The slick combination of Carey McMahon and his Nissan Skyline have thrown down the gauntlet to their opposition for this weekend’s Group A&C Touring Car Revival races at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
McMahon was peerless in this afternoon’s 20-minute qualifying session, claiming pole position with nearly three seconds to spare over second-placed David Holc (Holden Commodore Walkinshaw).
McMahon’s best lap was 2mins10.2514secs, while Holc (2:12.8215) also enjoyed a sizeable advantage over young gun Luke Ellery (Skyline, 2:15.4069), who has hitherto served most of his racing apprenticeship in Formula Ford.
The Group A&C program represents a rolling history of touring car racing over the 1980s and 1990s, and other cars on the 40-plus grid include the Ford Sierra, BMW M3, Holden Torana, Alfa Romeo GTV6, Mazda RX7 and a variety of Commodores and Falcons.
Troy Stapleton (Commodore, 2:16.1203) completed row two, ahead of Ross Donnelley (Sierra, 2:16.4811) and Bill Cutler (2:17.3004, Falcon XD).
A senior figure lurking on row five is expatriate New Zealander Jim Richards, who won Bathurst three times in Group C Holdens and twice in a Skyline. And he’s also built a magnificent CV at Albert Park over the years in a variety of classes.
Richards is driving a BMW 635 this weekend, and set a best lap of 2:19.8499 in qualifying.
Tomorrow will be a rest day for the field ahead of race one on Saturday at 6.25pm.