While the leading two, Adam Casmiri and Nathan Morcom, in the Link Open Class opted to save tyres and miss the final outing, several others were eager to eight stay in contention for shootout honours or force their way in.
Matt Longhurst (Intergrated Motorsport Nissan Skyline R34 GTR) put in his best time of the weekend at 1:28.450s but it was still shy of pipping Morcom for second – by just 0.12s.
Nick Ashwin (NA Autosport Mitsubishi EVO 6) and Garth Walden (Royal Purple Oils EVO 9) confirmed their spots while Steve Johnson (Worlds Best Technologies R33 GTR) was fourth tenths of a second off Walden on used tyres.
He pitted for a late charge on greens but there was an engine issue. “It dropped a cylinder,” he said. “So really I just missed out, by crossing the line on five cylinders!”
Next after Johnson were Tetsuhiro Kurokawa (Car Shop Dream Mazda RX7), Andy Duffin (ADT Motorsport RX7), Josh Coote (MCA Suspension Toyota 86), Robert Gooley (Keeley Motorsport EVO 6) and Nicholas Bates (V-Sport Toyota 86).
The Link Open Class will be next back on track at 5:10pm for their Superlap Shootout.