Phillip Island qualifying notes

Kiwis' first blood in tran tasman war as Ricciardello fights back in championship. Reigning Australian Sports Sedan Champion Tony Ricciardello had taken fastest time and the championship point that goes with it at Phillip Island today, for the...

Kiwis' first blood in tran tasman war as Ricciardello fights back in championship.

Reigning Australian Sports Sedan Champion Tony Ricciardello had taken fastest time and the championship point that goes with it at Phillip Island today, for the second round of the series for Australia's fastest sedan cars. Ricciardello failed to score a single point at the first round at Wakefield Park and will have to be faultless for the remainder of the championship if he wants to secure his fifth.

However the effort paled somewhat as the Trans Tasman Trophy New Zealand visitors, which are ineligible for ASSC points, will occupy the front row for heat one tomorrow. Kayne Scott driving a five-litre Chev Camaro blitzed the field and undercut the Sports Sedan record by a ten of a second to secure pole ahead of fellow countryman Bernie Gillon in a six-litre Ford Mustang.

Making it three in the top four grid positions was John McIntyre who is driving a six-litre Chev Camaro. The Kiwi invasion has meant that ASSC title aspirants Darren Hossack (Saab/Chev V8) and Baily (Nissan 300ZX/Chev V8) will start from the third row ahead of Dean Randle (Saab/Chev V8) and V8 Chevs of Des Wall (Toyota Supra) and Ray Ayton (Holden Calibra).

Friday's wet conditions meant that there was little in the way of car setup completed, and the loss of track time has affected many including the Fiat Turbo powered Opel Calibra of Graham Smith currently second in the series, which finished qualifying out of the top ten.

NEW ZEALAND TRANZAM QUOTES

Kayne Scott: "What a fantastic track! Phenonomal grip levels. I thought after the wet session that we would struggle against the Aussie cars particularly in torque out of the corners. But it something you have to work at and we will continue to find improvement. I am sure that the Aussies will take it up to us in the races tomorrow."

Bernie Gillon: "This track is certainly out there. Its almost like its purpose-made for Tranzam cars. The time came on our fourth dry lap and there is at least another second and a half in our Ford Mustang."

John McIntyre: "Its different, and nice to run on in the dry. Also great to get out there and turn the wick up and have a go. This is only my second ever dry run in the car and we were fastest in the first and second sectors despite being on old tyres."

AUSTRALIAN SPORTS SEDAN QUOTES

Tony Ricciardello: "We went okay, there is more in the car, at least another half second. This time we struggled with setup as we are trying something new this time around, and we also had a couple of locking brake dramas. If we get it right, the car will be quick."

Darren Hossack: "Yeah, not fast enough! We used old tyres throughout that session and even with new rubber we would not have caught Kayne. We started this year with the intention of finishing every race, but after not scoring a point at Wakefield Park, we now just want to win at every outing."

Kerry Baily: "Race day is another day. We are using the same setup as Wakefield Park and have found it to be a bit tight. So we are going to change springs tonight and see how it is in the first race."

Highlights of each round of the REWARD INSURANCE AUSTRALIAN SPORTS SEDAN CHAMPIONSHIP can be seen on Network TEN's Trackside program. Each of the five rounds of the series will be scheduled for the program, which generally airs the week after the round. Trackside is a 90-minute program featured on Sunday afternoons from 2:30 pm right after RPM.

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Drivers Darren Hossack , Kayne Scott , Des Wall , John McIntyre , Tony Ricciardello , Graham Smith , Phillip Island