Payne on pole for Super2 Race 1 at SMP
Saturday 5th March, 2022 - 2:47pm
Grove Racing’s Matt Payne has taken a maiden Dunlop Super2 Series pole position in Qualifying for Race 1 of Round 1 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Payne bagged the first pole of 2022 courtesy of a 1:32.6709s on his opening run, with fellow Nissan Altima driver Tyler Everingham also earning a front row berth despite missing Friday practice due to a bout of food poisoning.
In a 10-minute hit-out disrupted by a red flag caused by Aaron Seton, Tickford Racing’s Zak Best (#78 FGX Falcon) claimed third while MW Motorsport rookie Thomas Maxwell made it three Altimas in the top four.
Image Racing’s Jaylyn Robotham was fastest of the Holden drivers in fifth and will share Row 3 with Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Cameron Hill.
The Super2 field saw a dry track for the first time this weekend, save for the ongoing presence of rivers in several places, and Payne was straight into the 1:32s in the #10 Nissan Altima.
MWM steerer Everingham (#27 Nissan Altima) was next-best at that early stage with a 1:33.1167s on his very first hot lap of the weekend, after spending Thursday night in hospital and only arriving at the track just before Practice 2.
A red flag was called in the sixth minute after Seton locked up and ran off at Bond Bend (Turn 2), bogging the #30 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore on a saturated outfield.
He lost his best lap as a result, dropping from fourth position to last, but was allowed to continue when the session restarted with around three-and-a-half minutes remaining due to an off-season rule change.
The timing of the green flag left only enough time for one lap for most, although those at the top end of pit lane managed to fit two in.
Best improved to third on a 1:33.2131s despite a lock-up at the Turn 8 hairpin, and Everingham consolidated second spot with a 1:32.8846s.
Maxwell (#3 Nissan Altima) set a 1:33.2858s and Robotham (#999 VF Commodore) was only slightly slower on a 1:33.3323s, while Hill clocked a personal-best 1:33.6350s in the #111 VF Commodore.
Eggleston Motorsport’s Matt McLean (#54 VF Commodore) ended up seventh on a 1:33.6682s, although he may have taken some goodness out of his set of green tyres given he was already on them when Seton had his off.
Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon), Seton, and Nash Morris (#67 Flash Bush Motorsport FGX Falcon).
Earlier, Brad Vaughan was fastest throughout in the 10-minute stanza for the Super3 class, earning 11th outright on the grid courtesy of a 1:34.0253s in the #5 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon.
He will be joined on Row 6 by Super2 debutant Jay Hanson (#49 Image VF Commodore), with Triple Eight’s Declan Fraser 13th in the #777 VF Commodore.
Eggleston’s Kai Allen (#26 VE Commodore) was second of the Super3 contingent in 17th outright on a 1:34.5000s, while MWM’s Angelo Mouzouris (#6 Nissan Altima) is set to start from last on the grid later today after breaching track limits on his only flyer in the Super2 segment of qualifying.
Race 1, an 18-lapper, starts this afternoon at 17:50 local time/AEDT.
Results: Qualifying for Race 1
|1||10||Grove Racing||Matthew Payne||Nissan Altima||S2||1:32.6709|
|2||27||Blue Ribbon Legal / MWM||Tyler Everingham||Nissan Altima||S2||1:32.8846||0:00.2137|
|3||78||Best Leisure Industries||Zak Best||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:33.2131||0:00.5422|
|4||3||MWM||Thomas Maxwell||Nissan Altima||S2||1:33.2858||0:00.6149|
|5||999||Erebus Academy / Image Racing||Jaylyn Robotham||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:33.3323||0:00.6614|
|6||111||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Cameron Hill||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:33.6350||0:00.9641|
|7||54||Eggleston Motorsport||Matthew McLean||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:33.6682||0:00.9973|
|8||18||Cavalier Homes||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:33.8889||0:01.2180|
|9||30||Sherrin Rentals||Aaron Seton||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:33.9300||0:01.2591|
|10||67||Flash Bush Motorsports||Nash Morris||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:33.9593||0:01.2884|
|11||5||Anderson Motorsport||Brad Vaughan||Ford Falcon FG||CH||1:34.0253||0:01.3544|
|12||49||Image Racing||Jay Hanson||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:34.0608||0:01.3899|
|13||777||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Declan Fraser||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:34.0715||0:01.4006|
|14||38||Eggleston Motorsport||Cameron Crick||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:34.1329||0:01.4620|
|15||58||EFS 4×4 Accessories||Ryal Harris||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:34.3006||0:01.6297|
|16||11||Brema Group Racing||Zane Morse||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:34.4467||0:01.7758|
|17||26||Eggleston Motorsport||Kai Allen||Holden Commodore VE||CH||1:34.5000||0:01.8291|
|18||77||Mr HDT Race Cars||Blake Fardell||Holden Commodore VE2||CH||1:35.3746||0:02.7037|
|19||23||RHM / Nulon||Ray Hislop||Ford Falcon BA||SC3||1:35.9592||0:03.2883|
|20||8||Steeline Racing||Elly Morrow||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:36.2894||0:03.6185|
|21||7||Mocomm Motorsport Comms||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||1:36.7994||0:04.1285|
|22||35||Unit Racing||Jason Gomersall||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:38.1384||0:05.4675|
|23||39||Vectra Corp||Chris Smerdon||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:38.2396||0:05.5687|
|24||46||Turbo Brisbane||Jarred Danaher||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:38.7557||0:06.0848|
|25||76||Valmont Coatings||Garry Hills||Holden Commodore VE2||SC3||1:39.0036||0:06.3327|
|26||219||Masterton Motorsport||James Masterton||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||1:39.2356||0:06.5647|
|27||2||Page Bros Jayco||Steven Page||Holden Commodore VE2||SC3||1:39.3921||0:06.7212|
|28||25||Weldcraft Motorsport||Paul Boschert||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||1:40.1123||0:07.4414|
|29||4||Crusher Parts International||Tony Auddino||Ford Falcon BF||SC3||1:40.2984||0:07.6275|
|30||68||Turbo Brisbane||Shane Beikoff||Ford Falcon AU||HC||1:40.3055||0:07.6346|
|31||6||MWM||Angelo Mouzouris||Nissan Altima||S2||8:02.7820||6:30.1111|
Classes: S2 Super2, CH Super3 Championship, SC3 Super3 Cup, HC Super3 Heritage Class