Baily snatches pole in second qualifier. Tasmanian Kerry Baily, driving a Chev-powered Nissan 300ZX, emerged from the second of two qualifying sessions with pole position for the first of three races that make up the second round of the...
Baily snatches pole in second qualifier.
Tasmanian Kerry Baily, driving a Chev-powered Nissan 300ZX, emerged from the second of two qualifying sessions with pole position for the first of three races that make up the second round of the Australian Sports Sedan Championship.
He and reigning champion Tony Ricciardello swapped fastest times on several occasions during the first qualifier with Ricciardello the provisional pole holder on 1:07.3024, brushing the concrete wall in the process, as they took a lunch break.
In the afternoon outing Baily pulled out a stunning 1:07.2199 to which Ricciardello could find no answer, instead having to start from the outside of the front row in the Alfa/Chev.
Starting from the inside of the second row will be round one winner Darren Hossack whose Chev-engined Saab was half a second slower on its best lap than the front row pair.
The next two rows comprising Mark Stinson's Calibra/Chev, the Jaguar Chev of Daniel Jameson, Des Wall who returns to the category after a two year absence in the Supra/Chev and Terry Shiel in a Nissan Turbo-engined Mazda RX7 are well matched and are covered by just three tenths of a second.
After a trouble start Jeff Barnes put his Pontiac into eighth spot, while Mick Monterosso had to repair a gearbox before he became competitive. Holding on for the last spot top ten spot was New Zealander Andrew Fawcett in his TRANZAM-spec Jaguar.
While not eligible for points, Fawcet's inclusion is set to supplement his short home season and subsequently will contest the next two rounds of the championship before heading home for his domestic season.
In TRANZAM which is identical to the American TRANSAM championship, the car runs a five litre V8 engine as opposed to six litre for the Chev-engined cars and is 150 kilograms heavier.
Just missing a top ten spot was the Commodore/Chev of Tony Wilson while Dean Randle was expected to be further up the field but for tyre dramas throughout the day.
SPORTS SEDANS COMBINED QUALIFYING Top Ten
1-Kerry Baily (Tas) Nissan 300ZX/Chev 1:07.2199
2-Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo/Chev 1:07.3042
3-Darren Hossack (Vic) Saab/Chev 1:07.9102
4-Mark Stinson (NSW) Calibra/Chev 1:08.5376
5-Daneil Jameson (NSW) Jaguar/Chev 1:08.7733
6-Des Wall (NSW) Toyota Supra/Chev 1:08.8465
7-Terry Shiel (NSW) Mazda RX7/Nissan Turbo 1:08.8644
8-Jeff Barnes (Qld) Pontiac Trans Am/Chev 1:09.0286
9-Mick Monterosso (SA) Ford Escort/Chev 1:09.5494
10-Andrew Fawcet (NZ) Jaguar/Ford 1:09.7124
Saturday June 15 1630 Sports Sedan Race One (13 laps)
Sunday April 14 0950 Sports Sedan Race Two (13 laps)
1220 Sports Sedan Race Three (13 laps)