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Ricciardello Gets Early Advantage In Sports Sedan Title Fight
Posted by: newsla on Oct 13, 2012 - 07:02 AM
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Ricciardello Gets Early Advantage In Sports Sedan Title Fight

A KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN title fight years in the making is in store for Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway tomorrow.

Seven-time champion Tony Ricciardello scored pole position today as action began at Round 8 of the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils; the West Australian topping an intensely competitive day of qualifying with a sub-record time of 58.03s.


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His long time arch-rival Darren Hossack was second and series leader Kerry Baily third in a day that saw the top three split by just three-tenths of a second after 50 minutes of running across two sessions.

Making tomorrow’s showdown even more interesting, the top three placed drivers in the championship will start in reverse order; the series leader to start behind his two closest rivals.

With fourteen titles between them, the three are covered by just 46 points going into tomorrow’s three races with everything to play for and it will be Ricciardello – the man third in the standings – leading the field to the green flag.

It is the most competitive title fight in recent Sports Sedan memory and the first time three multiple champions have battled for the prestigious crown.

“We left our second run late, we made changes to the car and wanted clear track, which we got,” Ricciardello said.

“Our focus is to win races tomorrow but as far as the series goes, it’s not in our hands.”

Behind the three drivers who have dominated the season, Queenslander Shane Bradford was fourth in his Chev Camaro, ahead of fellow ‘pony-car’ racer Phil Crompton, in his Ford Mustang.

The Kerrick Sports Sedan series will fight out three competitive 15-lap races across tomorrow’s racing with all three to be streamed live via the Shannons Nationals website, www.thenationals.com.au

Reece Murphy won the first race in the penultimate round of Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series action, but had his work cut out before he could get the flag first.

In a wild opening lap, he was the meat in a three-wide sandwich between Allan Jarvis and Damien Ward as they field ran into turn 10.

Jarvis finished second after a wild opening lap saw him go from second on the grid to lead briefly, before dropping back to third when he ran wide at the top of the circuit. He then re-passed both Murphy and Ward in a wild three-wide moment into the final corner to take the lead.

Murphy ultimately worked his way past to take the win ahead of tomorrow’s two further races.

Blue Mountains-based Ford Falcon driver Chris Delfsma won the first race of this weekend’s V8 Touring Car heritage round, driving a car that made its racing debut at Wakefield Park back in 2003.

Driving an AU Ford built by Craig Bastian, the car first race at the circuit at the Development Series round held in 2003, whilst Delfsma has owned the now Century 21-sponsored Ford since 2010.

Steve Ingwerson was second in his ex-Perkins / Russell Ingall VT Holden with its sister car driven by Sean Fardell third.
Series leader Simon Tabinor went one step further towards sealing his inaugural Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series title after wining today’s opening race by two seconds.

Harley Phelan was second and Josh Kean third in his similar Holden – Holden’s filling the top five positions with the first Ford home Brett Campbell, in sixth.

Earlier, series leader Simon Tabinor edged out Ford driver Luke Westall by the smallest possible margins during qualifying, taking pole by just 0.03s – showing the parity between Ford and Holden is working well despite the lopsided race results.

Westall dropped back with a mechanical drama on the opening lap and failed to finish.

Adam Beechey dominated action in the V8 Commodore cup, his Donut King Racing car taking pole position by a substantial 1.3 seconds over Chris Stevenson’s Aerial Motors Racing entry.

Series’ newcomers Peter Leemhuis and Tony Alford filled the second row whilst Ross McGregor had tailshaft issues and qualified fifth.

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