Carrying his Darwin form into Townsville was Shell Rimula Topgun Race Team’s Cody Brewczynski after setting the fastest time in opening practice for Round 5 of the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series.
Brewczynski is back in the series standings due to missing a round, but led the three top contenders as he set a 1m 24.090s to be 0.116s clear of Team CoolDrive/Motorsport 25’s Reece Chapman at the end of the 20-minute session.
Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series leader Joel Heinrich was third just 0.292s behind the pacesetter as the top five were within one second. This was rounded out by reigning series winner Josh Anderson in the second Team CoolDrive-supported entry of Perenso Racing and Koan Solutions-backed Anthony DiMauro.
Series returnee Kyle Ensbey was sixth ahead Western Sydney Motorsport’s Craig Woods, leading Rookie contender Brandon Madden of Riskie Racing, first in Gold Cup Craig Thompson and PCA/MGR Racing’s Matt Gooding.
Behind Madden in the hotly contested Rookie Cup was Action Line Marking’s Scott Dornan in 12th outright as Nathan Locke completed the top three in the Locke Race Team Euro GT a further six places behind.
Thompson and Gooding were barely separated in terms of times in opening practice ensuring a close battle in Gold Cup is expected this weekend in Townsville as Jeff Watters in the Fight MND Mustang is also not far behind, placing in 14th outright.
Kent Quinn in his Norganic Proteins-supported Mustang has been a standout in Masters Cup this season, but he placed well back in the field leaving the MSS Group/O’Keefe Motorsports entry of Scott O’Keefe to lead the class in 11th. The second Osborn’s Transport Mustang of Brett Osborn was second ahead of Grant Thompson, with Quinn fourth.
It’s a busy Friday for the Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series in Townsville as qualifying starts at 11:05am ahead of Race 1 at 1:40pm AEST.