New Zealand's Jonny McIntyre has taken out the open race of the fourth round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship. Whilst his AC Delco Chev Corvette cannot claim ASSC points, he did take a win in the Trans Tasman ...
New Zealand's Jonny McIntyre has taken out the open race of the fourth round of the Reward Insurance Australian Sports Sedan Championship. Whilst his AC Delco Chev Corvette cannot claim ASSC points, he did take a win in the Trans Tasman Challenge.
McIntyre was beaten off the start line by Tony Ricciardello in the West Australian Alfa/Chev but was touched from behind at the third corner of the opening lap by McIntyre and spun as a result.
McIntyre then stole a handy advantage until late in the race when second placed Darren Hossack aboard the Saab/Chev, began making inroads. However McIntyre had enough of a gap to maintain the lead.
In third place was the second of the NZ Tranzam cars, Bernie Gillon in a Ford Mustang who passed current ASSC leader Kerry Baily midway through the race. Baily was under pressure from the Calibra/Chev of Mark Stinson and Dean Randle's Saab/Chev before all three fell to the hard charging Ricciardello on a comeback through the field.
Stinson retired towards the end leaving Randle sixth ahead of Rodney Woods in an enthusiastic drive in his Holden Commodore/Chev, Stephen Lichtenberger (Mazda/Chev) and Graham Smith's Calibra/Fiat Turbo in tenth.
Prominent qualifiers Daniel Jameson was a non-starter after engine problems were discovered in the Jaguar/Chev and likewise Todd Wanless elected not to start his Ford Falcon. An early retirement was the Calibra/Chev of Ray Ayton which has been eighth on the opening lap.
<pre> ROUND FOUR RACE ONE (10 LAPS) RESULT 1 John McIntyre NZ Chev Corvette Tranzam 14:04.5584, 2 Darren Hossack VIC SAAB/Chev V8 14:04.8834, 3 Bernard Gillon NZ Ford Mustang Tranzam 14:12.3486, 4 Tony Ricciardello WA Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 14:17.5910, 5 Kerry Baily TAS Nissan 300ZX/Chev V8 14:18.8608, 6 Dean Randle VIC SAAB/Chev V8 14:21.1662, 7 Rodney Woods VIC Holden Commodore/Chev V8 14:39.6231, 8 Stephen Lichtenberger NSW Mazda RX7/Chev V8 15:04.5256, 9 Graham Smith NSW Opel Calibra/Chev V8 15:11.6600, 10 Stephen Vines VIC Ford Cortina V8 15:13.6446, 11 Michael Robinson VIC Holden Commodore/Chev V8 15:19.3050, 12 Dean Camm VIC Honda Prelude/Chev V8 15:30.3041, 13 Milton Seferis VIC Holden Commodore VS V8 15:30.5576 14 George Mengarda VIC Holden Commodore/Chev V8 9 laps, 15 Andrew Gillespie VIC Ford Falcon XR8 V8 9 laps, DNF Mark Stinson NSW Holden Calibra/Chev V8 7 laps, DNF Willie Van Wersch VIC Holden Commodore VH V8 7 laps, DNF Ray Ayton VIC Holden Calibra/Chev V8 2 laps, Fastest lap: Ricciardello 1:22.2930.
ROUND FOUR SCHEDULE Sunday August 3: Race Two (12 laps) 15:05.
TRANS TASMAN CHALLENGE POINTS McIntyre 26, Hossack 20, Ricciardello 14, Scott 11, Baily 10, Gillon 9, Randle 9, Stinson 5.
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after three round) 1-Kerry Baily 134, 2-Tony Ricciardello 97, 3-Dean Randle 93, 4-Darren Hossack 72, 5-Graham Smith 57, 6-Rodney Woods 51, 7-Des Wall 42, 8-Phil Crompton 41, 9-Mark Stinson 39, 10-Mark Duggan 35.
CHAMPIONSHIP DATES Round Five Sandown Raceway (Vic) September 12-14