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    The National Sports Sedans Series, formerly the Australian Sports Sedan Championship, is a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of cars complying with Australian Sports Sedan regulations. This class, essentially a silhouette racing car class, caters for cars of essentially free construction but utilising some of the bodywork of a closed, series production vehicle.

    The category emerged following the replacement of Appendix J Touring Cars by the more restricted Group C Improved Production Touring Cars at the end of 1964.[1] Promoters of circuits such as Winton and Oran Park then allowed the redundant Appendix J cars to run with Sports Cars under the name Sports Racing Closed.[1] By 1966 cars were competing with extensive modifications, often including engine swaps.[1] By 1971 restrictions were placed on bodywork modifications ensuring that the original silhouette of the car had to be maintained.[2] The term Sports Sedans had been in common usage for the cars[3] and in 1973 CAMS gave the name official recognition[3] when it introduced Group B Sports Sedans as a new racing classification.[4] The category officially became Group 2D Sports Sedans in 1988,[5] and Group 3D Sports Sedans in 2000.[6]

    An Australia-wide championship was run each year from 1976 to 1981. It was discontinued for 1982 with the introduction of an Australian GT Championship, although Sports Sedans were invited to compete in this new series, which many did as it was the only national series their cars were eligible for, but the older Sports Sedans were generally un-competitive against the new GT cars such as the Porsche 935 or the converted Chevrolet Monza's. While the power of the top Sports Sedans, which generally ran 5.0L or 6.0L Chevrolet V8 engines, was not far shy of the GT cars, the Sports Sedans were restricted to running 10" wheels while the GT cars such as the 935's were allowed up to 18" of rubber. This gave the GT cars far greater stability and enabled them to go much faster through turns. The Sports Sedan category itself was retained for state level racing. The Australian Sports Sedan Championship title was revived in 1991 and was contested annually through to 2003. Each championship was decided over a series of races, with the exception of the 1994 title, which was contested over two races at one meeting at Sandown Raceway in Victoria.

    A National Series for Sports Sedans replaced the Australian Sports Sedan Championship for 2004[7] and has been included in the CAMS Nationals Racing Championships (now known as the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships) since its inception in 2006.[8]

    List of champions

    The Alfa Romeo GTV of Tony Ricciardello at Mallala Motor Sport Park for the opening round of the 2011 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series. Ricciardello has won the Australian Sports Sedan Championship four times and the National Sports Sedan Series eight times.

    Winners of the Australian Sports Sedan Championship are shown below.

    Year Champion Vehicle
    1976 Allan Moffat Chevrolet Monza
    Ford Capri RS3100
    1977 Frank Gardner Chevrolet Corvair
    1978 Allan Grice Chevrolet Corvair
    1979 Allan Grice Chevrolet Corvair
    1980 Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Repco Holden
    1981 Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    Not held
    1991 Greg Crick Honda Prelude-Chevrolet
    1992 Kerry Baily Toyota Celica Supra-Chevrolet
    1993 Kerry Baily Toyota Celica Supra-Chevrolet
    1994 Brian Smith Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    1995 Cameron McLean BMW M3
    1996 John Briggs Honda Prelude-Chevrolet
    1997 Kerry Baily Toyota Celica Supra-Chevrolet
    1998 Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    1999 Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    2000 Kerry Baily Nissan 300ZX-Chevrolet
    2001 Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    2002 Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    2003 Kerry Baily Nissan 300ZX-Chevrolet

    National Sports Sedan Series

    Darren Hossack (Audi A4 Chevrolet) during 2008 season
    2010 Series winner James Sera (Saab 9-3) at Mallala Motor Sport Park. This car also won the series in 2006 driven by Dean Randle.
    Kerry Baily won the 2012 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series driving an Aston Martin DBRS9

    A Sports Sedan series has been run each year from 2004, this being recognised by CAMS as a National Series rather than as an official Australian Championship. Each series has been open to cars built to American Transam or New Zealand TraNZam rules as well as cars complying with CAMS Group 3D Sports Sedan regulations.

    Series winners have been :

    Series Winner Vehicle
    2004 Tranzam Sports Sedan Series Darren Hossack Saab 9-3-Chevrolet
    2005 Tranzam Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    2006 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Dean Randle Saab 9-3-Chevrolet
    2007 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    2008 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Darren Hossack Audi A4-Chevrolet
    2009 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Des Wall Chevrolet Corvette-Chevrolet
    2010 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series James Sera Saab 9-3-Chevrolet
    2011 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    2012 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Kerry Baily Aston Martin DBR9-Chevrolet
    2013 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Bruce Banks Chevrolet Camaro
    Mazda RX-7 turbo
    Chevrolet Corvette
    2014 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series[9] Tony Ricciardello[9] Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet
    2015 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV-Chevrolet
    2015 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV-Chevrolet
    2016 Kerrick Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV-Chevrolet
    2017 National Sports Sedan Series Birol Cetin Chevrolet Camaro
    2018 National Sports Sedan Series Steven Tamasi Holden Calibra
    2019 National Sports Sedan Series Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV-Chevrolet

    References

    1. ^ a b c James Cockington, Evolution of the Sports Sedan, Musclemania magazine, 2012, pages 40 & 41
    2. ^ Mark Oastler, A New Direction, Australian Muscle Car magazine, Issue 25, page 43
    3. ^ a b Stewart Wilson, Holden Racing History, 1988, page 130
    4. ^ Pedr Davis, The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, 1986, page 452
    5. ^ 1988 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 5
    6. ^ 2000 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport, page 7-1
    7. ^ Sporting Regulations for the 2004 Transzam Sports Sedan Series
    8. ^ Official Programme, CAMS National Racing Championships, Round 5, Mallala, 24–25 June 2006
    9. ^ a b Kerrick Sports Sedan Series - 2014 Pointscore, www.sportssedans.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org

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