DESPITE MAKING a smoky exit, Maurice Masini has been the fastest in the opening practice session for round four of the Aussie Racing Car Series at Sydney Motorsport Park. The Yamaha-engined, scaled bodied pocket rockets are a leading support category to the V8 Supercars this weekend.
In his first outing for the season, Masini clocked a best lap of 1 minute 43.3039 seconds, just over four tenths of a second quicker than his nearest rival before his Ford Mustang-bodied racer retired via the back gate to the pit paddock with a rear left suspension failure.
Peter Carr (Mako Mustang) who hasn’t been a regular since the round at Symmons Plains, was the second quickest whilst fellow Aurion steerer James Abela (racing for Horsley Park Gun Shop) backed up his good Darwin form with the third best time.
Then followed Damien Flack (Automotive Holding Group Euro GT) and current points leader Brendon Pingel (Holden Cruze). Fourth overall in the title chase at present, Chris Stevenson (Hertz Nissan Altima) was sixth fastest ahead Adrian Flack (Euro GT).
Like any opening session on a race weekend, the track was “green” with little rubber down, cold surface and dusty. One of the first to find the extent of the limited adhesion was defending series champion Darren Chamberlin who spun his Darrel Lea Stix Chev Camaro at turn 5 before posting the eighth quickest time ahead of Myles Bond (ExoDrill Aurion) and James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Euro GT).
At total of 29 cars hit the SMP layout for the fine but brisk, early Friday morning workout ahead of qualifying which is scheduled for 1:15 pm today. The Aussie Racing Cars will race twice tomorrow, at 9:20 am and 3:10 pm Sydney time, with a further two 11-lap races on Sunday.