Seton fastest, huge scare for Fife in Super2 Practice

Josh Fife. Picture: Fox Sports

Aaron Seton set the pace in a Dunlop Super2 Series Practice session at Townsville which finished early due to a fast spin for a wing-less Josh Fife.

Red flags flew with just over five minutes of the scheduled 40 remaining after the #28 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima threw its rear wing plane off on Boundary Street (main straight).

Unsurprisingly, Fife swapped ends when he attempted to negotiate the Turn 1 kink, but he managed to stay away from the walls as he clamped on the brakes.

It was only a week prior that the Super3 race winner had slid into the run-off area just up the road at Turn 2 during Race 1, when his rear wing pulled brake markers off the fence.

With the session not restarting, the #30 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore of Seton was left at the top of the timing screen thanks to a 1:15.4875s, almost two tenths up on Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Broc Feeney.

The latter had kicked things off with a 1:16.4589s in the #888 VF Commodore, and followed it up with a 1:16.1609s and a 1:15.9907s before bringing his first run to an end.

Once Jordan Boys (#49 Image Racing VF Commodore) had set a representative lap time, he was second-fastest on a 1:16.1743s, before being usurped by Seton on a 1:16.0182s in the 11th minute.

Fife and Feeney traded fastest laps early on their second runs, the former going to a 1:15.9698s before the latter clocked a 1:15.7681s.

Fife hit back with a 1:15.7655s but the series leader once again quickly wrested top spot back, with a 1:15.6804s.

Despite the thin margin between #888 and #28, Seton split them on his third run with a 1:15.7516s, and stayed second with a 1:15.7187s on his following lap.

Aaron Seton

The third-generation driver overhauled Feeney next time onto the race track with a 1:15.4875s, just before the red flag which brought a premature end to the session.

Feeney, who dominated Round 2 in Townsville last weekend, was therefore second-best for the first time in seven sessions at the Reid Park Street Circuit, ahead off Fife, Boys, and Tyler Everingham (#27 MWM Nissan Altima).

Jack Perkins (#88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) ended up sixth, ahead of Jayden Ojeda (#31 MWM Nissan Altima), Angelo Mouzouris (#6 Triple Eight VF Commodore), Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon), and Zak Best (#78 Tickford Racing FGX Falcon).

Nash Morris (#67 Flash Bush Motorsport FG Falcon) was fastest in the Super3 class in 17th outright, behind all the Super2 runners, on a 1:17.4235s.

For reference, the fastest practice lap last weekend was Feeney’s 1:14.6281s.

Qualifying for Race 1 of Round 3 starts this afternoon at 13:05 local time/AEST.

Results: Practice

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Cls Fastest lap Split
1 30 Matt Stone Racing Aaron Seton Holden Commodore VF S2 1:15.4875
2 888 Triple Eight Race Engineering Broc Feeney Holden Commodore VF S2 1:15.6804 0:00.1929
3 28 Natural Gas and Water / MWM Josh Fife Nissan Altima S2 1:15.7655 0:00.2780
4 49 Image Racing / Joss Group Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF S2 1:15.9520 0:00.4645
5 27 Blue Ribbon Legal / MWM Tyler Everingham Nissan Altima S2 1:15.9625 0:00.4750
6 88 Eggleston Motorsport Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF S2 1:15.9792 0:00.4917
7 31 Jayco / MWM Jayden Ojeda Nissan Altima S2 1:16.0464 0:00.5589
8 6 Triple Eight Race Engineering Angelo Mouzouris Holden Commodore VF S2 1:16.1201 0:00.6326
9 18 Adventure Kings Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG/X S2 1:16.1490 0:00.6615
10 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Falcon FG/X S2 1:16.2715 0:00.7840
11 777 Red Hot Couriers / MWM Declan Fraser Nissan Altima S2 1:16.3539 0:00.8664
12 54 Eggleston Motorsport Matthew McLean Holden Commodore VF S2 1:16.6005 0:01.1130
13 11 Brema Group Racing Zane Morse Holden Commodore VF S2 1:16.6078 0:01.1203
14 999 Rare Spares / Image Racing Jaylyn Robotham Holden Commodore VF S2 1:16.7001 0:01.2126
15 69 Dial Before You Dig Jon McCorkindale Holden Commodore VF S2 1:16.8111 0:01.3236
16 38 Eggleston Motorsport Jack Sipp Holden Commodore VF S2 1:17.2052 0:01.7177
17 67 Flash Bush Motorsport Nash Morris Ford Falcon FG CH 1:17.4235 0:01.9360
18 77 Mr HDT Race Cars Blake Fardell Holden Commodore VE CH 1:17.8850 0:02.3975
19 5 Anderson Motorsport Michael Anderson Ford Falcon FG SC3 1:18.2180 0:02.7305
20 35 Unit Racing Jason Gomersall Ford Falcon FG SC3 1:18.3287 0:02.8412
21 75 Linc Scsffolding Brendan Strong Holden Commodore VE SC3 1:18.4807 0:02.9932
22 61 Image Racing Reef McCarthy Ford Falcon FG CH 1:18.5772 0:03.0897
23 39 Vectra Group Chris Smerdon Ford Falcon FG SC3 1:19.0589 0:03.5714
24 96 Collins Racing Gary Collins Holden Commodore VE2 SC3 1:23.6098 0:08.1223

The wing flies off. Picture: Fox Sports

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