Kai Allen paces practice as Super3 decider heats up
Eggleston Motorsport’s Kai Allen emerged from the two practice sessions for the Dunlop Super3 Series with the fastest time.
That lap, a 1 minute 21.4452 second flyer, put him second overall and ahead of all but one of the later Super 2 cars.
“There was lots of traffic, and I couldn’t get a clear lap, so we went on the green tyres early and that is where the time came and there is still more in it,” said the Holden Commodore VE driver who is the current points leader.
Second fastest and second in the points, was Anderson Motorsport’s Ford Falcon FG driver Brad Vaughan.
He had led the Super 3s in the session before he pitted for greens but as he was heading out on track, the session was red flagged.
Contact with a Super 2 car put Stephen Page (VE) into the wall at turn four which brought about a premature end to the session. The Eggleston Motorsport driver had an incident in the earlier practice session that denied him a competitive lap.
Third overall was Jason Gomersall from Unit Racing. His Falcon FG restored to the colours in which three-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin won the Dunlop Series in 2012. He headed Chris Smerdon who missed the second session after a spin and wall contact at the Chicane almost took out his teammate Gomersall.
Just two hundredths of a second behind came the Mocomm Motorsport Communications Holden with third in the points and Super3 Cup (for privateers) leader Jim Pollicina at the wheel.
Ray Hislop was sixth fastest in his Nulon FG on a steady run with only drama some tyre residue on a rear rotor that sparked a non-consequential fire. He finished ahead of Jarred Danaher who kept his Turbo Brisbane off the wall when he spun in the Chicane and broke a rear axle.
Replenished in the Valvoline livery that Supercar driver Lee Holdsworth started his career in, was the VE of Adam Wallis. His day ended with a cracked cylinder head and blown radiator cap which he hopes will be fixed overnight.
Likewise Tony Auddino’s second session his Falcon BF was shortened with a drama as he entered the pits, and likely to be bottom end related. Gary Collins (VE) placed eleventh overall while Shane Beikoff anticipates his Heritage class Falcon AU will be okay for qualifying after a broken gearbox bearing first thing in the morning.