Ojeda takes first ever Super2 win amid carnage

Jack Perkins’ car on fire. Picture: Fox Sports

MW Motorsport’s Jayden Ojeda has won the Dunlop Super2 Series’ Round 3 opener in Townsville, a race which ended early due to major carnage.

Jack Perkins’ #88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore appeared to fare the worst, with a fire from the engine bay after contact between MW Motorsport’s Tyler Everingham and Tickford Racing’s Zak Best triggered a pile-up at Turn 3.

That drew a Safety Car initially and then a red flag, and while Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Broc Feeney had been first at the time, the backdating of results meant the series leader ended up second in the race to Ojeda.

UPDATE: Results revised to Lap 14; Feeney now winner

Among those involved in the incident, in addition to the trio mentioned above, were Matt McLean (#54 Eggleston VF Commodore), Declan Fraser (#777 MWM Nissan Altima), and Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon).

It unfolded when Everingham showed the nose at Best in the battle for third, sending the #78 FGX Falcon sideways.

Several in the closely bunched pack piled into Everingham’s #27 Nissan Altima as they came around the blind corner which leads into the parklands section of the Reid Park Street Circuit.

Perkins’ car was among those which were left stricken at the scene, and a fire took hold under the bonnet.

Ironically, the backdating of results from the red flag, which was called during Lap 16, to the completion of Lap 13 means Best is officially classified third, ahead of Everingham, Chahda, and McLean.

Back at the start of what should have been a 21-lap contest, pole-sitter Feeney (#888 VF Commodore) bagged it up when the lights went out, while Ojeda shot from Row 2 of the grid into the lead.

Best took up second position from the outside of the front row while Feeney regained a position when he went down the inside of Triple Eight team-mate Angelo Mouzouris (#6 VF Commodore) at Turn 2 to take third.

Jayden Ojeda

Ojeda was 1.1s to the good at the end of the standing lap while Feeney could not make a move on Best stick when he went deep under brakes on Lap 2 at Turn 2.

Chahda dived down the inside of Mouzouris at Turn 11 on Lap 3, and Jordan Boys (#49 Image Racing VF Commodore) went to follow.

However, he and Mouzouris clashed and appeared to interlock wheels, taking both wide and well down the order.

Feeney continued to harass Best and when he once again could not pull off an inside move at Turn 2, on Lap 6, Ojeda’s lead grew from almost four seconds to well over five.

Feeney got ahead of Best for a third time on Lap 6 at Turn 11 and managed to stay there that time, with the Tickford driver then having a fight on his hands to prevent Chahda from capitalising.

Ojeda was losing margin but still 4.7s up the road when a Safety Car was called on Lap 9, due to Super3 competitor Brendan Strong (#75 VE Commodore) coming to a halt in the Turn 3 run-off area with a mechanical failure.

The race leader went very defensive at Turn 2 when the contest restarted on Lap 13 and had to thus also cover on the run up Charters Towers Road.

That would prove to be crucial, despite Feeney pulling off a textbook move a lap later at Turn 2 and then quickly skipping more than a second clear.

McLean passed Chahda for fifth at Turn 2 on Lap 15, but that only put him in the worst possible position when Everingham had a look at Best one corner later.

The official top 10, save for any penalties which may end up being applied, is Ojeda from Feeney, Best, Everingham, Chahda, McLean, Josh Fife (#28 MWM Nissan Altima), Zane Morse (#11 Zane Morse VF Commodore), Jaylyn Robotham (#999 Image VF Commodore), and Fraser.

Perkins was classified 11th and Boys 12th, the latter having emerged sixth from the chaos despite also getting caught up in it.

Nash Morris (#67 Flash Bush Motorsport FG Falcon) won Super3 in 14th outright, with series leader Michael Anderson (#5 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon) next in class in 17th outright.

Qualifying for Race 2 starts tomorrow at 11:15 local time/AEST.

Results: Race 1 Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Cls Laps Race time
1 888 Triple Eight Race Engineering Broc Feeney Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:47.3361
2 31 Jayco / MWM Jayden Ojeda Nissan Altima S2 14 20:48.5405
3 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Falcon FG/X S2 14 20:49.8143
4 27 Blue Ribbon Legal / MWM Tyler Everingham Nissan Altima S2 14 20:50.0866
5 18 Adventure Kings Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG/X S2 14 20:50.4294
6 54 Eggleston Motorsport Matthew McLean Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:50.6742
7 28 Natural Gas and Water / MWM Josh Fife Nissan Altima S2 14 20:51.0904
8 11 Brema Group Racing Zane Morse Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:51.3175
9 999 Rare Spares / Image Racing Jaylyn Robotham Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:51.6730
10 777 Red Hot Couriers / MWM Declan Fraser Nissan Altima S2 14 20:52.0980
11 88 Eggleston Motorsport Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:52.6183
12 49 Image Racing / Joss Group Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:53.2386
13 69 Dial Before You Dig Jon McCorkindale Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:53.8097
14 67 Flash Bush Motorsport Nash Morris Ford Falcon FG CH 14 20:55.6951
15 6 Triple Eight Race Engineering Angelo Mouzouris Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:56.5407
16 38 Eggleston Motorsport Jack Sipp Holden Commodore VF S2 14 20:57.3724
17 5 Anderson Motorsport Michael Anderson Ford Falcon FG SC3 14 20:58.3383
18 61 Image Racing Reef McCarthy Ford Falcon FG CH 14 21:00.2759
19 77 Mr HDT Race Cars Blake Fardell Holden Commodore VE CH 14 21:01.3228
20 35 Unit Racing Jason Gomersall Ford Falcon FG SC3 14 21:04.9506
21 39 Vectra Group Chris Smerdon Ford Falcon FG SC3 14 21:05.5214
22 30 Matt Stone Racing Aaron Seton Holden Commodore VF S2 12 20:59.9284
NC 75 Linc Scsffolding Brendan Strong Holden Commodore VE SC3 7 9:31.4858
NC 96 Collins Racing Gary Collins Holden Commodore VE2 SC3 6 26:21.1881

Series points: Super2 Updated

Pos Driver Pts
1 Broc Feeney 690
2 Zak Best 627
3 Jayden Ojeda 612
4 Matthew Chahda 519
5 Matthew McLean 495
6 Tyler Everingham 474
7 Declan Fraser 438
8 Jordan Boys 405
9 Angelo Mouzouris 351
10 Jack Sipp 342
11 Jaylyn Robotham 282
12 Tim Blanchard 267
13 Josh Fife 255
14 Zane Morse 234
15 Jon McCorkindale 219
16 Aaron Seton 194
17 Bradley Neill 135
18 Jack Perkins 72

The pile-up. Picture: Fox Sports

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