Hazelwood fastest in Newcastle Super2 practice

Todd Hazelwood pic: Matthew Paul Photography

Todd Hazelwood has set the fastest lap in practice for the final round of the Dunlop Super2 Series in Newcastle.

The Matt Stone Racing driver bolted on a set of new tyres to clock a 1:11.2491s in the second of the day’s two 30-minute sessions, edging Will Brown, Jack Le Brocq, and series leader Paul Dumbrell.

Hazelwood sat fastest when the session was neutralised halfway through in order to retrieve the #16 MW Motorsport Altima of Bryce Fullwood, which had developed an electrical problem.

With fresh Dunlops fitted to the #35 VF Commodore, Hazelwood went faster again on consecutive laps to stay top as he seeks to overhaul Dumbrell in the title race this weekend.

Brown came within 0.06s of Hazelwood’s benchmark just moments later in the #38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore.

Le Brocq (#28 MW Motorsport Altima), who was fastest during Practice 1 with a 1:12.6115s, spent a handful of minutes on top of Practice 2 in two separate spells, before climbing back to third with a final-minute effort.

Dumbrell (#88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore), who had a number of excursions up the Turn 1 run-off in the morning session, sat eighth at the red flag during Practice 2 but also lifted late to finish the day fourth-fastest.

Richard Muscat had a minor moment when he slid beyond the track limits at Nobbys Hairpin and nudged a tyre bundle in his #44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore but was still good enough for fifth-fastest.

Mason Barbera during Practice 1 pic: Fox Sports

Rounding out the top 10 for the session and day combined were Macauley Jones, Anton de Pasquale, Shae Davies, Nathan Morcom, and Jack Perkins, with Garry Jacobson one position further back.

While there were only minor incidents in Practice 2, Mason Barbera became the first driver to come to grief in the downhill run through Shortland Esplanade in Practice 1.

Barbera lost the rear of his #99 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore near the bottom of the Esplanade and slapped the wall on driver’s right before careering headlong into the tyre belt on the opposite side of the track at Turn 6.

While he was unharmed, he did not appear for Practice 2.

Qualifying for Race 1 of the weekend gets underway tomorrow at 1030 local time/AEDT.

Results: Practice 2

1 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 1:11.2491R
2 Eggleston Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore VF 1:11.3069r 0.0578
3 GoGetta Racing/ MWM Jack Le Brocq Nissan Altima 1:11.4704r 0.2213
4 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 1:11.7911r 0.5420
5 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Richard Muscat Holden Commodore VF 1:11.8156r 0.5665
6 PAYCE Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:11.8821r 0.6330
7 Paul Morris Motorsports Anton de Pasquale Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.9658r 0.7167
8 LOCO Energy Drink / MWM Shae Davies Nissan Altima 1:11.9738r 0.7247
9 Eggleston Motorsport Nathan Morcom Holden Commodore VF 1:12.1002r 0.8511
10 Titan Tray Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:12.1097r 0.8606
11 MEGA Fules Racing Garry Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.1496r 0.9005
12 Arcoplate Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 1:12.2924r 1.0433
13 Sprint Cutting Racing Brodie Kostecki Ford Falcon FG 1:12.3072r 1.0581
14 Wynns Josh Kean Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.4692r 1.2201
15 Auto One Racing Adam Marjoram Holden Commodore VF 1:12.5890r 1.3399
16 Joss / Caltex Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF 1:12.7952 1.5461
17 Alliance Truck Parts Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:12.7974 1.5483
18 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore VF 1:13.6485 2.3994
19 Middys Electrical / MWM Bryce Fullwood Nissan Altima 1:13.9056 2.6565
20 Auto 1 Albury Matthew Chahda Holden Commodore VF 1:14.0072 2.7581
21 STR Truck Bodies & Trailers Matthew Palmer Ford Falcon FG 1:15.8561 4.6070

Results: Practice 1

1 GoGetta Racing/ MWM Jack Le Brocq Nissan Altima 1:12.6115
2 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 1:12.6134 0.0019
3 Paul Morris Motorsports Anton de Pasquale Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.8585 0.2470
4 Eggleston Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore VF 1:12.8766 0.2651
5 PAYCE Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:13.0060 0.3945
6 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 1:13.1152 0.5037
7 Middys Electrical / MWM Bryce Fullwood Nissan Altima 1:13.1420 0.5305
8 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Richard Muscat Holden Commodore VF 1:13.1499 0.5384
9 LOCO Energy Drink / MWM Shae Davies Nissan Altima 1:13.1941 0.5826
10 Arcoplate Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 1:13.2171 0.6056
11 Eggleston Motorsport Nathan Morcom Holden Commodore VF 1:13.3450 0.7335
12 Wynns Josh Kean Ford Falcon FG/X 1:13.5725 0.9610
13 Alliance Truck Parts Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:13.5966 0.9851
14 MEGA Fules Racing Garry Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 1:13.9439 1.3324
15 Titan Tray Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:14.1348 1.5233
16 Sprint Cutting Racing Brodie Kostecki Ford Falcon FG 1:14.1968 1.5853
17 Joss / Caltex Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF 1:14.4420 1.8305
18 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Mason Barbera Holden Commodore VF 1:14.4577 1.8462
19 Auto One Racing Adam Marjoram Holden Commodore VF 1:14.5602 1.9487
20 Auto 1 Albury Matthew Chahda Holden Commodore VF 1:15.2312 2.6197
21 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore VF 1:15.5811 2.9696
22 STR Truck Bodies & Trailers Matthew Palmer Ford Falcon FG 1:17.8116 5.2001

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