Mar 25, 2015
PREVIEW: KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES
KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series is one of the most exciting on the annual Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals calendar, pitting a range of ‘wild and winged’ modified sports sedans and Trans-am spec cars against each other.
Part of The Nationals since its inception in 2006, the Kerrick Sports Sedans represent the fastest tin-tops in Australia and in some cases, the fastest outright cars on a number of national circuits. In 2015, the Series is shaping up to have its strongest field since it joined The Nationals, with 16 cars entered for round one and more entries expected to join in across the year.
ROUNDS + FORMAT:
Sandown (March), Winton Motor Raceway (May), Queensland Raceway (August), Wakefield Park (October) and Sydney Motorsport Park (November).
Round two at Winton Motor Raceway will see the Kerrick Sports Sedans feature as one of the support categories for the V8 Supercars, while all four other events for 2015 will see the series compete on the Shannons Nationals docket.
All events will feature qualifying ahead of three sprint-style races. Also up for grabs at the end of the year is the State of Origin trophy, introduced in 2014 following the inception of the concept that allows racers to enter two events (including at least one in their home state).
The 2015 season is shaping up to be a real barnstormer, with category stalwarts Tony Ricciardello (Alfa GTV) and Darren Hossack (Audi V8) set to face a number of challengers in 2015.
Six-time champion Kerry Baily returns in his stunning Chev-powered Aston Martin DBR9 and will be targeting a seventh title. Young gun Tom Randle also returns for a full title tilt, driving the SAAB V8 owned by his father – a car that won the 2010 championship.
2014 Victorian champion Shane Woodman in his BMW M3 GTR powered by a Richard Childress-built NASCAR Chev engine debuts, while ’87 Bathurst winner Peter McLeod (Mazda RX7) and Andrew Brown in his self-built Chev Camaro Trans AM that will run a NASCAR Dodge powerplant are also on the list.
Joining the party will be a pair of MARC Ford Focus’, with Mick Benton to field his car while Ryan McLeod will enter his car with a strong driver to handle the steering duties. As well as the list of new and returning faces, 2014 regulars Bruce Henley (Mazda RX8), Series runner-up Colin Smith and fellow Holden Monaro racer Michael Robinson, Steven Tamasi (Holden Calibra) and 2013 champion Bruce Banks (Mazda RX7) will all be back, as will state of origin entrants Peter Beninca (Alfa Romeo GTV) and Dean Camm.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Ricciardello-versus-Hossack is worth the price of admission alone, but the addition of Kerry Baily and Tom Randle, along with the always improving Steven Tamasi, could make this year’s Kerrick title fight the best yet. As always, reliability could play just as crucial a role in deciding the overall champion as raw speed (of which there will be plenty regardless).
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