MAURICE MASINI took his good form from practice earlier in the day and topped qualifying for round four of the Aussie Racing Car Series at Sydney Motorsport Park this afternoon.

He set a time of 1 minute 12.67 seconds in his Penrith Car Sales Ford Mustang on just his second flying lap, a benchmark nobody could match.

Nearest to come to Masini was youngster James Abela (Horsley Park Gun Shop Toyota Aurion), 0.3069 seconds away, which will make for an all-New South Wales front row for tomorrow’s opening race. Last round winner Adam Uebergang (Euro GT) from Queensland and Adrian Flack (A GAS National Euro GT) also from north of the border, will share the second row. The top four cars posted laps under the existing lap record.

Defending Aussie Racing Car champion NSW’s Darren Chamberlin (Darrel Lea Stix Chev Camaro) was second in the early part of the 20-minute session, but was relegated to fifth. Next in the standings was the current series leader Brendon Pingel (Qld – Holden Cruze) from Damien Flack (Qld – Automotive Holdings Group Euro GT), Peter Carr (NSW – Mako Sunglasses Mustang), Trent Young (NSW – HBR Brake Reconditioning Aurion) also celebrating his birthday, and South Australia’s Myles Bond (ExoDrill Toyota Aurion) in tenth place.

The session went uninterrupted by red flags and was relatively incident-free apart from some spinners. Bond spun in his own length at the hairpin turn 8 while Ruth Bowler (‘34 Ford Coupe) pirouetted twice, once at turn 7 and shortly after, again at turn 2. Allen Smith survived a speedy excursion at turn 4 but Dehnam Ballantine (Cruze) and category owner Tony Quinn (Ford Mustang) had their fastest laps invalidated for breaches of track limits.

AUSSIE RACING CARS – Qualifying Round 4

1 Maurice Masini (Ford Mustang)) 1:43.1267
2 James Abela (Toyota Aurion) 1:43.4336
3 Adam Uebergang (Euro GT) 1:44.1550
4 Adrian Flack (Euro GT) 1:44.2996
5 Darren Chamberlin (Chev Camaro) 1:44.6141
6 Brendon Pingel (Holden Cruze) 1:44.7002
7 Damien Flack (Euro GT) 1:44.7482
8 Peter Carr (Ford Mustang) 1:44.8212
9 Trent Young (Toyota Aurion) 1:44.9466
10 Myles Bond (Toyota Aurion) 1:45.0646