ZB WINS IN SUPER 3 AS FEENEY’S CLUTCH FAILS
RACE TWO of the 2019 Kumho Tyre Super 3 opening round had drama at the start with two cars crashing out before Zac Best posted an all-the-way win.
Pole sitter and race one winner Broc Feeney (Paul Morris Motorsport Ford Falcon FG) experienced a clutch failure off the line before contact with Mark Tracey (Image Racing Falcon BF) jettisoned the latter into the side of the fast-starting Garry Hills (Holden Commodore VE) putting both out.
In the meantime Best (Matt White Motorsport FG) had made a brilliant start and after the safety car went on to a 1.7 second victory.
“I had no idea what had happened just seen yellows and the cars parked when I came around. But no doubt the start was what made the difference” Best said.
Team mates Hamish Ribarits and Nic Carroll held second and third initially. Then Ribarits had a brake lock-up at turn four and not only allowed Carroll through but also Jayden Ojeda (Anderson Motorsport FG) and shorty after Matt Powers (Aussie Driver Search FE).
There was drama behind as Jon McCorkindale (FG) and Matt McLean (IR FG) duked it out for sixth and seventh and speared off at the Hayshed. Later they were again to clash this time at turn four.
Behind the MWM one-two Powers forged through to third ahead of Josh Fife (Brad Jones Racing VE) and Ojeda. Next was Ribarits who just held off the charging fightback by Feeney after he pitted to replace a damage wheel.
Then followed Chris Smerdon (FG) who headed Jason Gomersal (FG) in a one-two for Matt Stone Racing in the Kumho Cup class. Third there went to Jim Pollicina ahead of Brad Neill.
“I stayed to the left at the start and avoided all the drama. Then it was just a matter of getting into the groove and staying with the fast guys” Smerdon said.