Pither wins Super2 Series after non-result in final race

Chris Pither

Chris Pither has won the 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series after the final race of the season in Newcastle, which he led at the time, was red flagged and not restarted.

Kristian Lindbom had a sizeable hit with the wall in front of Nobbys Beach which moved the walls at the exit of Turn 10 before the #50 Kali Motorsport VF Commodore ran headlong into the tyre barriers at the end of Turn 11.

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A Safety Car was initially called before Race Control threw out red flags, at which time a crane was sent to the scene against the direction of the circuit while the field was still heading to pit lane.

After a short delay, it was advised that the race would not restart, meaning that Pither (#44 VF Commodore) and the Garry Rogers Motorsport outfit achieve their first Supercars titles.

It also means that New Zealanders will win both Supercars series in 2018, given that only Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen are in contention for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Pither had qualified on Armor All Pole Position and while he and Brodie Kostecki made even launches from the front row, he had cleared him the #57 Kostecki Brothers Racing VF Commodore by the time they started braking for the first corner.

He was a second to the good after the standing lap and got as far as 1.7s up on Kostecki, while Paul Dumbrell (#88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) and Garry Jacobson (#100 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) had a brief dice for third which was resolved in favour of the former.

The Safety Car was called as the front-runners started Lap 6, at which time Pither still enjoyed a lead of 1.4s, and they circulated until the race was suspended on Lap 10 and ultimately called.

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Lindbom bucked over an undulation in the track surface through Turn 10 and belted the concrete wall on driver’s right before skating down to a tyre barrier at the following hairpin.

It is not known if a mechanical failure caused the crash, while Lindbom climbed from the car in a bitter end to his Super2 return.

Pither had needed to finish only seventh to guarantee a series triumph had the race run to a distance which would have seen a result issued.

Two-time series winner Dumbrell finishes runner-up in for a third time in four years, while 2016 series winner Jacobson is third overall in 2018.

Brodie Kostecki won the round as a result of taking out Race 1 a day prior and ends his second year in Super2 in fifth in the standings, behind Alex Rullo (#62 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima).

The new season will start at the Superloop Adelaide 500 from February 28-March 3.

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Chris Pither 1522
2 Paul Dumbrell 1463
3 Garry Jacobson 1393
4 Alex Rullo 1328
5 Brodie Kostecki 1202
6 William Brown 1068
7 Dean Fiore 1034
8 Kurt Kostecki 1010
9 Macauley Jones 968
10 Thomas Randle 950
11 Jack Smith 939
12 Shae Davies 912
13 Mason Barbera 849
14 Zane Goddard 835
15 Dominic Storey 788
16 Adam Marjoram 779
17 Bryce Fullwood 755
18 Jake Kostecki 719
19 Nathan Morcom 691
20 Matthew Chahda 688
21 Brenton Grove 615
22 Jordan Boys 525
23 Tyler Greenbury 230
24 Earl Bamber 156
25 Ricky Capo 96
26 Kristian Lindbom 60
27 Gerard McLeod 51
28 Jaie Robson 48

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