AS HE did at the previous round, Maurice Masini has gone fastest in qualifying for round five of the AUSSIE RACING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP at Bathurst today.

The Penrith Car Sales Ford Mustang driver went to within two tenths of the lap record with his pole-earning qualifier which came right at the conclusion of the session.

Masini had been the fastest initially before being bested by Adrian Flack (A Gas National Euro GT) and later James Abela (Horsley Park Gun Shop Toyota Aurion). Series points leader Brendon Pingel was also in contention in his Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze.

It was at the end of the session when Abela and Flack, circulating together, were taking the battle for pole right to the line, and it appeared the former had done enough to hold on to the top spot until Masini crossed the line just moments behind them, pipping both.

Pingel then finished with a time good enough to split Abela and Flack while Tony Quinn slotted his Mustang into fifth ahead of Damien Flack (Automotive Holdings Group Euro GT), Ben Walsh (Moneypennys Euro GT), Adam Uebergang’s Euro GT, Trent Young (HBR Brake Reconditioning Nissan Altima) and James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Euro GT) in tenth.

Just out of the top ten were Myles Bond (Toyota Aurion), reigning champion Darren Chamberlin (Chev Camaro), Jon McCorkindale (Ford Mustang), Mark Griffith (Euro GT) and Chris Stevenson (Altima).

John Reynolds’ session culminated early when he pitted the PXL Mustang with engine issues while Chamberlin survived unscathed a spin in the Chase.

The fifth round of the AUSSIE RACING CARS CHAMPIONSHIP will be contested over four races, two tomorrow Friday at 8:35am and 4:40pm, and two on Saturday at 9:10am and 1:00pm local time.