Boys tops Super2 Practice 2 as Fraser crashes hard
Wednesday 1st December, 2021 - 4:28pm
Jordan Boys has gone fastest in Practice 2 for Round 5 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at Bathurst as Declan Fraser crashed hard at the top of the mountain.
Fraser lost the back of his MW Motorsport entry after the right-rear wheel nut popped out on the run through Sulman Park, causing the the #777 Nissan Altima to spin into a heavy rear-end hit with the wall.
While the 21-year-old exited the wreck under his own power, the triggering of the red flag with just over two minutes remaining meant that what would have been a 40-minute session did not restart.
The early end to proceedings cemented Image Racing’s Boys in first and Matt Stone Racing’s Aaron Seton in second, those two having apparently been the only Super2 drivers able to get in a green tyre run before Fraser’s smash.
Boys was 0.4294s up on Seton at that point, with MW Motorsport title contender Jayden Ojeda third at 1.0512s off the pace thanks to a lap set on his first run.
Eggleston Motorsport’s Matt McLean took fourth and Triple Eight Race Engineering’s series leader, Broc Feeney, wound up fifth.
Ojeda (#31 Nissan Altima) set the fastest initial flyer, a 2:08.7175s, and maintained his ascendancy when he clocked a 2:07.8154s on his following lap.
That time was still quickest once the first runs were done, with Grove Racing’s Matt Payne (#10 Nissan Altima) second on a 2:08.0524s, from Tickford Racing’s Zak Best (#78 FGX Falcon) on a 2:08.1196s, MW Motorsport’s Tyler Everingham (#27 Nissan Altima) on a 2:08.1805s, Seton (#30 VF Commodore) on a 2:08.2601s, and Feeney (#888 VF Commodore) on a 2:08.4948s.
Everingham improved his time but not his position with a 2:08.1305s at the start of his second run, while team-mate Ojeda aborted what looked like a quick lap.
Feeney went to second spot with a 2:07.9815s on his third run, immediately before he was baulked by Super3 driver James Masterton (#219 Masterton Motorsport VE Commodore) exiting Hell Corner.
Having also been held up by Masterton in Practice 1, the Triple Eight driver showed his displeasure by gesticulating in the cabin and then moving across on Car #219 as they ran up Mountain Straight.
Boys appeared to be the first to go for a serious green tyre run when he vaulted from seventh to first with a 2:06.8092s, making him the first to beat Ojeda’s Practice 1 benchmark, and more than a second faster than Ojeda for the session to that point.
The Image Racing driver went even faster next time around, breaking the beam at a time of 2:06.7642s despite only going fastest in the first sector and then slower than his personal-best in the second and third sectors.
Seton subsequently improved six positions with a 2:07.1936s, and that was the last change at the pointy end.
Just behind the top five of Boys, Seton, Ojeda, McLean (#54 VF Commodore), and Feeney was Payne in sixth and Best in seventh on their aforementioned lap times.
Everingham ended up eighth, from Eggleston Motorsport team-mates Tim Blanchard (#88 VF Commodore) and Josh Fife (#38 VF Commodore).
Fraser was credited with 11th although that may prove a moot point depending on the state of Car #777, with Angelo Mouzouris last of the Super2 runners in 16th after a steering rack problem reared its head in the #6 Triple Eight VF Commodore.
Image Racing’s Reef McCarthy was fastest in Super3 with a 2:10.7914s which left the #61 FG Falcon 17th outright, from Blake Fardell (#77 Blake Fardell VE Commodore), Nash Morris (#67 Flash Bush Motorsport FG Falcon), and Michael Anderson (#5 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon).
Qualifying for Race 1 of the weekend, which is set to see both classes on-track at the same time, starts tomorrow at 09:30 local time/AEDT.
Results: Practice 2
|1||49||Joss Group / Image Racing||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:06.7642|
|2||30||Sherrin Rentals||Aaron Seton||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:07.1936||0:00.4294|
|3||31||Jayco / MWM||Jayden Ojeda||Nissan Altima||S2||2:07.8154||0:01.0512|
|4||54||Eggleston Motorsport||Matthew McLean||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:07.9260||0:01.1618|
|5||888||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Broc Feeney||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:07.9815||0:01.2173|
|6||10||Grove Motorsport||Matthew Payne||Nissan Altima||S2||2:08.0524||0:01.2882|
|7||78||Best Leisure Industries||Zak Best||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||2:08.1196||0:01.3554|
|8||27||Blue Ribbon Legal / MWM||Tyler Everingham||Nissan Altima||S2||2:08.1305||0:01.3663|
|9||88||Eggleston Motorsport||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:08.4243||0:01.6601|
|10||38||Eggleston Motorsport||Josh Fife||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:08.6275||0:01.8633|
|11||777||Red Hot Couriers / MWM||Declan Fraser||Nissan Altima||S2||2:08.6809||0:01.9167|
|12||11||Brema Group Racing||Zane Morse||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:08.6822||0:01.9180|
|13||69||Dial Before You Dig||Jon McCorkindale||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:09.5545||0:02.7903|
|14||18||Falcon Spares & Repaires||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||2:09.7822||0:03.0180|
|15||999||Rare Spares / Image Racing||Jaylyn Robotham||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:09.7984||0:03.0342|
|16||6||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Angelo Mouzouris||Holden Commodore VF||S2||2:10.2697||0:03.5055|
|17||61||Image Racing||Reef McCarthy||Ford Falcon FG||CH||2:10.7914||0:04.0272|
|18||77||Mr HDT Race Cars||Blake Fardell||Holden Commodore VE||CH||2:10.9871||0:04.2229|
|19||67||Flash Bush Motorsport||Nash Morris||Ford Falcon FG||CH||2:13.0437||0:06.2795|
|20||5||Anderson Motorsport||Michael Anderson||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||2:13.1304||0:06.3662|
|21||24||North West Recycling||David Murphy||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||2:13.8342||0:07.0700|
|22||7||Mocomm Motorsport Comms||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||2:14.5448||0:07.7806|
|23||2||Page Bros Jayco||Steven Page||Holden Commodore VE2||SC3||2:16.9497||0:10.1855|
|24||17||Resurrection Panel N Paint||Jason Foley||Ford Falcon BF||SC3||2:18.0335||0:11.2693|
|25||4||Crusher Parts International||Tony Auddino||Ford Falcon BF||SC3||2:18.3208||0:11.5566|
|26||25||Weldcraft Motorsport||Paul Boschert||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||2:19.4212||0:12.6570|
|27||219||Masterton Motorsport||James Masterton||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||2:20.3791||0:13.6149|
|28||96||Collins Racing||Gary Collins||Holden Commodore VE2||SC3||2:22.1986||0:15.4344|
|29||8||Brad Jones Racing||Elly Morrow||Holden Commodore VE2||SC3||2:23.8292||0:17.0650|