JACK PERKINS thundered home to win the final round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan national series in Sydney at the weekend – but the tale of the 2016 season ends with 10-time champion Tony Ricciardello.
The West Australian driver and his famous family-run, Chevrolet Powered Alfa Romeo GTV officially sealed a record-smashing 10th national title at the weekend, finishing second behind Perkins’ Audi Spares A4.
Perkins and Daniel Tamasi are tied for second in the standings heading into this weekend’s final round in Sydney, while promising speed in practice today from the two key frontrunners has Perkins’ twelve-month old record under threat already.
Tony Ricciardello has rewritten the record books yet again by claiming an impressive tenth Kerrick Sports Sedan Series championship at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit today.
Courtesy of three second places, Ricciardello secured the points necessary to eliminate any chance of Daniel Tamasi or Jack Perkins (now tied for second place in the title) snatching away the lead, thanks to a 184 points buffer (a maximum of 180 points is on offer at the final round).
While Ricciardello took out the title, Perkins dominated the weekend – taking out the qualifying and race lap records, top qualifying, winning all three races and taking out the round victory. The Holden Racing Team Supercars driver was chasing the race lap record all weekend after running a blistering 1m 26.6s effort in qualifying, finally getting it done in the second-last race lap of the weekend after coming agonizingly close on a number of occasions.
The podium was rounded out by Daniel Tamasi, courtesy of two third places (race one and three) and a fourth (race two).
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series now looks ahead to its final round, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park across November 11-13. For more information, visit www.sportssedans.com.au
LAP RECORDS could tumble when the Kerrick Sports Sedan series returns to the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in Victoria this weekend.
With the pace at the pointy-end of the pack hotter than ever and with this weekend representing Jack Perkins’ first ever look at the Island in the John Gourlay-owned Audi Spares Audi A4-Chev, Darren Hossack’s existing benchmark could be smashed this weekend.
SHOULD TONY RICCIARDELLO take Kerrick Sports Sedan Series title number ten this year, he’ll have the reliability of his venerable old Alfa Romeo-Chev to thank for a lot of the success.
The nine-time champ won round three of the series this weekend at Queensland Raceway, as his nearest rival Jack Perkins again showed his speed but again failed to finish two of the three races for the second straight round.
THE RETURN of six-time Kerrick Sports Sedan National Series champion Kerry Baily adds further firepower to an increasingly interesting third round of the series to be held this weekend at Queensland Raceway.
Gold Coast-based Baily – the Sports Sedan champion in 1992, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2012 - returns with his popular Chevrolet-powered Aston Martin DBR9 as the title battle between Tony Ricciardello and Jack Perkins enters a new phase after the Alfa driver rocketed to the lead at Winton last time out.
THE TWO lynchpins at the pointy-end of the 2016 Kerrick Sports Sedans grid are now one-all on the winners list - defending champion Tony Ricciardello storming to victory at Winton this weekend as misfortune struck round one winner Jack Perkins.
In a day of contrasts, Perkins powered from pole position to a race one win and a new Winton Motor Raceway lap record on Sunday morning, only to fail to finish races two and three - handing the points lead to the Chevrolet-powered Alfa Romeo driver in the process.
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REIGNING FORMULA 3 champion and Australian GT ace Ricky Capo will add further firepower to a boosted Kerrick Sports Sedan National Series grid to race this weekend at Winton Motor Raceway.
Capo, who brilliantly won the F3 title last year in a final round showdown before switching to a BMW Z4 GT3 in this year’s Australian GT championship, will for the first time drive the SAAB-Chevrolet raced last year by his good friend Thomas Randle.
The young Victorian adds more spice to the series which will front with a strong 18-car field this weekend – including championship contenders Jack Perkins and Tony Ricciardello.
Jack Perkins took out a clean-sweep at the first round of the Kerrick Sports Sedans National Series at Sandown Raceway, winning all three races to put him first in the championship.
The Holden Racing Team endurance driver fended off nine-time Sports Sedan national champion Tony Ricciardello, and David Wall in his father's Corvette in what was a strong weekend of racing between all three.
Perkins took out the prestigious Des Wall Trophy in Race 3, but it was Wall's family spirit that pushed the New South Welshman to second for the final race of the weekend.
Western Australian Ricciardello finished second for the weekend, just one point in front of Wall.
The 2016 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, which opens off at Sandown this weekend, is shaping up as a three-way battle between sports sedan ‘king’ Tony Ricciardello and the two most likely challengers for his throne: Jack Perkins and David Wall.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will continue its tenure with the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals into 2016, announcing a five-round calendar its 12th year sponsored by Kerrick.
Tony Ricciardello has won his ninth Kerrick Sports Sedan series title today at Sydney Motorsport Park, aboard the B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV. As his title rivals floundered around him, the West Australian driver scored consistent results across the final round to further etch his name in the record books as Australia’s most successful circuit racing champion ever.
Tony Ricciardello clings to a tenuous 15-point lead in the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series after finishing third in the opening race today at Sydney Motorsport Park in his B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV.
Last year Colin Smith of MR Automotive Racing made a surprise visit to the championship podium, with consistency seeing him snatch second in the title to share the podium with victor Tony Ricciardello and third-place getter Darren Hossack. This year, Smith is fourth in the title standings ahead some pretty big names, and while it is unlikely he will be able to snatch a place on the stage at this year’s championship dinner, he and his team should be proud of their efforts all the same.
With 135 points on offer and just 34 points between first and third position in the championship standings, the final round of the 2015 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series this weekend (November 13-15) is sure to be intense.
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 13-15. For full event information, visit sportssedans.com.au
Jack Perkins has won a classic Kerrick Sports Sedan Series encounter this afternoon in the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 after holding out concerted pressure from title contender Tom Randle for much of the race in a classic fight. Randle ran nose-to-tail with Polesitter Perkins in his Kerick/CKAS SAAB for nine of the ten laps before a left front ball joint failure ended his day as the car crossed the line to commence the final lap. Randle ultimately failed to finish however did set a new category lap record at the Goulburn venue at 57.06s in his relentless pursuit of Perkins.
