TASSIE WEATHER AFFECTS DUNLOP SUPER 2 RACERS AT SYMMONS PLAINS
- Symmons Plains, Tasmania.
Dunlop Racers Hit the Track for the First Time Since Clipsal 2017
"This year's Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint meeting will be remembered for the widespread carnage across both the Supercars and Super2 categories and atrocious wet conditions over the Saturday and Sunday," said Brian Boyd.
"PAYCE drivers, James Moffat and Garth Tander in Supercars and Macauley Jones and Mason Barbera all came to grief in crashes that were not their fault," Mr. Boyd continued.
"Fortunately, apart from Macauley, all were on the grid for their next race due to hard work and long hours by their pit crews.
"On a positive note, there were some more good performances by the PAYCE drivers and the teams remain confident about the season's prospects," Brian Boyd said.
Drivers Keen to Race Hard at the V8 Dunlop Series - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said the three PAYCE Super2 drivers were keen to hit the track after a month's break since Clipsal, where Macauley finished 4th and Mason 10th on the leaderboard.
"Richard was also showing strong form at Clipsal before a crash put him out of contention," Boyd said.
Delayed Practice on Friday Delivers Close Timings – Brian Boyd
Friday's delayed practice saw both Macauley and Richard on the pace early in foggy conditions and well in the top 10 times. Qualifying was not as good, with Richard the only one to improve with a 7th spot on the grid, while Macauley dropped to 14th and Mason to 21st.
"Once again, it needs to be pointed out that the difference in times is just tenths of a second and it just requires one small error to be pushed down the order," Brian Boyd said.
Four Races with Differing Outcomes - Brian Boyd
"Race 1 of 30 laps at the end of the day saw Macauley improve a couple of spots, but Richard and Mason were caught up in skirmishes resulted in Richard coming home in 20th place and Mason retiring to the pits.
"Race 2 on Saturday was a good result for Richard who worked his way through the field to score a top 10 finish in 10th place.
"Not so fortunate was Macauley who was hit from behind and spun in front of several cars, including Mason's #99. As a result, Macauley's #14 sustained severe damage that put them out for the weekend and Macauley himself sustained some bruising, but generally was okay.
"Mason was also okay, but the car was out of the race. Fortunately, the #99 car was repairable for the next race," continued Brian Boyd.
"Mason was also okay, but the car was out of the race. Fortunately, the #99 car was repairable for the next race."
Race 4 on Sunday was another wet event that started under the Safety Car as a result of the amount of standing water around the circuit. On lap 5, the field was flagged away as the rain eased. Another Safety Car intervention brought the field back together before time ran out and the race was shortened from 30 to 24 laps. Both Richard and Mason were able to stay out of trouble and brought the PAYCE Commodores home in 12th and 13th places.
A Great Weekend of Racing, Albeit with some Disappointment for the GRM Team - Brian Boyd
"Overall, some disappointment for the GRM team with a couple of DNFs, which nobody likes to see," Brian Boyd offered.
"On the other hand, a good performance by Richard and by Mason, who is quickly coming to grips with the category and comfortable in the car after transferring from the Ford Falcon in the Super Utes series.
"One has to feel for Macauley in the #14 PAYCE Commodore who is making great inroads in the category and has been flagged as one of the upcoming stars of the future in Supercars.
"No doubt, father and mentor Brad will provide lots of encouragement and the #14 car will be ready to roll come the next round at Phillip Island on 21-23 April," finished Brian Boyd.
Go Team PAYCE!