Fraser tops final Townsville Super2 practice

Declan Fraser. Picture: Ross Gibb

Declan Fraser came through with a late flying lap to top the second practice session for the Dunlop Super2 Series at the NTI Townsville 500.

Fraser’s 1:15.196s lap time after the chequered flag saw in the #777 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore pip Tyler Everingham.

The top two were separated by a mere six-hundredths of a second, while Fraser’s team-mate Cameron Hill was third.

Jaylyn Robotham set the pace in the early stages on a 1:15.684s before the session was interrupted.

The red flag flew at the halfway mark with Brad Vaughan stopped on the main straight, partially blocking the pit exit.

Vaughan reported a driveline or gearbox issue after hearing a ‘bang’ exiting the final corner.

Gary Hills in the #76 Super3 entry appeared to have made contact with a wall prior to the red flag, with replays showing a damaged front-left corner as he hobbled back to the pits.

As the clock ticked down to five minutes remaining, Tim Blanchard moved to the top with a 1:15.674s.

More improvements came prior to the chequered flag, Everingham going quicker on a 1:15.258s as Zak Best slotted into second.

Angelo Mouzouris and Fraser both went ahead of Blanchard, with many of the quick times courtesy of green tyre runs.

As the session wrapped up Cameron Hill improved on his last lap to go second, punching in a 1:15.270s.

Fraser lowered his time to a 1:15.418s and climbed to third, but pushed on with it on the next lap.

That last lap from Fraser yielded the session best of 1:15.196s to put him ahead of Everingham and Hill.

Best and Mouzouris completed the top five, while Kai Allen was the best of the Super3 runners in 16th outright.

Qualifying for Race 1 gets underway on Saturday at 09:05 local time/AEST with Super3 out on track ahead of Super2.

Results: Practice 2

Pos # Competitor/Team Driver Car Laps Fastest Lap Gap
1 777 Triple Eight Race Engineering Declan Fraser Holden Commodore VF 18 1:15.1961*
2 27 MWM Tyler Everingham Nissan Altima 18 1:15.2586 0:00.0625
3 111 Triple Eight Race Engineering Cameron Hill Holden Commodore VF 17 1:15.2706 0:00.0745
4 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Falcon FG/X 17 1:15.2886 0:00.0925
5 6 MWM Angelo Mouzouris Nissan Altima 18 1:15.5520 0:00.3559
6 54 Eggleston Motorsport Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 21 1:15.6749 0:00.4788
7 999 Shred X / Image Racing Jaylyn Robotham Holden Commodore VF 20 1:15.6846 0:00.4885
8 3 MWM Thomas Maxwell Nissan Altima 18 1:15.7069 0:00.5108
9 30 Sherrin Rentals Aaron Seton Holden Commodore VF 20 1:15.7253 0:00.5292
10 18 Brad Cattlin and Sons Civil Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG/X 18 1:15.7356 0:00.5395
11 58 EFS 4×4 Accessories Ryal Harris Holden Commodore VF 20 1:15.8862 0:00.6901
12 67 Flash Bush Motorsports Nash Morris Ford Falcon FG/X 18 1:16.0718 0:00.8757
13 11 Brema Group Racing Zane Morse Holden Commodore VF 20 1:16.0811 0:00.8850
14 49 Image Racing / AWC Jay Hanson Holden Commodore VF 19 1:16.0862 0:00.8901
15 10 Grove Racing Matthew Payne Nissan Altima 17 1:16.1020 0:00.9059
16 38 Eggleston Motorsport Cameron Crick Holden Commodore VF 13 1:16.8864 0:01.6903
17 8 Steeline Racing Elly Morrow Holden Commodore VF 20 1:17.5689 0:02.3728

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