Final Round Australian Sports Sedan Championship V8-Ultimate For V8 Supercars Sandown Internation Raceway November 30 -- December 2 Race Two, Sunday, December 2, 2001 Monterosso masterful in wet finale While the bulk of the field wallowed and...
Final Round Australian Sports Sedan Championship V8-Ultimate For V8 Supercars Sandown Internation Raceway November 30 -- December 2
Race Two, Sunday, December 2, 2001
Monterosso masterful in wet finale
While the bulk of the field wallowed and slipped in the wet conditions of the final race of the 2001 Australian Sports Sedan Championship Mick Monterosso remained steady and was a comfortable winner.
The South Australian brought his revitalised and repainted, if aging Chev-powered Ford Escort home ahead of series winner Tony Ricciardello in his similarly engined Alfa Romeo.
By taking fifth position Victorian Dean Randle, has come from a seemingly hopeless position to take third in the championship. It was thought that third would be between Tony Wilson (Commodore) and Ivan Mikac (Mazda RX7) but came into contact with each other on the opening lap of race one and were both ousted. Wilson crashed in race two (forcing a safety car) while Mikac finished well down the order.
The race, which featured a reverse top-ten grid, started with Luke Youlden shooting through to lead from Monterosso while Ricciardello blasted from tenth to third. Pole man Bruce Deboo (Mazda RX7) spun out at the first corner.
When Wilson crashed on lap two, a safety car controlled the field for three laps before racing resumed. Monterosso was quick to seize the lead when Youlden had gear selection problems. He was not headed from that point.
Youlden also had a big moment but managed to keep the RX7 on the track. Ricciardello went past and into second when Randle had a quick spin. The latter resumed behind the Jaguar of Daniel Jameson who had started at the back of the grid and finished a credible fourth.
Kerry Baily was expected to be a threat in the race but elected not to start. His Nissan 300ZX is scheduled to be shipped (Monday) to New Zealand to race against TraNZam cars.
Points after Race Two, Final Standings for 2001: Tony Ricciardello 195, Kerry Baily 142, Dean Randle 118, Ivan Mikac 114, Tony Wilson 107, Stephen Voight 94, Mark Stinson 86.
Sports Sedans -- Race Two (12 laps)
Mick Monterosso (Ford Escort/Chev) 22:14.7982 --1
Tony Ricciardello (Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev) 22:20.8855 --2
Luke Youlden (Mazda RX7) 22:23.5957 --3
Daniel Jameson (Jaguar XKR/Chev) 22:29.1213 --4
Dean Randle (Saab/Chev) 22:33.5539 --5
Robert Smith (Holden Commodore) 22:50.6695 --6
Anton Abramovic (Mazda RX7) 22:51.8359 --7
Stephen Vines (Ford Cortina V8) 22:53.8460 --8
Michael Roddy (Jaguar XJS) 23:02.7657 --9
Ivan Mikac (Mazda RX7) 23:14.8314 --10
John Chambers (Mazda RX7) 23:38.6892 --11
Damien Johnson (Holden Torana) 23:51.3802 --12
Geoff Munday (Mercedes/Chev) 11 laps --13
Luke McPherson (Mazda RX7) 11 laps --14
Milton Seferis (Holden Commodore) 11 laps --15
George Mengarda (Holden Commodore/Chev) 11 laps --16
Ray Ayton (Holden Calibra/Chev) 11 laps -17
Dean Camm (Honda Prelude/Chev) 10 laps --DNF
Phil Crompton (Ford Falcon) 3 laps --DNF
Tony Wilson (Commodore/Chev) 1 lap --DNF
Bruce Deboo (Mazda RX7) 0 laps --DNF