Tony Ricciardello finished second in the #1 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV, while Steven Tamasi third to further close the championship race in his #9 Domain Prestige Homes Holden Calibra. Ricciardello now assumes the points lead by one point ahead of Tamasi, while Randle remains in third but now 35 points adrift of the lead.
Shane Woodman and Michael Robinson completed the top five in their Landell’s Signs BMWM3 and the Bell Real Estate Monaro respectively. Australia’s fastest tin-tops to contest a further two races tomorrow.
Fresh from taking on the Bathurst 1000 with the Holden Racing Team, Jack Perkins will this weekend field the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 as part of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series this weekend at Wakefield Park (16-18 Oct).
This weekend’s penultimate round of the 2015 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series sits neatly between the 1000 and next week’s Gold Coast 600 in the V8 ace’s busy driving schedule. While not in the hunt for the title, at the last round (Queensland Raceway in August) he blew away the competition with a clean-sweep of the event – throwing down the fastest tin top lap ever set at the facility in the process. For those focused on the title chase – the top three (Steven Tamasi, Tony Ricciardello and Tom Randle) are separated by just eight points as the penultimate round gets underway – Perkins is a potentially dangerous wild card in their weekend.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series undertakes three unofficial practice sessions today (Friday 16 October), ahead of two sessions of qualifying and the first of three races for the weekend on Saturday (17 October) and two further races on Sunday (18 October). For full event information, please visit sportssedans.com.au
As the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series heads to Wakefield Park Raceway this weekend, just eight points separate the top three championship contenders with just two rounds left to run in the 2015 season. Victorian 22 year old Steven Tamasi leads the charge in just his second full season in the Series aboard the #9 Domain Prestige Homes Holden Calibra. Tamasi is just one point ahead of eight-time and reigning champion Tony Ricciardello – driver of the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV – while just seven points adrift of the West Australian is 19 year old Thomas Randle and his #93 Kerrick/CKAS SAAB.
While not in the contention for the title, looking to mix it up with the championship contenders will be Holden Racing Team V8 Supercars ace Jack Perkins, fresh from last weekend’s Bathurst 1000 where he and co-driver Russell Ingall came home in eleventh position after a hard-fought 161 laps. Perkins will contest the 16-18 October event aboard the John Gourlay-owned #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4. The action at Wakefield Park Raceway will kick off with unofficial practice on Friday the 16th of October, ahead of qualifying and race one on Saturday the 17th of October and two further races on Sunday the 18th. For full event information, please visit sportssedans.com.au
Jack Perkins has clean-swept round three of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, held at Queensland Raceway this weekend, in the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4.
Perkins took both race wins today, after clinching pole positon and race one yesterday. Along the way, he reset the lap record for the category to 1m 07.5097s in race two, after laying down the quickest ever non-open-wheel lap at the venue during Saturday’s qualifying (1m 07.1318s).
Second for the round was Steven Tamasi (#9 Domain Prestige Homes Holden Calibra), ahead of Shane Bradford (#68 Aston Air Conditioning Chev Camaro), while Kerry Baily was awarded the Kerrick award in the #58 Rent Depot Aston Martin. Courtesy of his consistency and with dramas for eight-time and reigning champion Tony Ricciardello today, Tamasi has taken the championship points lead by a solo point ahead of Ricciardello. The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will next be on-track at Wakefield Park across October 16-18. For full event information, please visit sportssedans.com.au
Jack Perkins has taken his first ever Kerrick Sports Sedan Series victory at Queensland Raceway this afternoon, leading eight-time and reigning champ Tony Ricciardello across the line after a race-long battle between the two that kept everyone watching on tenterhooks.
Adding to the drama was a mid-race safety car, called on lap five when Tom Randle pulled off the track on turn 3 from third position with an aflame Kerrick/CKAS Saab, prompting a response from the fire truck. The team continues to diagnose the issue overnight ahead of tomorrow’s further two races. Steven Tamasi crossed the line in third, while Shane Bradford and Bruce Banks – who had earlier been part of a full-on battle with Colin Smith before Smith retired with alternator issues - rounded out the top five.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series festivities continue at Queensland Raceway tomorrow (Sunday 9 August) with two further races, scheduled to take place at 10.45am and 4.20pm. For further event information, please visit sportssedans.com.au
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series stalwart Phil Crompton is making his comeback to the series this weekend at Queensland Raceway, as part of round three of the 2015 championship.
Crompton has been kept away from the sport he loves due to a knee reconstruction – last racing in the Series on November 1 of last year with his only other track-time coming as part of Bruce Henley’s Mazda RX8 Bathurst 12 Hour campaign.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series field ran two unofficial practice sessions today, with both sessions topped by Jack Perkins in the #4 Auto Union Deutsch Audi A4 ahead of eight-time and reigning champion Tony Ricciardello. For full results and times from today’s sessions, visit natsoft.com.au and follow the prompts to round five of the Shannons Australian Motor Nationals.
The action continues for the KSSS at Queensland Raceway tomorrow (Saturday 8 August) with two rounds of qualifying at 9.15am and 11.40am and race one of three for the weekend at 4.15pm. For full event information, please visit http://www.sportssedans.com.au/index.php?page=queensland-raceway
The growth of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will continue at Queensland Raceway this weekend with no less than 18 of the ‘gods of thunder’ set to descend on the Ipswich facility for the third round of 2015 (August 7-9).
The field is amongst the biggest enjoyed in recent years by the Series which is growing from strength to strength. In just two rounds of racing, this year the Series has already appeared in support of the V8 Supercars at Winton Motor Raceway, hosted appearances by current and former V8 Supercar racers including Paul Morris and Jack Perkins, and seen its reigning champion Tony Ricciardello recognised by the Guinness World Records for his success in the category.
