Sydney youngster Tom Tweedie has annexed pole position for Sunday’s Formula 5000 Australia Cup feature after two commanding wins in Saturday’s qualifying heats.
Tweedie’s Chevron, which won the Tasman series in 1974 in the hands of British racer Peter Gethin, was uncatchable, lowering the Formula 5000 (and outright) Sandown lap record twice, to eventually leave it at a scintillating 1m05.76.
The main excitement for the Sandown crowd centred around a pair of nose-to-tail dices for second between pole man Richard Davison (Lola T332) and Kiwi Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) in the opening heat, joined in the second by veteran Ken Smith (Lola T332) who had battled through from the back of the grid after missing qualifying.
In the end, Higgins took both runner-up spots, with Davison and Smith sharing a podium each. They will thus also share the second row for Sunday’s 12-lap feature, with Higgins joining Tweedie on the front row.
Melbournians Bryan Sala (Matich A50) and Tony Floreani (Elfin MR5) will share the third row.
The historic Formula 5000 category is appearing on the V8 Supercar programme for the first time, supporting the opening round of the 2013 PIRTEK Enduro Cup – the Wilson Security Sandown 500.
Having taken a sensational F5000 pole yesterday, Richard Davison was able to watch as son Will did the same for Ford Performance Racing, emerging on top after the main event’s two qualifying ‘sprint’ races today.