COATES HIRE NEWCASTLE 500 RACE MEETING - 2018 - BRIAN BOYD WRAP-UP OF SUPER2 SERIES
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Brian said Team PAYCE member, Chris Pither, won this year's Dunlop Super2 Drivers Championship in GRM's #44 Commodore after a strong finish to the season and consistency all year.
"Chris also collected the series' trophy for most poles during the season, racking up five front row positions across the seven rounds, including two at Newcastle," Brian said.
Chris Pither Delivers GRM their first Major Championship Win in Australian Motorsport - Brian Boyd
"Chris's win gave the PAYCE-sponsored Garry Rogers Motorsport and team owner Garry Rogers their first major championship win in Australian motorsport.
"Chris led the point score going into the Newcastle round - the final for the year - but had last year's winner, Paul Dumbrell and Garry Jacobson within striking distance.
"He was off to a good start in Friday's second practice, topping the times and he maintained that form on Saturday with fastest time in qualifying and second in the race later in the day.
"His GRM teammate, Mason Barbera was consistently mid field through practice and qualifying and finished in 8th place in race one," Brian Boyd said.
"The third Team PAYCE member in the series, Macauley Jones, had a great start to the round, topping the times in the first practice session and 4th in the second.
"He qualified 5th for the first race but had a shocker of a race, including a drive through that took him well down the order to finish 19th.
Chris puts the #44 Commodore on Pole for the Sunday Race - Brian Boyd
"On Sunday, Chris once again put the #44 Commodore on pole for that day's race and was leading the race before it was red-flagged after 10 of the planned 20 laps and not re-started.
"Both Mason and Macauley were mid field when the race was halted, but no points were awarded due to the shortened distance," Brian Boyd said.
After Sunday's race and being declared champion, Chris said he was over the moon for the entire team.
"There are a lot of people that all play a role in putting a championship together and I'm just the lucky guy that gets to steer the car around the track," he said.
"It is a credit to everyone that contributed to the whole program, our sponsors, Wilson, PAYCE, Paynter Dixon and everyone else who has supported me through my career.
Go Team PAYCE!