Triple Eight’s Fraser takes Super2 pole at soaked SMP

By Daniel Herrero
Sunday 6th March, 2022 – 9:36am

Declan Fraser during Sunday qualifying. Picture: Ross Gibb

Declan Fraser has qualified on pole position for his second Dunlop Super2 Series race for Triple Eight Race Engineering, at a soaked Sydney Motorsport Park.

The second-year Super2 driver was quickest in the rain in Qualifying for Race 2 of Round 1 with a 1:42.3853s in the #777 VF Commodore.

Fraser will be joined on the front row by now former Triple Eight driver Angelo Mouzouris, who clocked a 1:42.5385s in the #6 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima, with another new Triple Eight driver in Cameron Hill taking third.

The session was the first of the day at Sydney Motorsport Park after overnight rain flooded parts of the circuit and caused the cancellation of support category action which had been scheduled for earlier in the morning.

Given the uncertainty around the weather, it was combined into a single, 15-minute hit-out rather than the now normal practice of separate 10-minute segments for the Super2 and Super3 classes.

Unsurprisingly, the cars were throwing up huge spray as rain continued to come down, and Tickford Racing’s Zak Best grabbed handy track position when he overtook the Triple Eight machines on his out lap.

Best kicked things off with a 1:43.8833s in the #78 FGX Falcon, before Hill put the #111 VF Commodore into top spot with a 1:43.3309s next time through.

Super3 rookie Kai Allen caused a shock when he went to first outright with a 1:42.9418s on his third lap in the #26 Eggleston Motorsport VE Commodore, while Hill improved to a 1:43.0487s.

Fraser was fifth-quickest before he clocked the 1:42.3853s on his fifth flyer, in the 11th minute of the session, and Mouzouris moved into second spot with a 1:42.7257s.

Mouzouris found further time on his next lap to consolidate the outside front row berth, just before a red flag was called when Super3 driver Chris Smerdon (#39 Matt Stone Racing FG Falcon) ran off at Moffat Corner (Turn 1) and got stuck.

Race Control advised that the session would not resume, locking Fraser into his first ever Super2 pole position.

“Crazy out there,” said Fraser.

“The start of the session, it was still raining so there was a fair few puddles on the track but it got a bit better towards the end.

“The car was awesome, the team on the radio just gave me updates the whole time and to come away with my first ever pole, I can’t wait for the race, it’s going to be awesome.

“We struggled a little bit in qualifying yesterday with the car,” he added.

“We had a really good race car, we came through like seven positions or something.

“Hopefully we can continue this pace in the rain and just keep moving forward.”

The red flag marked a continuation of Tyler Everingham’s bad luck, the MWM driver having been fastest to the first sector at the time of the stoppage but left with no chance to advance from fourth position.

Already this weekend Everingham (#27 Nissan Altima) had missed Friday practice after a bout of food poisoning, then been cruelled by a flat tyre while leading Race 1.

He started that encounter from the outside of the front row and will be on the outside of Row 2 this afternoon, with Allen to line up fifth and Grove Racing’s Matt Payne (#10 Nissan Altima) in sixth.

Thomas Maxwell (#3 MWM Nissan Altima) qualified seventh and Best, who had a mid-session off at Bond Bend (Turn 2), took eighth with the 1:43.5726s he set on his second flyer.

Brad Vaughan (#5 Anderson Motorsport FG Falcon) ended up ninth outright and second in Super3, with Zane Morse (#11 Brema Group VF Commodore) rounding out the top 10.

Aaron Seton (#30 MSR VF Commodore) was 11th-quickest and will share Row 6 with Matt McLean (#54 Eggleston VF Commodore), while Race 1 winner Jaylyn Robotham (#999 Image Racing VF Commodore) is set to start this afternoon’s 18-lapper from 13th.

The start time for that race is 13:15 local time/AEDT.

Results: Qualifying for Race 2

PosNumTeam/SponsorDriverCarClsFastest lapSplit
1777Triple Eight Race EngineeringDeclan FraserHolden Commodore VFS21:42.3853 
26MWMAngelo MouzourisNissan AltimaS21:42.53850:00.1532
3111Triple Eight Race EngineeringCameron HillHolden Commodore VFS21:42.68030:00.2950
427Blue Ribbon Legal / MWMTyler EveringhamNissan AltimaS21:42.76230:00.3770
526Eggleston MotorsportKai AllenHolden Commodore VECH1:42.94180:00.5565
610Grove RacingMatthew PayneNissan AltimaS21:42.98080:00.5955
73MWMThomas MaxwellNissan AltimaS21:43.19220:00.8069
878Best Leisure IndustriesZak BestFord Falcon FG/XS21:43.57260:01.1873
95Anderson MotorsportBrad VaughanFord Falcon FGCH1:43.72820:01.3429
1011Brema Group RacingZane MorseHolden Commodore VFS21:43.80660:01.4213
1130Sherrin RentalsAaron SetonHolden Commodore VFS21:44.15950:01.7742
1254Eggleston MotorsportMatthew McLeanHolden Commodore VFS21:44.27840:01.8931
13999Erebus Academy / Image RacingJaylyn RobothamHolden Commodore VFS21:44.35600:01.9707
1458EFS 4×4 AccessoriesRyal HarrisHolden Commodore VFS21:44.43620:02.0509
1549Image RacingJay HansonHolden Commodore VFS21:44.50510:02.1198
1667Flash Bush MotorsportsNash MorrisFord Falcon FG/XS21:44.69150:02.3062
1718Cavalier HomesMatthew ChahdaFord Falcon FG/XS21:45.08920:02.7039
188Steeline RacingElly MorrowHolden Commodore VFS21:45.35980:02.9745
1938Eggleston MotorsportCameron CrickHolden Commodore VFS21:45.83610:03.4508
2023RHM / NulonRay HislopFord Falcon BASC31:47.65370:05.2684
217Mocomm Motorsport CommsJim PollicinaHolden Commodore VESC31:47.97250:05.5872
2276Valmont CoatingsGarry HillsHolden Commodore VE2SC31:48.53270:06.1474
2377Mr HDT Race CarsBlake FardellHolden Commodore VE2CH1:48.82660:06.4413
2435Unit RacingJason GomersallFord Falcon FGSC31:49.86300:07.4777
252Page Bros JaycoSteven PageHolden Commodore VE2SC31:52.35300:09.9677
264Crusher Parts InternationalTony AuddinoFord Falcon BFSC31:52.95880:10.5735
2739Vectra CorpChris SmerdonFord Falcon FGSC31:53.85430:11.4690
2846Turbo BrisbaneJarred DanaherFord Falcon FGSC31:54.81210:12.4268
2968Turbo BrisbaneShane BeikoffFord Falcon AUHC1:54.85210:12.4668
30219Masterton MotorsportJames MastertonHolden Commodore VESC31:55.29340:12.9081
3125Weldcraft MotorsportPaul BoschertHolden Commodore VESC31:56.15170:13.7664

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