2 December 2022 | General

Allen completes remarkable qualifying year with double Adelaide poles

Kai Allen capped off an unbelievable season of qualifying in Dunlop Super3 competition to notch up his eleventh (out of twelve) pole position for 2022.

He took the Eggleston Motorsport JGI Holden Commodore to two further fastest times on the streets of Adelaide today.

The first of the two ten-minute sessions for race grid positions took place in the middle of the day where he posted a time 1 minute 22.1904 seconds before he went faster in the later race two decider with a 2 minutes 21.3654.

“I worked a bit harder on myself in the final section,” he said after the second qualifier. “There is a bit more in it for sure, for I locked a brake going in turn nine.”

Second fastest in each session was Brad Vaughan in the Anderson Motorsport Angaston Ford Falcon FG. He trailed Allen by three tenths in the first and by over a second in the second. Vaughan was on a quicker lap that would have had him about half a second off until he brushed the wall out of turn eleven.

Third fastest in qualifying one was juggled between several drivers before Adam Wallis (VE) snatched the spot ahead of Jarred Danaher, Ray Hislop and Jason Gomersall in their Falcons. The four were covered by 0.7 seconds.

Super3 Cup leader for the privateers and third outright in the points, Jim Pollicina (Commodore) was seventh ahead of Chris Smerdon (FG), Garry Collins (VE) and Shane Beikoff in his Falcon AU.

A broken crankshaft in practice has ruled Tony Auddino (Falcon BF) out for the weekend while Stephen Page (VE) did not make either after crash damage in practice.

Late in the second session Danaher eclipsed Hislop right at the end to secure third while Wallis was fifth in front of Smerdon, Pollicina, Gomersall and Beikoff. Collins had no chance to record competitive a competitive lap as he was summoned to the pits with a mechanical black flag for non-working brake lights.