Fraser wins carnage-filled Townsville Super2 race

Declan Fraser

Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Declan Fraser has scored his first Dunlop Super2 Series race win in a carnage-filled finale to Round 3 at the NTI Townsville 500.

The second-year Super2 driver led all 18 laps of Race 2, many of which were run under Safety Car, while Matt Chahda held off the other Triple Eight car of Cameron Hill to clinch second position by a margin of 0.0844s.

Fraser thus moves to the top of the points table after an unfortunate Tyler Everingham crashed into pre-round series leader Matt Payne at the start.

The eventual race winner had shown a fairly clean pair of heels from pole position but Everingham made an even better start just behind him on Row 2.

So good was the MW Motorsport driver’s getaway, he tried to drive around Fraser (#777 VF Commodore) but clashed with Tickford Racing’s Zak Best (#78 FGX Falcon), who was relatively slow away from the front row, which sent him spearing across to drivers’ left.

Everingham’s #27 Nissan Altima collected the #10 Grove Racing Nissan Altima of Payne, taking both into the wall and drawing an early Safety Car.

Best was involved in another crunch moments later at Turn 4, when he shunted the #999 Image Racing VF Commodore after Jaylyn Robotham had slowed in response to the yellow flags.

Officials would take no further action over either of those incidents but the hit which Robotham copped damaged his bootlid and left his rear wing bent back, causing him to pit just as the field was about to take the restart at the end of Lap 4.

That made for a top five of Fraser, Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon), Best, Hill (#111 VF Commodore), and Jay Hanson (#49 Image VF Commodore) for the resumption of green flag action.

However, the Tickford driver in that quintet was in trouble when the right-front guard on Car #78 peeled back once he got up to speed again, giving Hill an easy pass under brakes when they arrived at Turn 2.

Tyler Everingham finds the fence at the start of Race 2. Picture: Ross Gibb

As Chahda pressured Fraser at the head of the field, Best continued to tumble down the order, quickly losing positions to the likes of Hanson, Thomas Maxwell (#3 MWM Nissan Altima), Aaron Seton (#30 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore), and Angelo Mouzouris (#6 MWM Nissan Altima).

Fraser had shaken Chahda and the privateer was coming under pressure from the other Triple Eight driver in the field, Hill having a dive at Turn 2 on Lap 8 but pinching a brake and running long.

Chahda thus retained second spot, and would get a further reprieve when a second Safety Car period was called due to an ugly tangle between Cameron Crick (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) and Nash Morris (#67 Flash Bush Motorsport FGX Falcon) which put both into the barriers at Turn 6.

The running order then was Fraser, Chahda, Hill, Hanson, Maxwell, and Seton, with Mouzouris back in ninth after a tap from Tim Blanchard (#54 Eggleston VF Commodore) had sent him through the grass at Turn 7 a few laps earlier.

The next restart came on Lap 15 and while Hanson kicked up the dirt exiting Turn 6 on cold tyres, he managed to stave off Maxwell at the following corner.

Fraser cleared out to a 2.4s lead at the start of Lap 18, which would be the final lap despite the extension of time-certainty by five minutes.

He went on to win by an official margin of 2.5692s but the battle for the minor placings was far closer.

Chahda fought hard to keep Hill behind him but was vulnerable for the drag up Boundary Street when he went defensive at the last corner of the race.

In the end, the privateer had just enough traction to beat the #111 Triple Eight entry to the finish line, while Hanson got home in fourth and Maxwell in fifth.

Ryal Harris (#58 MSR VF Commodore) put on some bold passes to climb to sixth by the chequered flag, ahead of Mouzouris, Seton, Blanchard, and Zane Morse (#11 Brema Group VF Commodore).

Kai Allen (#26 Eggleston VE Commodore) prevailed in Super3 in 11th outright, after what was a wild, three-way battle for class honours with Brad Vaughan and Blake Fardell.

Fardell (#77 Mr HDT VE Commodore) finished a position behind Allen on the road and in class, while Vaughan ended up seventh in Super3 and 18th outright after a late spin at Turn 6, and Best was the second-last of 23 finishers.

Round 4 of the Super2 Series supports the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint at Sandown International Motor Raceway on August 19-21.

