Round One win puts Baily on road to fifth series title. Four times Australian Sports Sedan Champion, Kerry Baily has got himself off to a flying start for a fifth title when he claimed victory in the first round at Wakefield Park today. ...
Round One win puts Baily on road to fifth series title.
Four times Australian Sports Sedan Champion, Kerry Baily has got himself off to a flying start for a fifth title when he claimed victory in the first round at Wakefield Park today. Following wins in the first two heats, the Nissan 300ZX/Chev driver had to settle for second place in an incident-marred third heat which finished under Safety Car conditions.
That race started with the top ten finishers from heat two, starting in reverse order. Local Bill Martin led the first lap around in his Chev-engined Mazda RX7 from Duggan's Calibra/Chev and Smith in his Fiat Turbo-powered Calibra. Phil Crompton's Ford Falcon was next of the Saab/Chev of Dean Randle which spun at the hairpin on lap two. Ensuing cars were force to take evasive action including the Jaguar/Chev of Daniel Jameson when became jammed in third gear.
A Safety Car was introduced whilst the prone racer was moved. The attrition rate was already high with Des Wall's Toyota Supra/Chev breaking an axle off the line, and Jeff Barnes was out with his Pontiac Trans Am having a major engine glitch. At the resumption Duggan pitted to remove his water bottle which had worked loose off its mounting and become entangled around the pedal box, and Martin spun a lap later.
With ran now falling and everyone on dry tyres, conditions had become tricky. Smith led with Baily right behind and the Commodore/Chev of Chris Jackson in third place. Just when it looked likely Baily would take the lead, Mark Stinson spun off into a sand trap forcing the appearance of another Safety Car. Despite their best efforts, officials couldn't remove the stricken machine before the race finished.
Behind the Safety Car, Smith greeted the flag ahead of Baily, Jackson, Martin, the V8 Supercar VS Commodore of Peter Best, Duggan, Stephen Lichtenburger in his Mazda RX7/Chev, New Zealander David Thexton's Ford Falcon and Trent Young in the Toyota Levin/Rotary Turbo. Phil Crompton had been well placed but pitted when the rain came. He return to the race behind the Safety Car but completed insufficient laps to be classified.