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Allen crowned Super2 champion as Wood sweeps Adelaide

KAI Allen’s rise towards Supercars stardom has gained further traction after clinching the Dunlop Super2 Series.

A year on from bombing out of the Super3 title fight when he smashed into Adelaide’s notorious Turn 8, Allen got the perfect redemption in the next tier up.

Having entered the weekend 30 points behind perennial contender Zak Best, Allen moved to 33 points ahead after his Anderson Motorsport rival was penalised during the Saturday race.

Come today’s decider, Best and Allen were second and fourth on the grid, respectively.

Best made a blinding start and aggressively hung on around the outside of polesitter Ryan Wood at the first chicane to grab the lead, while Allen hung onto fourth despite a slow getaway.

Even if Best was to win, fourth would be just enough for Allen given his buffer.

Things further trended in the Eggleston Motorsport young gun’s favour when Best was demoted to second by virtue of Wood lunging down the inside at the final corner on Lap 1.

Allen’s grip on fourth meanwhile strengthened as he gained a pair of rear-gunners, Eggleston teammates Cooper Murray and Cameron Crick passing Jay Hanson to ensure there was no threat from behind for the #26 ZB Commodore.

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With Best having no answer for Wood’s pace, Allen drew closer to the title with each and every lap.

Only needing to finish fifth if Best was second, Allen eventually allowed Murray past at Turn 9.

Out in front and bound for the main game next year, Saturday winner Wood took the chequered flag with 4.7726s in hand to finish his Super2 career in style.

Behind it was Best from Zach Bates, Murray and Allen. A six-point deficit leaves Best runner-up in three successive Super2 seasons.

Crick crossed the finish line in sixth but with a five-second time penalty hanging over his head for repeatedly exceeding track limits.

That relegated him to seventh behind Hanson, while Aaron Love, Jordan Boys and Aaron Cameron rounded out the 10.

RESULTS: Race 2, Super2, Adelaide 2023

12Ryan WoodHolden Commodore ZBDS227 laps
217Zak BestFord Mustang GTDS2+4.7726s
325Zach BatesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+6.9534s
488Cooper MurrayHolden Commodore ZBDS2+8.6496s
526Kai AllenHolden Commodore ZBDS2+10.1269s
649Jay HansonHolden Commodore ZBDS2+12.7783s
738Cameron CrickHolden Commodore ZBDS2+17.0291s
878Jordan LoveFord Mustang GTDS2+18.0968s
999Jordan BoysHolden Commodore ZBDS2+24.5163s
1027Aaron CameronFord Mustang GTDS2+25.2105s
1118Matt ChahdaHolden Commodore ZBDS2+35.1821s
1230Aaron SetonHolden Commodore ZBDS2+35.9275s
1354Jordyn SinniHolden Commodore ZBDS2+36.3528s
1411Zane MorseFord Mustang GTDS2+37.5996s
1543Lachlan DaltonHolden Commodore ZBDS2+38.5173s
1692Cameron McLeodNissan AltimaDS3+39.3073s
17999Jobe StewartHolden Commodore VFDS3+49.3307s
1822Mason KellyNissan AltimaDS3+50.3339s
1955Rylan GrayFord Falcon FG XDS3+51.943s
206Elly MorrowFord Mustang GTDS2+54.59s
2133Callum WalkerHolden Commodore ZBDS2+63.3612s
22117Jett JohnsonNissan AltimaDS3+80.52s
2367Nash MorrisHolden Commodore ZBDS2NTR
245Brad VaughanFord Mustang GTDS2NTR

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