Results: Race 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Cls Laps Race time
1 777 Triple Eight Race Engineering Declan Fraser Holden Commodore VF S2 18 32:15.5587
2 18 Brad Cattlin and Sons Civil Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG/X S2 18 32:18.1279
3 111 Triple Eight Race Engineering Cameron Hill Holden Commodore VF S2 18 32:18.2123
4 49 Image Racing / AWC Jay Hanson Holden Commodore VF S2 18 32:19.9486
5 3 MWM Thomas Maxwell Nissan Altima S2 18 32:20.9960
6 58 EFS 4×4 Accessories Ryal Harris Holden Commodore VF S2 18 32:22.3408
7 6 MWM Angelo Mouzouris Nissan Altima S2 18 32:23.0646
8 30 Sherrin Rentals Aaron Seton Holden Commodore VF S2 18 32:23.8080
9 54 Eggleston Motorsport Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF S2 18 32:24.3957
10 11 Brema Group Racing Zane Morse Holden Commodore VF S2 18 32:24.8278
11 26 Eggleston Motorsport Kai Allen Holden Commodore VE CH 18 32:26.7711
12 77 Mr HDT Race Cars Blake Fardell Holden Commodore VE2 CH 18 32:27.2396
13 8 Steeline Racing Elly Morrow Holden Commodore VF S2 18 32:28.8975
14 39 Vectra Corp Chris Smerdon Ford Falcon FG SC3 18 32:38.1583
15 2 Page Bros Jayco Steven Page Holden Commodore VE2 SC3 18 32:46.4376
16 4 Crusher Parts International Tony Auddino Ford Falcon BF SC3 18 32:46.8646
17 23 RHM / Nulon Ray Hislop Ford Falcon FG SC3 18 32:48.2564
18 5 Anderson Motorsport Brad Vaughan Ford Falcon FG CH 18 32:49.3419
19 35 Unit Racing Jason Gomersall Ford Falcon FG SC3 18 32:50.8961
20 219 Masterton Motorsport James Masterton Holden Commodore VE SC3 18 32:51.9471
21 72 NHP Electrical Engineering Layton Barker Holden Commodore VE SC3 18 32:52.4756
22 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Falcon FG/X S2 18 33:02.3740
23 7 Mocomm Motorsport Comms Jim Pollicina Holden Commodore VE SC3 18 33:07.1802
NC 76 AC Electirc & Air Conditioning Garry Hills Holden Commodore VE2 SC3 17 31:48.2804
NC 46 Turbo Brisbane Jarred Danaher Ford Falcon FG SC3 15 28:54.0616
NC 67 Flash Bush Motorsports Nash Morris Ford Falcon FG/X S2 7 13:07.3758
NC 38 Eggleston Motorsport Cameron Crick Holden Commodore VF S2 7 13:07.5898
NC 999 Shred X / Image Racing Jaylyn Robotham Holden Commodore VF S2 3 6:56.0970
NC 10 Grove Racing Matthew Payne Nissan Altima S2
NC 27 MWM Tyler Everingham Nissan Altima S2

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

Series points: Super2

Pos Driver Pts
1 Declan Fraser 732
2 Cameron Hill 663
3 Matthew Payne 624
4 Tyler Everingham 600
5 Zak Best 591
6 Thomas Maxwell 588
7 Matthew Chahda 573
8 Aaron Seton 555
9 Zane Morse 516
10 Jaylyn Robotham 486
11 Jay Hanson 414
12 Elly Morrow 387
13 Cameron Crick 378
14 Ryal Harris 378
15 Angelo Mouzouris 348
16 Matthew McLean 339
17 Tim Blanchard 180
18 Nash Morris 63

Series points: Super3

Pos Driver Pts
1 Kai Allen 876
2 Blake Fardell 783
3 Brad Vaughan 762
4 Jim Pollicina 645
5 Chris Smerdon 609
6 Tony Auddino 465
7 Jason Gomersall 459
8 Steven Page 450
9 Ray Hislop 447
10 Garry Hills 447
11 Jarred Danaher 294
12 Layton Barker 168
13 James Masterton 162
14 Shane Beikoff 144
15 Paul Boschert 78
16 Gary Collins 0
17 David Murphy 0
18 Brendan Strong 0

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