TIMES COULD not have been closer in qualifying for round six of the Aussie Racing Car Championship Series with just six ten thousands of a second separating the fastest two by the conclusion of the abridged session.
Trent Young (HBR Nissan Altima) posted a best lap of 2 minutes 9.8645 seconds to take pole position for the first of four races while later, James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Euro GT) went very close to toppling Young with his 2 minutes 9.8651 second lap.
“It was a very wet out there, all the inside of the car is water logged,” said Young. “There was even water in the driver’s seat, I was saturated. But it was good payback to beat James for he did it to me last year.”
The session was red flagged shortly after it started when Brendon Tucker, driving a Sean Rose-prepped Euro GT, ran off into the gravel trap at Siberia. The stoppage cost around seven minutes of track time and unfortunately Tucker didn’t get to post a time. “We thought there might be gravel caught up in the brakes,” Rose said.
Third fastest time went to the Hertz Altima of Chris Stevenson 1.1 seconds off the leading pace while Adrian Flack (A GAS National) was next ahead of Harley Haber (Ice Break Ford Falcon), Adam Uebergang’s Euro GT, Jon McCorkindale (STM Ford Mustang) and Ben Walsh (DR Ink Tattoo Removal Euro GT).
Series leader Brendon Pingel was ninth fastest in his Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze while Blake Scibberas (Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Aurion) rounded out the top ten.
In eleventh was the 2014 title holder Darren Chamberlin (Darrell Lea Stix Chev Camaro) ahead of Shane Burns (Bobs 4WD Centre Holden Commodore), Kent Quinn (VIP Petfoods Holden Cruze), Craig Woods (WSM Mustang) and Allen Smith’s Ford Falcon.