Ash Walsh and Duvashen Padayachee have take pole position in the final round of the CAMS Australian GT Championship despite a crash in tricky, wet conditions.
The Supabarn Audi provisionally scored the top spot on the grid in the opening qualifying session when Walsh set the quickest time of 1:16.380.
Qualifying two got underway in torrential rain, with Padayachee falling victim to the wet conditions when he aquaplaned on the exit of Turn 4 and hit the barrier.
The damage to the front of the Audi was significant and he retuned to the pits immediately, but repairs to the armco were needed and the session was terminated with just 2-minutes running, not enough time for drivers to set a lap.
Walsh and Padayachee held onto their pole position and will start race one from the front row of the grid on Saturday.
Championship leader; Liam Talbot also had his own ‘in the fence moment’ during qualifying one, when he spun off at high speed on the exit of Turn six.
The #911 Mega Racing Porsche ended up coming to rest against a tyre barrier, but there was no extensive damage to the Queensland racer’s car.
The session was red flagged, but got back underway with just three minutes left on the clock, Talbot also rejoined the circuit to have another crack at stealing pole.
In the closing stages of qualifying one, Geoff Emery improved his time to a 1:16.8708s and so did Walsh, but the order would not change.
With the red flag in qualifying two, and drivers not being able to set a time in the second session, the qualifying one times would stand for the grid.
The top three was completed by Walsh/Padayachee, Emery and Talbot with Steven Richards taking out fourth position in his BMW M6 GT3.
Fraser Ross, who was quickest in practice earlier in the morning took fifth from the Trofeo Lamborghini Huracan of Ryan Millier and Jim Manolios in sixth place.
Race one will start at 8:30am AEST on Saturday morning, followed by two more races later in the day.
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia:
Nick McBride has topped Friday practice for Porsche Carrera Cup Australia at Sandown following a day of mixed weather conditions.
McBride set his quickest time (1:11.454) in the dry opening practice session which would stand as the fastest for day after rain affected practice two.
“It was a really good day as we got to experience both wet and dry conditions and the forecast for this weekend is pretty similar,” said McBride.
“It was the first time I’ve ran the new Michelin wet tyre, which performed really well in those conditions.
“I’m really looking forward to qualifying, whether it be a wet or dry session.”
Andre Heimgartner finished up just 0.047s behind his team mate with Alex Davison in third and Dylan O’Keeffe fourth.
Jordan Love showed strong pace on his debut weekend in Carrera Cup, finishing practice one fifth and the wet practice two in second behind Jaxon Evans who was quickest.
Several drivers spun or had off track moments during the second session, but only a single red flag was thrown when Tag Heuer Carrera Challenger Tim Miles found the gravel.
Carrera Cup will hit the track on Saturday morning for qualifying which will determine the grid for the 14-lap race one at 12:55pm.