Golding pips Dumbrell in opening Dunlop practice

James Golding

James Golding

A last gasp effort from James Golding saw him edge Paul Dumbrell in opening practice for the Dunlop Series at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Garry Rogers Motorsport driver shook off his Sandown 500 crash to post a 2:08.26s on his final effort which surpassed Dumbrell who led the vast majority of the  the 40 minute session.

Golding had been running inside the top 10 for the best part of the session before his late surge that pipped Dumbrell by 0.004s.

“The main thing for us is to get laps and keep improving,” said Golding.

“We weren’t focussed on being fastest, but the car felt really good out of the box.”

Dumbrell had set the pace from the outset clocking a 2:11.24s before going on to lower his benchmark to a 2:08.26s.

The Eggleston Motorsport driver, who will partner Jamie Whincup in the Bathurst 1000, heads to Mount Panorama in search of a third consecutive win in the 250km mini enduro.

Jack Le Brocq was third fastest just 0.3s adrift of Golding, while series leader and Prodrive Ford team-mate Garry Jacobson was fifth behind an impressive Todd Hazelwood.

Taz Douglas, who is sharing his entry with television personality Grant Denyer was sixth albeit a second shy of Golding.

The top 10 was completed by Richard Muscat (Garry Rogers Motorsport), Andrew Jones (Brad Jones Racing), teenager Bryce Fullwood and Shae Davies.

The session ran clean until just before the halfway mark when Eggleston Motorsport driver Liam McAdam hit the inside wall at The Dipper which speared him to the outside of the track with damage to his Commodore.

Dunlop Series and Bathurst rookie Jack Smith made steady progress as he completed the session without an issue in 22nd position.

Result: Dunlop Series Practice 1

1 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM James Golding Holden Commodore VF 2:08.25
2 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 2:08.26 00.00
3 GoGetta Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG/X 2:08.59 00.33
4 iSEEK Communications Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 2:08.86 00.60
5 Challenger Valve Racing Garry Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 2:09.25 00.99
6 Eggleston Motorsport T.Douglas/G.Denyer Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.30 01.04
7 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Richard Muscat Holden Commodore VF 2:09.35 01.09
8 Alliance Truck Parts Racing Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:09.39 01.13
9 Middys Electrical / MWM Bryce Fullwood Ford Falcon FG 2:09.67 01.41
10 DavBridge Construction / MWM Shae Davies Ford Falcon FG 2:09.94 01.68
11 PAYCE Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 2:10.17 01.91
12 Wynns Racing Josh Kean Holden Commodore VF 2:10.26 02.00
13 Kostecki Brothers Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 2:10.42 02.16
14 Castrol Racing/Performance West Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 2:10.58 02.32
15 Image Racing Ryal Harris Ford Falcon FG 2:10.83 02.57
16 Paul Morris Motrosports Anton de Pasquale Ford Falcon FG 2:11.04 02.78
17 Eggleston Motorsport Liam McAdam Holden Commodore VE2 2:11.26 03.00
18 STR Towing Equipment M.Palmer/D.Russell Ford Falcon FG 2:11.54 03.28
19 Cavalier Homes Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG 2:11.69 03.43
20 Wilson Medic One / MWM Chelsea Angelo Ford Falcon FG 2:11.90 03.64
21 Auto One Adam Marjoram Ford Falcon FG 2:12.04 03.78
22 Paul Morris Motorsports Jack Smith Ford Falcon FG 2:13.82 05.56
23 Kostecki Brothers Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 2:16.99 08.73

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