ADELAIDE 500 RACE MEETING 2018 - BRIAN BOYD WRAP-UP OF THE DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
The 2018 season opener at the Adelaide 500 race meeting is held at one of the championship's most challenging circuits
There were no doubts regarding the strength of all Teams for the Dunlop Super2 series for 2018.
Team PAYCE 2018 Dunlop Super2 Driver Line Up are Contenders - Brian Boyd
This year, Team PAYCE is represented by three drivers, Chris Pither in Commodore #44 and Mason Barbera in Commodore #99 from the Wilson Security Racing GRM stable and Macauley Jones in the PAYCE Commodore #14 from Brad Jones Racing.
Brian Boyd believes all three are top ten contenders in the series, with Macauley now in his fourth consecutive year and a memorable win at Bathurst last year under his belt.
"The first practice session on Thursday had each Team PAYCE driver quickly on the pace and putting in some respectable times. The highlight of the second practice session was Macauley's strong performance to finish on top of the timing sheets and Chris in the top ten," Brian Boyd reported.
Strong Competition Evident after Practice and Qualifying Sessions – Brian Boyd
"After practice and qualifying, it was evident that competition in this series will again be stiff, notwithstanding that some of the leading performers from last year have moved up to Supercars. Dumbrell and Jacobson will likely be Team PAYCE's biggest threats.
"Qualifying for race one saw Macauley the best of the PAYCE-supported trio, putting in a fast time to secure 3rd spot on the grid, while Chris Pither show great promise, setting the early pace with 8th fastest and Mason 15th. The first five qualifiers broke the series' lap record which was a good indicator of what to expect through the season," Brian Boyd said.
Race 1 Delivers Top 10 Finish for Two PAYCE Drivers – Brian Boyd
"Race one closed off Friday's track activities and resulted in a strong showing by Macauley to bank a 4th spot, a 6th for Chris and unfortunately a DNF for Mason. The race was shortened by four laps after a safety car period to clear the track of debris from a crash, just as Macauley was pushing hard and making up several positions. Dumbrell led from start to finish and was unchallenged through the race," Brian Boyd reported.
Race 2 Sees all Three PAYCE Drivers Finish Strongly – Brian Boyd
"Race two on Saturday saw another safety car period cut into racing time and Macauley punted back to 7th before he made a strong recovery to claim 5th at race end. Chris continued to impress with a 7th spot finish and Mason stayed out of trouble for an 11th result, Brian offered.
Top 10 Finish for all Three PAYCE Drivers in Race 3 – Brian Boyd
"Race three on Sunday gave Team PAYCE its best result collectively over the weekend, with all three drivers finishing in the top ten – Macauley in 5th, Chris in 7th and Mason in 10th."
Brian Boyd noted Chris Pither is showing he has quickly adapted to the #44 Commodore and Mason has continued to improve his performances in just his second year in the series.
"It shouldn't be long before we see all three up on the podium if their present form continues and a fair share of luck goes their way," Brian concluded.
The next round of the Super 2 championship is the Tyrepower Tasmania Supersprint meeting on 6-8 April - 2018.
|Macauley Jones||5th||222 points|
|Chris Pither||7th||196 points|
|Mason Barbera||21st||65 points|
Go Team PAYCE!