Rullo, Randle collect Super2 poles in Perth
Alex Rullo and Thomas Randle have each become Dunlop Super2 Series pole-sitters for the first time in Round 3 at Barbagallo Raceway.
Rullo got his fastest lap in shortly before a final-minute red flag in Armor All Qualifying for Race 1 to head an all-West Australian top three of Brodie Kostecki and Dean Fiore.
Randle waited until late in Qualifying for Race 2 to set his first flyer, jumping to the top just ahead of Paul Dumbrell.
Armor All Qualifying for Race 1
Rullo was only eighth after the first runs before taking the #62 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima to a 0:57.1874s, which was 0.0457s quicker than Brodie Kostecki’s (#57 Kostecki Brothers VF Commodore) initial pace-setter.
Chris Pither looked a very good chance for a third straight pole position when he went 0.18s under Rullo with the fastest first and second sectors.
However, he wasn’t allowed to finish off the lap due to a red flag called in response to Jack Smith beaching the #21 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore at Turn 7.
Smith was sixth at the time but lost his best lap for causing the stoppage, relegating him to 20th and putting Pither (#44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore) up one position to eighth.
Fiore (#23 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) shares Row 2 with Dumbrell, who opted for only one proper run in the #88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore.
Kurt Kostecki (#55 Kostecki Brothers VF Commodore), Mason Barbera (#99 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore), and Randle (#5 Tickford Racing FGX Falcon) filled fifth through seventh.
Garry Jacobson (#26 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) will start 12th as a result of a penalty for the man who had been one position higher.
Adam Marjoram (#15 Image Racing VF Commodore) was issued a three-position grid penalty for an incident with Barbera when he appeared to retaliate over being compromised into Turn 7 on a flying lap.
Armor All Qualifying for Race 2
Randle left it until eight minutes into the second 10-minute session to set his hot lap and vaulted all the way to first position.
Dumbrell, who had reeled off a ‘56’ at the start of the session, opted for a second run but couldn’t improve and will start on the outside of the front row.
Jacobson earned a second row start on his second run, while Chris Pither moved up from eight after the first runs to finish the session fourth when he moved onto new tyres.
Row 3 will be Shae Davies (#67 Paul Morris Motorsport FGX Falcon) and Kurt Kostecki while Rullo fell from second to seventh, albeit with a faster lap than in Qualifying for Race 1, when he didn’t go out for a second run.
Will Brown (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) only ended up two positions higher than he finished the earlier session in 17th.
Race 1 of three this weekend, each 28 laps long, starts at 1330 local time/1530 AEST.
Results: Armor All Qualifying for Race 1
|1||62||Land Surveys / MWM||Alex Rullo||Nissan Altima||0:57.1874|
|2||57||Arcoplate Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.2331||0:00.0457|
|3||23||Sitech-Trimble / MWM||Dean Fiore||Nissan Altima||0:57.4250||0:00.2376|
|4||88||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.4705||0:00.2831|
|5||55||Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.4723||0:00.2849|
|6||99||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.4878||0:00.3004|
|7||5||Skye Sands||Thomas Randle||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:57.5141||0:00.3267|
|8||44||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.5291||0:00.3417|
|9||67||Paul Morris Motorsport||Shae Davies||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:57.5724||0:00.3850|
|10||16||Middy’s Electrical||Bryce Fullwood||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:57.6441||0:00.4567|
|11||56||Arcoplate Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.6898||0:00.5024|
|12||15||Auto One||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.7377||0:00.5503|
|13||26||MEGA Fuels / MWM||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||0:57.8503||0:00.6629|
|14||8||BGD Architects||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.0107||0:00.8233|
|15||63||Eggleston Motorsport||Dominic Storey||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.0523||0:00.8649|
|16||14||Payce||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.0867||0:00.8993|
|17||54||Eggleston Motorsport||Nathan Morcom||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.2459||0:01.0585|
|18||10||Grove Hire||Brenton Grove||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.3020||0:01.1146|
|19||38||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.3247||0:01.1373|
|20||21||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.5016||0:01.3142|
|21||18||Auto One Albury||Matthew Chahda||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.6275||0:01.4401|
|22||98||Matt Stone Racing||Jaie Robson||Holden Commodore VF||1:01.1466||0:03.9592|
|23||49||Dynamic Supplies||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||1:31.1342||0:33.9468|
Note: Car #15 3-position grid penalty for Race 1 (Starts 15th)
Results: Armor All Qualifying for Race 2
|1||5||Skye Sands||Thomas Randle||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:56.8217|
|2||88||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.8511||0:00.0294|
|3||26||MEGA Fuels / MWM||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||0:56.9425||0:00.1208|
|4||44||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.9514||0:00.1297|
|5||67||Paul Morris Motorsport||Shae Davies||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:56.9679||0:00.1462|
|6||55||Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.9698||0:00.1481|
|7||62||Land Surveys / MWM||Alex Rullo||Nissan Altima||0:56.9972||0:00.1755|
|8||99||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.0185||0:00.1968|
|9||56||Arcoplate Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.0402||0:00.2185|
|10||21||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.0956||0:00.2739|
|11||57||Arcoplate Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.2000||0:00.3783|
|12||14||Payce||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.2349||0:00.4132|
|13||23||Sitech-Trimble / MWM||Dean Fiore||Nissan Altima||0:57.3668||0:00.5451|
|14||16||Middy’s Electrical||Bryce Fullwood||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:57.4310||0:00.6093|
|15||54||Eggleston Motorsport||Nathan Morcom||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.4611||0:00.6394|
|16||8||BGD Architects||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.4751||0:00.6534|
|17||38||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.5910||0:00.7693|
|18||18||Auto One Albury||Matthew Chahda||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.6639||0:00.8422|
|19||10||Grove Hire||Brenton Grove||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.7478||0:00.9261|
|20||15||Auto One||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||0:57.8661||0:01.0444|
|21||63||Eggleston Motorsport||Dominic Storey||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.0286||0:01.2069|
|22||49||Dynamic Supplies||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||0:58.1489||0:01.3272|
|23||98||Matt Stone Racing||Jaie Robson||Holden Commodore VF||0:59.3987||0:02.5770|