Pither quickest, Jacobson in wars in Super2 Practice 2

Chris Pither

Dunlop Super2 Series leader Chris Pither has set the pace in Friday practice in Newcastle as outside title contender Garry Jacobson twice came to grief in Practice 2.

Pither was a late mover to the top of the timesheets in the #44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore while Paul Dumbrell, his nearest rival for the series, was third with a lap 0.3756s slower.

The series longshots, MW Motorsport team-mates Jacobson and Rullo, both ended up with bent Nissan Altimas having at one stage been involved in the same incident.

Rullo runs into Brodie Kostecki as Grove and Jacobson sit against the wall pic: Fox Sports

Brenton Grove had ended up almost broadside on the circuit at the exit of the Turn 9 left-hander, with the witness marks on the #10 Grove Racing VF Commodore suggesting he slapped the tyre wall and bounced off.

Jacobson had nowhere to go but washed off enough speed to incur minor just damage when he went in as well.

Brodie Kostecki (#57 Kostecki Brothers VF Commodore) slowed but was in turn clouted by Rullo (#62 Altima) as the former Supercars Championship driver came around the blind corner.

A red flag was called before Jacobson improved to third-fastest when the session resumed.

However, he later arrived at Turn 1 carrying too much pace and stuck the #100 Altima harder into the wall, leading to a second red flag being called.

Macauley Jones (#14 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore) spent time in the lead but ended up fourth, one position ahead of Shae Davies (#67 Paul Morris Motorsport FGX Falcon).

Rounding out the top 10 were Thomas Randle (#5 Tickford Racing FGX Falcon), Dean Fiore (#23 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima), Bryce Fullwood (#16 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore), Mason Barbera (#99 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore), and Will Brown (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore).

Jacobson and Rullo ended up 13th and 19th respectively.

Kristian Lindbom did make it out on-track after a problem starting the #50 Kali Motorsport VF Commodore at the start of the session and was ultimately 20th-fastest.

The session was around 0.6s slower than Practice 2 of 2017 with a very strong headwind on the main straight believed to be the primary cause, although all but Jacobson improved on their efforts from the morning hit-out.

Armor All Qualifying for Race 1 of the weekend at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 starts tomorrow at 1105 local time/AEDT.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 44 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Chris Pither Holden Commodore VF 1:11.8506
2 57 Arcoplate Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 1:12.1735 0:00.3229
3 88 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 1:12.2262 0:00.3756
4 14 PAYCE Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 1:12.3740 0:00.5234
5 67 Paul Morris Motorsport Shae Davies Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.5181 0:00.6675
6 5 Skye Sands Thomas Randle Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.6045 0:00.7539
7 23 Sitech-Trimble / MWM Dean Fiore Nissan Altima 1:12.6587 0:00.8081
8 16 Middy’s Electrical Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore VF 1:12.6924 0:00.8418
9 99 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Mason Barbera Holden Commodore VF 1:12.7306 0:00.8800
10 38 Eggleston Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore VF 1:12.7469 0:00.8963
11 55 Arcoplate Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 1:12.8313 0:00.9807
12 54 Eggleston Motorsport Nathan Morcom Holden Commodore VF 1:12.8936 0:01.0430
13 100 MEGA Fuels / MWM Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1:12.9170 0:01.0664
14 18 Auto One Albury Matthew Chahda Holden Commodore VF 1:12.9537 0:01.1031
15 15 Auto One Racing Adam Marjoram Holden Commodore VF 1:12.9606 0:01.1100
16 63 Eggleston Motorsport Dominic Storey Holden Commodore VF 1:13.0669 0:01.2163
17 49 Dynamic Supplies Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF 1:13.1241 0:01.2735
18 21 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore VF 1:13.2102 0:01.3596
19 62 Land Surveys / MWM Alex Rullo Nissan Altima 1:13.2602 0:01.4096
20 50 Motorsport Parts Aust Racing Kristian Lindbom Holden Commodore VF 1:13.2793 0:01.4287
21 8 BGD Architects Zane Goddard Holden Commodore VF 1:13.6368 0:01.7862
22 56 Arcoplate Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 1:13.6530 0:01.8024
23 10 Grove Hire Brenton Grove Holden Commodore VF 1:13.9720 0:02.1214

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