Fifty-two year old Stuart Inwood of Georges Plains in New South Wales will be one of the 18 on-track later this week for what is round three of this year’s championship, fielding his 2000 C5 Corvette as a State of Origin contestant.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series action at Queensland Raceway kicks off with unofficial practice on Friday 7 August, ahead of qualifying and race one on Saturday 8 August, and two races on Sunday 9 August. For further event information, please go to http://bit.ly/1SQhJT8
Following his speedway incident 13 weeks ago, two-time Kerrick Sports Sedan Series champion Darren Hossack is eyeing a 2015 season finale return to the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 as he continues to recover from his injuries.
While the timing of his comeback will ultimately depend on the continued progression of his recovery, the 45 year old from Ferntree Gully in Victoria is hopeful that the November 13-15 event at Sydney Motorsport Park is a suitable goal.
Defending champion Tony Ricciardello has claimed victory at round two of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV by three points over race one winner Tom Randle in the #93 Kerrick/CKAS SAAB.
Ricciardello was recently awarded the Guinness World Record for the most Sports Sedan championships courtesy of his eight titles.
Next up for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series is round three at Queensland Raceway across August 7-9, 2015. For more information about the Series, please visitwww.sportssedans.com.au
An intense day at Winton Motor Raceway has seen the first race of the second round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series go to young gun Thomas Randle this afternoon in the #93 Kerrick/CKAS SAAB. After an action-packed opening few corners that saw Randle, Tony Ricciardello and Jack Perkins three-wide in turn three, Randle took the victory ahead of Steven Tamasi’s #9 Domain Prestige Homes Holden Calibra and eight-time champion Ricciardello in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV.
Randle had started the race alongside pole-sitter Ricciardello on the front row by virtue of their performances in this morning’s qualifying session, while Perkins in the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 was third on the grid alongside Tamasi. By turn three, the trio would be three-wide with contact made between Perkins and Ricciardello after Randle had made his way to the front.
While Ricciardello would continue on, Perkins would peel off into the pits with a broken gear box that has seen the team set to take no further part in the weekend. After the race, car owner John Gourlay reported that the gearbox damage was incurred during qualifying (Perkins had sat out the last eight minutes of the 20 minute session after reporting hearing a noise) but was not identified at that time.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will be back on track at Winton Motor Raceway tomorrow for two final races – the first at 8.30am and the second at 4.00pm. For full event information, please visit www.sportssedans.com.au
At just 17 years of age, Daniel Zandt has become the youngest ever Kerrick Sports Sedan Series competitor by making his debut with the Series this weekend at Winton Motor Raceway.
Zandt is taking the wheel of the #87 Shepparton Toyota Mini amongst a field of 20 KSSS racers this weekend for what is the second round of the 2015 season – being held in support of the V8 Supercars Winton SuperSprint event.
Zandt and his compatriots enjoyed a lone practice session today, 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.
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.
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.
When the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series hits Winton Motor Raceway this week (15-17 May) for its second round of the 2015 season, its largest field in recent years will see a wide array of contenders lining up to battle it out for glory in front of the V8 Supercars crowd.
Reigning and eight-time champion Tony Ricciardello will lead the 21-strong field to the Victorian facility after claiming the round one victory in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV. He will be joined in battle by a wide range of competitors, including six-time champion Kerry Baily (Rent Depot Aston Martin), young up and comers Tom Randle and Steven Tamasi (Kerrick/CKAS SAAB and Domain Prestige Homes Calibra respectively) and V8 Supercar Holden Racing Team enduro racer Jack Perkins.
While this weekend’s field is a mix of both regular and new faces, a notable absentee will be two-time champion Darren Hossack, for who Perkins is substituting in the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4.
As regular steerer Darren Hossack recovers from injuries sustained in a speedway incident, V8 Supercar driver Jack Perkins will take the wheel of the John Gourlay-owned Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 for round two of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (Winton Motor Raceway, 15-17 May).
Perkins – who was recently signed as co-driver for the Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney for the 2015 PIRTEK Enduro Cup - brings a strong level of experience to the role, with 58 V8 Supercar starts under his belt including nine at the Bathurst 1000.
Two-time KSSS champion Hossack fractured one knee and broke the other when he rolled his wingless sprint car at Simpson Speedway on Saturday the 11th of April. Following surgery earlier this week the 45 year old now faces an intensive rehabilitation program over the coming months.
KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN Series contender Darren Hossack looks likely to miss at least the next few rounds of the 2015 series after sustaining injuries in a Speedway crash at the weekend.
Hossack was involved in a nasty crash in a heat race at Victoria's Simpson Speedway and suffered injuries to both knees in the subsequent impact.
"Darren had a nasty crash in the second heat and as a result has ended up in hospital," said a Hossack Motor Sport representative on the team's Facebook page.
"Scans show one fractured knee and one broken knee. Thanks to the Simpson Speedway staff and all our friends, crew and amazing sponsors for all your support and messages."
The accident adds to what was already a tough start to the 2015 season for the two-time series champion, first a fire and then a puncture derailing his opening round at Sandown two weeks ago, despite being in a race winning position at several points throughout the weekend.
Head to https://www.facebook.com/hossackmotorsport to leave your best wishes to Darren, Mel and their team as he begins what is likely to be a tough recovery process.
Further updates will be shared as they come to hand.
Tony Ricciardello has got his championship defence off to a great start in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV, claiming two race wins this weekend including the coveted Des Wall Trophy for round victory at Sandown Raceway.
Meanwhile, after carving through the field in race two for second place after yesterday's lead-ending car fire, Darren Hossack endured more bad luck with a deflated tyre ending yet another race lead in the afternoon's Des Wall Trophy.
Second for the round was Steven Tamasi as he starts his second year in the category aboard the #9 Domain Prestige Homes Calibra with a third and second result across today’s two races, ahead of Tom Randle in the #93 Kerrick/CKAS SAAB (fifth and third).
