MWM down an engineer while taking Super2 pole

Jayden Ojeda

MW Motorsport achieved pole position for this weekend’s Dunlop Super2 Series opener despite team owner Matthew White being forced to engineer two cars at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Jayden Ojeda broke the practice/qualifying lap record by more than anyone else ahead of Race 1 of Round 4, making him one of three MWM drivers in the top five.

The others were Declan Fraser in third and Tyler Everingham in fifth, with both the latter and Ojeda being engineered by White due to the squad being a man down.

“Great credit to Jayden,” said White.

“We’re down an engineer – our head engineer is in Queensland at the moment and can’t get here – so I’m trying to engineer two cars at the moment and probably am not doing a very good job with either of them, to be honest.

“Tyler is the other one, and Tyler is doing a great job too.

“Really, congratulations for Jayden, he really earned it, he’s a great driver and a fantastic result for Jayco.”

Ojeda had to dig deep to beat Grove Racing’s Matt Payne, who is making a sensational debut in another Altima and had held provisional pole when the chequered flag was unfurled.

“Matt has been doing a sensational job, I have got to say,” remarked White.

“He has made us really, really lift our game.

“As I said, a great job to the guys. Here, it’s all about tyre phasing and the guys then did a really good job of doing that.

“The trouble is, [on] your out lap, you don’t get through [Turn] 1, but by the time you finish your lap, the rears are gone.

“So, Jayden has obviously done a really good job with that.”

As his team boss noted, Ojeda effectively went for two warm-up laps to get the most out of the hard tyres at a cool Eastern Creek.

It meant he stole pole from Payne right at the end with a 1:29.9700s, 0.2302s quicker than the Grove driver with whom he will share Row 1.

“We only did one lap, we only completed one lap,” said the home town driver.

“We went out on the used set to just kind of get a balance for the car.

“We struggled a little bit with the balance yesterday, so we kind of had to chuck it all on the line in that last run there; do two warm-up laps.

“The car was mega, it was a tidy lap, and I’m stoked.

He added, “We tuned the car up a little bit overnight and the car feels mega, so he has done a good job, old Matty White.”

Ojeda is currently third in the series, behind Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Broc Feeney and Tickford Racing’s Zak Bezt, who qualified fourth and seventh respectively.

Race 1 is due to start at 18:00 local time/AEDT, and is scheduled for 18 laps.

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