ran faultlessly this weekend – I have to thank everyone who contributed. The Audi is good fun – it is an impressive piece of machinery, it has an enormous amount of horsepower, it gets your attention, and it is fun! I really enjoy coming away sports sedan racing with a bunch of good blokes, it is just a really good time. Next week is the Gold Coast 600 which will hopefully see me back with James Courtney. I am looking forward to getting back in the HRT car – we have been very competitive in the races that we have done so far with our worst being 11th position and a top ten at Sandown. The Gold Coast is a pretty treacherous event and is a lot different from Wakefield Park, hopefully we can pick up some good results there.”
Tony Ricicardello - #1 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Rome GTV – Second of the round, first in the title chase
“It was not a bad weekend from where we came from in Queensland, where we had small fire that affected us. We brought the car back to Perth and since then it has been seven days a week of long hours. Everyone has to do those hard hours but we had a little bit more and by the time we got here we were a bit tired. We had a good car early on Friday, but we lost a couple of tyres which delaminated for some reason, and we lost our tyre bank, so we had to conserve probably a little bit more than we wanted to but the big picture is we have to look at the championship and it wasn’t worth fighting for one round or one race and risk losing the lot so we just had to conserve. In the end Thomas and Jack did a really good job and Steven, we all kept going around and they are definitely fast but there is a little bit more there that we have got but it is big picture for us. As far as the championship, you have to finish every race. We have had a pretty good car but anything can happen. We had a header pipe split last meeting out of the blue - anything can happen, you just have to finish the races, gather some points, and hopefully at the end of the weekend you can go home with a trophy. It is nervous times but we have been here before, you just have to keep plodding away and finish the job off.”
Steven Tamasi - #9 Domain Prestige Homes Holden Calibra – Third for the round, second in the title chase
“We are happy to come away with third for the round. Our car was performing at least two to three seconds better than it did the last time it was here. We are making good progress, but we seem to be about a year of development behind the other three cars. We are feeling good heading into Sydney, we are more comfortable there and have a base set-up. I have never been to Wakefield so it was hard to get that base set-up but Eastern Creek we have got one and we have good progress with the car, so hopefully we can keep up with the top three.”
Tom Randle - #93 Kerrick/CKAS SAAB – third in the title chase
“The weekend went semi-smoothly you could say, considering that the car wasn’t fully ready until Wednesday night, it could have been a lot worse. In race one we had the failure with the lower ball joint which set us back in the championship as we were only seven points away then whereas now we are over 30 points behind going into the last round which makes it tough. But to be battling with Perkins for the lead yesterday and grabbing the lap records was really cool and then battling with Tony this morning after coming through from the back was pretty cool. In the last race to get second was good, we were reeling Jack in at the end there but the car had just taken way too long to come on, I was sliding around pretty much the whole race up until the last five laps, so we just need to try and work on the car. We haven’t done any test days all year and that has been hurting us a bit, so we are pretty happy considering that and hopefully we can get some in before Sydney. Thanks has to go to Dream Motorsports, James White, Daniel Young, DNF Racing and Dandy Engines for all of their work and help – they are all doing a great job.
|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|