Saturday, 1 December 2001. Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne , Australia... A loose wire has cost young Melbourne sport sedan star Stephen Vines a top ten place in today's first race of the Australian Sports Sedan Championship final at Sandown International Raceway.
Starting from 18th position, Vines had worked his way through to 12th when his Gypsum Australia/Torero Cortina V8 lost power on the sixth lap of the 12 lap race and retired.
Speaking after the race Vines said that he was disappointed after all the hard work by his small family based team. " The car was working well on its new Yokohama's, we got rid of the understeer and the brakes were really good" he said. Vines said that it was the second time in two years at Sandown that something small had put the team out of the race. "I'm really disappointed for our team, sponsors and fans." he said.
A loose wire to the cars engine management unit was the cause of the problem which will mean that Vines will have to start from the back of the grid for tomorrows 2nd pointscore race. Vines said that he was determined to have a good race tomorrow in front of what is expected to be a massive crowd at the Melbourne track.
Today's race was won by series leader and pole position holder Tony Ricciardello in the 6 litre Chev powered Alfa Romeo GTV from defending Australian champion Kerry Baily in the Nissan/Chev 300ZX and Dean Randle in a SAAB V8.
Darren Hossack in the other SAAB continued his recent bout of bad luck when his car had a major engine failure in the last lap while in third place.
Tomorrow's race will see a reverse top ten grid putting Bruce DeBoo in the RX7 on pole from local Jaguar driver Mike Roddy in the V12 XJS.