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Ash Walsh gets first win in Super2 return

Daniel Herrero

Saturday 4th May, 2019 - 7:57pm

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Ash Walsh

Ash Walsh has claimed his first race win since returning to the Dunlop Super2 Series in Race 2 of Round 2 at the Pirtek Perth SuperNight event.

Walsh (#35 VF Commodore) headed the field from the outside of the front row and stayed in front for all 26 laps, taking his first victory in Super2 since 2014 and Matt Stone Racing’s first since Newcastle in 2017.

Bryce Fullwood (#16 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) grew his series lead by running second for the duration, while Kurt Kostecki (#55 Triple Eight Race Engineering VF Commodore) and Dean Fiore (#54 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) similarly held third and fourth from the opening corners until the chequered flag.

Armor All Pole Position man Zane Goddard had a far more eventful race in the twilight, however, breaking into wheelspin when the lights went out as Walsh drove into first position.

The second row starters arrived at the first corner alongside each other but Fullwood had the inside line and put Kurt Kostecki behind him, with Fiore gaining two positions relative to his grid berth to take up fourth.

Brodie Kostecki (#57 Kostecki Brothers Racing VF Commodore) lunged at Goddard at Turn 7 on Lap 1, prompting the MW Motorsport driver to run wide and ultimately lose fifth position.

It almost got far worse when the #28 Altima was kept high through Turn 2/Turn 3 as Adam Marjoram (#15 Image Racing VF Commodore) attempted to buy in, with Goddard only losing one more position, to Jake Kostecki (#56 Kostecki Brothers Racing VF Commodore), as he touched the dirt.

Thomas Randle (#5 Tickford FGX Falcon) qualified 11th but was pressuring Will Brown (#38 Eggleston VF Commodore) for eighth when the Race 1 winner pinched a brake into Turn 4 and ran wide, handing the spot over.

Randle claimed seventh a short time later as Goddard, who had just survived another slide on the dirt when he got stuck outside of Jake Kostecki at Turn 5, locked the rears and opened the door at Turn 1.

Walsh and Fullwood had been circulating around half a second apart for several laps when the Safety Car was called on Lap 15 in order to recover Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon) from the sand at Kolb Corner after he received a touch from Joel Heinrich (#47 Matt Stone Racing FGX Falcon).

The restart came on Lap 18, at which time Jake Kostecki ran wide at Turn 1 but held sixth position and stayed there until the end, one spot behind Brodie Kostecki.

Fullwood kept himself about half a second behind Walsh in the post-Safety Car segment of the race but never seriously challenged for the lead.

Randle remained seventh, while Brown passed Goddard off Kolb Corner on Lap 19 as they went on to finish eighth and ninth respectively.

Marjoram rounded out the top 10 on home soil, one spot ahead of team-mate Jordan Boys (#49 VF Commodore), with Tyler Everingham (#27 MWM Altima) top rookie in 12th.

Chahda did finish at a two-lap deficit to the winner, while the incident between he and Heinrich is under investigation.

Walsh, who returned to MSR and Super2 this year, won the round from Fullwood and Brown, the latter of whom revealed that he had in fact been baulked in the day’s earlier qualifying session when he could manage only ninth.

Fullwood’s series lead is 64 points over Goddard heading into the long break prior to Round 3 at the Watpac Townsville 400 on July 5-7.

Results: Race 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 35 Matt Stone Racing Ashley Walsh Holden Commodore VF 26 26:09.8999
2 16 Middy’s Electrical / MWM Bryce Fullwood Nissan Altima 26 26:10.3955
3 55 Arcoweld Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 26 26:11.5766
4 54 Eggleston Motorsport Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 26 26:13.1505
5 57 Team Arcoweld Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 26 26:13.6841
6 56 Team Arcoweld Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 26 26:14.3823
7 5 Skye Sands Thomas Randle Ford Falcon FG/X 26 26:14.6760
8 38 Eggleston Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore VF 26 26:16.6351
9 28 BGD Architects / MWM Zane Goddard Nissan Altima 26 26:17.1581
10 15 Image Racing Adam Marjoram Holden Commodore VF 26 26:17.8696
11 49 Image Racing Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF 26 26:19.3526
12 27 Lowes Petoleum / MWM Tyler Everingham Nissan Altima 26 26:19.6295
13 88 Eggleston Motorsport Justin Ruggier Holden Commodore VF 26 26:20.9353
14 99 Garry Rogers Motorsport Mason Barbera Holden Commodore VF 26 26:21.3069
15 44 Garry Rogers Motorsport Dylan O’Keeffe Holden Commodore VF 26 26:21.5647
16 10 Grove Hire Racing Brenton Grove Holden Commodore VF 26 26:24.0704
17 21 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore VF 26 26:24.2504
18 47 Osborn’s Transport Joel Heinrich Ford Falcon FG/X 26 26:24.4762
19 18 Auto One Albury Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG/X 24 26:42.9325

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Bryce Fullwood 550
2 Zane Goddard 486
3 Ashley Walsh 459
4 Brodie Kostecki 434
5 Jake Kostecki 404
6 William Brown 366
7 Mason Barbera 362
8 Thomas Randle 343
9 Dean Fiore 310
10 Dylan O’Keeffe 302
11 Justin Ruggier 269
12 Adam Marjoram 266
13 Jack Smith 266
14 Kurt Kostecki 248
15 Jordan Boys 234
16 Matthew Chahda 230
17 Joel Heinrich 224
18 Brenton Grove 219
19 Tyler Everingham 169
20 Abbie Eaton 76

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