Feeney dominates Townsville Super2 opener
Saturday 10th July, 2021 - 3:05pm
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
|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