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will now head to Winton Motor Raceway across May 13-15 for their second round of 2015, as a support category for the V8 Supercars event that weekend.
Young gun Tom Randle has claimed victory in the first race of the 2015 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series following a surprising last lap twist this afternoon.
Darren Hossack led the race from the beginning, establishing a three second lead before a safety car was called on lap 7. After four laps under SC conditions he looked set to be rewarded for his early efforts with a race win, before becoming stranded on turn one on the final lap with a car fire, leaving Tom Randle - who had been second - to claim victory.
Two further races will be held this weekend, with race two at 11.25am and race three – the coveted Des Wall Trophy – to be held at 2.15pm. Both races will consist of 12 laps each and be streamed online live and free at thenationals.com.au.
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.
This opening round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Sandown International Raceway this weekend is playing host to one of the current Bathurst 1000 champions, with Paul Morris taking part in the event aboard the #91 MARC Cars Australia entry.
After posting the sixth quickest time in this afternoon’s first of two qualifying sessions, Morris took some time out to have a chat about his plans for the weekend. Click 'Read More' to hear what he had to say. The action for the opening round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series continues Saturday 28 March 2015 with a second qualifying session at 12.00pm, followed by the first of three races for the weekend at 2.10pm. For full event details, go to www.sportssedans.com.au
2015 is set to be arguably the most exciting year yet in the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, with 16 entrants lined up for next week’s opening round at Sandown Raceway (March 27-29), and more expected to join throughout the season.
Old favourites and new faces are set to take to the track next week, with a fresh set of challengers awaiting eight-time and reigning series champion Tony Ricciardello as he returns to defend his title in the B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV and his long-time sparring partner, Darren Hossack - himself a two-time champion and formidable competitor set to once again line-up in John Gourlay’s Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4.
The management of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series is pleased to announce that the fastest tin tops in Australia will feature amongst the support classes of the May 15-17 V8 Supercar round to be held at the Victorian venue in 2015.
A field of 30 plus racers are expected for what will be round two of the series’ 2015 five-round calendar.
Series Management for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series is pleased to confirm a five-round calendar for the 2015 Series as part of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals, taking in venues across Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.
The 2015 season – the eleventh with support from Kerrick - will kick off for the high-powered sedan series across the 27th to the 29th of March at Victoria’s Sandown Raceway, before continuing at South Australia’s Mallala Motorsport Park across the 17th to 19th of April.
The series will then take a three month hiatus before re-commencing at Queensland Raceway across the 7th to the 9th of August, before travelling to New South Wales for both of its last two rounds of the calendar – first at Wakefield Park in October (16-18) and then to Sydney Motorsport Park for the 13-15 November finale.
Tony Ricciardello has claimed his eighth Kerrick Sports Sedan Series title today in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV in an epic final round of the 2014 Series at Sydney Motorsport Park, which also saw him claim the finale round win ahead of Victorian Darren Hossack who overcame a tumultuous season in the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 to finish the year on the podium and third in the championship.
On his way to the title and round win, Ricciardello claimed two race wins to Hossack’s one, with all three races delivering epic battles between the two top contenders to the delight of fans both on-track and watching online with the Shannons Nationals live stream. Third for the round was Queensland’s Phil Crompton in the #12 Moonbi Oil Traders Ford Mustang.
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.
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.
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.
Thirty nine year old Colin Smith of Brisbane in Queensland is set to bring home second in the national Kerrick Sports Sedan Series this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park if all goes to plan.
Smith is currently second in the points standings in the #44 MR Automotive Holden Monaro, 115 points shy of seven-time champion Tony Ricciardello (#5 B&M Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV) and 35 points ahead of defending champion Bruce Banks (#1 BJ Banks Electrical Mazda RX7).
The final round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will officially kick off at Sydney Motorsport Park on Saturday 1 November with two qualifying sessions to be held at 10.20am and 1.15pm, before Sunday hosts three 10 lap races at 10.00am, 12.55pm and 4.25pm. For full event information, visit www.sportssedans.com.au
This weekend’s final round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series (31 Oct – 2 Nov) at Sydney Motorsport Park is lining up as a perfect end-of-season showdown between long-time rivals Tony Ricciardello and Darren Hossack.
At a track which arguably provides the most equal playing field of the season for the two fastest racers of the field, Ricciardello has his eighth title on the line while Hossack has nothing to lose after a difficult year saw potential success repeatedly marred by mechanical issues.
Add to that the fact that both the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV and the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi A4 have undergone considerable repairs following a 235km/h last round incident with Steven Tamasi, and you have a situation in which anything can happen.
Michael Robinson has taken victory at the penultimate round of the 2014 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Phillip Island today, joined on the national series podium by series leader and seven-time champion Tony Ricciardello and fellow Monaro-racer Colin Smith.
Today’s Kerrick Sports Sedan Series festivities were a complex affair, with the first race of the day red-flagged with no points awarded and the second race lead home by Tom Randle, Steven Lacey and Dean Camm.
Darren Hossack has broken the 2014 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series domination of Tony Ricciardello by taking victory today at Phillip Island aboard the #4 Auto Union Deutsche Audi, with the top qualifier resetting the lap record in the process to 1 minute 27.3269 seconds.
Hossack lead home Tony Ricciardello by 31 seconds, ahead of Steven Tamasi, Steven Lacey anad Dean Camm. The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series action will continue at Phillip Island tomorrow (Sunday 21 September) at 12.45pm (race one) and 3.35pm (race two).
Bruce Henley’s Kerrick Sports Sedan Series operation has trebled in size for this weekend’s penultimate round of the 2014 season at Phillip Island (19-21 September).
There are now three Mazda RX8s in the Henley Racing garage, with Henley’s ex-Grand-Am/Patrick ‘McDreamy’ Dempsey Mazda RX8 joined by two more from its homeland, including the car which won the 2008 Daytona 24 Hour.
