Fast-starting Macrow wins S5000 opener
Saturday 13th March, 2021 - 12:13pm
A fast-starting Tim Macrow won the opening VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship race at Phillip Island.
Macrow led all 14 laps of Race 1 having taken over the lead at the first corner from Team Valvoline GRM pole-sitter James Golding.
Golding went nowhere from the front row of the grid as Macrow charged by and set about creating a gap.
Nathan Herne and Thomas Randle followed through into second and third position respectively before the race was neutralised with an early Safety Car.
Braydan Willmington became stranded on the main straight and needed recovering having struggled to get going off the start.
When the Safety Car returned to the pits, Castrol Racing’s Randle swooped by Herne in the Team Valvoline GRM entry for second at Turn 1 and set off to chase down race leader Macrow.
However, he couldn’t close down on the UCS Group Racing driver, who clinched his second win of the season.
The top three were covered by less than a second as Randle kept in front of Herne to complete the podium.
Golding dropped to fourth in his opening lap struggles and couldn’t make headway while Joey Mawson took the chequered flag fifth.
Luis Leeds was sixth followed by Ricky Capo and Cooper Webster in eighth.
Antonio Astuti in ninth and Kaleb Ngatoa in 10th completed the finishing order.
Race 2 of Round 2 is scheduled for 13:40 local time/AEDT.
Results: Heat 1
|1||23||UCS Group Racing TMR||Tim Macrow||13||22:03.8053|
|2||49||Castrol Team ALABAR /Form700||Thomas Randle||13||22:04.4836|
|3||29||Team Valvoline GRM||Nathan Herne||13||22:04.6356|
|4||31||Team Valvoline GRM||James Golding||13||22:05.1967|
|5||27||ALABAR/FORM700 Team BRM||Joey Mawson||13||22:05.8378|
|6||96||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Luis Leeds||13||22:17.3516|
|7||92||Modena Engineering||Ricky Capo||13||22:18.1980|
|8||88||ACMFinance.com Racing||Cooper Webster||13||22:22.2452|
|9||39||Yellow Tail Astuti Motorsport||Antonio Astuti||13||22:33.0534|
|10||15||Team BRM||Kaleb Ngatoa||12||23:04.3725|
|DNF||89||Willmington Racing||Braydan Willmington|