Fraser extends Super2 lead in messy Adelaide Race 1
Saturday 3rd December, 2022 - 3:09pm
Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Declan Fraser has extended his Super2 Series lead with victory under Safety Car in Race 1 at the Valo Adelaide 500.
Fraser now leads Tickford Racing’s Zak Best by 105 points with one day remaining in the 2022 season after he converted pole position into an all-the-way win, staying clear of the messes which unfolded in the pack at the Adelaide Parklands Circuit.
Grove Racing’s Matt Payne is the other remaining mathematical title hope after he finished second to the #777 VF Commodore, from Triple Eight’s Cameron Hill, Best, and MW Motorsport’s Tyler Everingham.
When the lights went out, Fraser got the jump and headed the field through the opening corners, from Payne (#10 Nissan Altima), Best (#78 FGX Falcon), Hill (#111 VF Commodore), and Everingham (#27 Nissan Altima).
Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon) had qualified sixth-fastest but lined up ninth due to a grid penalty, then quickly jumped back to sixth when he started strongly and passed Jaylyn Robotham (#999 Image Racing VF Commodore) at Turn 5.
Fraser gradually crept to more than a second clear of Payne until a Safety Car was called on Lap 6 due to a wild incident between Aaron Seton and Cameron Crick (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) at Turn 6 as they battled for 11th.
Crick showed the nose, making contact which caused the #30 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore to spin into the tyre barrier, the heavy rear-end hit picking it up off the deck before landing with a thud.
Officials investigated the collision during the Safety Car period, opting to take no further action.
The top seven was as you were, while Angelo Mouzouris (#6 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) held eighth, from Jay Hanson (#49 Image VF Commodore) and Thomas Maxwell (#3 MWM Nissan Altima), with Brad Vaughan (#5 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon) leading the Super3 class in 14th outright.
When the race restarted on Lap 12, Fraser left it late to accelerate but Payne was wise to it and stuck with the #777 VF Commodore.
Chahda passed Everingham at Turn 9, only for the MWM driver to dive back down the inside at Turn 14, taking both wide and allowing Robotham to snatch two positions in one fell swoop.
It was then that all hell broke loose, first when Super3 driver Jason Gomersall (#93 MSR FG Falcon) backed into Zane Morse (#11 Zane Morse VF Commodore) moments later at Turn 14.
On Lap 13, Crick spun around the back of the top 10 at Turn 6, then Chahda rotated at Turn 7, possibly after contact from Maxwell, whose #3 Nissan Altima appeared to be sporting even more battle scars than it had done moments earlier.
Drivers continued to jostle for position until the Safety Car was called again to bring a halt to it all, by which time Fraser had moved to a lead of almost 0.8s again.
Time-certainty meant that Lap 14 of a scheduled 19 would in fact be the final lap, with Fraser collecting another 150 precious series points.
Behind him, Payne, Hill, Best, and Everingham, was Robotham in sixth, from Maxwell, Ryal Harris (#58 MSR VF Commodore), Nash Morris (#67 Flash Bush Motorsports FGX Falcon), and Hanson.
Vaughan finished 11th outright, one position up on the man who he is trying to run down the for the Super3 title in Kai Allen (#26 Eggleston VE Commodore), with Chahda classified 13th but Mouzouris and Crick DNFs due to damage they incurred on Lap 13.
Lochie Dalton (#8 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore) crossed the line 10th in his first Super2 race but was relegated to 21st due to a 15-second penalty for a driving infringement.
The final race of the season gets underway tomorrow at 13:25 local time/13:55 AEDT, with Fraser again set to start from pole.
Results: Race 1
|1||777||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Declan Fraser||Holden Commodore VF||S2||14||26:39.2677|
|2||10||Grove Racing||Matthew Payne||Nissan Altima||S2||14||26:40.1714|
|3||111||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Cameron Hill||Holden Commodore VF||S2||14||26:40.6244|
|4||78||Best Leisure Industries||Zak Best||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||14||26:41.2451|
|5||27||Blue Ribbon Legal / MWM||Tyler Everingham||Nissan Altima||S2||14||26:42.1180|
|6||999||Rare Spares||Jaylyn Robotham||Holden Commodore VF||S2||14||26:42.5031|
|7||3||SPITWATER / MWM||Thomas Maxwell||Nissan Altima||S2||14||26:43.5580|
|8||58||EFS 4×4 Accessories||Ryal Harris||Holden Commodore VF||S2||14||26:44.8139|
|9||67||Flash Bush Motorsports||Nash Morris||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||14||26:46.1193|
|10||49||Bruant & Bryant||Jay Hanson||Holden Commodore VF||S2||14||26:52.8898|
|11||5||Anderson Motorsport||Brad Vaughan||Ford Falcon FG||CH||14||26:53.3299|
|12||26||Eggleston Motorsport||Kai Allen||Holden Commodore VE||CH||14||26:54.3955|
|13||18||CAT workwear||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG/X||S2||14||26:55.8293|
|14||39||Vectra Corp||Chris Smerdon||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||14||26:56.8536|
|15||46||Turbo Brisbane||Jarred Danaher||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||14||26:57.5099|
|16||7||Mocomm Motorsport Comms||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||SC3||14||26:57.9853|
|17||23||RHM / Nulon||Ray Hislop||Ford Falcon BA||SC3||14||26:59.0185|
|18||11||Brema Group Racing||Zane Morse||Holden Commodore VF||S2||14||26:59.5749|
|19||93||Unit Racing||Jason Gomersall||Ford Falcon FG||SC3||14||27:00.7152|
|20||96||Collins Racing||Gary Collins||Holden Commodore VE||14||27:02.1951|
|21||8||AWC Motorsport||Lachlan Dalton||Holden Commodore VF||S2||14||27:02.6220|
|NC||6||aginic / MWM||Angelo Mouzouris||Nissan Altima||S2||12||22:40.6210|
|NC||38||Eggleston Motorsport||Cameron Crick||Holden Commodore VF||S2||12||22:42.1531|
|NC||33||Adam Wallis Motorsport||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||10||21:24.8097|
|NC||68||Turbo Brisbane||Shane Beikoff||Ford Falcon AU||HC||6||10:06.5960|
|NC||30||Sherrin Rentals||Aaron Seton||Holden Commodore VF||S2||5||7:09.1592|
Classes: S2 Super2, CH Super3 Championship, SC3 Super3 Cup, HC Super3 Heritage Class
Series points: Super2
Series points: Super3