The pair of impressive machines arrived from America only recently, with the team taking possession two weeks ago today to start a whirlwind preparation for this weekend, with the cars ultimately destined for the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour.
Emerging open-wheel star Thomas Randle will make his national ‘tin top’ debut when he climbs aboard his father’s championship winning SAAB Aero for this weekend’s round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, to be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (19-21 September).
This weekend’s national Sports Sedan debut will come after a single state-level Sports Sedan event in father Dean Randle’s 2010 national title winning (with James Sera at the wheel) SAAB Aero, where he impressed by resetting the race lap record and qualifying on pole at Winton earlier this year.
Two race wins today at Queensland Raceway have delivered Tony Ricciardello and the #5 B&M Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV yet another clean-sweep in the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, bringing his Series winning streak to 15 races straight.
Ricciardello led home last year’s QR round winner Darren Hossack (#4 Audi Union Deutsche Audi A4), returning six-time champion Kerry Baily (#68 Rent Depot Aston Martin DBR9), series veteran Phil Crompton (#12 Moombi Pil Traders Ford Mustang) and Michael Robinson (#32 Bell Real Estate Holden Monaro) in both of the 12 lap races.
Their performances saw Ricciardello and Hossack awarded first and second for the round respectively, while third went to Phil Crompton. Baily took third from each race, however as a ‘State of Origin’ competitor the Queenslander is not eligible for national Series points.
Tony Ricciardello has taken the race one win at Queensland Raceways this afternoon in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV, ahead of defending round winner Darren Hossack and returning six-time champ Kerry Baily.
In the process, the top qualifying West Australian reset Hossack’s race lap record to 1m 08.3138 seconds after earlier resetting the qualifying lap record with a 1m 07.7769s effort. Two more races for KSSS will be held at QR tomorrow (Sunday).
After a difficult last round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, two-time champion Darren Hossack is looking for a change of luck this weekend at Queensland Raceway – where he is the current round winner and lap record holder for the Series.
While looking for better results, the Victorian will also be undertaking a balancing act between wanting to win, and wanting to develop his car setup following the installation of a brand new gearbox.
Ever the racer, Hossack admits this may be easier said than done.
Six-time National Sports Sedan champion Kerry Baily will make his first start of 2014 with the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, which will host its third round of the season this weekend at Queensland Raceway (8-10 August).
The 60 year old Baily last hoisted the championship trophy in 2012, and was leading the Series by 40 points heading to the penultimate round of 2013 when technical issues saw him excluded before business commitments required him to step away from the final round. Now, the Gold Coast based, Tasmanian-born racer is set to make his return at his local Queensland Raceway.
Tony Ricciardello has kept his clean-sweep of 2014 alive by taking out victory in all three of this weekend’s Kerrick Sports Sedan Series races at Winton Motor Raceway on his way to his second round victory of 2014.
Today’s results for the West Australian means he has claimed both Top Qualifier honours and all six race wins on offer so far this year, getting his championship chase off to a perfect start. Joining him on the podium was Steven Tamasi (second) and Bruce Banks (third), as well as Colin Smith who received the Kerrick Award. The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will be back on track at Queensland Raceway for round three across August 8-10.
Tony Ricciardello has topped both qualifying sessions for round two of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Winton Motor Raceway today, while Darren Hossack has managed to lock out the second spot on the front row despite being unable to take to the track this afternoon. Racing for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Winton Motor Raceway kicks off tomorrow (Sunday) at 10.15am for race one, followed by race two at 12.45pm and race three at 3.10pm.
Despite wet conditions at Winton Motor Raceway today, the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series is ready to fire up for round two of the 2014 Series across 13-15 June.
This weekend’s event is the first featuring the new ‘State of Origin’ concept, which allows competitors the chance to compete as ‘state of origin’ entrants in the national Series at two rounds across the year, one of which must be held in their home state.
Fifty four year old motor technician Peter Beninca of Surrey Hills in Victoria is one of two racers who have heeded the State of Origin call.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series has introduced a new concept which allows competitors the chance to compete as ‘state of origin’ entrants in the national Series at two rounds across the year, one of which must be held in their home state. One of those who has answered the call is 37 year old Warragul racer Shane Ryding, who will be on track this weekend for round 2 of the Series at Winton Motor Raceway.
Tony Ricciardello has triumphed at Mallala Motorsport Park to clean-sweep the opening round of the 2014 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series whilst resetting the track record and claiming not one, but two ‘marquee’ trophies.
After claiming victory in the morning’s race aboard his #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Chevrolet-powered Alfa Romeo GTV, the seven-time champion set a new lap record on his way to victory and a record fourth Clem Smith Trophy at midday before going on to secure the Des Wall Trophy in the final race of the weekend.
Tony Ricciardello is in the box seat ahead of race day for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Mallala Motorsport Park, taking pole position for race one courtesy of a 1 minute 05.7595 second effort in the morning qualifying session – the quickest Sports Sedan qualifying lap ever for the venue.
Joining him on the front row will be Darren Hossack following his afternoon session-topping 1m 06.3886s effort. Third-fastest was Steve Tamasi in his national series debut, with the young builder set to line up alongside Trans-Am competitor Shane Bradford on the second row. Sunday will feature three races for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series with the first to kick off at 9.35am ahead of the prestigious Clem Smith Cup (race 2 at 12.35pm) and the Des Wall Trophy (race three at 4.15pm).
Keen Grand-AM fans will be excused for doing a double take this weekend at Mallala Motorsport Park, with Kerrick Sports Sedan Series entrant Bruce Henley debuting his recently purchased ex-Patrick Dempsey Mazda RX-8 in the national series this weekend.
Henley came into ownership of the past steed of popular American actor/racer Dempsey in January after deciding to purchase it ‘sight unseen’ after it was advertised online.
