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Allen doubles up at Bathurst, disaster for Murray

A TALE of two halves for Eggleston Motorsport’s star Super2 duo continued at Bathurst, as Kai Allen completed a perfect start to his title defence.

That’s in stark contrast to his highly rated teammate Cooper Murray, who was largely expected to be Allen’s biggest rival in 2024.

With Allen winning again and Murray recording another DNF, there’s now a full 300 points between the pair after Round 1 of 6.

Allen set up his Sunday result with a confident Lap 1 pass on Jobe Stewart at the Chase, making amends for losing the race to the first corner to the Erebus Academy young gun.

While there was far more green flag running than in Saturday’s race, chaos still prevailed with two Safety Car periods in the 40-minute encounter.

Kai Allen aboard the #1 Coca-Cola Commodore. Pic: Nathan Wong

The first was triggered by Matt Chahda clouting the concrete at Forrest’s Elbow, leaving his #18 ZB Commodore battered.

The second lap after racing resumed (i.e. Lap 9) proved disastrous for half of the Eggleston fleet, Cameron Crick dropping down the order after a clash with Rylan Gray at Hell Corner, before Zach Bates launched an ill-fated dive down the inside of Murray at the Cutting.

The result was terminal damage for Murray’s #88, while Bates was slapped with a 30-second penalty.

There was one last restart for Allen to navigate and he was able to once more keep Stewart at bay in the last-lap dash.

Bates’ penalty demoted him from third to 22nd, with Brad Vaughan promoted in his place.

Overall, Allen leads the standings from Aaron Cameron and Vaughan.

Wanneroo Raceway will host Round 2 in May.

RESULTS: Super2 Race 2, Bathurst Round 1

11Kai AllenHolden Commodore ZBDS212 laps
299Jobe StewartHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.5825s
35Bradley VaughanFord Mustang GTDS2+3.6196s
427Aaron CameronFord Mustang GTDS2+3.8948s
56Lochie DaltonFord Mustang GTDS2+4.1343s
655Rylan GrayFord Mustang GTDS2+4.529s
717Max VidauFord Mustang GTDS2+4.8405s
892Cameron McLeodHolden Commodore ZBDS2+5.1504s
9118Jarrod HughesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+5.3947s
1015Cody BurcherNissan Altima L33DS3+8.3784s
1122Mason KellyFord Mustang GTDS2+8.6434s
123Thomas MaxwellNissan Altima L33DS3+8.8053s
13117Jett JohnsonFord Mustang GTDS2+10.5858s
1454Jordyn SinniHolden Commodore ZBDS2+10.834s
159Cody GillisHolden Commodore ZBDS2+11.1451s
1619Elliott ClearyHolden Commodore ZBDS2+11.6215s
1738Cameron CrickHolden Commodore ZBDS2+12.2049s
1833Callum WalkerHolden Commodore ZBDS2+12.8017s
1920Reuben GoodallHolden Commodore ZBDS2+14.0307s
20219James MastertonFord Mustang GTDS2+14.8005s
2111Zane Morse Ford Mustang GTDS2+18.1124s
2225Zach BatesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+31.0298s
2388Cooper MurrayHolden Commodore ZBDS2DNF
2418Matt ChahdaHolden Commodore ZBDS2DNF
252Campbell LoganHolden Commodore ZBDS2DNF
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