Brown beats hamstrung Randle in Super2 opener

Will Brown

Will Brown has snipped Thomas Randle’s Super2 series advantage by winning Race 1 at Bathurst having benefited from the MW Motorsport driver’s engine dramas.

Randle, whose car had already undergone an overnight motor change, was the early race leader but came to seriously struggle down Conrod Straight and was a sitting duck for the Erebus Motorsport junior.

Brown ended up taking the #999 Image Racing VF Commodore to an 8.8598s win after 16 laps around Mount Panorama, while the man on top of the standings salvaged second in the #16 Altima.

Ahead of what is potentially the last day of the season tomorrow, Randle now leads the series by 26 points with 150 more on offer in Race 2.

Jordan Boys held off Tickford Racing’s Broc Feeney to put both Image Racing cars onto the podium in Race 1, while Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon) inherited fifth after Jayden Ojeda’s last lap crash at The Cutting.

Randle bested the field when the lights went out and took a clear lead to Hell Corner from the outside of the front row, while Brown slotted into second and Boys (#49 VF Commodore) took up third for the run up the hill.

Brown pressured Randle through the standing lap and even went outside of the black Altima at The Chase, but would lose touch over subsequent laps.

Meanwhile, Chahda had emerged in fourth position from the start but soon had a train forming behind him.

When he had a wobble into The Chase on Lap 2, Ojeda (#31 MW Motorsport Altima) jinked left in the following car then did much the same.

Chahda dropped back to sixth, behind Feeney (#5 FGX Falcon) and Angelo Mouzouris (#10 Triple Eight Race Engineering VF Commodore), while Ojeda found himself eighth having run off the circuit at the left-hander.

Ojeda was back into the top five on Lap 5, during which Randle’s lead peaked at just over two seconds before the tide started to turn.

He was still 1.5s up after Lap 7 before putting all four wheels over the white line, and two into the dirt, at McPhillamy Park.

Between that and a serious straight line deficit, Randle’s lead was cut to less than half a second by the time they reached the control line again.

He pushed the margin back beyond 1.6s in the next two laps, only to have Brown blaze past on Conrod Straight on Lap 11 and stretch his lead to 2.7s at the end of Lap 12.

As it became clear that the fight for victory was all but over, attention turned to the battle for third.

Feeney had been circulating at multiple seconds behind Boys but caught #49 on Lap 13 and had a look at Hell Corner next time around.

Boys survived that attack and they continued to hold third and fourth until the chequered flag.

Ojeda looked a prospect of buying into that stoush at one point, but made a similar error to that which he committed in Supercars Championship Practice 4 when he crunched the wall at The Cutting.

Jayden Ojeda pic: Fox Sports

Chahda had just gone under Mouzouris at Hell Corner and therefore finished fifth, while Zak Best (#78 MW Motorsport Altima) nabbed sixth even later in the piece.

Mouzouris finished seventh, from Josh Fife (#14 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore), Zane Morse (#11 Zane Morse VF Commodore), and Matt McLean (#17 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon).

Jaylyn Robotham (#28 MW Motorsport FG Falcon) won the Super3 class in 11th outright.

Declan Fraser was a spot back in class and outright until an apparent right-front failure pitched the #777 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon into the kitty litter at McPhillamy Park on Lap 15 and he did not finish.

Qualifying for Race 2 takes place tomorrow from 13:30 local time/AEDT.

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Cls Laps Race time
1 999 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore VF DS2 16 34:17.7274
2 16 Skye Sands / MWM Thomas Randle Nissan Altima DS2 16 34:26.5872
3 49 Joss Group Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF DS2 16 34:29.6290
4 5 Tickford Racing Broc Feeney Ford Falcon FG/X DS2 16 34:30.4872
5 18 Cavalier Homes Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG/X DS2 16 34:46.1990
6 78 Best Leisure Industries / MWM Zak Best Nissan Altima DS2 16 34:48.5709
7 10 Triple Eight Race Engineering Angelo Mouzouris Holden Commodore VF DS2 16 34:48.8633
8 14 Natural Gas and Water / BJR Josh Fife Holden Commodore VF DS2 16 34:52.6734
9 11 Brema Group Racing Zane Morse Holden Commodore VF DS2 16 35:02.6928
10 17 Matt Chahda Motorsport Matthew McLean Ford Falcon FG/X DS2 16 35:03.5313
11 28 Ausipack / MWM Jaylyn Robotham Ford Falcon FG S3 16 35:20.6176
12 69 Dial Before You Dig/Mac Motors Jon McCorkindale Ford Falcon FG S3 16 35:50.9009
13 75 Be Strong Electrical Brendan Strong Holden Commodore VE S3 16 36:15.7746
14 117 TF Maintenance Jason Foley Ford Falcon BF S3 16 36:16.4375
15 3 Mocomm Motorsport Communicatio Jim Pollicina Holden Commodore VE S3 16 36:20.2453
16 19 Auto Openers Garage Door Opene Mark Tracey Ford Falcon BF S3 15 34:18.9771
17 27 NHP Electircal Engineering Pro Layton Barker Holden Commodore VE S3 15 35:23.0001
NC 31 Jayco / MWM Jayden Ojeda Nissan Altima DS2 15 32:22.1634
NC 777 Anderson Motorsport Declan Fraser Ford Falcon FG S3 14 30:57.4217
NC 24 North West Recycling David Murphy Ford Falcon FG S3 8 18:46.0791

Series points: Super2

Pos Driver Pts
1 Thomas Randle 710
2 William Brown 684
3 Jordan Boys 525
4 Broc Feeney 510
5 Brodie Kostecki 499
6 Jayden Ojeda 477
7 Matthew Chahda 464
8 Angelo Mouzouris 463
9 Zak Best 438
10 Josh Fife 338
11 Zane Morse 315
12 Jack Perkins 236
13 Kurt Kostecki 188
14 Tyler Everingham 183
15 Matthew McLean 78

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