Sep 8, 2016
RECORD PACE EXPECTED IN SPORTS SEDANS
Lap records could tumble when the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series returns to the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit this weekend.
With the pace at the pointy-end hotter than ever and this weekend featuring Jack Perkins' first ever time at the Island in the John Gourlay-owned Audi A4 Chev - Darren Hossack's existing benchmark could be smashed.
The existing record of 1:27.3296 was set by the double champion in 2014, however Perkins has been in lap-record pace all year.
So far the Supercars endurance driver has set new benchmarks at Sandown (1:07.97) and Winton (1:19.87), while at Queensland, where he already owned that lap record - he was close to re-setting his previous best.
Phillip Island represents the fastest track on the calendar and a place where Australia’s fastest tin-tops reach more than 300kph at the end of the famous Gardner straight.
The existing Sports Sedan record places the series as the fourth fastest racing cars ever to lap the iconic 4.46km circuit – behind only Simon Wills’ outright lap record (1:24.2215) set in a Formula Holden and Tim Macrow’s Formula 3 benchmark (1:24.5146).
The Australian GT Championship lap record (1:27.1505s), set in a Mercedes Benz SLS GT3 car, is only fractionally quicker than the Sports Sedan best.
Sports Sedans also lap quicker than any two-wheeled competition that visits the Island, including the MotoGP world championship.
Phillip Island marks the penultimate round of the 2016 series and sees nine-time champion Tony Ricciardello holding a 141-point margin heading into the final six races of the year.
The West Australian and his famous Chevrolet-Powered Alfa Romeo could conceivably seal a record 10th title this weekend - should he finish the round more than 135 points ahead of his nearest rival.
Ricciardello currently leads former Victorian champion Michael Robinson in the standings, with the Holden Monaro driver holding off a bottleneck of drivers in the fight for positions in the championship top three.
Robinson sits just 31 points ahead of Daniel Tamasi, 33 points ahead of Steven Tamasi and 38 in front of Chevrolet Corvette Trans-Am racer Stuart Inwood.
Perkins, with 195 points, sits a further 14 points further behind and will need luck to go his way – or against Ricciardello – should he hope to remain a title contender heading into the final round of the year.
All five of the leading championship contenders will race this weekend, putting further pressure on Ricciardello as he seeks to seal the series with a round to spare.
The Phillip Island field also includes Colin Smith (Holden Monaro), Bob McLaughlin (Holden Commodore), Shane Bradford (Chevrolet Camaro) and MARC Cars Australia’s Geoff Taunton (Ford Focus V8).
Ryan McLeod is also entered, racing his dad’s retro Slick 50-liveried Mazda RX7.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will tackle three races this weekend, racing on the sixth round of the Shannons Nationals.
Round 4 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series - entry list
|1||SS||Ricciardello Racing||Basil Ricciardello||Tony Ricciardello||WA||Alfa Romeo GTV||6000|
|4||SS||Auto Union Motorsport||John Gourlay||Jack Perkins||Vic||Audi A4||6000|
|9||SS||Domain Prestige Homes||Daniel Tamasi||Daniel Tamasi||Vic||Holden Calibra||6000|
|32||SS||Bell Real Estate||Michael Robinson||Michael Robinson||Vic||Holden Monaro||6000|
|44||SS||MR Automotive||Colin Smith||Colin Smith||Qld||Holden Monaro||6000|
|50||SS||Slick 50||Peter McLeod||Ryan McLeod||Qld||Mazda RX7||6000|
|51||SS||Marrinelli's Mechanical||Bob McLoughlin||Bob McLoughlin||Qld||Hold. Commodore||6000|
|53||TA||Rise Again Smash Repairs||Stuart Inwood||Stuart Inwood||NSW||Corvette C5||5958|
|68||TA||Aston Air Conditioning||Shane Bradford||Shane Bradford||Qld||Chev Camaro||6000|
|95||M||MARC Cars Australia||MARC Cars Australia||Geoff Taunton||Qld||MARC Focus V8||4957|
|99||SS||Domain Prestige Homes||Steven Tamasi||Steven Tamasi||Vic||Nissan 300ZX||6000|