Tasmania S5000: Mawson wins season opener
Joey Mawson held off Thomas Randle to win the opening race of the 2021 S5000 Australian Drivers Championship season.
The Europe-based Porsche ace made a perfect start to opening heat, out-dragging polesitter Randle into the first turn.
Mawson didn't have long to try and build an advantage, though, with third-placed Nathan Herne triggering the safety car with a spin at the start of the second lap.
When the race got going again on Lap 6, Mawson and Randle settled into a tense, nose-to-tail battle. But while Mawson was never able to properly shake his Team BRM teammate, Randle was never able to close enough to mount a genuine challenge for the lead.
In the end Mawson took a 1.5s win on his S5000 debut, the result coming just days after he got out of hotel quarantine following his arrival back in Australia.
"I didn't expect to get such a good start, because obviously I haven't done a lot of practice starts," said Mawson. "That was a surprise. I knew Tom would be quick, so it was really good to hold him off. I couldn't have asked for a better start."
Herne's early spin was good news for James Golding, who'd fallen behind his Garry Rogers Motorsport teammate on the first lap.
The former Supercars full-timer was able to reclaim third spot with Herne out of the picture, but didn't have an answer for the pace of the top two. He ended the race more than five seconds behind the winner, while the gap back to fourth-placed Ricky Capo was more than two seconds.
Tim Macrow made up two spots to finish fifth ahead of Luis Leeds and Tommy Smith.
Red Bull could not have envisaged its Formula 1 success in 2022 given the overhaul of the rules and its late shift in development last year, according to Christian Horner.
OPINION: Cars outside the Le Mans 24 Hours class structure are permitted to enter in Garage 56 by the ACO, and several interesting ideas have graced the world-famous endurance race as a result. Our resident Engineering supplement columnist gets imaginative.
After a break of a few weeks, the Porsche Cup Brasil returns with a race at Interlagos! The Virtual Le Mans Series, organised by Motorsport Network, will take place at Sebring, while the next stop for the 24H Series will be the 12 Hours of Kuwait. And there is only one address to broadcast all of them: Motorsport.tv.