James Golding has gone fastest in practice for Round 1 of the VHT Australian S5000 Championship at Albert Park.
Golding’s best was a 1:51.1937s in the #31 Garry Rogers Motorsport entry which left him 0.0072s clear of Thomas Randle (Team BRM) and another 0.1774s up on James Davison (BRM).
The 20-minute session started on a very dirty track with lap times initially beyond two minutes, but dropping into the 1:54s for the second flyers, when Golding moved to the top.
Rubens Barrichello (BRM) moved the benchmark to the 1:53s bracket next time around, before Randle took up top spot with a 1:52.1358s on his fourth timed lap.
He remained at the head of the field with a 1:51.9010s on his fifth lap, as the gains in lap speed started to taper off.
Davison, Randle, and then Davison again moved the benchmark down to 1:51.3783s before Golding set what would be the very best time of the session in the 17th minute.
Randle subsequently moved to a 1:51.2009s, pushing Davison back to third.
Zane Goddard (BRM), who is not on Virgin Australia Supercars Championship duties this weekend, ended up fourth at 1:51.6765s, from Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken (BRM) and Tim Macrow (Tim Macrow Racing), the latter of whom was first outside the 1:51s.
Barrichello finished seventh, from Luis Leeds (GRM), Alexandre Premat (GRM), and Giancarlo Fisichella (GRM).
Fisichella was hamstrung by front wing damage to Car #38, which became apparent after an off at Turn 9/Turn 10 in the early stages but may have then contributed to another at the same complex in the final minute of the session.
Golding also had an off-track excursion at one point, while Antonio Astuti stopped on track with the chequered flag out and puffs of smoke coming from the back of the #39 Tim Macrow Racing entry.
Qualifying takes place at 15:10 local time/AEDT.
|1||31||Valvoline Racing GRM||James Golding||1:51.1937|
|2||49||Team BRM||Thomas Randle||1:51.2009||0:00.0072|
|3||33||Team BRM||James Davison||1:51.3783||0:00.1846|
|4||93||Team BRM||Zane Goddard||1:51.6765||0:00.4828|
|5||16||Team BRM||Jack Aitken||1:51.7493||0:00.5556|
|8||99||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Luis Leeds||1:52.2310||0:01.0373|
|9||34||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Alexandre Premat||1:52.2314||0:01.0377|
|10||38||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Giancarlo Fisichella||1:52.5617||0:01.3680|
|11||39||Tim Macrow Racing||Antonio Astuti||1:53.1728||0:01.9791|
|12||92||Modena Engineering||Ricky Capo||1:54.0355||0:02.8418|
|13||27||Milldun Motorsport||Barton Mawer||1:54.9246||0:03.7309|
|14||88||ACM Finance||Jordan Michels||1:55.9940||0:04.8003|
|15||89||Willmington Racing||Braydan Willmington||1:59.6392||0:08.4455|