JUST AS the chequered flag came out to complete official practice for round five of the AUSSIE RACING CARS CHAMPIONSHIP at Bathurst, Damien Flack notched up the first bragging rights by edging out series leader Brendon Pingel for the fastest time.
In an incident-free session Flack flung his Automotive Holdings Group Euro GT-bodied racer around Mt Panorama with a best lap time of 2 minutes 34.3121seconds to be almost half a second faster than Pingel and his Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze.
Maurice Masini (Ford Mustang) in only his second Aussie Racing Cars outing for the year, and the fastest qualifier at the last round (Sydney Motorsport Park), was third fastest ahead of current championship title holder Darren Chamberlin (Darrel Lea Stix Mustang).
Chris Stevenson (Hertz Nissan Altima) is currently fourth in the points standings and was fifth fastest ahead of Myles Bond (ExoDrill Toyota Aurion) and the Euro GTs of Adrian Flack, Mark Griffith, Adam Uebergang (third in the points), James Duckworth and Ben Walsh.
Trent Young was 12th in his Altima, in front of Tony Quinn (Mustang), second in the series standings Craig Woods (Mustang), James Abela (Aurion), Sam Milton (Aurion) and Jon McCorkindale, the Porsche GT3 Cup driver who is having his first outing in Aussie Racing Cars, in Scott Taylor’s Mustang.
Damien Flack’s session-topping time was outside the lap
record of 2 minutes 32.5206 seconds set by Peter Carr in the category’s Easter round of 2011 and that benchmark would be expected to be toppled as track “rubbers up” and drivers get more familiar with the surroundings.