2018 PERTH SUPERSPRINT - SUPER2 - BRIAN BOYD FROM TEAM PAYCE REPORTS

  • PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.

Brian Boyd and Team PAYCE report on the recent Perth SuperSprint Race Meeting - May 9th - 2018.

The Perth SuperSprint round of the Super2 Australia championship - 2018.


PAYCE Drivers Arrive in Perth with Confidence – Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said all three PAYCE and Paynter Dixon sponsored drivers, Chris Pither, Mason Barbera and Macauley Jones arrived at the track confident of a good round, based on their recent performances.

Brian said Chris in particular had a great result in Tasmania, topping a practice session and the two qualifying sessions and going on to take three podiums, including a win in race two.

"Chris got off to a good start in practice one, clocking 4th fastest, with Macauley close in times for 5th fastest, while Mason and his team concentrated on setup.

"Mason was later the best performer of the trio in practice two with 6th fastest. Both Chris and Macauley were down the order in 14th and 15th respectively.

Saturday Qualifying Sessions Bring Mixed Results – Brian Boyd

"On Saturday, the two qualifying sessions of 10 minutes were held back-to-back and both Chris and Mason made it into the top 10 in each session with an 8th and a 4th, and a 6th and 8th respectively.

"On Saturday, the two qualifying sessions of 10 minutes were held back-to-back and both Chris and Mason made it into the top 10 in each session with an 8th and a 4th, and a 6th and 8th respectively.

"Macauley was not able to get clean runs and had to settle for a 16th and a 12th. Chris was particularly unlucky in the first qualifier when he looked set to take pole being the fastest in the first two sectors on his best lap before a red flag halted his great run.

"Mason's times were very impressive and the best to date this season, giving a hint to his equally impressive drives to come in the three races. If he had not been baulked in the second qualifier he would have started near the front of the field, rather than 8th."

Top 10 Finishes all Weekend a Record for PAYCE Drivers– Brian Boyd

Brian said that while over the three races in the round, the PAYCE drivers were not able to achieve a podium, they created a record by finishing in the top 10 in all three races.

"Chris finished 7th, 4th and 7th to maintain his second position in the championship. Out of the nine races to date, he has not finished further back than 7th and has had four podiums.

"Mason had by far his best round yet with the GRM team, with a personal best 5th, 8th and 10th placing across the weekend. That performance pushed him up the championship ladder four spots to 19th.

"It was a fantastic performance by Mason, who is just in his second year in the series and on a fast learning curve. His record this season is looking extremely healthy, with five top 10 finishes from nine starts, including two DNFs not entirely his making."

Brian Boyd said Macauley had his share of bad luck but still managed a 9th, 7th and a 5th to stay in 4th place in the championship.

"He raced hard all weekend but did not appear the have the pace of earlier rounds," Boyd said.

"Once again, demonstrating how competitive this series is, there were three different winners – Rullo, Dumbrell and Fiore – over the weekend.

"It's a tough series and equally as hard as Supercars to come through the field if you don't qualify well," Brian said.

After an extended break, the next Super2 round is at Townsville on 6-6 July, 2018 when they join Supercars and Touring Car Masters on the program.

Current Standings

Chris Pither 2nd (no change)
Macauley Jones 4th (no change)
Mason Barbera 19th (up 4 spots)
Go Team PAYCE!
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