1st Mick Nicola (centre) 2nd Sam Roza (left) 3rd Darren Kane (right)
Trophies and podium caps by Topline Australia
Photo Credit https://www.facebook.com/44photographer
(Super Sedan Association Press Release)
KO Chassis drew first blood in the Kempy Race Pipes supported round of the 2020/2021 McCosker Super Sedan Series with an emphatic win by Victorian veteran Mick Nicola on Saturday night (7th November 2020) at Archerfield Speedway.
Proceedings got underway with six heat races which actually saw six different winners such was the calibre and depth of the 27 car field.
Steve Jordan (Dominator 7) relished in a front row start for his first race back with the series in some years and took the win in heat one over Sean Black (Sweet 26) and Gavin Northfield (Dominator 15).
Mick Nicola (KO Vic 3) would lead lap 1 of heat two but youngster Nicholas O’Keeffe (Sweet 20) executed a pass which saw him go on to be the victor over Nicola and Sam Roza (Sweet 77) who was quite some distance back from the lead duo.
Tonny Brinkmann (Sweet 19) was quite aggressive on the first lap of heat three and it rewarded him with a win by a narrow margin over Tania Smith (Rocket 3) and Trent Wilson (Sweet 44).
Darren Kane (Dominator 1) would win heat 4 after a fuel fire put an end to Wayne Randall’s run in the rotary powered Mazda after leading the first few circuits. Ian Brims (Sweet 76) finished in 2nd ahead of Gavin Northfield.
Heat 5 went the way of Michael Hally (OTR 98) over Ed Doherty (Rocket 91) and Trent Wilson.
The final heat gifted Justin Smithwick (Sweet 63) and Sam Roza with the front row after 2 withdrawals and they made the most of it with a great race long battle which swapped between the pair a couple of times. Smithwick would prevail however over Roza and Sean Black.
After the six heats the points were extremely tight with four drivers locked on equal points for the top spot. The Joker Steve Jordan in the Nissan 4 x 4 Parts, Sweet Chassis, Pro 1 Race Parts, Down Under Graphics, Terry White Racing supported Dominator number 7 would however secure position one by virtue of the fastest time in his heat.
The B Main saw 5 cars greet the flag to fight over four starting positions in the feature. After being forced to start from the rear in his heats after being a late nomination in the Brendan Doyle owned Sweet 31 Matty Pascoe led the entire distance to secure the 17th starting position followed by Josh McLaren (Sweet 96), and rookie Hayden Brims (Rocket 111) with the final transfer spot going to newcomer Craig Hammond (Rocket 2).
The top 8 was up next for the dashes against the clock. Mick Nicola was the big mover advancing from the bronze through the silver and onto claiming pole position for the 30 lap A main.
Bronze – Mick Nicola 15.403, Gavin Northfield 15.647, Trent Wilson 15.683, Ian Brims 16.397
Silver- Mick Nicola 15.501, Sam Roza 15.539, Gavin Northfield 15.6120, Justin Smithwick 15.975
Gold -Mick Nicola 15.399, Sean Black 15.607, Sam Roza 15,734, Steve Jordan 15.870
The feature race got underway with Mick Nicola taking the lead, Sam Roza moved immediately into second place with Sean Black dropping back to third. By lap ten Darren Kane, who started ninth had worked his way up to the third position. The first stoppage occurred on lap thirteen when Matty Pascoe misjudged a passing move on Justin Smithwick, “I just clipped him and put myself into the loose stuff and hit the wall. The bottom arm and a few other bits are bent…” Pascoe said after the event. On the restart Tony Brinkmann spun, Ian Brims and Zac Pascoe sustained damage in the incident and would retire along with Kingaroy’s David Musch who had a vibration in the car. At the halfway point the top ten were Nicola, Roza, Kane, Black, Northfield, Jordan, O’Keeffe, Wilson, Smithwick, and Hally. Nicola completed the thirty lap journey unchallenged however second through fifth was very tight only being separated by less than a second at the chequer. Roza held on to second with Kane in third. Fourth was black and fifth was Northfield. Jordan was next best ahead of O’Keefe, and Wilson. Hayden Brims on debut was ninth after starting in position 19, he was also the first development series driver home. Completing the finishers were McCosker, McLaren, Hally and Hammond.
