Record-Breaking Cameron Claims Sydney Pole
Team Valvoline GRM’s Aaron Cameron has broken the S5000 qualifying record to claim pole position for tomorrow’s opening race of the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The 20-minute session got off to a false start after Mark Rosser had an incident on the outlap from the dummy grid, triggering a short red flag, with The Fuzzies Game Team BRM pilot returning to the pits with front wing damage.
With the session effectively reduced by five minutes, all eyes turned to Cameron, who had broken the qualifying/practice record in this morning’s first practice session.
The 2021 Tasman Series Champion duly obliged, setting a 1m 23.2264s to best his marker from this morning, and going a second faster than Joey Mawson’s pole time from last year.
Blake Purdie, who had topped the second practice session for Nippy’s Versa Motorsport, came close to knocking Cameron off the top spot, with a 1m 23.5227s landing him comfortably second.
Cameron then put the result beyond doubt, going close to breaking into the 1m 22s bracket, claiming pole with a 1m 23.1387s.
Aaron Love continued to impress for Team BRM/88 Racing, qualifying in third for his first ever S5000 start six tenths off of Cameron’s pole time with a 1m 23.8368s.
Jordan Boys was the fourth and final driver to break into the 1m 23s range, setting a 1m 23.8971s to qualify on the outside of the second row, rewarding the Team Valvoline GRM crew who had repaired his car after an off in the second practice session.
Ben Bargwanna was fifth for Hangcha Racing, followed by Nic Carroll, Kody Garland, Sebastian Amadio, and Mark Rosser.
The S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship next hits the track for their first of three races at 1:30pm tomorrow, with the weekend rounded out by two races on Sunday at 8:30am and 11:55 am.
All three races will be broadcast on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.