DUNLOP SUPER2 RACERS MAKE A WELCOMED RETURN TO TOWNSVILLE IN 2018
Brian said the Super2 series made a welcome return to Townsville after going missing from last year's program.
"The three Team PAYCE drivers, Chris Pither #44, Mason Barbera #99 and Macauley Jones #14 were quickly up to speed in the two Friday practices with all three drivers in the top 10 in practice one and Macauley topping the times in practice two.
Chris and Mason Drove Strongly – Brian Boyd
"Macauley looked particularly strong from the outset in the #14 Commodore and backed up his top practice time with fastest qualifying time for race one on Saturday that gave him his first series pole. Chris was 8th in qualifying and Mason 18th.
"In race one, Macauley was quick away and soon established a good gap on the field before disaster struck just before half way in the form of a rear suspension failure that left him limping back to the pit garage. After a long delay to carry out repairs he returned to the race near the end, but did not complete enough laps to be officially classified as a finisher."
Brian Boyd said both Chris and Mason drove strongly to gain two positions each and came home in 6th and 16th respectively.
"Qualifying on Sunday morning for the afternoon race was extremely close, with Chris coming out on top this time with fastest time, followed closely by Macauley then Mason back in the midfield with 11th fastest.
"Macauley made a copybook start in race two and charged into the lead at the first turn, followed closely by Chris. Macauley once again set up a comfortable gap before a similar issue that put him out on Saturday put paid to any prospect of a win," Brian Boyd offered.
"Once again he limped back to the pit garage where repairs were quickly carried out, allowing him to return and this time be classified as a finisher, albeit in 22nd place.
"Meanwhile, Chris went on to hold a handy lead and take out his second win for the series. Mason battled with the pack and was not able to get clear which left him in 17th position at race end."
Brian Boyd said what should have been a round to celebrate by the BJR team was disappointing to the extreme as it looked like Macauley's wildcard experience in Supercars and the amount of track time he has clocked up would finally pay off.
"On a positive note, Chris' win lifted the spirits of the GRM team who were having a rough run in Supercars," Brian said.
The Super2 series next takes to the track at the Sandown 500 meeting on 14-16 September, 2018.
Go Team PAYCE!