Intriguing Super2 title fight unfolds in Perth

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 03/05/2022
  • By James Pavey

An intriguing Super2 title fight is unfolding after two rounds in 2022.

Matt Payne scored overall honours in Perth, having won his first race.

Tyler Everingham held off Payne in Race 2, and was second for the round.

Declan Fraser has been a model of consistency and is second overall, 84 points behind Payne.

Fraser, Tyler Everingham, Cameron Hill, Jaylyn Robotham and Thomas Maxwell are covered by just 57 points.

The five drivers are within a race win of Payne in the standings.

Conversely, Nash Morris has failed to finish any of the four races, and hasn’t scored a point.

Four different drivers from four different teams have won the four races.

That doesn’t include Triple Eight duo Fraser and Hill, who have been on the pace at every turn.

All three manufacturers have tasted victory; Holden and Ford in Sydney, and two Nissan wins in Perth.

It was a tough weekend for erstwhile leader Zak Best, who after a Race 1 DNF, is now 162 points behind Payne.

To Townsville, Payne looms as the one to beat thanks to three poles and a win.

Payne scored overall honours

“I couldn’t be happier with how the weekend went,” Payne said.

"Getting my first win was really cool in the Saturday race, we controlled the race well from the front.

"Then in the Sunday race, Everingham jumped me off the front row.

"I had pace to get to stay right behind him but just couldn’t by cleanly after the final safety car.

"We’ve got the championship points lead now but that changes nothing for me, our focus is still on winning races.”

Fraser is second despite going winless in his first two rounds for Triple Eight.

The Queenslander managed to finish behind Payne and Hill for the weekend.

“It was a pretty good weekend,” Fraser said.

"We had mega pace and the boys and girls in the team did an epic job.

"We had great pace compared to the rest of the field, a part from a couple of guys in front of us.

“Overall we bagged a good amount of points and we’re currently sitting P2 in the championship."

Hill is 114 points behind Payne, having lost ground in Sydney after being caught up in an incident.

Come Perth, and the Carrera Cup champion kept a straight car and himself in title contention.

Hill and Fraser now head to Townsville, where Triple Eight and Broc Feeney dominated last year.

“It was a really good weekend for us,” he said.

"We raced to P2 in the first race which was a lot of fun, and got pretty close to the lead but we couldn’t get the job done.

"Unfortunately, we didn’t have a great start in the [second] race, but we settled in and I followed my teammate home for fourth.

"We got an event podium, so overall, it was a great weekend. I’m really looking forward to Townsville.”

The Dunlop Series season will resume in Townsville in July.

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