Driving Chev V8-powered Saabs, Darren Hossack and Dean Randle headed home the second leg of the fourth round of the Reward Insurance Australian Touring Car Championship. The race saw the top ten finishers from race one start in reverse order and...
Driving Chev V8-powered Saabs, Darren Hossack and Dean Randle headed home the second leg of the fourth round of the Reward Insurance Australian Touring Car Championship. The race saw the top ten finishers from race one start in reverse order and Hossack gained a great start to be leading by the end of the second lap.
Hossack maintained the lead ahead of the charging Tony Ricciardello who closed and offered a challenge on lap nine. The latter in his Alfa/Chev passed Hossack who struck back almost immediately, retaking the lead. The pair raced side-by-side to the final corner of the lap where a clash spun Ricciardello out.
Randle who led a great scrap for third involving the series leader Kerry Baily (Nissan/Chev) and New Zealands Bernie Gillon in his Tranzam Ford Mustang, was able to pick up second place. Equal second in the series before the weekend he pick up a lone point on the leader.
Whilst an exciting race, it was robbed of some of its spectacle with the withdrawal of John McIntyre. The winner of the first race found his New Zealand Tranzam Chev Corvette had holed a piston on the last lap.
Hossack's win also elevated him to the lead of the Trans Tasman Challenge, the series within a series that continues at Sandown in September and then to New Zealand for two rounds in October.
After failing to finish race one, Stinson (Holden Calibra/Chev) came home in fifth spot, ahead of early race leader Rodney Woods (Holden Commodore/Chev), Stephen Vines in his V8 Ford Cortina, Graham Smith's Calibra/Fiat Turbo and the Calibra/Chev of Ray Ayton.
<pre> ROUND FOUR RACE TWO (10 LAPS) RESULT 1 Darren Hossack VIC SAAB/Chev V8 14:09.4194, 2 Dean Randle VIC SAAB/Chev V8 14:23.8270, 3 Kerry Baily TAS Nissan 300ZX/Chev V8 14:24.2083, 4 Bernard Gillon NZ Ford Mustang Tranzam 14:24.7847, 5 Mark Stinson NSW Holden Calibra/Chev V8 14:34.7644, 6 Rodney Woods VIC Holden Commodore/Chev V8 14:44.5782, 7 Tony Ricciardello WA Alfa Romeo GTV/Chev V8 14:58.8149, 8 Stephen Vines VIC Ford Cortina V8 15:07.2479, 9 Graham Smith NSW Opel Calibra/Chev V8 15:08.0476, 10 Ray Ayton VIC Holden Calibra/Chev V8 15:16.4718, 11 Michael Robinson VIC Holden Commodore/Chev V8 15:19.1815, 12 Milton Seferis VIC Holden Commodore VS V8 15:26.4858, 13 Willie Van Wersch VIC Holden Commodore VH V8 9 laps, 14 George Mengarda VIC Holden Commodore/Chev V8 9 laps, 15 Andrew Gillespie VIC Ford Falcon XR8 V8 9 laps, DNF Dean Camm VIC Honda Prelude/Chev V8 7 laps, DNF Stephen Lichtenberger NSW) Mazda RX7/Chev V8 0 laps. Fastest lap: Ricciardello 1:22.5403.
TRANS TASMAN CHALLENGE POINTS Hossack 33, McIntyre 26, Randle 20, Ricciardello 18, Baily 19, Gillon 16, Scott 11, Stinson 11.
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after four round) Kerry Baily 149, Dean Randle 110, Tony Ricciardello 109, Darren Hossack 92, Graham Smith 66, Rodney Woods 64, Mark Stinson 53, Des Wall 42, Phil Crompton 41, Mark Duggan 35.
CHAMPIONSHIP DATES Round Five: Sandown Raceway (Vic) September 12-14