Australian Sports Sedan Championship Round One Phillip Island April 12-14 Reigning and three-times Australian Sports Sedan Champion Tony Ricciardello has set the early pace in practice for round one of the 2002 Australian Sports Sedan ...
Australian Sports Sedan Championship
Reigning and three-times Australian Sports Sedan Champion Tony Ricciardello has set the early pace in practice for round one of the 2002 Australian Sports Sedan Championship. Driving his Chev-powered Alfa, Ricciardello was within sixth tenths of a second of his outright lap record and quickly signifyied his wish to attain a fourth title.
Arch rival Kerry Baily didn't get out onto the track initially, still reading his Nissan 300ZX/Chev for qualifying tomorrow, but came out in the afternoon for fourth quickest. With Bailey's early absence, Darren Hossack would be Ricciardello's nearest rival, just two tenths slower in the sinister-looking black Saab/Chev.
Young Luke Youlden and Canberra's Ivan Mikac are the only non-V8s to figure in the top ten after the initial 30-minute outing and completed the session third and fifth respectively in their rotary-powered Mazda RX7s. Youlden would continue his good laps into session two as well.
Dean Randle in another Chev-powered Saab was fourth after session one while the former two-time championship winning car the Honda Prelude/Chev, now owned and driven by Steve Voight, finished both sessions sixth.
The Escort/Chev of SA category stalwart Mick Monterosso, Tony Wilson's Commodore and the former V8 Supercar Commodore of Robert Smith also claimed top ten spots at some stage, as too Queenslander Brett Francis who is driving Phil Crompton's Ford Falcon. Francis back in Australia after several years in the UK where he has won County Kent Cups (for Formula Fords) and was a high-performance driving instructor at Brands Hatch, improved at the second outing.
Locals Ray Ayton (Holden Calibra) and Geoff Munday (Mercedes Benz/Chev) had troubled first sessions as did NSW's Graham Smith (Calibra), Fred Axia (Commodore/Mazda turbo) and Daniel Jameson (Jaguar XKR/Chev), the latter in particular as they lost their only engine and would be going home early.
SPORTS SEDANS PRACTICE ONE
1-Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo/Chev 1:34.2153
2-Darren Hossack (Vic) Saab/Chev 1:34.4892
3-Luke Youlden (Vic) Mazda RX7 1:35.9191
4-Dean Randle (Vic) Saab/Chev 1:37.9767
5-Ivan Mikac (ACT) Mazda RX7 1:39.4693
6-Steve Voight (Qld) Honda Prelude/Chev 1:39.7017
7-Mick Monterosso (SA) Ford Escort/Chev 1:40.1191
8-Tony Wilson (NSW) Holden Commodore VS/Chev 1:40.4154
9-Robert Smith (Vic) Holden Commodore VS 1:42.3535
10-Brett Francis (Qld) Ford Falcon EB 1:42.6688
SPORTS SEDANS PRACTICE TWO
1-Tony Ricciardello (WA) Alfa Romeo/Chev 1:34.2157
2-Darren Hossack (Vic) Saab/Chev 1:34.6435
3-Luke Youlden (Vic) Mazda RX7 1:35.2080
4-Kerry Baily (Tas) Nissan 300ZX/Chev 1:35.5694
5-Dean Randle (Vic) Saab/Chev 1:37.1287
6-Steve Voight (Qld) Honda Prelude/Chev 1:37.4744
7-Brett Francis (Qld) Ford Falcon EB 1:38.2955
8-Ivan Mikac (ACT) Mazda RX7 1:38.7601
9-Tony Wilson (NSW) Ford Falcon EB 1:39.1285
10-Mick Monterosso (SA) Ford Escort/Chev 1:39.6025
Friday April 12
1050-1120, Sports Sedans Practice
1620-1650, Sports Sedans Practice
Saturday April 13
1050-1115, Sports Sedan Qualifying 1
1630-1655, Sports Sedan Qualifying 2
Sunday April 14
0930-0945, Sports Sedan Race One
1350-1405, Sports Sedan Race Two
Highlights of each round of the Australian Sports Sedan Championship can be seen on Network TEN's Trackside program. Each of the five rounds of the series will be scheduled for the program which generally airs the week after the round. Trackside is a 90 minute program featured on Sunday afternoons from 2:30 pm right after RPM.