The MARC Focus GTC will be eligible for both outright and Sports Sedan class honours, as well as a special MARC Focus trophy which will be awarded to the highest performing entrant of its type.
Ready to help interested drivers take advantage of this development is Racer Industries' Ryan McLeod, whose business recently built and fielded three MARC Focus GTC machines for the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour with all three coming home in the top 20 of the prestigious event.
NEW KERRICK AUSTRALIAN SPORTS SEDAN title holder for 2013, Bruce Banks achieved the win in the most unprecedented circumstances ever imagined. The fact that he had used two cars to be leading into the final round was no so unusual, but then having to resort to a third car after his mount expired in qualifying, was certainly inconceivable.
To be even heading the points coming to Sandown Raceway for the finale at the Shannons Nationals on November 16/17 had the humble Tasmanian in awe. He wasn’t expecting to hold off the might of this round winner Tony Ricciardello in his charge to an eighth title, even more so when his Mazda RX7 expired before gathering a point.
BY THE MIDDLE of next Sunday afternoon the winner of the 2013 Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series will be known. With the completion of the fifth round this weekend at the Sandown Raceway Shannons Nationals, it could be title number eight for a seven-time winner or it could be someone new.
Two rounds ago, none of the three now in contention, really rated themselves but how soon things change. Tasmanian Bruce Banks finds himself an unlikely series leader, starting the season with a Chev Camaro and racing most recently, racing his trusty Mazda RX7. Queenslander Shane Bradford (Chev Camaro) always believed he had what it takes to be in contention . . . and still is, while West Australia’s Tony Ricciardello (Alfa Romeo/Chev) felt he had the pace but not enough rounds left to make it work.
EXCESSIVE NOISE FOR Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series leader Kerry Baily at Phillip Island could well cost the Chev-powered Aston Martin driver his seventh title. He came into the round with a 40-point buffer but was forced out of the second of three races and not allowed to start the third.
With a round to go the defending title holder has dropped to fourth spot, 40 points adrift of new series leader Bruce Banks who was also the round winner ahead of Daniel Tamasi in his Holden Calivra and the Holden Commodore Chev of Bob McLoughlin.
THROWING DOWN THE GAUNTLET at the fourth round of the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series at Phillip Island today, Victorian Darren Hossack was comprehensively faster than the lap record on his way to starting the first of three races from pole position tomorrow.
His Auto Union Deutsche Chev V8-powered Audi A4 was 1.2secs faster than arch rival West Australia’s Tony Ricciardello in the B & M Ricciardello Motors Alfa/Chev while third quickest was the Rent Depot Aston Martin/Chev of defending title holder and current series leader Kerry Baily (Queensland).
ROUND FOUR OF THE Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series could be a record breaker this weekend at Phillip Island. Weather pending the resurfacing of the Victorian island circuit should lead to some stunning times by the category’s big three Darren Hossack, Tony Ricciardello and Kerry Baily on the huge Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships program.
Of the three, the least concerned will be Queenslander Baily who will be more intent of consolidating and protecting his 50-point lead and step closer to securing a back-to-back and seventh title in his Chev V8-powered Aston Martin DBR9. Victorian Hossack (Audi A4/Chev) and West Aussie Ricciardello (Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev) on the other hand consider themselves out of title contention after failures during the year and just want to win races and rewrite record books.
LUCK PLAYED ITS part at the third round of the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series staged at Queensland Raceway as part of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals last weekend. It didn’t go with Darren Hossack in race one on the Saturday but did on Sunday, whilst for Tony Ricciardello it worked the other way.
While he admitted he couldn’t have beaten Ricciardello in the opening race when the lead changed hands due to lapped traffic, Hossack bounced back with a solid second in the second race before taking a comprehensive win in the last driving the John Gourlay-owned Auto Union Deutache Audi/Chev V8.
Ricciardello and his menacing Alfa GTV had proven too strong for Darren Hossack's Audi A4 in the day's opening race, resetting the lap record in the process.
Hossack proved his speed in the closing stages of the final, however, lowering the record further on his way to victory.
The consistency of Kerry Baily was enough to see the series leader score second for the weekend, while Ricciardello mounted the lowest step on the podium despite a lowly 11th in the final.
AFTER A NEAR race-long battle, Tony Ricciardello has emerged victorious in the first race of the third round of the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series at Queensland Raceway this afternoon.
For much of the 12-lap race his Alfa/Chev shadowed the pole position sitting Audi/Chev of Darren Hossack until the tenth lap when Ricciardello slipped passed. “Lapped traffic played a part in the outcome twice, but in the end I didn’t have enough to hold him out,” Hossack admitted.
THE KERRICK AUSTRALIAN SPORTS SEDAN SERIES competitors will be banking on better conditions after round two when they vie for top honours in third round at Queensland Raceway this weekend.
The last round at Mallala threw up a conundrum of weather conditions that affected all the favoured car and driver combinations. Series front runner Tony Ricciardello, from West Australia, hit a back marker with his Chev-powered Alfa Romeo, and Victorian Darren Hossack was delayed badly with a late call on tyre strategy with his Audi/Chev.
It has been a long break between Round 2 (Mallala) and Round 3 of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, with drivers admitting to withdrawal symptoms, so the teams are keen to hit the track and resume battle at Queensland Raceway this weekend.
This round is being run in conjunction with a bumper Round 6 of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals. The Shannons Nationals return to QR is being billed as one of the largest national race meetings to be held at the circuit – with a record breaking eight national level race categories and more than 150 competitors set to race across the three days (and Saturday night).
AN EMOTIONAL Jeff Barnes was a surprise winner of the second round of the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series at Mallala Motorsport Park in South Australia on April 20, making the right tactical calls while the fancied runners wallowed or had dramas in the wind and rain-plagued conditions.
Each of the races offered more twists and turns than a mystery novel as the Pontiac Trans Am driver also won the category’s hallmark Clem Smith Trophy. “Clem is a good friend of mine so this victory is very special,” Barnes said as he also dedicated the round win to another great mate, the late Des Wall. “I reckon I had a bit of help today . . . from up above!”
