Fraser takes crucial Adelaide Super2 pole
Friday 2nd December, 2022 - 1:40pm
Triple Eight Race Engineering’s series leader, Declan Fraser, has qualified on pole position for Race 1 of the final round of Super2 at the Valo Adelaide 500.
The battle for pole position essentially came down to a duel between him and Grove Racing’s Matt Payne, with the man in the #777 VF Commodore prevailing by 0.0240s.
Row 2 will also be comprised of two of the title contenders, with Tickford Racing’s Zak Best third-fastest and Triple Eight’s Cameron Hill fourth, while MW Motorsport’s Tyler Everingham was seventh-quickest.
Fraser had set a 1:21.0086s on the only flyer of his first run and that was the fastest lap until Matt Payne (#10 Nissan Altima), who reportedly started on new tyres, moved to a 1:20.9639s with four minutes to go.
The Triple Eight pilot responded by setting a new practice/qualifying lap record on the recently resurfaced Adelaide Parklands Circuit when he clocked a 1:20.3761s at the start of his second run.
Practice fast man Jaylyn Robotham (#999 Image Racing VF Commodore) then went second with a 1:20.7527s before he was usurped by Best (#78 FGX Falcon) on a 1:20.6646s.
Fraser almost went faster again as he laid down a 1:20.4118s just before the chequered flag came out, after which Payne improved two positions with a 1:20.4001s and Hill moved up from fifth to fourth with a 1:20.7324s.
Robotham thus ended up fifth and Matt Chahda qualified sixth, although the #18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon will start ninth due to a grid penalty.
Rounding out the qualifying top 10 were Everingham (#27 Nissan Altima), Thomas Maxwell (#3 MWM Nissan Altima), Angelo Mouzouris (#6 MWM Nissan Altima), and Cameron Crick (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore).
The 16 Super2 competitors filled the top 16 positions while, in the earlier Super3 half of the session, Kai Allen (#26 Eggleston Motorsport VE Commodore) secured a class pole position with a 1:22.0336s on his third hot lap.
He subsequently survived a close call with Shane Beikoff (#68 Shane Beikoff Racing AU Falcon) exiting the Turn 8 sweeper and is set to be joined on the ninth row of the grid by title rival Brad Vaughan (#5 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon), who went as quick as a 1:22.3491s.
Qualifying for Race 2 of Round 6 starts today at 16:40 local time/17:10 AEDT, and Race 1 tomorrow at 13:55 local time/14:25 AEDT.
Results: Qualifying for Race 1
|1||777||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Declan Fraser||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:20.3761|
|2||10||Grove Racing||Matthew Payne||Nissan Altima||S2||1:20.4001||0:00.0240|
|3||78||Best Leisure Industries||Zak Best||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:20.6646||0:00.2885|
|4||111||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Cameron Hill||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:20.7324||0:00.3563|
|5||999||Rare Spares||Jaylyn Robotham||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:20.7527||0:00.3766|
|6||18||CAT workwear||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:21.1806||0:00.8045|
|7||27||Blue Ribbon Legal / MWM||Tyler Everingham||Nissan Altima||S2||1:21.3007||0:00.9246|
|8||3||SPITWATER / MWM||Thomas Maxwell||Nissan Altima||S2||1:21.3220||0:00.9459|
|9||6||aginic / MWM||Angelo Mouzouris||Nissan Altima||S2||1:21.3704||0:00.9943|
|10||38||Eggleston Motorsport||Cameron Crick||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:21.4316||0:01.0555|
|11||49||Bruant & Bryant||Jay Hanson||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:21.4367||0:01.0606|
|12||30||Sherrin Rentals||Aaron Seton||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:21.8056||0:01.4295|
|13||8||AWC Motorsport||Lachlan Dalton||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:21.8074||0:01.4313|
|14||58||EFS 4×4 Accessories||Ryal Harris||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:21.8268||0:01.4507|
|15||11||Brema Group Racing||Zane Morse||Holden Commodore VF||S2||1:21.9749||0:01.5988|
|16||67||Flash Bush Motorsports||Nash Morris||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||1:21.9864||0:01.6103|
|17||26||Eggleston Motorsport||Kai Allen||Holden Commodore VE||CH||1:22.0336||0:01.6575|
|18||5||Anderson Motorsport||Brad Vaughan||Ford Falcon FG||CH||1:22.3491||0:01.9730|
|19||33||Adam Wallis Motorsport||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||1:25.1894||0:04.8133|
|20||46||Turbo Brisbane||Jarred Danaher||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:25.3239||0:04.9478|
|21||23||RHM / Nulon||Ray Hislop||Ford Falcon BA||SC3||1:25.7736||0:05.3975|
|22||93||Unit Racing||Jason Gomersall||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:25.8473||0:05.4712|
|23||7||Mocomm Motorsport Comms||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||1:26.1744||0:05.7983|
|24||39||Vectra Corp||Chris Smerdon||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||1:26.1800||0:05.8039|
|25||96||Collins Racing||Gary Collins||Holden Commodore VE2||1:31.3270||0:10.9509|
|26||68||Turbo Brisbane||Shane Beikoff||Ford Falcon AU||HC||1:34.2545||0:13.8784|
Classes: S2 Super2, CH Super3 Championship, SC3 Super3 Cup, HC Super3 Heritage Class