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Nov 12, 2016

LAP RECORD PACE IN SPORTS SEDANS

 

With the Kerrick Sports Sedan National Series already decided and awarded to 10-time champion Tony Ricciardello, the battle for the Sydney Motorsport Park lap record and second in the series will be the key storylines to follow this weekend.

Jack Perkins and Daniel Tamasi are tied for second in the standings heading into this weekend’s final round in Sydney, while promising speed in practice yesterday from the two key frontrunners has Perkins’ 12 month old record under threat already.

The Audi A4-Chev driver banked a 1:28.1783s lap in the third of three races in the equivalent 2015 round of the series - and he and Ricciardello both got close to that benchmark.

Perkins’ fastest time of the day (1:28.48) was only three-tenths off the record pace while Ricciardello (1m28.61s) also went close.

Frontrunner Steve Lacey posted a 1:30.91 in the first session to go third quickest overall, just shading the two dominant runners at the front.

Quickest lap times were posted in the first session of the day while temperatures were still cool, with times slowing by nearly two seconds as the day evolved and the track temperature rose.

Perkins’ clear pace advantage makes him favourite to grab second in the series, however in a year dominated by reliability issues for most of the key contenders the ‘first you must finish’ adage will likely also hold true this weekend.

The Supercars Championship race winner sits equal on points with Daniel Tamasi, while Michael Robinson (19 points behind) and Steven Tamasi (29 behind) are also in contention for the final spots on the series podium should the Audi trip up.

This weekend’s Kerrick Series field includes Colin Smith (Monaro), Beril Cetin (Camaro), Steven and Daniel Tamasi (Calibra and 300ZX, respectively), Michael Robinson (Monaro), Stuart Inwood (Corvette), while Paul Boschert (Corvette), and Mitsubishi Lancer EVO drivers Matthew Reid and Daniel Smith join the field for the first time.