Golding edges Mawson in S5000 practice at SMP
Friday 30th April, 2021 - 4:02pm
James Golding has edged championship leader Joey Mawson in practice for the final round of the 2021 VHT S5000 season at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Mawson topped the latter 20-minute practice session with a 1:25.1871s just before the chequered flag but it was Golding’s 1:25.0876s in Practice 1 which left him quickest.
Mawson was also quicker in the earlier hit-out than he went in Practice 2, with his best for the day so far a 1:25.1533s.
The Team BRM driver therefore ended up second on combined times, and clear of team-mate and Australian Drivers’ Championship title rival Thomas Randle.
It was Luis Leeds (Garry Rogers Motorsport) who was third-fastest across the two sessions thanks to a 1:25.2599s in Practice 2.
That left Leeds a few tenths of a second ahead of Tim Macrow (Tim Macrow Racing), the other Gold Star hopeful in the field, who subsequently clocked a 1:25.5897s.
Randle ended up fifth on combined times and fourth in Practice 2 with a 1:25.6252s after a mid-session red flag.
It was the Tickford Racing Supercars driver who caused that halt in proceedings having stopped in Sector 1 of the race track, although he was able to drive Car #49 back to pit lane.
Golding was only seventh in the latter session with a 1:25.7153s in the #31 Garry Rogers Motorsport entry.
The final Qualifying session of the season takes place this evening from 17:25 local time/AEST.
Results: Practice 1
|1||31||Team Valvoline GRM||James Golding||1:25.0876|
|2||27||ALABAR/FORM700 Team BRM||Joey Mawson||1:25.1533||0:00.0657|
|3||96||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Luis Leeds||1:25.6180||0:00.5304|
|4||23||UCS Group Racing TMR||Tim Macrow||1:25.9797||0:00.8921|
|5||29||Team Valvoline GRM||Nathan Herne||1:26.1790||0:01.0914|
|6||49||Castrol Team ALABAR /Form700||Thomas Randle||1:26.3923||0:01.3047|
|7||15||Team BRM||Kaleb Ngatoa||1:26.5668||0:01.4792|
|8||92||Modena Engineering||Ricky Capo||1:26.7541||0:01.6665|
|9||88||ACMFinance.com Racing||Cooper Webster||1:28.3547||0:03.2671|
|10||89||Willmington Racing||Braydan Willmington||1:29.8939||0:04.8063|
Results: Practice 2
|1||27||ALABAR/FORM700 Team BRM||Joey Mawson||1:25.1871|
|2||96||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Luis Leeds||1:25.2599||0:00.0728|
|3||23||UCS Group Racing TMR||Tim Macrow||1:25.5897||0:00.4026|
|4||49||Castrol Team ALABAR /Form700||Thomas Randle||1:25.6252||0:00.4381|
|5||15||Team BRM||Kaleb Ngatoa||1:25.6580||0:00.4709|
|6||92||Modena Engineering||Ricky Capo||1:25.6916||0:00.5045|
|7||31||Team Valvoline GRM||James Golding||1:25.7153||0:00.5282|
|8||29||Team Valvoline GRM||Nathan Herne||1:26.1008||0:00.9137|
|9||88||ACMFinance.com Racing||Cooper Webster||1:28.0908||0:02.9037|
|10||89||Willmington Racing||Braydan Willmington||1:28.2556||0:03.0685|