IN A REMARKABLE turn of events, the race named in honour of Mallala’s circuit owner has been won by his good friend.
Kerrick Sports Sedan series stalwart Jeff Barnes won today’s feature race – named after his good mate Clem Smith, the Mallala promoter and a long time fan and competitor in Sports Sedan racing – after a series of events ruled out the three major contenders for the series' biggest race of the year.
Barnes also won the round and dedicated his victory to another mate of his – Sports Sedan champion Des Wall – who passed away late last year. Barnes is running Wall’s racing number (#38) this season as a tribute to his mate.
KERRICK AUSTRALIAN SPORTS SEDAN SERIES leader Tony Ricciardello continued his unbeaten streak in season 2013 by qualifying on pole position for round two at Mallala Motorsport Park today with a best lap time of 1 minute 6.6722 seconds.
At the helm of the B & M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo/Chev, the West Australian proved to be too fast on his new tyres in both sessions to head arch-rival Victorian Darren Hossack by seven tenths of a second. He was fastest in the first where his times were impeded by coolant and sand on the track, and cemented pole by going faster in the second.
THE KERRICK AUSTRALIAN SPORTS SEDAN SERIES moves to Mallala Motorsport Park on April 20-21, focused not only on the second round of the 2013 title chase, but also on the prestigious Clem Smith Cup which is part of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals this weekend.
This round is the hallmark event for Australia’s fastest tin top racing cars and the Cup is eagerly sort after. Clem Smith is the owner of the South Australian motor racing complex and a former Sports Sedan competitor – he uses his former racing car, a Valiant Charger-based Sports Sedan, as the pace car for the 15-lap race.
IT MAY HAVE been a dismal start in 2012 but Tony Ricciardello made up for this year when he drove his B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa/Chev to a comprehensive round one victory in the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series on March 25 .
He qualified fastest and withstood the challengers to take all three races ahead of defending series winner Kerry Baily (Rent Depot Aston Martin/Chev) and Daniel Tamasi (Luxury Auto Body Holden Calibra/Chev).
Darren Hossack was fractionally slower in the fight for pole in the John Gourley-owned Auto Union Deutsche Audi/Chev and anticipation was high for a great stoush between the front row pair.
However Hossack was slow away in the opening 10-lap race, balking fourth-starting Baily who had nowhere to go before being further delay as a result of contact with Jeff Barnes’ Barnes High Performance Pontiac.
Ricciardello’s Alfa GTV led home the Aston Martin of Kerry Baily by in excess of 11 seconds in the trophy race.
Baily was second for the weekend after recording fourth and second place results in Races 1 and 2 respectively.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan series will remember its late former champion Des Wall with a perpetual trophy named in his honour.
The Des Wall Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the third race at the opening round of each season, beginning with today’s 2013 kick-off at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Wall won the 2009 Sports Sedan title in a Chevrolet Corvette, and continued to compete in the class until he was diagnosed with brain cancer in mid-2012.
SEVEN TIMES KERRICK Australian Sports Sedan Series title holder Tony Ricciardello had to pull out all stops to grab pole position for race one of round one to be held as part of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals tomorrow Sunday March 24.
Ricciardello blasted his Chev V8-powered Alfa Romeo around the Sydney Motorsport Park GP circuit, shading his existing lap record with a time of 1 minute 28.9231 seconds to pip arch-rival Darren Hossack in the Audi/Chev by less than a tenth of a second.
Traditional Kerrick Sports Sedan Series rivals Tony Ricciardello and Darren Hossack appear set for another tight battle this season, with the pair split by less than a tenth of a second in qualifying for the opening round.
Ricciardello’s Alfa GTV proved just 0.08s faster than Hossack’s Audi A4 around the 3.9km Sydney Motorsport Park layout, earning the former pole position.
THE KERRICK AUSTRALIAN SPORTS SEDAN SERIES is set for a thundering 2013 season opening round this weekend as part of the Shannons Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park with 17 high powered monsters set to do battle.
At the wheel of his Chev-powered Aston Martin, Queensland-based Tasmanian Kerry Baily will be defending the title he won last year and is expecting it to be a lot tougher tussle than and that arch rivals West Australia’s Tony Ricciardello (Alfa/Chev) and Victorian Darren Hossack (Audi/Chev) will kick off their seasons with a lot more luck than they had last year.
At the 2012 season opener both had to revert to other cars after each had suffered failures with their main championship contenders. This allowed Baily to steal a handy series lead which he held throughout the five-round series. But both will be primed to not only take on Baily but to continue their own long-time rivalry.
CONTINUED growth is expected to be a hallmark of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series in 2013.
A radical change to the commercial arrangements in 2012 brought stability and viability, and a new sense of optimism for one of Australia’s enduring and exciting motor racing categories.
The prediction of a steady growth has come true with a net growth of 4 cars adding to the solid 2012 core group of 14 cars.
Kerrick Sports Sedans official brake supplier Permormance Friction Brakes have released their new logo The new logo embodies a fresh look and feel that is a more accurate reflection of Performance Friction's corporate identity. The third generation logo has evolved with new purpose and meaning-adopting the name their friends and customers know them by.
It is with great sadness that we advise that our 2009 Kerrick Series champion, Des Wall, passed away late on November 27 after a four month battle with brain cancer.
Newly crowned Kerrick Sports Sedan Series title holder Kerry Baily is not about to rest on his laurels. After a second overall at the fifth and final round, held at Wakefield Park as part of the Shannons Nationals, Baily wants to go seven and better, targeting round winner Tony Ricciardello’s record number.
Ricciardello was never headed throughout qualifying and all three races in his Chev-powered Alfa Romeo. “This meeting was a bit emotional for us as the Alfa is in its 20th year,” he said. “It was a shame we had the fire at the beginning of the year, as it has taken until now to get the car back to where we wanted.” He also hinted that season 2013 may be the last for the venerable machine and a replacement is in the wings.
