Golding wins, Mawson second in S5000 Heat 1

James Golding. Picture: Australian Racing Group

James Golding won while Joey Mawson took a crucial second placing in Heat 1 of the final round of the 2021 VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Championship leader Mawson finished three positions ahead of his nearest title rival, BRM team-mate Thomas Randle, and four ahead of the other realistic contender, Tim Macrow.

His advantage at the top of the standings is now 52 points with 90 still available this weekend, although it is the reverse grid heat which is to come early this afternoon.

When the red lights went out, Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Golding got the jump from the outside of the front row while a slow-starting Mawson dropped to third, behind Nathan Herne, as they swept into Moffat Corner (Turn 1).

However, Herne slipped wide on a trail of oil when the field arrived at Bond Bend (Turn 2) and quickly found himself in fourth position.

The top five was therefore Golding, Mawson, Luis Leeds (GRM), Herne (GRM), and Ricky Capo (Modena Engineering), while Randle had emerged sixth from the opening corners.

Macrow (Tim Macrow Racing) moved into seventh when he dived down the inside of Kaleb Ngatoa (BRM) at Turn 4, with Golding’s margin almost 0.9s at the end of the standing lap.

The race leader moved the gap beyond two seconds in around four laps, while Randle came under pressure from Macrow.

Herne similarly closed up on Leeds again while, more than 10 seconds up the road, Mawson had brought his deficit to Golding back to just over one second on Lap 9.

Golding responded with the fastest lap on Lap 10, and again on Lap 13, and ultimately won by 3.2191s after 14 laps.

A further 15 seconds behind Mawson at the chequered flag was Leeds, who was stalked home by Herne.

While Macrow could not find a way past Randle, despite continuing to tail Car #49, there was a small bonus for both of them when Capo slowed on the final lap and therefore gave up fifth position.

With Randle inheriting that spot and Macrow sixth, Ngatoa was similarly elevated to seventh, ahead of Cooper Webster (88 Racing) and Braydan Willmington (Willmington Racing), while Capo was the only DNF in the 10-car field.

There is a short turnaround to Heat 2, which starts this afternoon at 12:35 local time/AEST.

Results: Heat 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Laps Race time
1 31 Team Valvoline GRM James Golding 14 20:16.6022
2 27 ALABAR/FORM700 Team BRM Joey Mawson 14 20:19.8213
3 96 Garry Rogers Motorsport Luis Leeds 14 20:34.8582
4 29 Team Valvoline GRM Nathan Herne 14 20:35.6064
5 49 Castrol Team ALABAR /Form700 Thomas Randle 14 20:38.0696
6 23 UCS Group Racing TMR Tim Macrow 14 20:38.4521
7 15 Team BRM Kaleb Ngatoa 14 20:39.6913
8 88 ACMFinance.com Racing Cooper Webster 14 20:41.1574
9 89 Willmington Racing Braydan Willmington 14 20:55.7402
DNF 92 Modena Engineering Ricky Capo 13 19:09.1168

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