Wakefield Park round one preview

Besides contesting the Konica V8 series, Tony Ricciardello will be shooting for an unprecedented fifth Australian Sports Sedan Championship which starts its five round series at Wakefield Park from February 20 to February 22. The young West ...

Besides contesting the Konica V8 series, Tony Ricciardello will be shooting for an unprecedented fifth Australian Sports Sedan Championship which starts its five round series at Wakefield Park from February 20 to February 22.

The young West Australian dominated the 2002 series in his Chev-engined Alfa Romeo and will be aiming to be the first man to grab five titles. But Queensland-based Tasmania Kerry Baily also has four series wins to his credit and will be aiming to ensure the defending champion will not be the first to five.

Baily's last two seasons have been a saga of bad luck as his Chev-powered Nissan 300ZX has more often than not, been the fastest car out on the tracks around Australia but just found a little wanting in the reliability stakes.

Yet to break through for a series victory is Darren Hossack in the Saab/Chev. In the last two season, the combination has become a serious threat and after recording several second places, plus a win in the season opener last year, will be a worthy contender.

Strong challengers are also likely from Des Wall (Toyota Supra/Chev), Daniel Jameson (Jaguar XKR/Chev), Jeff Barnes (Pontiac Trans Am), Dean Randle (Saab/Chev) and Phil Crompton (Ford Falcon).

There is also the likelihood of a strong international presence with six New Zealand Trans Am cars competing and contesting three events for the Trans Tasman Trophy with a couple of rounds in New Zealand towards the end of the year.

Round Two of the REWARD INSURANCE ASSC will take place Phillip Island on April 11-13 and will be followed by Mallala in South Australia on May 30-June 1, Winton on August 1-3 , and finally Sandown as part of the Melbourne 500 V8 Supercar event on September 12-14.

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Drivers Darren Hossack , Des Wall , Tony Ricciardello , Phil Crompton , Phillip Island