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Four drivers, 90 points: The 2023 Super2 story so far

Dunlop Series
27 Sep
With two rounds to go, it's anyone's game for this year's Dunlop Super2 Series crown
3 mins by James Pavey
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  • Four drivers covered by 90 points with two rounds left

  • Zak Best has led since Newcastle season-opener

  • Best, Kai Allen, Ryan Wood and Cooper Murray have shared the eight wins

With two rounds to go, it's anyone's game for this year's Dunlop Super2 Series crown.

Heading to the penultimate round of the 2023 season, next weekend's Repco Bathurst 1000, Zak Best leads a quartet of drivers covered by 90 points.

It has been a thrilling title fight of contrasting figures; Best has been there before, having finished second in 2021 and 2022.

Behind him, Kai Allen, Ryan Wood and Cooper Murray combine for six wins, and all are Super2 rookies.

The title fight was blown wide open in the Sandown finale after Best was turned by Zane Morse, and limped home in 12th. The incident brought his closest rivals closer, with Murray winning ahead of Wood in third, and Allen in fourth.

Newcastle

Murray began the season with a bang, passing veteran Jack Perkins to win on his Super2 debut. Best, Allen and Wood finished third, fourth and eighth, with the Walkinshaw Andretti United Kiwi rebounding to claim pole for Sunday's race.

Murray's race-winning pass on Perkins

That race was won by Best, with Aaron Love and Matt Chahda behind as chaos ensued. Murray and Allen finished fifth and sixth as Wood triggered a multi-car pile-up, which brought the race to a premature end.

Perth

The trip west belonged to Wood and WAU, with driver and team combining to complete a dominant sweep. The pendulum swung firmly in the Kiwi teen's favour, with Best, Allen and Murray combining for two top threes between them.

Friendly fire for Eggleston teammates at Turn 6
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The first race was a shocker for Eggleston Motorsport, with Murray and Allen colliding en route to 13th and 19th. They recovered to finish third and fourth on Sunday, with Best third and seventh in both races.

Townsville

Murray's woes continued as he was penalised post-race over an incident that took Love out of the running for the finale. As Wood missed the podium on both days, it was a weekend for Allen and Best to shine as they split the wins.

Best pounces on Allen for race lead

The round honours went to Allen after Best and others were caught out by a Saturday qualifying crash between Perkins and Brad Vaughan. As Allen won Race 1, Murray, Wood and Best were sixth, eighth and ninth. Come Sunday, and Best passed Allen to win, with Wood and Murray classified fifth and 16th.

Sandown

Morse sends Best into a spin at Turn 9

Sandown was the most defining weekend of the four, despite Wood enjoying a clear pace advantage in the races. The Kiwi dominated the opener from pole, with Best, Allen and Murray second, fourth and seventh. However, Sunday's race descended into chaos, right from the early laps as Morse wiped out Best.

Frightening high speed crash for Love

Wood was part of an angry pack fighting for the lead, with Love, Vaughan, Allen and Murray in close quarters. A collision sent Love into the wall and vaulted Murray to the lead, with Vaughan second ahead of Wood, who passed Allen for third on the final lap.

2023 Super2 title fight progression

Round

Best

Allen

Wood

Murray

Newcastle

279

-57

-189

-18

Perth

504

-114

-114

-48

Townsville

744

-66

-147

-129

Sandown

951

-33

-75

-90

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