Best fastest in red flag-shortened Adelaide Super2 practice
Thursday 1st December, 2022 - 12:05pm
Tickford Racing’s Zak Best has set the pace in a red flag-shortened Practice 1 for Round 6 of the Super2 Series at the Valo Adelaide 500.
Best went as quick as a 1:21.6981s in the #78 FGX Falcon, several seconds under the Practice 1 benchmark of the last visit to the Adelaide Parklands Circuit in 2020, to end up 0.2154s clear of Triple Eight Race Engineering’s series leader, Declan Fraser.
The top five featured four of the five title contenders, with Grove Racing’s Matt Payne third and Triple Eight’s Cameron Hill fifth, split by Image Racing’s Jaylyn Robotham.
Payne (#10 Nissan Altima) had been fastest after the first flyers on a 1:23.1314s and that remained the benchmark until Hill (#111 VF Commodore) clocked a 1:22.3175s, three laps later.
Payne soon hit back in the 12th minute of the session with a 1:22.0171s which was already better than the fastest lap of the corresponding session two years ago, before the Adelaide street circuit’s recent resurface.
Best had moved to second on a 1:22.3039s by the time a red flag was called in the 20th minute, due to a crash for Image’s Jay Hanson (#49 VF Commodore) at the Turn 7 right-hander, although he was able to drive back to the pits.
After a delay of around six minutes, the session went green again and it did not take much longer for Fraser to go to the top with a 1:21.9135s in the #777 VF Commodore.
Best then punched out a 1:21.9263s and a 1:21.6981s on consecutive laps before a second red flag period began in the 32nd minute, this time due to Super3 driver Chris Smerdon (#39 Matt Stone Racing FG Falcon) making contact with the tyre barriers after Senna Chicane and spinning.
The session was declared with just under two minutes of the allocated 40 left, locking Best into top spot, from Fraser, Payne, and Robotham (#999 VF Commodore) on a 1:22.2543s.
Hill went as fast as a 1:22.3175s, from Thomas Maxwell (#3 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) in sixth on a 1:22.4153s, then Cameron Crick (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore), Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon), Aaron Seton (#30 MSR VF Commodore), and Super3 Series leader Kai Allen (#26 Eggleston VE Commodore) on a 1:22.8614s.
MWM’s Tyler Everingham (#27 Nissan Altima), who is fifth in the series at 171 points behind Fraser, was an uncharacteristically low 14th at 1.6883s off the pace, while Super3 title contender Brad Vaughan (#5 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon) claimed second in class and 17th outright on a 1:24.1498s.
Practice 2, another 40-minute session, starts this afternoon at 15:00 local time/15:30 AEDT.
Results: Practice 1
|1||78||Best Leisure Industries||Zak Best||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:21.6981|
|2||777||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Declan Fraser||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:21.9135||0:00.2154|
|3||10||Grove Racing||Matthew Payne||Nissan Altima||S2||1:22.0171||0:00.3190|
|4||999||Rare Spares||Jaylyn Robotham||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:22.2543||0:00.5562|
|5||111||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Cameron Hill||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:22.3175||0:00.6194|
|6||3||SPITWATER / MWM||Thomas Maxwell||Nissan Altima||S2||1:22.4153||0:00.7172|
|7||38||Eggleston Motorsport||Cameron Crick||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:22.5277||0:00.8296|
|8||18||CAT workwear||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:22.5979||0:00.8998|
|9||30||Sherrin Rentals||Aaron Seton||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:22.8315||0:01.1334|
|10||26||Eggleston Motorsport||Kai Allen||Holden Commodore VE||CH||1:22.8614||0:01.1633|
|11||58||EFS 4×4 Accessories||Ryal Harris||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:22.9469||0:01.2488|
|12||67||Flash Bush Motorsports||Nash Morris||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:23.0565||0:01.3584|
|13||6||aginic / MWM||Angelo Mouzouris||Nissan Altima||S2||1:23.1056||0:01.4075|
|14||27||Blue Ribbon Legal / MWM||Tyler Everingham||Nissan Altima||S2||1:23.3864||0:01.6883|
|15||49||Bruant & Bryant||Jay Hanson||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:23.6210||0:01.9229|
|16||8||Brad Jones Racing||Lachlan Dalton||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:23.8989||0:02.2008|
|17||5||Anderson Motorsport||Brad Vaughan||Ford Falcon FG||CH||1:24.1498||0:02.4517|
|18||11||Brema Group Racing||Zane Morse||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:24.1848||0:02.4867|
|19||35||Unit Racing||Jason Gomersall||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:26.3784||0:04.6803|
|20||39||Vectra Corp||Chris Smerdon||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:26.4485||0:04.7504|
|21||33||Adam Wallis Motorsport||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||1:26.7518||0:05.0537|
|22||7||Mocomm Motorsport Comms||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||1:27.1019||0:05.4038|
|23||46||Turbo Brisbane||Jarred Danaher||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:27.8128||0:06.1147|
|24||23||RHM / Nulon||Ray Hislop||Ford Falcon BA||SC3||1:27.8148||0:06.1167|
|25||4||Crusher Parts International||Tony Auddino||Ford Falcon BF||SC3||1:28.7187||0:07.0206|
|26||96||Collins Racing||Gary Collins||Holden Commodore VE2||1:33.3243||0:11.6262|
|27||2||Page Bros Jayco||Steven Page||Holden Commodore VE2||SC3|
Classes: S2 Super2, CH Super3 Championship, SC3 Super3 Cup, HC Super3 Heritage Class