Seven times series title holder Tony Ricciardello has struck back after a disastrous start to the season to claim pole position for the third round of the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series. Ricciardello topped both of today's qualifying sessions in the rebuilt Chev-powered Alfa Romeo and recorded a best time of 1 minute 29.9890 seconds.
Ricciardello headed up a field of 27 spectacular Sports Sedans and Trans Am cars at the newly name Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek) as part of the fifth round of the Shannons Nationals and was pleased with the performance of the car. "We had a miss in the engine at the last round and it was still there in practice yesterday. I didn't go out there particularly to set a time, I was just looking for a nice balance in the car," he said. "At this stage of the series we are looking to win races, then see where we are at later."
Second fastest after the B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa was the similarly powered Auto Union Deutche Audi of Darren Hossack who posted his times on used tyres rather than the new set. "As long as I am on the front row, I am happy. I wasn't bothered which side of the circuit I would have to start from and I am more concerned about having reasonable rubber by the second half of the third race tomorrow," he said.
Series leader and winner of five of the six races contested, Kerry Baily was third fastest utilising his allocated new tyre set on the Aston Martin/Chev while Des Wall did minimal laps to conserved both his used and new sets for fourth and fastest of the Trans Am Cars in the Chev Corvette.
State racer Chris Jackson was fifth fastest in his Holden Calibra/Chev ahead of the Trans Am Chev Camaro of Shane Bradfort, Dameon Jameson (Jaguar/Chev), Birol Cetin (Camaro) and Scott Reed's eye-catching Ford Mustang Trans Am.
Just out of the top ten came V8 Chev-powered cars of Jeff Barnes (Pontiac), Geoff Whittacker (Commodore), Anthony Macready (Nissan) and Simon Copping (Commodore), followed by Sturat Inword's Ford Falcon and the Calibra of David McGinniss, Dean Camm (Corvette), Chris Donnelly (Falcon), and Michael Robinson and Colin Smith in their Monaros.
The fastest cars were hitting the 275 kilometres per hour on the main straight and more should tomorrow come when racing commences at 9:35am for the first of three ten-lap races and followed at 11:25am and 2:00pm by races two and three.
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2012 KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN NATIONAL SERIES QUALIFYING
1 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 SS 1:28.9890
2 Darren Hossack (Vic) Audi A4/Chev V8 SS 1:29.9956
3 Kerry Baily (Qld) Aston Martin DBR9/Chev V8 SS 1:30.0612
4 Des Wall (NSW) Chev Corvette V8 TA 1:30.4285
5 Chris Jackson (NSW) Holden Calibra/Chev V8 SS 1:31.2194
6 Shane Bradford (Qld) Chev Camaro V8 TA 1:31.2506
7 Daniel Tamasi (Vic) Holden Calibra/Chev V8 SS 1:32.9830
8 Dameon Jameson (NSW) Jaguar XKR/Chev V8 SS 1:33.0898
9 Birol Cetin (NSW) Chev Camaro V8 TA 1:33.1924
10 Scott Reed (NSW) Ford Mustang V8 1:33.8843
11 Jeff Barnes (Qld) Pontiac Trans Am/Chev V8 SS SS 1:34.4040
12 Geoff Whittaker (NSW) Holden Commodore VL/Chev V8 SS 1:34.4366
13 Anthony Macready (NSW) Nissan 300ZX/Chev V8 1:34.4869
14 Simon Copping (NSW) Holden Commodore V8 SS SS 1:34.6117
15 Stuart Inwood (NSW) Ford Falcon AU V8 SS 1:34.9580
16 David McGinniss (NSW) Holden Calibra/Chev V8 SS 1:35.5276
17 Dean Camm (Vic) Chev Corvette V8 TA 1:35.5783
18 Chris Donnelly (Qld) Ford Falcon EB V8 SS 1:36.0221
19 Michael Robinson (Vic) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 SS 1:36.3335
20 Colin Smith (Qld) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 SS 1:36.3723
21 Ron Moller (WA) Chev Camaro V8 TA 1:37.5278
22 Jeff Brown (NSW) Ford Falcon EL V8 SS 1:37.7375
23 Fred Axisa (NSW) Holden Commodore VZ V8 SS 1:39.2668
24 Steven Lacey (NSW) Holden Commodore VK V8 SS 1:39.9797
25 Andrew Leithhead (NSW) Alfa Romeo GTV SS 1:44.5651
26 David Cameron (NSW) Holden Gemini Rotary SS 1:46.3844
27 Scott Tutton (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2 SS 1:46.9479
SS=Sportrs Sedans, TA=Trans Am
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|3. July 29-31 Queensland Raceway|
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