Payne pips Triple Eight duo in Super2 Practice 2

Matt Payne

Grove Racing’s Matt Payne has pipped Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Declan Fraser and Cameron Hill in Practice 2 for Round 1 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at Sydney Motorsport Park.

As was the case in the day’s earlier session, rain was intermittent throughout the 40-minute hit-out and that played a part in the two red flag periods which would transpire.

The latter of those brought a slightly early end to proceedings, at which point Payne held sway on a 1:42.7891s in the #10 Nissan Altima, 0.1028s up on Fraser and 0.1573s on Hill.

Quickest at the end of the initial flyers had been Zane Morse (#11 Brema Group VF Commodore) with a 1:45.3933s as the field rolled out on a damp track.

Payne went to the top next time around with a 1:44.5455s, the first of a string of new fastest laps for the Grove driver, who got down to a 1:43.6590s during a relatively long first run.

His time in first position came to and end when Tickford Racing’s Zak Best clocked a 1:43.3883s on his second run, just over 15 minutes into the session.

Best was still fastest when he triggered a red flag 10 minutes later, having spun into the gravel trap at the final corner and been unable to drive the #78 FGX Falcon out of it.

Payne was still second at that point, from Thomas Maxwell (#3 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima), Jaylyn Robotham (#999 Image Racing VF Commodore), and Jay Hanson (#49 Image VF Commodore).

After a halt of around five minutes, the field was released from pit lane again, at which point Fraser went fastest on a 1:42.8919s in the #777 VF Commodore and Hill followed his Triple Eight team-mate across the line in a time of 1:42.9464s.

However, both were bettered moments later by Payne, and no one had a chance to go quicker again when a second red flag period came in the 36th minute.

That stoppage was a result of two cars becoming stuck on drivers’ left at Turn 9, namely Super2 rookie Nash Morris (#67 Flash Bush Motorsport FGX Falcon) and Super3 competitor Steven Page (#2 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore), although no incident was captured on broadcast and it was not clear if their dramas were related.

Hanson had just set a 1:43.1119s which was good enough for fourth, with Best’s earlier effort standing up for fifth-quickest.

Sixth through eighth in the end were Maxwell, Robotham, and Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon), with Blake Fardell (#77 Peter Xiberras VE Commodore) ninth outright and top of Super3 with a 1:44.2244s which had him briefly second-quickest.

Kai Allen (#26 Eggleston VE Commodore), who was fastest in Super3 in Practice 1, ended up 10th outright, from Morris, Morse, Aaron Seton (#30 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore), and the pace-setter in the earlier session, Matt McLean (#54 Eggleston VF Commodore).

MWM’s Tyler Everingham, who had been in hospital overnight, finally made it to the circuit and explained that he had suffered a bout of food poisoning.

He was a bystander for Practice 2 but expects to saddle up in the #27 Nissan Altima tomorrow.

“It was pretty good timing as usual,” said Everingham sarcastically, “but I got a pretty bad case of food poisoning and ended up with an infection.

“We got cleared from hospital at 10 this morning and came straight here.

“We’re all good to run tomorrow so we’re a little bit behind now but we should be able to make it happen.”

On how he feels, he reported, “Yeah, 100 percent. I feel a lot better, feel ready for it.

“It just depends what tomorrow is like. The weather is going to be a little bit dicey so that might help us a little bit with being a bit behind.”

Qualifying for Race 1 starts tomorrow at 14:00 local time/AEDT.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Cls Fastest lap Split
1 10 Grove Racing Matthew Payne Nissan Altima S2 1:42.7891
2 777 Triple Eight Race Engineering Declan Fraser Holden Commodore VF S2 1:42.8919 0:00.1028
3 111 Triple Eight Race Engineering Cameron Hill Holden Commodore VF S2 1:42.9464 0:00.1573
4 49 Image Racing Jay Hanson Holden Commodore VF S2 1:43.1119 0:00.3228
5 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Falcon FG/X S2 1:43.3883 0:00.5992
6 3 MWM Thomas Maxwell Nissan Altima S2 1:43.7313 0:00.9422
7 999 Erebus Academy / Image Racing Jaylyn Robotham Holden Commodore VF S2 1:43.7534 0:00.9643
8 18 Cavalier Homes Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG/X S2 1:44.1084 0:01.3193
9 77 Mr HDT Race Cars Blake Fardell Holden Commodore VE2 CH 1:44.2244 0:01.4353
10 26 Eggleston Motorsport Kai Allen Holden Commodore VE CH 1:44.4258 0:01.6367
11 67 Flash Bush Motorsports Nash Morris Ford Falcon FG/X S2 1:44.7771 0:01.9880
12 11 Brema Group Racing Zane Morse Holden Commodore VF S2 1:44.7860 0:01.9969
13 30 Sherrin Rentals Aaron Seton Holden Commodore VF S2 1:44.8314 0:02.0423
14 54 Eggleston Motorsport Matthew McLean Holden Commodore VF S2 1:44.9334 0:02.1443
15 6 MWM Angelo Mouzouris Nissan Altima S2 1:44.9466 0:02.1575
16 38 Eggleston Motorsport Cameron Crick Holden Commodore VF S2 1:45.0468 0:02.2577
17 5 Anderson Motorsport Brad Vaughan Ford Falcon FG CH 1:45.2015 0:02.4124
18 58 EFS Ryal Harris Holden Commodore VF S2 1:45.5010 0:02.7119
19 8 Steeline Racing Elly Morrow Holden Commodore VF S2 1:45.8419 0:03.0528
20 7 Mocomm Motorsport Comms Jim Pollicina Holden Commodore VE SC3 1:46.3472 0:03.5581
21 23 RHM / Nulon Ray Hislop Ford Falcon BA SC3 1:47.3994 0:04.6103
22 76 Valmont Coatings Garry Hills Holden Commodore VE2 SC3 1:47.9291 0:05.1400
23 35 Unit Racing Jason Gomersall Ford Falcon FG SC3 1:48.4239 0:05.6348
24 39 Vectra Corp Chris Smerdon Ford Falcon FG SC3 1:48.5909 0:05.8018
25 4 Crusher Parts International Tony Auddino Ford Falcon BF SC3 1:48.8206 0:06.0315
26 46 Turbo Brisbane Jarred Danaher Ford Falcon FG SC3 1:49.2987 0:06.5096
27 68 Turbo Brisbane Shane Beikoff Ford Falcon AU HC 1:51.0139 0:08.2248
28 219 Masterton Motorsport James Masterton Holden Commodore VE SC3 1:51.9644 0:09.1753
29 2 Page Bros Jayco Steven Page Holden Commodore VE2 SC3 1:53.0245 0:10.2354
30 25 Weldcraft Motorsport Paul Boschert Holden Commodore VE SC3

Classes: S2 Super2, CH Super3 Championship, SC3 Super3 Cup, HC Super3 Heritage Class

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