Toby Price will be first on the road to Finke on Sunday morning, setting the fastest time in the Method Race Wheels Prologue just 0.2s ahead of Josh Howells.
Price’s time of 4:42.9 saw him eclipse Howells by the smallest of margins across the 8km prologue track for the Tatts Finke Desert Race.
Third outright was Aaron James, while Beau Robinson ended the morning in fourth in his new Geiser Trophy Truck. Rounding out the top five was Glenn Owen.
The starting order for the iconic round as part of the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship is now set, with Price to lead off the field at 7.30am on Sunday morning.
In the KINCROME SXS Motorsport Australia Championship, Peter Carr was fastest in his Can-Am, the best of all SXS entrants and 21stoutright.
Thomas Swinglehurst was the second quickest SXS, while Jeff McNiven made a strong return to the Championship ending Saturday’s action third in class.
With SXS Sport also in action, John Wisse was fastest in class, while Matthew Lavis took second and Rick Chambers in third.
For the Prolite runners, Brent Martin impressed finishing sixth outright, ahead of Andrew Mowles and Jason Richards.
Of all the Extreme 2WD entrants, Price was fastest, Robinson second and Toby Whateley third.
Extreme 4WD saw Hayden Bentley set the quickest time in class, 11th overall and 18 seconds behind Price. Phil Lovett claimed second, while Michael Doland was third.
In the highly competitive Pro-buggy class, it was Howells quickest ahead of James and Owen. In a somewhat surprise result, AORC Championship leader Ryan Taylor ended the day sixth in class and 12th overall with some work to do on Sunday.
Warren Luff claimed class honours in Production 4WD, ahead of Geoff Pickering and Jodie Allen.
In Sportslite, Steven Graham finished ahead of Rodney Visser and Sam Bentley.
Performance 2WD saw Chris Pickert fastest in class, ahead of Andy Maxwell and Mark Wakeman.
Super 1650 results saw Timothy Button ahead of Simon Tucker and Brad Geraghty.
Photos: Dakar Press Team Australia