Champ pulls a final minute provisional pole. Four times and reigning Australian Sports Sedan Champion, West Australian Tony Ricciardello, manhandled his Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 around a very sloppy and slippery Wakefield Park, to obtain...
Champ pulls a final minute provisional pole.
Four times and reigning Australian Sports Sedan Champion, West Australian Tony Ricciardello, manhandled his Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 around a very sloppy and slippery Wakefield Park, to obtain provisional pole for round one of the title chase. It was a last bid effort in the very dying stages of the session where it appeared that young Daniel Jameson, from New South Wales, in his Chev V8-powered exotic Jaguar XKR had taken the honours for the first time.
Jameson had been the first to post a competitive time before Victorian Dean Randle and his Saab Areo/Chev was marginally quicker. Then Ricciardello went a stunning five seconds quicker and there appeared nobody would go quicker. However both Jameson and Randle improved, alternating fastest times and seemingly bound to share the front row until Riccairdello's final effort which put Jameson to the outside of the front row and Randle onto the second row.
New V8 Supercar franchisee New Zealander David Thexton finished fourth in an older Ford Falcon V8 while Victorian Ray Ayton (Holden Calibra/Chev) and young Trent Young (Toyota Levin/Rotary Turbo) knocked off many of their more fancied rivals to finish fifth and sixth. Because of a oil pump drive failure, Darren Hossack's Saab/Chev which was second in the Championship last year, was seventh quickest ahead of regular state racer NSW's Stephen Lichtenberger in his Chev-powered Mazda RX7.
Rounding out the top ten at the moment are two of the heavy weights in this year's Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship, namely the Pontiac Trans Am of Queenslander Jeff Barnes and Des Wall from NSW, driving his Toyota Supra/Chev V8.
There was some trepidation about hitting the track for qualifying as heavy rain continually fell all day. Several leading contenders opted not to venture out, including title contender Kerry Baily, pinning theirs hopes on Saturday morning's second qualifying session would not be as wet. A gamble for the wet is expected to continue throughout the weekend.
Highlights of each round of the REWARD INSURANCE 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.