Feeney dominates Townsville Super2 opener

Broc Feeney

Broc Feeney has dominated Race 1 of Round 2 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at the NTI Townsville 500.

The Triple Eight Race Engineering driver got the jump from pole position and led MW Motorsport’s Jayden Ojeda for all 21 laps around the Reid Park Street Circuit.

The official margin of victory was only 0.7326s but it had been almost seven seconds before the final two-and-a-bit laps were run under Safety Car.

Either way, Feeney is back into the lead of the series, by 12 points over Tickford Racing’s Zak Best, who finished fourth.

The #888 VF Commodore led the field to the Turn 1 kink for the first time, ahead of Ojeda (#31 Nissan Altima), Tim Blanchard (#88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore), and Angelo Mouzouris (#6 Triple Eight VF Commodore).

Best (#78 FGX Falcon) and Aaron Seton (#30 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore) touched as the former made the pass for fifth exiting Turn 2, with the latter shuffled back to ninth by the time he got to the next braking zone.

Seton lost another position before the standing lap was out when Jordan Boys (#49 Image Racing VF Commodore) dived down the inside at Turn 11, as Feeney pulled six tenths clear at the front.

The race leader added another six tenths or so to his margin on each of the next two laps, and was 2.3s to the good after four laps.

Ojeda had more to worry about in his mirrors, the Sydneysider coming under early pressure from Blanchard, as did Mouzouris from Best in the battle for fourth.

Mouzouris plummeted to 18th outright, last of the 15 Super2 drivers, when he reportedly stopped on-track on Lap 9 and had to restart Car #6.

The drama meant that Boys’ pass on Zane Morse (#11 Zane Morse VF Commodore) at Turn 3 on Lap 10 was for seventh, as Feeney eased to four seconds clear.

Car #888 lost time when Feeney caught traffic on Lap 14, but Ojeda had even more trouble threading his way through the Super3 class backmarkers and was almost 5.5s behind by the end of Lap 15.

They were separated by 6.8s when a Safety Car was called on Lap 19 after Josh Fife had a lurid slide into the Turn 2 run-off area, pulling brake markers off the fence with his rear wing endplate and nudging Morse.

Although replays were inconclusive as to the root cause of the incident, Fife’s #28 MWM Nissan Altima was seen with damaged left-front suspension as he drove away from the scene.

Despite the Canberran getting mobile again, the race finished under Safety Car conditions, with a top four of Feeney, Ojeda, Blanchard, and then Best.

Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon) hung on from Tyler Everingham (#27 MWM Nissan Altima) in the battle for fifth, ahead of Boys and Matt McLean (#54 Eggleston VF Commodore).

Seton ended up ninth, Declan Fraser (#777 MWM Nissan Altima) 10th, and Mouzouris 13th.

Michael Anderson (#5 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon) took Super3 honours in 14th outright after an early dice with class rival Nash Morris (#67 Flash Bush Motorsport FG Falcon).

Morris claimed second in Super3 and 16th outright, one position up on Reef McCarthy (#61 Image FG Falcon), while Fife was not classified a finisher.

Qualifying for Race 2 starts tomorrow at 09:30 local time/AEST.

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Cls Laps Race time
1 888 Triple Eight Race Engineering Broc Feeney Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:10.4067
2 31 Jayco / MWM Jayden Ojeda Nissan Altima S2 21 28:11.1393
3 88 Eggleston Motorsport Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:11.6483
4 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Falcon FG/X S2 21 28:12.2660
5 18 Adventure Kings Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG/X S2 21 28:12.7304
6 27 Blue Ribbon Legal / MWM Tyler Everingham Nissan Altima S2 21 28:13.4708
7 49 Joss Group / Image Racing Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:14.3646
8 54 Eggleston Motorsport Matthew McLean Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:14.8656
9 30 Matt Stone Racing Aaron Seton Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:16.4490
10 777 Red Hot Couriers / MWM Declan Fraser Nissan Altima S2 21 28:17.3904
11 11 Brema Group Racing Zane Morse Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:18.0295
12 69 Dial Before You Dig Jon McCorkindale Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:20.4785
13 6 Triple Eight Race Engineering Angelo Mouzouris Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:22.4166
14 5 Anderson Motorsport Michael Anderson Ford Falcon FG SC3 21 28:23.0544
15 38 Eggleston Motorsport Jack Sipp Holden Commodore VF S2 21 28:24.7085
16 67 Flash Bush Motorsport Nash Morris Ford Falcon FG CH 21 28:27.0275
17 61 Image Racing Reef McCarthy Ford Falcon FG CH 21 28:29.1471
18 75 Linc Scaffolding Brendan Strong Holden Commodore VE SC3 21 28:30.3184
19 39 Vectra Group Chris Smerdon Ford Falcon FG SC3 20 28:15.2556
20 2 Page Bros Jayco Steven Page Holden Commodore VE2 SC3 20 28:17.0162
21 24 North West Recycling David Murphy Ford Falcon FG SC3 20 28:18.9630
NC 28 Natural Gas and Water / MWM Josh Fife Nissan Altima S2 17 22:00.9205
NC 77 Mr HDT Race Cars Blake Fardell Holden Commodore VE CH 16 21:28.3738
NC 96 Collins Racing Gary Collins Holden Commodore VE2 SC3 10 29:11.4695
NC 35 Unit Racing Jason Gomersall Ford Falcon FG SC3 7 9:34.3425

Series points: Super2

Pos Driver Pts
1 Broc Feeney 390
2 Zak Best 378
3 Jayden Ojeda 345
4 Matthew Chahda 336
5 Matthew McLean 303
6 Angelo Mouzouris 288
7 Declan Fraser 264
8 Tyler Everingham 252
9 Jordan Boys 225
10 Aaron Seton 225
11 Jack Sipp 204
12 Jaylyn Robotham 198
13 Zane Morse 144
14 Bradley Neill 135
15 Tim Blanchard 129
16 Josh Fife 90
17 Jon McCorkindale 69

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