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Jul 26, 2016

SIX-TIME CHAMP BACK AS SPORTS SEDAN TITLE BATTLE BUILDS

 

The return of six-time Kerrick Sports Sedan National Series champion Kerry Baily adds further firepower to an increasingly interesting third round of the series to be held this weekend at Queensland Raceway.

Gold Coast-based Baily – the Sports Sedan champion in 1992, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2012 - returns with his popular Chevrolet-powered Aston Martin DBR9 as the title battle between Tony Ricciardello and Jack Perkins enters a new phase after the Alfa driver rocketed to the lead at Winton last time out.

Perkins won the first race at the Victorian venue, however mechanical dramas in races two and three saw a monster swing to the defending and nine-time Kerrick series champion heading into the second half of the year.

Perkins now trails Ricciardello by 99 points and actually sits third in the standings – four points behind ever-consistent Chevrolet Corvette driver Stuart Inwood.

The Audi won all three races at the Queensland venue last year however had to fight off Ricciardello to do it – especially in a close race one encounter that saw the pair locked together for all 12-laps in an epic battle.

That race was Perkins first win in the category, setting him on a 13-race winning streak that only ended at Winton in June this year when he failed to finish race two.

Ricciardello, Perkins and Baily headline an interesting Queensland Raceway entry list that includes the return of Victorian father-son combination of Daniel (Holden Calibra) and Steven Tamasi (Nissan 300ZX), who missed the last round with family commitments. The younger Tamasi finished on the podium at QR 12 months ago and will look to mix it up at the pointy end of the field again this weekend.

Corvette Racer Stuart Inwood is also back in his C5 Chevrolet Corvette and will look to defend his second place in the championship, while the likes of Michael Robinson and Colin Smith (Holden Monaro’s), Shane Bradford (Camaro) and Phil Crompton (Mustang) are also expected to race towards the front of what is arguably the most competitive field of the year.

A host of Queenslanders join the field this weekend, including Bob McLoughlin and his VS Holden Commodore – set for his first Kerrick series start since 2014.

Holden Commodore driver Ashley Bright and Brett Batterby (BMW M3 Coupe) will make their respective series’ debuts, joining a host of Queenslanders on the grid that include Bailey, Crompton, Smith, Bradford and MARC Cars Australia’s Geoff Taunton.

The third round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will feature three races – the two on Sunday to be streamed live via Nationals TV, MotorsportsTV live app and website.

Links to the live coverage across the weekend will be avaialable right here at sportssedans.com.au this weekend.

ENTRY LIST

No.

Class

Sponsor/Team

Driver

State

Vehicle

CC

1

SS

Ricciardello Racing

Tony Ricciardello

WA

Alfa Romeo GTV

6000

4

SS

Auto Union Motorsport

Jack Perkins

Vic

Audi A4

6000

9

SS

Domain Prestige Homes

Daniel Tamasi

Vic

Holden Calibra

6000

12

TA

Lennon Engineering Intl.

Phil Crompton

Qld

Ford Mustang

5988

32

SS

Bell Real Estate

Michael Robinson

Vic

Holden Monaro

6000

44

SS

MR Automotive

Colin Smith

Qld

Holden Monaro

6000

51

SS

Marrinelli's Mechanical

Bob McLoughlin

Qld

Hold. Commodore

6000

53

TA

Rise Again Smash Repairs

Stuart Inwood

NSW

Corvette C5

5958

56

SS

BJ Banks Electrical

Bruce Banks

Tas

Mazda RX7

5998

58

SS

Rent Depot

Kerry Baily

Qld

Aston Martin DBR9

6000

68

TA

Aston Air Conditioning

Shane Bradford

Qld

Chev Camaro

6000

71

SS

Bob Jane T Marts Southport

Ashley Bright

Qld

Holden Commodore

5967

76

SS

Cleanup Skip Bins

Brett Batterby

Qld

BMW M3 Coupe

2979

95

M

MARC Cars Australia

Geoff Taunton

Qld

MARC Focus V8

4957

99

SS

Domain Prestige Homes

Steven Tamasi

Vic

Nissan 300ZX

6000