Mallala round three, second qualifying report

After scoring no points at round one, and a second in an abbreviated at the second round, West Australian Tony Ricciardello is set to dominate the third round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship. The Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev...

After scoring no points at round one, and a second in an abbreviated at the second round, West Australian Tony Ricciardello is set to dominate the third round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship. The Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev driver puts his rivals on notice with record-shattering pace in qualifying at Mallala. His pole earning time came in the first of two sessions and despite trying some suspension changes, still led the way in the second outing.

Darren Hossack from Victoria is scheduled to start the first of three heats from the outside of the front row but has suffered a setback. The Saab/Chev coasted to a halt on the track and forced a brief red flag session as it was removed to the pits. "It dropped fuel pressure and stopped," Hossack said as his team began going over the electrics to rectify the problem.

Tasmania's Kerry Baily overcame his disappointing pace of the first session, but couldn't improve his grid position and the Nissan 300ZX/Chev will start third with the Jaguar XKR/Chev of NSW's Daniel Jameson alongside. The latter had switched to a softer springs in the rear but was slower. Victorian Dean Randle (Saab/Chev) also tinkered with rear suspension and was slightly slower while South Australian Mick Monterosso had continuing second gear selection problems in his Escort/Chev and they share the third row.

The Jeff Barnes Pontiac from Queensland and Mark Stinson's Holden Calibra/Chev (NSW) made small gains in times and will share row four ahead of a delighted Graham Smith in the Opel Calibra/Fiat Turbo. "I went out in a different frame of mind and now am a lot happier," he said. He will have local South Australian David Brenssell in the ex-Monterosso Commodore/Chev next to him.

A misfire in the Ford Falcon put Phil Crompton (Qld) at the back of the second session but he will start on the sixth row with NSW's Fred Axisa' Holden Commodore/Chev which missed the session due to a driveshaft problem. Behind them was a much-improved Honda Prelude/Chev of Dean Camm, and fellow Victorian Rodney Woods' Commodore/Chev, which suffered overheating dramas both.

The next row features Ray Ayton (Vic) who was intrigued his Calibra/Chev was getting into the one minute elevens, still with a chronic engine misfire, and Mark Duggan (NSW) whose Calibra/Chev became a casualty with a suspected holed piston.

-www.sportssedans.com.au-

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Series General
Drivers Darren Hossack , Rodney Woods , Tony Ricciardello , Graham Smith , Phil Crompton