Oran Park: Round two, race one report

Australian Sports Sedan Championship Round Two Race One Oran Park June 15-16 Ricciardello survives to take heat one. Defending Australian Sports Sedan Champion went a little ways in getting his title aspirations back on track by taking the...

Australian Sports Sedan Championship Round Two Race One Oran Park June 15-16

Ricciardello survives to take heat one.

Defending Australian Sports Sedan Champion went a little ways in getting his title aspirations back on track by taking the first of three Domaine Homes-backed heats at Oran Park today.

Driving his Alfa-powered Chev, Ricciardello was beaten away from the start line by fastest qualifier Kerry Baily, but shortly after found a way past the similarly engined Nissan 300ZX to take the lead. For several laps the pair diced until a touch between the pair caused Baily to retire with a tyre puncture.

Ricciardello was then clear of Darren Hossack's Saab/Chev for the duration but still looked anything but confident as he lost third gear on lap seven, and fifth with one lap to go. He crossed the line 4.2 seconds in front of Hossack with another 2.9 seconds to New Zealander Andrew Fawcett.

It was a remarkable drive for the Kiwi in his TRANZAM-spec Jaguar. After starting from tenth position, he closely pursued the dice for third involving Terry Shiel's Mazda/Nissan Turbo and the Saab/Chev of Dean Randle, claiming the podium spot when the two collided.

After a two-year layoff Des Wall's Supra/Chev ran well to be finish fourth just ahead of Tony Wilson's Chev-engined Commodore after the pair ran nose-to-tail for the duration. Behind sixth-placed Glenn Taylor in another Commodore/Chev was Daniel Jameson who was forced to start from the pit lane after a high temperature reading was reported from a faulty sensor in his Jaguar.

Attrition was also up with suspension failure for Mark Stinson's Calibra/Chev, and another gearbox failure for the Escort/Chev of Mick Monterosso when prominently placed. Queenslander Jeff Barnes failed to make a getaway because of battery failure on the start line.

Australian Sports Sedans Championship Round Two Heat One (13 Laps) Results

1-Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev 15:33.4693.
2-Darren Hossack (Vic) Saab/Chev 15:37.6775.
3-Andrew Fawcet (NZ) Jaguar XKR/Ford 15:40.5872.
4-Des Wall (NSW) Toyota Supra/Chev 15:42.8718.
5-Tony Wilson (NSW) Holden Commodore VS/Chev 15:43.5557.
6-Glen Taylor (NSW) Holden Commodore VN/Chev 15:59.4882.
7-Daniel Jameson (NSW) Jaguar XKR/Chev 16:01.2393.
8-Ivan Mikac (ACT) Mazda RX7 16:26.2256.
9-Anton Abramovic (ACT) Mazda RX7 16:26.7093 3 1:12.3761.
10-Stephen Lichtenberger (NSW) Mazda RX7 12 laps.
11-Raymond Ayton (Vic) Holden Calibra 12 laps.
12-Bill Martin (NSW) Mazda RX7 12 laps.
13-Miilton Seferis (Vic) Holden Commodore 12 laps.
14-Mark Duggan (NSW) Calibra 11 laps.
DNF-Terry Shiel (NSW) Mazda RX7 10 laps - crash.
DNF-Dean Randle Saab Aero/Chev 10 laps - crash.
DNF-Graham Smith (NSW) Opel Calibra/Fiat Turbo 9 laps - differential.
DNF-Trent Young (Vic) Toyota Levin Turbo 4 laps - engine.
DNF-Kerry Baily (Tas) Nissan 300ZX 4 laps - puncture.
DNF-Mick Monterosso (SA) Ford Escort 4 laps - gearbox.
DNF-Mark Stinson (NSW) Holden Calibra 0 laps - front suspension.
DNF-Jeff Barnes (Qld) Pontiac Trans Am 0 laps - battery.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturday June 15 1630 Sports Sedan Race One (13 laps)
Sunday April 14 0950 Sports Sedan Race Two (13 laps)
1220 Sports Sedan Race Three (13 laps)

-assc

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Series General
Drivers Darren Hossack , Des Wall , Bill Martin , Tony Ricciardello , Graham Smith