• PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.

The 2017 season opener, the Clipsal 500 meeting is held at one of the most challenging circuits of the championship.

There were challenges for all teams represented at the 2017 as the drivers came to grips with their new race cars.

Brian Boyd and Team PAYCE witnessed dynamic racing from the young squad of racers in round one of 2017

Richard and Macauley are Strong Contenders for the Title This Year – Brian Boyd

Thursday was set aside for practice and qualifying for the support categories, with Team PAYCE drivers, Richard Muscat, Mason Barbera and Macauley Jones out early to put their new Holden Commodores through their paces.

Brian Boyd said both Richard and Macauley are strong contenders for the title this year and were well inside the top ten and finished the day with strong times.

"I thought Mason drove very sensibly in his introduction to the second-tier Supercars series and to his credit he had a trouble-free two sessions and finished with a respectable sixteenth fastest in practice two," Brian Boyd said.

The qualifying session was interrupted twice with incidents that brought out the red flag, but fortunately did not involve Team PAYCE members. Macauley and Richard posted 9th and 10th best times and Mason was 17th fastest when the second red flag brought the session to a halt.

Team PAYCE drivers Gain Grid Positions for Race 1 – A Strong Result says Brian Boyd

In race 1, all three Team PAYCE drivers substantially improved on the grid positions by race end, especially Richard who missed the start and dropped down to 15th, before working his way back to 6th place. Macauley came in 4th (up four spots) and Mason finished the race in 13th place (up four spots).

Race 2 Brings First Top 10 Finish for Mason – Great Work says Brian Boyd

Race 2 saw Macauley continue his good form, bringing the #14 PAYCE Commodore home in 4th place again and Mason scoring his first Dunlop Super2 top 10 finish in 9th place. Richard had to pit on lap 5 with an electrical problem and was unable to return to the track.

Race 3 Starts in Chaos at Start – Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said race three started in chaos, with the starting lights malfunctioning and resulting in a bad crash on pit straight, fortunately with no Team PAYCE cars involved.

After a lengthy safety car period of seven laps, the race resumed. Macauley was able to hold onto his 4th position and Mason threw off a number of challenges to eventually come home in 11th position. Luck deserted Richard once again and he had to pit after nine laps with the electrical problem re-surfacing. With the race shortened from 19 laps to 13, it was a bit of an anti-climax for the drivers.

"The end result for the round saw both Macauley and Mason make it into the top ten, which was a great start to the season and a confidence booster for all the team," Brian Boyd said.

Current Standings

Macauley Jones 4th 240 points
Mason Barbera 10th 148 points
Richard Muscat 20th 68 points
Go Team PAYCE!