Macrow wins crash-marred S5000 Tasman Series opener

The Tasman Series field behind the Safety Car. Picture: Ross Gibb

Tim Macrow has become the first Shannons S5000 Tasman Series race winner in a heat heavily affected by separate high-speed accidents.

Macrow crucially managed to hold off fellow front-row starter Luis Leeds as the pair went side-by-side through Turn 1 and into the Turn 2 hairpin.

There was immediate trouble for Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Nathan Herne, who made a stodgy getaway from fourth and plummeted towards the back.

It would soon get worse for the 19-year-old, who appeared to suffer a right-rear failure going through Turn 1, his car careering through the gravel trap before making light contact with the tyre barriers.

That was the second suspension drama in a short space of time, Blake Purdie having had a left-rear issue on the run out of Turn 7 and limping back to the pits.

Nathan Herne

After a number of laps behind the Safety Car, racing recommenced on Lap 6 with Leeds all over the back of Macrow.

But just one corner into the restart, there was another Turn 1 problem, this time being 2021 S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship winner Joey Mawson.

Only this time, it was not a mechanical failure.

“Joey hasn’t said much but it’s just a driver error, cold tyres, trying to make up for the engine problem yesterday so it’s pretty tough to swallow but he’s tough and he’ll come back,” Team BRM boss Mark Rundle said on the broadcast.

Tim Macrow

That would trigger another Safety Car intervention, and the race would ultimately finish under yellow flags after nine laps.

Macrow led the field across the line from Leeds, James Golding, Aaron Cameron and Roberto Merhi.

Jordan Boys, Cooper Webster, Yoshiaki Katayama and Ben Bargwanna finished sixth through ninth as the only remaining runners.

Race 2 is due to get underway at 17:25 local time/AEDT.

Results: Shannons S5000 Tasman Series, Race 1

Pos Num Driver Team Diff
1 23 Tim Macrow TMR
2 101 Luis Leeds AGI Sport +0.734
3 31 James Golding GRM +1.322
4 18 Aaron Cameron GRM +1.705
5 98 Roberto Merhi Team BRM +2.111
6 88 Jordan Boys 88 Racing +2.906
7 37 Cooper Webster Versa Motorsport +3.627
8 28 Yoshiaki Katayama Team BRM +4.579
9 71 Ben Bargwanna GRM +5.545
NC 1 Joey Mawson Team BRM
NC 29 Nathan Herne GRM
NC 48 Blake Purdie 88 Racing

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