Ricciardello wins as Baily goes into a spin. Defending champion and current Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan series leader Tony Ricciardello has taken out the first of two heats at Queensland Raceway today. Ricciardello was beaten off...
Ricciardello wins as Baily goes into a spin.
Defending champion and current Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan series leader Tony Ricciardello has taken out the first of two heats at Queensland Raceway today. Ricciardello was beaten off the line by polesitter Kerry Baily and closely trailed him until the latter spun at turn three. >From there the Alfa Romeo/Chev V8 driver controlled the race fending off Darren Hossack and Andrew Fawcett even after a safety car was introduced when Baily spun a second time.
"I was conscience of my front brakes, wanting to conserve them as much as possible in case I had to pass Tony (Ricciardello) later on. Anyway the rears locked up and around I went. After the second spin put me in the sand trap I was a couple of laps behind so I decided to put the car away and get it right for tomorrow," Baily said.
The Kiwi Fawcett dogged Hossack for most of the event, before passing the Saab/Chev on the last lap. But a spin at the final corner relegated the Transam-spec to third. "While we can't match the Aussie Sports Sedans in qualifying, I know they come back to us in race conditions. But I was also having a problem with the front master cylinder and rears simply locked up at that last corner," Fawcett explained.
Behind the leading three, the Jeff Barnes Pontiac led Dean Randle's Saab, the Tony Wilson Commodore and Des Wall in his Toyota Supra, all Chev V8 powered. Then followed the Transam Ford Mustand of Bernie Gillon ahead of Stephen Voights Chev Monza who was one of the early casualty with a blown engine.
After the safety car, Gillon passed Wall before spinning and later retiring when his fuel pressure dropped. Then Barnes suffered a spin surrendering fourth to Randle who held that spot to the flag. Next was Wall who said "While we are competitve at other places, we lack the power and brake cooling needed here, but we are reliable."
Engine problems also afflicted the Chris Donnelley Falcon, Bob McLoughlin's Commodore and the pretty little Nissan-engined Honda of David Waldon.