GARRY’S PHILLIP ISLAND SUPERCARS SUPPORTS WRAP – SUNDAY
FOR ANTON de Pasquale the fourth and final race of the Dunlop Super 2 series’ round three at Phillip Island it was a rewarding one but for Jack Le Brocq it proved disastrous.
The latter was in the box seat to score another win and take the round overall. But his Matt White Motorsport Nissan Altima had a tyre blowout which spoiled what could have been a day of celebration.
Instead de Pasquale who was fending off Le Brocq’s team mate Shae Davies, reached the finish line first while Paul Dumbrell (Eggleston Motorsport Holden Commodore VF) who was resisting the challenge from Todd Hazelwood (Matt Stone Racing VF), finished third in the race and third overall behind second-placed Davies.
The last race for the opening round of Toyota 86 Racing Series finished behind a safety car after five laps, due to a huge ten-car pile-up at turn four.
The race was only one lap old when Aaron Borg touched with Ben Grice causing the latter to spin and left nowhere for many of warring pack behind to go.
Guest driver Warren Luff grabbed the lead from the outset from Jimmy Vernon with Damon Strongman third. The latter went off at turn one on the second lap, before the melee unfolded.
Dylan Thomas was one of those that avoided the carnage and finished third ahead of fellow survivors Aaron Seton, Cameron Hill and Luke King.
Earlier in the day, Vernon and Luff exchanged the race two lead before Vernon finally won out. Strongman was third ahead of Trent Grubel, Borg, Thomas and Jason Bargwanna the other guest driver.
Continuing on from his race one win, Tyler Greenbury (Eggleston Motorsport ex-Triple 8 Commodore VE) won race two of the Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series ahead of Geoff Emery (ex-T8 VE).
Emery was docked 15 seconds for not starting rear of field when late to the grid. That elevated Josh Smith (Image Racing Ford Falcon FG) to second ahead of Jack Smith (Brad Jones Racing VE).
The third race, over the longer 12 laps had Greenbury ahead of Josh Smith early. But the latter went ahead after mid distance before both had tyre punctures.
Jordan Boys took over the lead to win the race and the round ahead of Emery with Jack Smith third. The three filled the top podium places for the round.
Making it three wins from three starts in the V8 Utes for Ryal Harris (Falcon FG) looked easy to start with. He won the reverse top five second race ahead of Kim Jane (Commodore VE) with Marcus Zukanovic (Falcon) third.
Harris’s team mate Mason Barbera fell out contention with a puncture but came back in the last race to take the lead from Harris for a stint. But another tyre letdown put him out and Harris won from Kim Jane and Peter Ward (Commodore).
Date posted: April 23, 2017