30 April 2021 | General

Golding tops first practice at Sydney Motorsport Park

James Golding has paced the opening session of the VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship title decider at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Team Valvoline GRM driver set an early benchmark of 1m25.0876s to lead championship leader Joey Mawson by just 0.065s in the first hitout for the cars at the 3.9km Sydney circuit.

RESULTS: Practice 1

Luis Leeds was third for GRM, while Tim Macrow was less than a second off the pace in fourth.

Nathan Herne and Thomas Randle were fifth and sixth, respectively, while young Kiwi Kaleb Ngatoa was seventh.

Ricky Capo was eighth, however his Modena Engineering car stopped in sector two with three minutes remaining in the session, bringing out the red flag.

Cooper Webster and Braydan Willmington completed the top-10 in the shortened, 17-minute session.

The S5000 field returns for a second 20-minute practice hit-out at 3:20pm local time before qualifying takes place in the twilight at 5:25pm.