Allen claims wild Super3 opener on countback
In a safety car-strewn second race of the Dunlop Super3 Series, Kai Allen came from last to take victory over Brad Vaughan while Ray Hislop was third.
Despite a win and a second each, overall championship round honours went to Allen over Vaughan on countback, as the former won the second race.
RESULTS: Race 2, Sydney Motorsport Park
Hislop placed third outright after the two races and also won the Super3 Cup (privateers) class. He won ahead of Jim Pollicina and Garry Hills.
Allen stalled his Eggleston Motorsport Holden Commodore VE at the start. The drama gave Vaughan in the Anderson Motorsport Ford Falcon FG a sizeable advantage – mixing it with the fast Super2 runners after qualifying fifth overall.
There was also further drama at the start with Tony Auddino (Falcon BF) and James Masterton in contact which triggered the latter’s Commodore into the hapless Paul Boschert and spun his VE off the track.
Then Super2 cars tangled at turn two which all culminated in a three-lap safety car.
After the race went green, Hills (VE) held second but dropped spots to Hislop (FG) and the charging Allen who then took second. Allen was close behind Vaughan who was baulked when two Super2 cars came together at turn five, and seized the opportunity to grab the lead.
The safety car was out again and remained on track though to the culmination of the event after thirteen laps.
Behind them and Hislop, Blake Fardell (Commodore) improved to finish fourth ahead of Pollicina (VE) and Hills.
Falcon FG drivers claimed the next three spots with Chris Smerdon ahead of Jarred Danaher and Jason Gomersall who recovered from being turned around turn two. Steve Page (VE) followed ahead of Shane Beikoff who pitted briefly to adjust tyre pressures on his Falcon AU.