Golding takes S5000 pole at Symmons Plains

James Golding. Picture: Australian Racing Group

James Golding has qualified on pole position for Round 1 of the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship at Symmons Plains.

The 20-minute fight for pole was effectively a two-way contest between the Garry Rogers Motorsport driver and Team BRM’s 2021 champion Joey Mawson, with the former consolidating his advantage in clocking a 0:48.3895s on his 16th lap.

Mawson subsequently improved, but fell 0.0653s short in setting a 0:48.4548s near the end of his single run in the session.

Team-mate Tim Slade is set to start third after improving his time but not his position in achieving a 0:48.6139s with the chequered flag out, with Versa Motorsport’s Cooper Webster joining him on Row 2.

The rest of the nine-car grid will be Tim Macrow in fifth, from Blake Purdie, Josh Fife, Kaleb Ngatoa, and Adam Garwood.

Race 1 for the S5000 field at AWC Race Tasmania starts at 15:10 local time/AEDT and will be streamed live on Stan Sport.

Results: Qualifying

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Fastest lap Split
1 31 Team Valvoline GRM James Golding 0:48.3895
2 1 ALABAR/FORM700 Team BRM Joey Mawson 0:48.4548 0:00.0653
3 3 ALABAR/FORM700 Team BRM Tim Slade 0:48.6139 0:00.2244
4 37 Versa Motorsport Cooper Webster 0:48.6818 0:00.2923
5 23 UCS Group Racing TMR Tim Macrow 0:48.7922 0:00.4027
6 48 Nippy’s Blake Purdie 0:48.9676 0:00.5781
7 88 Racing Josh Fife 0:48.9932 0:00.6037
8 15 Team BRM Kaleb Ngatoa 0:49.0280 0:00.6385
9 12 Giraffe Civil Adam Garwood 0:49.2647 0:00.8752

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