Sandown final round qualifying notes

Australian Sports Sedan Championship V8-Ultimate For V8 Supercars Sandown International Raceway Qualifying One Provisional top spot to front runner West Australia's Tony Ricciardello has set the fastest time in the first qualifying session...

Australian Sports Sedan Championship

V8-Ultimate For V8 Supercars Sandown International Raceway

Qualifying One

Provisional top spot to front runner West Australia's Tony Ricciardello has set the fastest time in the first qualifying session for the final round of the Australian Sports Sedan Championship in 2001.

Driving the brutish Chev-powered Alfa Romeo, the young charger moved a step closer to taking his third championship with a time of one minute 10.5473 seconds, 1.7 seconds faster than his nearest rival, and a full second under the best ever previous qualifying time.

But it is expected that the Chev-engined cars of Darren Hossack (Saab), Daniel Jameson (Jaguar) and four-times and current champ Kerry Baily (Nissan) will improve from their current times (in the one minute 12s) to push the provisional pole sitter in tommorrow's second qualifier.

The top ten of the provisional grid is V8 dominated with only the rotary powered Mazdas of Luke Youlden (sixth) and Ivan Mikac (ninth), and Terry Shiel's Nissan turbo Mazda stopping a complete shutout.

The second qualifying session is due to commence at 8:35am EST with the first race (of two) scheduled for 3:40pm EST on Saturday, December 1.

THE AUSTRALIAN V8 ULTIMATE SANDOWN SANDOWN INTERNATIONAL MOTOR RACEWAY Sports Sedans - Qualifying 1

Tony Ricciardello (Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev) 1:10.5473 --1
Darren Hossack (Saab/Chev) 1:12.2154 --2
Daniel Jameson (Jaguar XKR/Chev) 1:12.4838
Kerry Baily (Nissan 300ZX/Chev) 1:12.5034
Dean Randle (Saab/Chev) 1:12.7208
Luke Youlden (Mazda RX7) 1:12.7897
Mark Stinson (Holden Calibra/Chev) 1:14.2654
Mick Monterosso (Ford Escort/Chev) 1:15.1006
Ivan Mikac (Mazda RX7) 1:15.4008
Terry Shiel (Mazda/Nissan Turbo) 1:16.3986
Tony Wilson (Commodore/Chev) 1:16.5356
Bruce Deboo (Mazda RX7) 1:16.9159
Llynden Riethmuller (Mazda RX7) 1:17.7391
Dean Camm (Honda Prelude/Chev) 1:17.8579
Bob Jolly (Holden Commodore/Chev) 1:17.9452
Ray Ayton (Holden Calibra/Chev) 1:18.3668
Anton Abramovic (Mazda RX7) 1:18.6334
Stephen Vines (Ford Cortina) 1:18.7817
Geoff Munday (Mercedes/Chev) 1:18.7878
Luke McPherson (Mazda RX7) 1:19.3741
John Chambers (Mazda RX7) 1:19.6702
Milton Seferis (Holden Commodore) 1:20.6546
Robert Smith (Holden Commodore) 1:20.7317
Michael Robinson (Holden Commodre/Chev) 1:21.1571
Damien Johnson (Holden Torana) 1:24.5246
George Mengarda (Holden Commodore/Chev) 1:28.9593

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Series General
Drivers Darren Hossack , Luke Youlden , Mike Robinson , Robert Smith , Tony Ricciardello , Llynden Riethmuller