SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000 MEETING 2017 - MT PANORAMA - BRIAN BOYD WRAP-UP OF SUPER2 SERIES
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Brian Boyd said that this year, the Super2 round supporting the Bathurst 1000 carried no points as it was hoped some Super2 teams would take up the offer as 'wildcards' in the Great Race.
""As it transpired, there were no wildcard entries forthcoming, but several Super2 drivers did compete as co-drivers in the main race as well as in the Super2 round, while other teams opted to give the round a miss," Brian said.
"Understandably, some would have tight budgets, so with no points on offer, they made the decision to save their cars for the final round at Newcastle.
"On the other hand, if there was one race to win over the whole year, most would agree Bathurst is the one, points or no points, especially as this year the race was a mini-enduro over 250 kilometres, projected Mr. Boyd.
Team PAYCE well Represented at the 2017 Bathurst 1000 - Brian Boyd
"Flying the flag for Team PAYCE was Macaulay Jones in the Brad Jones Racing's #14 PAYCE Commodore and Mason Barbara in Garry Rogers Motorsport's #99 Commodore. Richard Muscat was absent, being one of the regulars concentrating on their Bathurst 1000 co-driving duties."
Brian said a total of 15 cars made up the field and despite the absences it was still a quality field with most of the front runners electing to participate, including Dumbrell, Le Brocq and Hazelwood.
"Macauley and Mason both had reasonable practice sessions on Friday and both teams were happy with the setups of the cars.
Qualifying Session on Saturday sees Macauley on the 2nd Row - Brian Boyd.
"In the 30 minute qualifying session on Saturday, Macauley put the #14 PAYCE Commodore on the second row in 4th spot, while Mason qualified 12th,' Mr. Boyd continued.
"Dumbrell led the race until lap 4, before he ran wide at turn one and dropped back in the field. A Safety Car period on lap 13 brought most of the field into the pits."
Brian Boyd noted the BJR pit crew did an outstanding job to get Macauley out in front of both Le Brocq and Hazelwood.
"Once Dumbrell pitted on lap 22, Macauley hit the lead and was never headed through subsequent pit stops and finished the race with a comfortable margin to clock up his maiden series win.
"Mason Barbera drove a steady race to bring the #99 Commodore home in 9th place and gain more valuable experience in the category," Brian continued.
"Macauley's win and a third place by Andrew Jones could not have come at a better time for Brad Jones and his team, who have had some serious and expensive setbacks in recent rounds.
Congratulations to Macauley - Brian Boyd
"Congratulations to Macauley on a faultless drive. The win is sure to stay with him as one of his special moments in his career and to do it at Bathurst in his father's team makes it even more special," Brian Boyd offered.
"It's a shame there were no points to be had, but the win likely lifted Macauley's confidence in tackling the Bathurst 1000, where he drove a great race to help put the #8 Commodore he shared with Nick Percat in a winning position before Nick crashed out close to the end.
"What a fairytale ending that would have been if the #8 car could have pulled off a win and given Macauley a double - if only," Brian Boyd smiled.
Macauley currently sits 8th on the championship leaderboard, while Richard is 10th and Mason 15th.
The Dunlop Super2 championship wraps up at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 on 24-26 November 2017.
Go Team PAYCE!