Big Vaughan crash hands Wood Adelaide pole

Dunlop Series
24 Nov
Ryan Wood scores Race 1 pole as Brad Vaughan crashes, with Zak Best P3 and Kai Allen P6
2 mins by James Pavey
  • Ryan Wood clinches Dunlop Series Race 1 pole at VAILO Adelaide 500

  • Brad Vaughan crashes at Turn 8 to draw early end to qualifying

  • Jobe Stewart takes Super3 pole, beating Cameron McLeod by 0.08s

Ryan Wood has benefited from a big Turn 8 hit for Brad Vaughan to clinch Dunlop Series pole at the VAILO Adelaide 500.

Walkinshaw Andretti United driver Wood will share the front row for Saturday's race with Nash Morris, with Super2 points leader Zak Best elevated to third following Vaughan's crash.

ARMOR ALL Qualifying was suspended and later declared after Vaughan found the Turn 8 concrete.

Replays showed Vaughan clipping the inside wall, sending the #5 Tickford Racing Mustang into the outside wall.

Vaughan was third at the time of the stoppage, but was demoted to eighth after losing his quickest time due to causing the red flag.

It elevated points leader Best to third alongside Cooper Murray, with newly re-signed Zach Bates fifth alongside Eggleston Motorsport star Allen.

Earlier, Super3 points leader Jobe Stewart beat Cameron McLeod to pole by just 0.0842s, with Stewart and McLeod ending up 15th and 17th overall following Super2 qualifying. Stewart can merely finish Saturday's race to clinch the title.

Vaughan crashes out of qualifying at Turn 8

Wood, who is chasing his fourth race win of the season, claimed his third ARMOR ALL Pole Position of the season, adding to his P1 starts in Newcastle and Sandown.

"First time in the dry, it was pretty full-on," said Wood, given Thursday's two practice sessions were held in wet conditions.

"Turn 8 when you get in there, it's pretty committed. Kudos to everyone at Walkinshaw Andretti United.

"We know the story about what happened last year with the cars being really good, we were confident going into that session and we proved our pace."

Aaron Seton planted his #30 Gomersall Motorsport Commodore into seventh, with Tickford now facing a race against time to repair Vaughan's Ford in time for the second qualifying session on Friday afternoon.

Cameron Crick and Aaron Cameron rounded out the top 10, with Jay Hanson and Lochie Dalton ahead of Thursday fast man Aaron Love.

Dunlop Series action will continue on Friday with Race 2 qualifying 4:50pm local time/5:20pm AEDT.

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