By taking out the second leg of the fourth round of the Australian Sports Sedan Championship reigning champ Kerry Baily, driving a Nissan 300ZX with a Chev powerplant, moves to second spot and still has a remote chance of retaining his...
By taking out the second leg of the fourth round of the Australian Sports Sedan Championship reigning champ Kerry Baily, driving a Nissan 300ZX with a Chev powerplant, moves to second spot and still has a remote chance of retaining his crown.
The championship is running in conjunction with the Shell V8 Supercars at the VIP Queensland 500 at Queensland Raceway.
Baily had to start the race from tenth spot on the grid, alongside his arch rival West Australia's Tony Riccairdello as the top ten finishers were required to start this leg in reverse order. Tenth finisher from race one, Charlie Senese had his Ford Falcon on pole position but stalled on the grid as the race started.
Fellow Queenslander and Falcon driver Phil Crompton cut through Senese and the Monza of Chris Fing to take the early lead. Chasing hard was the Calibra/Chev of Mark Stinson ahead of Riccairdello and Baily who quickly threaded their way through the slower cars.
Stinson took the lead on the second lap before his speed fell away due to falling fuel pressure, leaving Riccairdello in front and being chased by Baily. For many ensuing laps Baily issued bids for the lead but Riccairdello repelled them all until the Nissan shot past the latter's Alfa/Chev down the back straight on the tenth lap.
Stinson's woes put him out of the race, elevating Crompton to third ahead of third overall Steven Voight in his Honda Prelude/Chev. Fancied runner Tony Wilson (Commodore/Chev) disappeared from the race in a large plume of smoke at three quarter distance while Mick Monterosso (Escort/Chev) was a first lap casualty as a result of contact with a mid-fielder that caused him to crash heavily. Dean Randle (Saab/Chev) figured promptly early but was force out after four laps.
Finishing fifth after a solid race was the Mazda RX7 of Ivan Mikac while Trent Young in his Toyota Levin overcame a shocking weekend of luck to claim sixth. <pre>
RESULT SUNDAY August 26, 2001 Race Two (13 laps) 1 Kerry Baily (Tas) Nissan 300ZX/Chev 15:39.8621, 2 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Chev 15:41.7030, 3 Phil Crompton (Qld) Ford Falcon 16:02.3649, 4 Stephen Voight (Qld) Honda Prelude/Chev 16:12.2934, 5 Ivan Mikac (ACT) Mazda RX7 16:31.5721, 6 Trent Young (Vic) Toyota Levin 16:42.0982, 7 Brett Curran (Qld) Ford Capri 16:45.8478. 8 Chris Fing (Qld) Chev Monza 12 laps, 9 Warren Smith (Qld) Rover Vitesse/Chev 12 laps, 10 Gian Meneguzzo (Qld) BMW E30 12 laps, 11 Adam Uebergang (Qld) Ford Escort/Rotary 12 laps, 12 Scott Hunter (Qld) Toyota Corolla 12 laps, DNF Charlie Senese (Qld) Ford Falcon 12 laps, DNF Tony Wilson (NSW) Commodore VS/Chev 8 laps, DNF Mark Stinson (NSW) Holden Calibra/Chev 6 laps, DNF Dean Randle (Vic) Saab 9.3 Aero/Chev 4 laps, DNF Reeve Kruck (Qld) Ford Escort 4 laps, DNF Anton Abramovic (ACT) Mazda RX7 0 laps, DNF Mick Monterosso (SA) Ford Escort/Chev 0 laps, Fastest lap: Kerry Baily 1:10.2457.
WEEKEND RACE SCHEDULE Friday, August 24, 2001 - 8:30 am PRACTICE - 10:50 am QUALIFYING Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 12.20 QUALIFYING - 2:45 pm RACE ONE (12 laps) Sunday, August 26, 2001 - 8:35 am WARM-UP - 12 noon RACE TWO (13 laps)
CURRENT POINTS (after round four) 1-Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev 155 2-Kerry Baily Nissan 300ZX/Chev 123 3-Tony Wilson Commodore VS/Chev 107 4-Ivan Mikac Mazda RX7/20B Rotary 104 5-Stephen Voight Honda Prelude/Chev 94 6-Mark Stinson Holden Calibra/Chev 86 7-Dean Randle Saab/Chev 83 8-Jeff Barnes Pontiac/Chev 65 9-Trent Young Toyota Levin/Toyota Turbo 51 10-Phil Crompton Ford Falcon EB/Ford 47 11-Barry Jameson Jaguar XKR/Chev 46 12-Mark Duggan Holden Calibra/Chev 25 13-Terry Sheil Mazda RX7/Nissan Turbo 18
CALENDAR Round 5 and Final Round - November 2-December 30, Sandown