ADELAIDE 500 RACE MEETING - 2019 - BRIAN BOYD WRAP-UP OF SUPER2 SERIES
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
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 said 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.
PAYCE Drivers Deliver Respectable Times in Practice Sessions – Brian Boyd
"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.
"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," Brian Boyd continued.
"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 said.
Race 1 - A Strong Showing – 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.
Race 2 and 3 Show Further Improvements with Strong Finishes – 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 Boyd reported.
"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 said 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," he said.
The next round of the Super 2 championship is the Tyrepower Tasmania Supersprint meeting on 6-8 April.
|Macauley Jones||5th||222 points|
|Chris Pither||7th||196 points|
|Mason Barbera||21st||65 points|
Go Team PAYCE!