Stanaway breaks through in Super2 Race 4 at SMP
Richie Stanaway has scored his first race win in a Supercar in his first round start in the Dunlop Super2 Series at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Stanaway (Prodrive Racing Australia FGX Falcon) for all but half a lap early in the race, with Macauley Jones (Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore) and Garry Jacobson (Prodrive Racing Australia FGX Falcon) making up the minor placings.
The New Zealand sensation made a great start to drive past Race 3 winner Anton de Pasquale (Paul Morris Motorsport FGX Falcon) and into the lead at Turn 1, clear of the carnage unfolding behind him.
Jack Le Brocq (MW Motorsport Altima) was slow away and soon found himself headlong into the pit wall thanks to a tag from Will Brown, who had been pushed across into Le Brocq due to side-to-side contact with Richard Muscat (Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore).
Around the corner, Andrew Jones ended up spinning in his Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore as Shae Davies pulled off to the side of the track due to damage to his MW Motorsport Altima.
While Davies himself did not know who had hit him, race control has advised that an incident between Davies and Jack Smith (Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore) at Turn 1 on Lap 1 will be investigated post-race.
The stricken MW Altimas saw the Safety Car deployed before a restart on Lap 4 when second-placed de Pasquale drove alongside Stanaway, just managed to not overtake before the control line, then took over the lead at Turn 1.
However, he held the lead only half a lap before Stanaway hit back at Turn 6 and eventually drove away to a 4.9s victory in a race shortened from 18 to 15 laps, setting a new lap record in the process.
“I can’t ask for much more than that,” said Stanaway.
“I was really keen to get a win this weekend, so I’m glad we got there in the end.
“I’m just really grateful for the opportunity from PRA and all of the sponsors that have jumped onboard this weekend to give them the opportunity to do this, so I really enjoyed it and really happy to get that win.”
Macauley Jones took a personal-best second place after he benefited from de Pasquale’s struggles on an older set of tyres.
Jacobson also drove underneath car #67 at Turn 2 on Lap 13 to finish third, after earlier getting involved in a willing stoush with Paul Dumbrell over fourth position.
De Pasquale’s fourth placing was enough to give him the round win, ahead of the Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodores of Dumbrell and Will Brown.
Bryce Fullwood (MW Motorsport Altima) finished seventh, having applied big pressure to Brown without being able to find a way past.
Todd Hazelwood (Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore) was eighth from Lap 4 until the end, dropping five positions from third place just after the restart when he ran completely off the road at Turn 1.
Josh Kean (Prodrive Racing Australia FGX Falcon) and Mason Barbera (Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore) rounded out the top 10.
Just five points separate Hazelwood and second-placed Dumbrell in the series standings after the latter won the first two races of the weekend.
Round 6 supports the next Supercars event with two races at the Wilson Security Sandown 500, from September 15 to 17.
Results: Race 4, Round 5, Sydney Motorsport Park
|1||Prodrive Racing Australia||Richie Stanaway||Ford Falcon FG/X||15||26:56.2323|
|2||PAYCE||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:01.0942|
|3||MEGA Fuels Racing||Garry Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG/X||15||27:02.0049|
|4||Paul Morris Motorsports||Anton de Pasquale||Ford Falcon FG/X||15||27:03.6010|
|5||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:06.1478|
|6||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:09.8513|
|7||Middys Electrical / MWM||Bryce Fullwood||Nissan Altima||15||27:10.5555|
|8||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:10.6829|
|9||Wynns||Josh Kean||Ford Falcon FG/X||15||27:16.1739|
|10||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:16.4243|
|11||Auto One Racing||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:21.4501|
|12||Alliance Truck Parts||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:23.2647|
|13||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:23.9560|
|14||Sprint Cutting Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Ford Falcon FG||15||27:28.0070|
|15||The Chahda’s||Matthew Chahda||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:28.4966|
|16||Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:33.1375|
|17||Team Caltex||Renee Gracie||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:35.0584|
|18||Eggleston Motorsport||Nathan Morcom||Holden Commodore VF||15||27:35.5183|
|19||STR Truck Bodies & Trailers||Matthew Palmer||Ford Falcon FG||15||27:36.7403|
|20||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Richard Muscat||Holden Commodore VF||15||28:25.6450|
|21||Arcoplate Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||14||27:27.4304|
|DNF||LOCO Energy Drink / MWM||Shae Davies||Nissan Altima|
|DNF||GoGetta Racing/ MWM||Jack Le Brocq||Nissan Altima|
Series Points: After Round 5
|3||Jack Le Brocq||1073|
|4||Anton de Pasquale||1034|