Qualifying sunshine at Phillip Island

Sunny, autumnal conditions greeted teams and spectators for the much-anticipated return of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships for season 2022.

Precision National Sports Sedan Series, Australian Formula Ford Series, GT World Challenge Australia and the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship qualified on Friday ahead of their batch of races on Saturday.

Team Valvoline GRM’s James Golding topped both practice sessions, before setting his afternoon qualifying benchmark of a 1:24.8126 – almost half a second ahead of reigning Australian Drivers’ Champion Joey Mawson.

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S5000 will enjoy a pair of races on Saturday at Phillip Island, with 15 laps facing crews for Race One.

In the junior feeder series, Valentino Astuti topped the Australian Formula Ford Series qualifying session by only 0.1 seconds over fellow Victorian Winston Smith. The top ten were separated by less than one second, with the flowing nature of the Phillip Island Circuit again catering to the slippery Formula Fords.

Formula Ford will open Saturday’s proceedings, with a ten-lap opening race.

Chaz Mostert lead the battle of pole for Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS, starting tomorrow’s race on the front row alongside his Supercars rival Shane van Gisbergen and co-driver His Highness Prince Jefri Ibrahim.

Jordan Caruso topped the Precision National Sports Sedan Series qualifying aboard his Audi A4, with Steven Tomasi’s Holden Calibra joining Caruso on the front row.

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, Radical Cup Australia, GT World Challenge Australia and the Trans Am Series enjoyed dual-practice sessions across Friday, with crews facing qualifying and racing on Saturday.

Jay Hanson and Jordan Cox topped TCR’s two practice sessions respectively, Peter Paddon and Zig Fuhrmeister were on top in Radical Cup Australia, with Ben Grice and Nathan Herne topping Trans Am’s practice sessions.

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