Although James Golding had a challenging weekend in the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, series leader Joey Mawson still believes the Garry Rogers Motorsport driver is the man to beat.
It was a near perfect round for the reigning Gold Star Champion who took pole position and won Race 1 and the double points Feature Race at Albert Park and now leads the championship with a small margin.
In Race 1 Golding tried an overly-ambitious move around the outside of Mawson at Turn 3 on the opening lap, he dribbled of the road before spinning a second time at Turn 9.
These excursions affected the remainder of his weekend and as a result dropped to fourth in the standings behind Tim Macrow and Cooper Webster.
Despite the Mawson still sees Golding as his major threat with three rounds remaining and expects him to fight back at Sydney Motorsport Park.
“Honestly, I still see him as my main rival,” Mawson expressed to <i>Auto Action<i>. “Timmy is always going to be a dark horse and you can never count him out because he’s always there at the end of the weekend.
“But I think from a pace point of view, GRM has been the benchmark, Jimmy on speed, you can never count him out, but obviously I’m going to try to keep that championship lead healthy.
“GRM is always very quick at Sydney Motorsport Park. We’ve always got a very strong car there, but we just never really had the best luck. Obviously hoping for clean weekend at home and hopefully home rewards me with a good round.”
Golding’s challenging round was compounded by the fact that there were many non-regular drivers including his teammates Nathan Herne and Aaron Cameron who were both pinching points from him.
“Going into the weekend my team boss, Mark Rundle said the AGP is going to be one of the most crucial weekend’s in the championship because there’s more people on the grid,” Mawson recalled.
“If you have a good weekend, it’s going to help extend the lead by more and if you have a bad weekend, you’re going to lose more ground.
“To be able to maximize that is absolutely fantastic, I had such a good weekend, the car’s been faultless, so it gave us a good swing in the championship and we’re hoping to carry this momentum forward.”
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