First place Mick Nicola said “we are very happy with the car, it has been three years in the making. KO stands for Kempy, who built it and 0 for the technology found from the Bloomquist late model with our own changes to suit the Australian tracks. And many thanks to Matty Pascoe for his input.”
The Nicola KO Chassis is sponsored by Kempy Race Pipes, Integrity Warranty, Traralgon Car City and Virtue Homes.
The second placed Sweet 77 of Sam Roza is sponsored by Ford Wreckers Redcliffe, Oz Race Wraps, Tasman Racewear, Autosmart North Brisbane, Beedhams Brake and Exhaust, 44 Photography, Parkers Body Shop, Redcliffe Towing, Australian Auto Hoses.
And third placed Darren Kane commented that they “are happy to get a good start to the season, the car felt really good however the driver was a bit rusty. But overall was a good result.” Kane’s Australia 1 Dominator is sponsored by Ian Boettcher Race Parts, Dominator Race Cars, Motorsport Fuels, DRW Racewear.
Heat 1: Steve Jordan, Sean Black, Gavin Northfield, David Musch, Craig Hammond, Craig Craft, Bob McCosker, Dempsie Pails, Colin Kaine. Time 9.10.926 Fastest Lap Steve Jordan 14.614
Heat 2: Nicholas O’Keeffe, Mick Nicola, Sam Roza, Ian Brims, Zac Pascoe, Ed Doherty, Hayden Brims, Lyall Fisher. Time 2.41.549. Fastest lap Mick Nicola 14.923.
Heat 3: Tonny Brinkmann, Tania Smith, Trent Wilson, Justin Smithwick, Wayne Randall, Darren Kane, Josh McLaren, Matty Pascoe, Michael Hally. Time 2.38.206. Fast time Darren Kane 14.886
Heat 4: Darren Kane, Ian Brims, Gavin Northfield, Mick Nicola, Bob McCosker, Tania Smith, Zac Pascoe, Wayne Randall. Time 6.16.904. Fastest lap Darren Kane 14.758
Heat 5: Michael Hally, Ed Doherty, Trent Wilson, Steve Jordan, Matty Pascoe, Tonny Brinkmann, Nicholas O’Keeffe, Craig Hammond. Time 6.46.423. Fastest lap Michael Hally 15.750
Heat 6: Justin Smithwick, Sam Roza, Sean Black, David Musch, Josh McLaren, Hayden Brims. Time 2.40.507. Fastest lap Justin Smithwick 15.531
B Main: Matty Pascoe, Joshua McLaren, Hayden Brims, Craig Hammond, Dempsie Pails.
Time 5.06.381. Fastest lap Matty Pascoe 15.378
Feature: Vic 3 Mick Nicola, 77 Sam Roza, Aus 1 Darren Kane, 16 Sean Black, 15 Gavin Northfield, 7 Steve Jordan, 20 Nicholas O’Keeffe, 44 Trent Wilson, 111 Hayden Brims, 39 Bob McCokser, 96 Josh McLaren, 98 Michael Hally, 2 Craig Hammond,63 Justin Smithwick (DNF), 3 Tania Smith(DNF), 12 David Musch(DNF), 76 Ian Brims(DNF),15 Matty Pascoe (DNF), 51 Zac Pascoe(DNF). Time 13.55.729. Fastest lap Mick Nicola 15.345
McCosker Contracting Super Sedan Series is also proudly supported by:
Ian Boettcher Race Parts
Ken Mills Toyota
Queensland Speedway Spares
Hervey Bay Tilt Tray Hire
Ford Wreckers Redcliffe
Kempy Race Pipes
Afco Shock Doctor