DUNLOP SUPER2 RACERS BACK IN THE LIMELIGHT AT THE RABBLE CLUB - SANDOWN 500 2018
- Sandown Raceway, Victoria.
Dunlop Super 2 – Teams Keen to Race after a Long Break – Brian Boyd
Brian said that after a long break since the last round at Townsville in early July, the Wilson Security Racing GRM team of Chris Pither and Mason Barbera were keen to get into racing mode, as was Macauley Jones in Brad Jones Racing.
"It was a busy weekend for both Chris and Macauley with double duties in Supercars and Super2, but they weren't complaining," Brian added.
Practice Sessions Deliver Improved Results – Brian Boyd
"Friday's first practice saw Dumbrell set a scorching new lap record on the super soft tyres. The fastest of the PAYCE/Paynter Dixon drivers was Macauley with 6th quickest and Mason 16th. Chris failed to register a representative time due to an off-track excursion that saw him back into the fence at low speed.
"The second practice session was a complete turnaround for Chris, finishing the session on top of the timesheets," Brian continued.
"Macauley also showed impressive improvement to finish the session with 3rd fastest and only fifteen hundredths of a second off Chris' time. Mason was 19th."
Chris Delivers Another Pole Position Qualifying – Brian Boyd
Brian said Chris continued his good form in the first of two qualifying sessions with another top time, taking his total poles to four this season. Macauley and Mason were within a second of the top time, but back midfield.
"Race one began under the safety car due to the extreme wet conditions on parts of the circuit, but as the skies cleared racing got underway with everyone staying on dry tyres.
"Chris' run at the front came to an end when he left the track on lap seven and then was taken out in a close battle, ultimately finishing 16th," Brian Boyd continued.
"Macauley fared much better and improved nine positions to finish 5th. Mason finished just outside the top ten in 11th place. Twenty-year-old Brodie Kostecki was the surprise but well deserved winner after holding off Dumbrell and then being elevated to first after first-across-the-line Jacobsen was penalised.
"Qualifying for race two saw Jacobsen set a new lap record on his final lap. Chris was in line for a good time before nudging another car and having to pit to check for damage. Macauley was four tenths of a second off the top time to be 7th and Mason was within a second of the top time but back in 18th.
Race 2 sees Strong Driver Performances – Brian Boyd
"Race two saw young Brodie Kostecki bag another win after surviving a safety car intervention on lap nineteen that brought the field back together. Chris and Macauley raced hard to come home in 3rd and 4th respectively, while Mason recorded another 11th place."
Brian said Macauley earned himself a podium third for his consistent race performances, while Chris held onto his second spot on the championship leaderboard.
"Bathurst is the next round and unlike last year, the 250 kilometre mini-enduro will count for the championship.
"Macauley will be hoping for a repeat of last year when he blitzed the field for a memorable win on the mountain," Brian Boyd finished.
|Chris Pither||2nd (no change)|
|Macauley Jones||7th (no change)|
|Mason Barbera||18th (up one spot)|
Go Team PAYCE!