Sub record stunner ensures pole. A sizzling second qualifying time of 1:06.9928, has ensured Tony Ricciardello will start the first heat of the third round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship from pole position. It was...
Sub record stunner ensures pole.
A sizzling second qualifying time of 1:06.9928, has ensured Tony Ricciardello will start the first heat of the third round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship from pole position. It was a record-shattering lap for the West Australian based Chev-powered Alfa, and half a second faster than his nearest rival.
Championship leader Darren Hossack didn't improve on his first qualifying session time which came before a off-road excursion into a sand trap aboard the Saab/Chev. He held his second spot on the grid as too third placed Kerry Baily in Nissan/Chev overcoming early alternator problems.
New Zealander Andrew Fawcett showed he had learnt much after first visit to Oran Park for round two around six weeks ago. His Transam-spec Jaguar XKR significantly quicker than the last visit, taking fourth grid position.
The sleek Holden Calibra/Chev of Mark Stinson improved with its second outing, claiming fifth position on the grid while eighth placed Dean Randle was the only other to go quicker in session two and make the top ten. Meanwhile Des Wall (sixth), Tony Wilson (ninth) and Jeff Barnes (tenth) complete the top ten.
Terry Shiel would have taken seventh spot on the grid, but boost problems in his Nisson turbo powered Mazda RX7 caused continual head gasket failures and the team has withdrawn. Daniel Jameson qualified well back in the Jaguar/Chev after alternator and fuel problems. Mark Duggan's Holden Calibra/Chev returned for qualifying after crashing heavily on Friday.
<pre> QUALIFYING (Combined Sessions 1 & 2) Saturday July 27 1 Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev 1:06.9928 2 Darren Hossack (Vic) Saab 93/Chev 1:07.5435 3 Kerry Baily (Tas) Nissan 300ZX/Chev 1:07.9679 4 Andrew Fawcett (NZ) Jaguar XKR 1:07.9940 5 Mark Stinson (NSW) Holden Calibra/Chev 1:08.0708 6 Des Wall (NSW) Toyota Supra/Chev 1:08.0916 7 Terry Shiel (NSW) Mazda RX7/Nissan Turbo 1:08.6806 8 Dean Randle (Vic) Saab 93 Aero/Chev 1:08.9011 9 Tony Wilson (NSW) Holden Commodore VS/Chev 1:08.9451 10 Jeff Barnes (Qld) Pontiac Trans Am 1:09.1368 11 Ivan Mikac (ACT) Mazda RX7 20B 1:10.1779 12 Glen Taylor (NSW) Holden Commodore VN/Chev 1:10.4232 13 Ray Ayton (Vic) Holden Calibra/Chev 1:11.2029 14 David Krause (NSW) Holden Commodore VS 1:12.0648 15 Stephen Lichtenberger (NSW) Mazda RX7 1:12.2474 16 Vince Matulovich (NSW) Ford Cortina 1:13.2078 17 Graham Smith (NSW) Opel Calibra/Fiat Turbo 1:13.2362 18 Llynden Riethmuller (NSW) Mazda RX7 20B 1:13.8726 19 Wayne Cooper (NSW) Porsche GT3 1:14.1527 20 Lance Hughes (NSW) Holden Commodore VL/Chev 1:15.9637 21 Kevin Clark (NSW) Ford Mustang 1:16.3681 22 Milton Seferis (Vic) Holden Commodore VS 1:17.5622 23 Daniel Jameson (NSW) Jaguar XKR/Chev 1:19.1600 24 Mark Duggan Holden Calibra/Chev 1:19.2743
ROUND THREE SCHEDULE
Saturday July 27 1325-1345 Sports Sedans Race One (12 laps)
Sunday July 28 1005-1015 Sports Sedans Warm Up 1315-1330 Sports Sedans Race Two (12 laps)