Mawson wins as 41-year-old lap record falls

Joey Mawson Picture: Australian Racing Group

Joey Mawson has won the opening heat in the VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship at Symmons Plains as Thomas Randle broke an almost 41-year-old outright lap record.

While Randle finished runner-up after losing the lead at the start, he now holds the fastest ever racing lap around the 2.41km circuit, having clocked a 49.8644s on the penultimate lap.

Mawson got the jump on his pole-sitting BRM team-mate when the lights went out and, despite a Safety Car, led all 23 laps of what would be a time-certain affair.

He ran around half a second clear after the Lap 6 restart and was first to break Alfredo Costanzo’s 1980 benchmark in laying down a 50.0118s on Lap 11.

Randle stuck with him as the lap record continued to fall and closed back up on Lap 19, only to then run wide at Turn 6 and fell more than a second adrift.

While the Tickford Supercars driver went quicker again three laps later, it was not enough to prevent Mawson from taking an all-the-way victory.

James Golding had a somewhat lonely run to third having briefly dropped to fourth, behind Garry Rogers Motorsport team-mate Nathan Herne.

Golding had already reclaimed the position which he lost off the start with an under brakes move at the end of the back straight on the standing lap when Herne fired off at Turn 1 moments later.

Car #29 became stranded in the gravel and could not be re-fired, leading to a brief pause in hostilities behind the Safety Car.

Ricky Capo and Tim Macrow ultimately rounded out the top five, ahead of Luis Leeds, Tommy Smith, Cooper Webster, Antonio Astuti, and Braydan Willmington.

Herne was the only non-finisher, with the Safety Car causing the contest to finish two laps shy of its originally scheduled distance.

Heat 2 at Boost Mobile Race Tasmania takes place tomorrow at 12:58 local time/AEDT.

Results: Heat 1 Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Laps Race time
1 27 ALABAR/FORM700 Team BRM Joey Mawson 23 22:08.9191
2 49 ALABAR/FORM700 Team BRM Thomas Randle 23 22:10.4333
3 31 Team Valvoline GRM James Golding 23 22:14.2058
4 92 Modena Engineering Ricky Capo 23 22:16.8042
5 23 UCS Group Racing TMR Tim Macrow 23 22:17.3732
6 96 Garry Rogers Motorsport Luis Leeds 23 22:22.6829
7 16 SCT Logistics Team BRM Tommy Smith 23 22:26.4377
8 39 Yellow Tail Astuti Motorsport Antonio Astuti 23 22:29.5745
9 89 Willmington Racing Braydan Willmington 23 22:47.5117
DNF 29 Team Valvoline GRM Nathan Herne 1 0:56.3130
DSQ 88 Racing Cooper Webster    

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