THE DOMINATION CONTINUES: Kerrick TranZam Sports Sedan Series tearaway leader Tony Ricciardello maintained the thrust with another solid win in race one of the third round at Eastern Creek today. The West Australian in his Alfa Romeo/Chev...
THE DOMINATION CONTINUES:
Kerrick TranZam Sports Sedan Series tearaway leader Tony Ricciardello maintained the thrust with another solid win in race one of the third round at Eastern Creek today.
The West Australian in his Alfa Romeo/Chev V8 led the Australian Motor Racing Series category from the start and beat the Saab/Chev of Darren Hossack by 2.6 seconds.
The similarly mounted Dean Randle was third after over lapping off the start. After he took his drive through penalty, Des Wall claimed the final podium spot.
But it was not an easy task as the Chev Corvette driver was involved in a spirited race-long duel with Kerry Baily's Toyota Supra/Chev V8 which seen the duo just one hundredth of a second apart at the finish.
The Ford Mustang TranZam of Phil Crompton followed in their wake and clear of Randle while Victorians Dean Camm (Honda Prelude/Chev) and Michael Robinson (Holden Monaro) completed the finishers.
Jeff Barnes failed to start his Pontiac Trans Am due to an oil leak while Charlie Senese's Honda Prelude/Chev (second gear) and Trent Young's Mazda RX7 (accelerator cable) were early race casualties.
Race 2: Initially it was reigning champion Darren Hossack who audaciously ran side by side with the current series leader Ricciardello for a third of the first lap, snaring the lead but only briefly as the Saab/Chev expired with a broken throttle shaft.
Ricciardello assumed his customary role at the front in the Alfa/Chev but the Baily Nissan 300ZX/Chev was handily placed to take the fight up to the leader.
They were never more than a car length apart with Ricciardello taking the win. Dean Randle's Saab/Chev was caught behind the Des Wall Chev Corvette for several laps, but once past, negated the gap to the front runners to be a close third.
After oil pressure problems sidelined the Pontiac Trans Am in race one, Jeff Barnes started off the back for fifth behind Wall who had to effect power steering repairs between races, and ahead of Phil Crompton who recovered well after an indiscretion on lap three.
The Ford Mustang finished ahead of Dean Camm's Honda Prelude/Chev and the Holden Monaro of Michael Robinson while Trent Young's Mazda again failed to go the distance, this the turbo charger expired.
Race 3: In the best Kerrick Sports Sedan Series race of the weekend, Tony Ricciardello had his hardest task in maintain a perfect season win record. He lost the lead to former champions Kerry Baily shortly after the start and for several laps Ricciardello was unable to find a way past.
Ultimately an opportunity presented itself at turn four halfway through, and the West Australian Alfa/Chev driver was through and gone. Two laps later defending champion Darren Hossack (Saab/Chev) effected an identical move to relegate Baily to third.
Dean Randle (Saab/Chev) was also in the mix but a lapse caused him to lose his then third spot to Hossack. By the end he was challenging Baily who was pressuring Hossack as they charged to the race's completion as the four finished nose-to-tail.
Des Wall struggled to stay with the quartet in the end but manage a solid fifth in the Chev Corvette and was clear of Phil Crompton's Ford Mustang TranZam and the Honda Prelude/Chev of Dean Camm.
<pre> Race One (5 laps) 1 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 1:29.4246 2 Darren Hossack (VIC) Saab/Chev V8 1:30.6050 3 Des Wall (NSW) Chev Corvette TranZam 1:31.8005 4 Kerry Baily (TAS) Nissan 300ZX/Chev V8 1:32.4054 5 Dean Randle (VIC) Saab/Chev V8 1:32.6650 6 Phil Crompton (QLD) Ford Mustang TranZam 1:34.1182 7 Charlie Sense (QLD) Honda Prelude/Chev V8 1:34.7783 8 Trent Young (NSW) Mazda RX7 20B Rotary 1:35.1093 9 Dean Camm (VIC) Honda Prelude/Chev V8 1:38.6191 10 Michael Robinson (VIC) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 1:41.7175 11 Jeff Barnes (QLD) Pontiac Trans Am/Chev V8 1:44.4803
Race Two (no results listed)
Race Three (7 laps) 1 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 11:00.7227 2 Kerry Baily (TAS) Nissan 300ZX/Chev V8 11:00.9009 3 Dean Randle (VIC) Saab/Chev V8 11:01.4703 4 Des Wall (NSW) Chev Corvette 11:13.5019 5 Jeff Barnes (QLD) Pontiac Trans Am/Chev V8 11:19.1384 6 Phil Crompton (QLD) Ford Mustang Trans Am 11:30.8460 7 Dean Camm (VIC) Honda Prelude/Chev V8 11:38.5026 8 Michael Robinson (VIC) Holden Monaro/Chev V8 12:19.7462 9 Trent Young (NSW) Mazda RX7 20B Rotary 12:35.3301 DNF Darren Hossack (VIC) Saab/Chev V8 0 laps
Points after round three Ricciardello 181 Randle 129 Baily 113 Hossack 95 Wall 81 Gillon 79 Crompton 74 Tamasi 69 Barnes 40 Camm 39 Senese 36 Chambers 24 Marinelli 23 Donnelly 21 Young 19