DEFENDING CHAMPION Tony Ricciardello won the battle however it was Kerry Baily who won the Kerrick Sports Sedan series war at Wakefield Park Raceway in Goulburn, at Round 8 of the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils.
The Tasmanian-born Queenslander sealed a stunning sixth Sports Sedan title today with a consistent three-race performance that did everything he needed and nothing more to ensure another title.
Ricciardello was in crushing form today: winning all three races and beating Baily’s existing lap record at the circuit in race two; but it wasn’t enough to overhaul the Aston Martin DBR9 that has led the title since the opening round at Mallala back in April.
Reigning Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series title holder has indicated he won’t relinquish the crown all that easily after topping qualifying at Wakefield Park today. Driving his Alfa/Chev, Ricciardello left his pole sitting run to late in the second qualifier at the fifth and final round to pip title contending rivals Darren Hossack and Kerry Baily.
“We made a change after the first session and waited to the track was clear before making a run at it. The track was not at its best to be honest, quite slippery actually,” Ricciardello said. “Really we (with Hossack) are racing for race wins as the series won’t be up to us to determine who wins.”
Three contenders with 14 titles between them will go head-to-head this weekend at Wakefield Park to battle it out for the 2012 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series crown. The “Big Three” headlining at the Shannons Nationals this weekend are Tony Ricciardello who has seven titles, Kerry Baily who has five series trophies and Darren Hossack with two.
Each will drive Chev V8-powered cars with composite-style bodies that lend little to their original manufacture, what with their huge wheels under flared wheel arches, spoilers and splitters. Baily is favoured to notch up series number three in the Aston Martin as he has a 43-point lead going into the final three races but Ricciardello and Hossack had dominating rounds three and four respectively.
THREE DRIVERS sharing an astonishing 14 national titles will battle for the 2012 Kerrick Sports Sedan series, when the Shannons Nationals Presented by Hi-Tec Oils returns to Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway this weekend.
Australia’s fastest tin-tops have produced a staggering season that will go into a title decider at the tight, tricky 2.2km circuit just down the highway from the nation’s capital.
The three drivers – Kerry Baily, Darren Hossack and Tony Ricciardello - rate amongst the best in the storied 36-year history of Australian Sports Sedan Racing. All have had seasons of contrasting fortunes in their pursuit of an additional title.
Kerry Baily did it at round one, Tony Ricciardello two rounds later, and then it was Darren Hossack’s turn to nab all three race wins from as many starts to take out round four of the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan at Queensland Raceway on August 11-12.
In each of the 12-lap outings, the Audi A4/Chev V8-powered Sports Sedan driver battled reigning title holder Tony Ricciardello in his similarly powered Alfa Romeo, resulting in some of the best motor racing seen yet on the Shannons Nationals program.
Darren Hossack has taken the opening race of the weekend for the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Queensland Raceway on a day where Kerry Baily saw his points lead slashed.
Hossack started from just third position but found himself passing Tony Ricciardello for the lead midway through the second lap.
The order at the front remainder unchanged for the duration – Hossack eventually taking the win 6.4s clear of the Alfa pilot.
The fourth round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at the Shannons Nationals this weekend will see a category stalwart unable to compete as another returns with new equipment, while the defending champion simply wants to keep winning at Queensland Raceway this weekend, in order to be in with a chance.
Currently third in this year’s title hunt with his Trans Am spec Chev Corvette, 2009 series victor Des Wall has been forced to miss this round after recent surgery while Phil Crompton is set to debut his exquisite Australian-built Ford Mustang Trans Am.
Tony Ricciardello was back to his winning best following his third round victory in the Kerrick Australian Sports Sedan Series, taking all three races at Sydney Motorsport Park on July 15.
The seven times national series winner was challenged by Darren Hossack in the Audi/Chev but gear selection issues over the three races thwarted his chances of a podium place.
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.
This weekend at the fifth round of the Shannons Nationals, the third round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series features a strong 30-car entry, the biggest in several years.
For 2012 preseason favourites Tony Ricciardello and Darren Hossack, it will be do or die this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek Raceway) if they want to have any chance of winning the series. Ricciardello (Alfa/Chev) and Hossack (Audi/Chev) have had ordinary starts in their bids for another title trophy for their mantelpieces, both having to borrow cars at round one and then encountering mechanical issues at round two.
Not only does the Kerrick Sports Sedan field also feature four former champions, Sydney Motorsport Park will also play host to the biggest Sports Sedan field gathered at a national level in recent memory.
A stunning 30 cars – a byproduct of the stronger 2012 Kerrick Series grid combined with New South Wales state championship contenders – have entered in what is expected to be a spectacular sight for Sydney fans.
Kerry Baily extended his lead whilst Shane Bradford comes in 2nd overall for round and wins the Transam Round.
Kerry Baily's new Aston Martin looked fast and went fast too as it won a drama-filled opening round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Mallala's Shannons Nationals last Sunday and put its driver's name on the category's prestigious Clem Smith Cup.
We are used to seeing Darren Hossack and Tony Ricciardello in 2 of the Kerrick series fastest cars, the Audi A4/Chev and the Alfetta GTV/Chev, but at Mallala today we will see Darren in a donor Ford Falcon offered by local mate Simon Pfitzner and Tony in a VS Holden Commodore normally piloted by Bob McLoughlin.
Today Sports Sedans Pty Ltd can announce our supporters of the 2012 Kerrick Sports Sedan series and important information on our series control tyre.
|1. April 1-2 Wakefield Park|
|2. June 17-18 Winton Motor Raceway|
|3. July 1-2 Sydney Motorsport Park|
|4. Sep. 30- Oct 1 Phillip Island|
|5. Oct. 27-29 Sydney Motorsport Park|