Ricciardello ravages heat one hot field. West Australian Tony Ricciardello etched closer to the lead of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship after dominating the first heat at Oran Park. Driving his Chev-engined Alfa Romeo,...
Ricciardello ravages heat one hot field.
West Australian Tony Ricciardello etched closer to the lead of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship after dominating the first heat at Oran Park. Driving his Chev-engined Alfa Romeo, Ricciardello leapt away from pole position to an immediate lead, setting a new lap record early, and was never challenged.
Series leader Darren Hossack was under threat for second from the moment the lights went out, his Saab/Chev withstanding the onslaught from the experienced Kerry Baily aboard the Nissan/Chev. Despite a missed gear change on lap five of the 12 lap event, Hossack held second but when the car inexplicably misfired at the end of the lap, Baily and the closely-pursuing Andrew Fawcett (Jaguar XKR) scooted past.
Mark Stinson's Holden Calibra/Chev had fifth place to itself for much of the race until Des Wall (Toyota Supra/Chev) made a late charge and finished on Stinson's bumper. Daniel Jameson (Jaguar/Chev) qualified poorly and after starting from near the rear of the grid, worked his way through to seventh position.
But his tyres lost grip in the second half of the race and he became embroiled in a huge battle with Jeff Barnes (Pontiac Trans Am), Dean Randle (Saab/Chev) and Tony Wilson. On the last lap while all still tightly bunched, Randle spun coming off the bridge with Wilson making contact despite every effort to avoid the spinning Saab.
At the last corner, Jameson left a gap for Barnes which the Queenslander quickly took advantage. But typical of motor racing, the gap disappeared and the pair clashed with the Jaguar smacking the concrete wall. All four managed to continue with Barnes ahead of Jameson and Wilson while Randle lost track position to Ivan Mikac's Mazda and the Commodore of Glen Taylor.