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Allen draws first blood in Super2

KAI Allen has made the perfect start to his title defence, topping the opening session of the 2024 Dunlop Super2 Series.

Aboard his Coke-backed #1 ZB Commodore, Allen banged in a late 2:07.5232s to pip Eggleston Motorsport teammate Cooper Murray.

Originally scheduled for 50 minutes, track time was cut short by two red flag interventions: the first caused by Zane Morse stopping down Conrod Straight and the second by Reuben Goodall at the Cutting.

Collectively, that stripped about 17 minutes from the session.

Murray had set the two fastest laps to that point just prior to the Morse issue, to hold the upper hand on 2:07.5269s from Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Zach Bates and Erebus Motorsport’s Jobe Stewart.

Zach Bates aboard the #25 WAU Commodore. Pic: Nathan Wong

Morse (AIM Motorsport) was then fourth, and would only lose one spot by the end, to Allen.

With Goodall’s Gomersall Motorsport entry being retrieved just in time for competitors to sneak in one more flying lap, Dick Johnson Racing co-driver Allen took advantage.

There was bad news for Super2 debutant Mason Kelly in the last-chance dash, with the second-generation driver coming stuck at the top of the Mountain and crashing his #22 Mustang.

Filling positions sixth through 10th in the end were Cameron Crick, Aaron Cameron, Jordyn Sinni, Max Vidau and Lochie Dalton.

Mason Kelly ended the session 15th, but a heavy crash at Sulman Park is likely to rule him out of the weekend.

Compounding a tough start for Adam DeBorre-led AIM was Jett Johnson placing 20th of 24 runners, while James Masterton in their third car failed to even record a timed lap.

The field will aim to get closer to Zak Best’s Super2 Bathurst practice/qualifying effort of a 2:04.7025s when Practice 2 kicks off at 3:25pm AEDT.

Erebus Academy driver Jobe Stewart. Pic: Nathan Wong

RESULTS: Super2 Practice 1, 2024 Bathurst 500

11Kai AllenHolden Commodore ZBDS22m07.5232s
288Cooper MurrayHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.0037s
325Zach BatesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.2878s
499Jobe StewartHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.3703s
511Zane Morse Ford Mustang GTDS2+0.6124s
638Cameron CrickHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.9567s
727Aaron CameronFord Mustang GTDS2+0.9739s
854Jordyn SinniHolden Commodore ZBDS2+1.0435s
917Max VidauFord Mustang GTDS2+1.193s
106Lochie DaltonFord Mustang GTDS2+1.3455s
115Bradley VaughanFord Mustang GTDS2+1.4164s
12118Jarrod HughesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+1.5281s
1355Rylan GrayFord Mustang GTDS2+1.6348s
1492Cameron McLeodHolden Commodore ZBDS2+2.0064s
1522Mason KellyFord Mustang GTDS2+2.4317s
162Campbell LoganHolden Commodore ZBDS2+2.5474s
173Thomas MaxwellNissan Altima L33DS3+2.5659s
1815Cody BurcherNissan Altima L33DS3+2.6395s
1920Reuben GoodallHolden Commodore ZBDS2+3.1407s
20117Jett JohnsonFord Mustang GTDS2+3.4246s
219Cody GillisHolden Commodore ZBDS2+3.5055s
2219Elliott ClearyHolden Commodore ZBDS2+3.5893s
2318Matt ChahdaHolden Commodore ZBDS2+3.8976s
2433Callum WalkerHolden Commodore ZBDS2+4.0431s
25219James MastertonFord Mustang GTDS2NTR
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