National Australian Sports Sedan Association First Qualifying - Round Four Australian Sports Sedan Championship Bailey Blitzes In Queensland Defending champion Kerry Baily continues his fight back to retain his crown by setting a sizzling pace...
National Australian Sports Sedan Association
First Qualifying - Round Four Australian Sports Sedan Championship
Bailey Blitzes In Queensland
Defending champion Kerry Baily continues his fight back to retain his crown by setting a sizzling pace in the first of two qualifying sessions at Queensland Raceway. In the championship, which is run in conjunction with selected rounds of the Shell V8 Supercars series, the Tasmanian lapped in a best time of 1m07.2145 and was 3.5 seconds under the lap record.
His awesome Nissan 300ZX with a six-litre Chev engine under the bonnet was over two seconds faster than his nearest rival series leader Tony Ricciardello (WA) in a Chev-powered Alfa. Third quickest was young Daniel Jameson (NSW) who is driving his father's (Barry) pretty Jaguar XKR for the first time in a National Sports Sedan event. Both Ricciardello and Jameson were also under the lap record.
Fourth fastest and the quickest of the Queenslanders was Phil Crompton in a Ford Falcon while his chief local rival, Pontiac driver Jeff Barnes appears to be out for the weekend after suffering valve damage to his engine.
Mark Stinson was next fastest and is expected to improve as too Dean Randle. Meanwhile Tony Wilson continues to impress in his less exotic Holden Commodore ahead of Ivan Mikac in a Mazda and Mick Monterosso whose thunderous Escort/Chev returns to the series after missing the last round.
<pre> QUALIFYING TIMES FRIDAY August 24, 2001
1 Kerry Baily (Tas) Nissan 300ZX/Chev 1:07.2145 2 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo/Chev 1:09.5431 3 Daniel Jameson (NSW) Jaguar XKR/Chev 1:09.9952 4 Phil Crompton (Qld) Ford Falcon 1:11.7636 5 Mark Stinson (NSW) Holden Calibra/Chev 1:11.8297 6 Dean Randle (Vic) Saab Aero/Chev 1:12.4259 7 Tony Wilson (NSW) Commodore/Chev 1:12.4723 8 Ivan Mikac (ACT) Mazda RX7 1:13.6709 9 Mick Monterosso (SA) Ford Escort/Chev 1:13.8621 10 Brett Curran (Qld) Ford Capri 1:14.3569 11 Chris Fing (Qld) Chev Monza 1:15.8836 12 Stephen Voight (Qld) Honda Prelude/Chev 1:16.1243 13 Anton Abramovic (ACT) Mazda RX7 1:17.6405 14 Warren Smith (Qld) Rover Vitesse/Chev 1:18.4841 15 Gian Meneguzzo (Qld) BMW E30 1:18.9207 16 Gary Hamilton (Qld) Datsun/Rotary 1:19.4444 17 Adam Uebergang (Qld) Ford Escort/Rotary 1:19.7070 18 Brad Seagrove (Qld) Alfa Sprint/Rotary 1:20.3661 19 Scott Hunter (Qld) Toyota Corolla 1:21.4332 20 Mark Duggan (NSW) Holden Calibra/Chev 1:22.7206 21 Reeve Kruck (Qld) Ford Escort 1:25.0568
WEEKEND RACE SCHEDULE Friday, August 24, 2001 - 8:30 am PRACTICE - 10:50 am QUALIFYING Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 12 noon QUALIFYING - 2:45 pm RACE ONE (13 laps) Sunday, August 26, 2001 - 8:35 am WARM-UP - 12 noon RACE TWO (13 laps)