Mar 28, 2015
HSV HERO HUNTS DOWN POLE POSITION FOR SANDOWN 3 HOUR CLASSIC
In its AMChamp debut the Poll Performance/Mocomm HSV GTS VF has thundered to the top of the timesheets and pole position for the Sandown 3 Hour Classic today, with Geoff Emery posting the fastest time of the day with a 1m 18.4276s effort – 0.9 of a second quicker than last year’s pole clinching lap.
Second fastest on the time sheets was rally legend Rick Bates (1m 18.8022s), who has signed on to drive the Pro-Duct Mitsubishi Evo 10 this season alongside car owner Bob Pearson and young gun Aaron Seton.
See below for comment from both Emery and Bates following today’s qualifying sessions.
The sixteen year old son of racing legend Glenn Seton was third fastest following today’s sessions (1m 18.9738s), coming in on the sheets ahead of Emery’s co-driver and car owner Jim Pollicina (1m 19.3352s), with Sherrin Rentals racing’s Iain Sherrin rounding out the top five (1m 19. 9627s).
In the AMChamps, the starting grid is decided by the fastest time set by the driver who is nominated by their team as the starting driver for the race.
In the Mocomm HSV, it will be car owner and driver Jim Pollicina who will start the race from pole courtesy of his own strong performance earlier today, with the Class A HSV to line up on the front row alongside the Class B Sherrin Rentals BMW.
With the Pro-Duct team nominating Pearson as their starting driver, their Evo 10 will be fourth on the grid, alongside the Beric Lynton/Craig Baird Alphera Financial Services entry in grid box three.
Last year’s Sandown 3 Hour Classic winners Robert and Shane Marshall will line up in fifth position in the Melbourne Performance Centre Mitsubishi Evo 10, alongside the second Sherrin Rentals BMW of Michael Sherrin and David Ayres.
The fourth and fifth rows will play host to the Class C entries of George Karadimas and Geoff Russell in the new Australian Auto Wreckers Ford Falcon FG-X entry in seventh, the Allan Jarvis and Gus Robbins Astra (eighth), the Network Clothing Renault Megane of Francois Jouy and Mark Eddy (ninth) and the reigning Class C champion Grand Prix Mazda 3 MPS of Jake Camilleri and Scott Nicholas (10th), ahead of Ric Shaw and Michael Sloss (11th) in their new Mazda RX8 and the Class D Pedders Racing entry (12th). Tony Alford and the Donut King BMW1M are expected to start from the rear of the grid tomorrow, after spending today repairing the damage they incurred yesterday.
The Sandown 3 Hour Classic will kick off from 2.45pm local time on Sunday 29 March 2015, following a 10 minute warm-up at 11.50am, with all of Sunday's action to be streamed online live and free at thenationals.com.au. For full event information, go to www.amchamp.com.au
QUOTEBOARD: QUALIFYING – 2015 SANDOWN 3 HOUR CLASSIC
Geoff Emery – Poll Performance/Mocomm HSV GTS VF – fastest time of the day
“I am pretty confident (about the race), the car has obviously got a lot of pace, the engine is good and the brakes are good. We are still working on the handling, we didn’t get to do a test day so this is our test day really and I am really looking forward to getting a few miles out there and making the car a lot faster. Certainly (our advantage is on the straights), it doesn’t really go around corners that well yet because we haven’t spent that much time on handling, so when it does I think it will be a rocket. Obviously the race is three hours long, you want to be on the lead lap at the last half hour and press on from there – the strategy for us is to put Jim in at the start, he can do his stint and keep as much fuel in it as we possibly can, and we will race to that last half hour.”
Rick Bates – Pro-Duct Mitsubishi Evo 10 – second fastest of the day
“I haven’t really done that many laps yet but its great, it feels good, and there have been no problems. Tomorrow we obviously want to win it, if everything goes well we have a chance but so do lots of other people, so we will just see how the day pans out – we are all reasonably quick and comfortable in the car so the pace should be pretty good. Aaron is doing well, he has done karts and had a fair bit of mentoring from his dad, is driving really well and seems quite level-headed for his age. Bob is doing really well too, he did the session this afternoon and was quick, we are all pretty close in the times. We are definitely looking forward to tomorrow.”