Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship - Round Four - Race Two - Queensland Raceway - September 13-15 Another win gives series leader some space. After a great dice with series rival Darren Hossack, Tony Ricciardello has won the...
Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship - Round Four - Race Two - Queensland Raceway - September 13-15
Another win gives series leader some space.
After a great dice with series rival Darren Hossack, Tony Ricciardello has won the second heat of the fourth round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship. The win follows a resounding first heat win at Queensland Raceway yesterday Saturday, and enhances his back to back title aspirations as Hossack failed to finish the second race.
"Darren certainly put pressure on me and we had to work hard to get past him. But it good to know we not only have speed but a far more consistent car," said Ricciardello after the race in which he lowered the track lap record.
Hossack too showed a good turn of speed despite a niggly computer glitch throughout the weekend. After passing early leader Tony Wilson in his Commodore, Hossack led and constantly hounded by Ricciardello. The enormous crowd witnessed an intriguing duel six laps before the latter's Chev V8 powered Alfa Romeo finally hit the front.
"It was good to run with Tony, but realistically he has just a little speed on us. It would have been good to be second here today but the shock absorber rocker failure was something we never anticipated," Hossack explained.
Dean Randle in a similar Chev powered Saab passed Hossack on lap ten, just prior to Hossack retiring, but suffered a spin on the next circuit. That allowed Kerry Baily's Nissan 300ZX/Chev to inherit second, having started from the rear of the grid.
The Ford Mustang of New Zealander Bernie Gillon came through to be third while the similar Transam-spec Jaguar of fellow New Zealander Andrew Fawcett failed to start after engine problems in the pits. Randle recovered to be placed fourth, second overall for the round, and ahead of Jeff Barnes' Pontiac in both instances. Wilson finished sixth while Wall was an early retiree with a broken gearbox.