Super3 showdown set for VALO Adelaide 500
A PAIR of rising Supercars stars will battle for the 2022 Dunlop Super3 Series title this weekend at the VALO Adelaide 500.
The fact that both are from South Australia only adds to the narrative, as one of the largest domestic motorsport events in Australia returns to Adelaide this weekend.
Allen, who hails from Mount Gambier in the state’s South East, drives an Eggleston Motorsport Holden Commodore VE and leads the championship.
He has been chased all season by Brad Vaughn, the Angaston (Barossa Valley) driver racing an Anderson Motorsport Ford FG Falcon.
The pair have swept all before them this year in a compelling fight at the front of the Super3 field – and often well within the Super2 Series heavy-hitters with whom they share the grid.
The pair have locked out the front row in eight of the 10 qualifying sessions held so far, and have finished 1-2 in six of the nine races contested.
Allen has six wins to Vaughan’s three which accounts for his solid if far from comfortable 66 point lead heading into Adelaide’s two races this weekend.
“I’m really excited, it’s my home event, so it’s really cool,” the Eggleston Motorsport driver told Supercars.com.
“I know Brad will keep me on my heels and be putting pressure on me.
“I have never raced in Adelaide before, so I’m doing a bit of research on the track and watching some onboard footage, but I can’t wait.
“It should be hard racing, there’s not much tyre degradation, so we are 100 per cent racing the whole way through.
“The concrete canyon is going to be very scary, so I’m just going to go out there, try my best and give my best, and may the best man win on the day.”
A 13-strong field will join forces with the Super2 ranks once again this weekend for the deciding two races of the season.
Behind the Allen-Vaughan fight for the outright title, the battle for third is well and truly alive with the experienced Jim Pollicina holding a narrow 45-point lead over Blake Fardell.
The former also leads the Super3 Cup standings for Pro-Am / Privateer runners and can wrap up that title with a consistent performance this weekend.
South Aussie fans will have more locals to cheer for as Adam Wallis returns to the championship this weekend, racing a VE Commodore.
Wallis last raced in the V8 Touring Cars round at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in 2018 and will make welcome return this weekend on home turf.
Also returning is the ever-popular AU Falcon of Turbo Brisbane driver Shane Beikoff, which will run in the Heritage class.
The Dunlop Super3 Series will tackle two races this weekend: one on Saturday at 1:55pm and the second on Sunday at 1:25pm.
Those sessions, plus practice two and both qualifying sessions on Friday will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506, Kayo and the races also on Channel 7 this weekend.
DUNLOP SUPER3 SERIES – Round 6 entry list, VALO Adelaide 500
|2||Super3 Cup||Page Bros Jayco||Steven Page||VIC||Commodore||VE II|
|4||Super3 Cup||Crusher Parts International||Tony Auddino||VIC||Ford Falcon||BF|
|5||Championship||Anderson Motorsport||Brad Vaughan||SA||Ford Falcon||FG|
|7||Super3 Cup||Mocomm Motorsports Communications||Jim Pollicina||NSW||Commodore||VE|
|23||Super3 Cup||RHM/Nulon||Ray Hislop||TAS||Ford Falcon||FG|
|26||Championship||Eggleston Motorsport||Kai Allen||SA||Commodore||VE|
|33||Super3 Cup||Adam Wallis Motorsport||Adam Wallis||SA||Commodore||VE|
|39||Super3 Cup||Vectra Corp||Chris Smerdon||SA||Ford Falcon||FG|
|46||Super3 Cup||Turbo Brisbane||Jarred Danaher||QLD||Ford Falcon||FG|
|68||Heritage Class||Turbo Brisbane||Shane Beikoff||QLD||Ford Falcon||AU|
|77||Championship||Mr HDT Race Cars||Blake Fardell||NSW||Commodore||VE II|
|93||Super3 Cup||Unit Racing||Jason Gomersall||QLD||Ford Falcon||FG|
|96||Super3 Cup||Collins Racing||Gary Collins||VIC||Commodore||VE II|