In the opening race of the three-heat third round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship, Tony Ricciardello drove his Alfa/Chev to a comprehensive win at Mallala. While effectively out of contention for this year's series,...
In the opening race of the three-heat third round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship, Tony Ricciardello drove his Alfa/Chev to a comprehensive win at Mallala. While effectively out of contention for this year's series, the 2002 champ, scorched off the line to lead a competitive field throughout the eight-lap journey at the rural South Australian circuit.
For much of the race the West Australian was pursued by Victorian Darren Hossack and Kerry Baily (Tasmania) before overheating in the former's Saab/Chev forced Hossack to button off and surrender second to the Baily Nissan 300ZX/Chev.
Fourth place became an epic struggle between local Mick Monterosso's Escort/Chev, Mark Stinson's Calibra/Chev from NSW and the Saab/Chev of Victorian Dean Randle until Monterosso retired when his engine spat out a spark plug. Shortly after Stinson and Randle collided with Stinson remaining buried in the turn seven sand trap as Randle scored fourth position.
Queenslander Phil Crompton surged past several to take a solid fifth in his Ford Falcon with local David Brenssell's Commodore/Chev finishing next. After many problems in the lead up, Ray Ayton took his Calibra/Chev to a respectable seventh after a keen encounter involving the Honda Prelude/Chev of Dean Camm and Rodney Woods' Commodore Chev.
Woods lost out when attempting to pass Ayton and then suffered oil overheating while Camm was black-flagged for leaking oil. Another to finally find some reliability was the Commodore/Chev of Fred Axisa who finished his first race in four years.
Less fortunate were the Calibra/Chev of Mark Duggan which holed a piston in qualifying, Jeff Barnes whose Pontiac brake a hub hat in the warm up session, and Daniel Jameson for his Jaguar XKR/Chev snapped a half shaft on the warm up to the race start. All three failed to start.
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND THREE SCHEDULE Sunday June 1: Race Two (10 laps) 13:10, Race Three (12 laps) 15:05.