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Kelly fire, McLeod rollover mars Sunday Super2 race

ZACH Bates has claimed his maiden Super2 race and round win but that was overshadowed by a pair of shocking incidents for Mason Kelly and Cameron McLeod.

It was an unusual start to proceedings as polesitter Brad Vaughan had the world’s most blatant false start.

Vaughan’s #5 Tickford Mustang crept away very early and was duly served with a five-second time penalty.

That put Zach Bates in the net lead, with Vaughan hoping for an uninterrupted race to minimise the impact of his penalty.

That wish was denied in spectacular fashion, when Kelly’s engine let go and his #22 Mustang went up in flames.

The second-generation driver pulled over and extricated himself to safety, but was clearly distraught.

After being wiped out of Race 1 in an incident that triggered a late-night rebuild, Kelly qualified a career-best fifth and was comfortably holding position before fire intervened.

Mason Kelly’s car catches fire. Source: Fox Sports

With oil spilling out the back of the #22, a number of cars speared off through the Turn 6 gravel.

Out came the red flags as Kelly’s torched car was recovered and it was 20 minutes before racing resumed – leaving roughly five minutes on the clock.

At the restart, it was Vaughan from Bates, Max Vidau, McLeod and Aaron Cameron, while series leader Kai Allen had gained four places to be sitting ninth.

The drama was not done yet.

McLeod’s efforts to cover Cooper Murray on the run to Turn 7 saw the former sent into a a wild rollover that put an end to the race. The incident is expected to be investigated by Motorsport Australia stewards.

McLeod emerged from the wreckage, but the #92 PremiAir ZB Commodore looked to be a possible write-off.

There was confusion as Vidau popped up atop the timesheets – courtesy of a bold divebomb at Turn 7 – but the results were backdated a lap and Bates was confirmed as the race and round winner.

The backdating meant Vidau was classified second and, oddly, McLeod third ahead of the penalised Vaughan.

Allen took the chequered flag ninth, seeing his title advantage over Cameron trimmed to 54 points.

RESULTS: 2024 Dunlop Series, Round 2, Race 2

125Zach BatesHolden Commodore ZBDS213 laps
217Max VidauFord Mustang GTDS2+1.7636s
392Cameron McLeodHolden Commodore ZBDS2+3.0712s
45Bradley VaughanFord Mustang GTDS2+3.6873s
527Aaron CameronFord Mustang GTDS2+4.9064s
654Jordyn SinniHolden Commodore ZBDS2+7.1539s
799Jobe StewartHolden Commodore ZBDS2+8.4301s
81Kai AllenHolden Commodore ZBDS2+9.9328s
938Cameron CrickHolden Commodore ZBDS2+10.6994s
1015Cody BurcherNissan Altima L33DS3+11.7571s
119Cody GillisHolden Commodore ZBDS2+13.6581s
12138Jett JohnsonFord Mustang GTDS2+14.8758s
133Thomas MaxwellNissan Altima L33DS3+16.3930s
1411Ryan GilroyFord Mustang GTDS2+17.3324s
1533Callum WalkerHolden Commodore ZBDS2+18.1487s
166Lochie DaltonFord Mustang GTDS2+19.2860s
1719Elliott ClearyHolden Commodore ZBDS2+21.3835s
184Tony AuddinoHolden Commodore VFDS3+22.6696s
1920Reuben GoodallHolden Commodore ZBDS2+23.6984s
202Campbell LoganHolden Commodore ZBDS2+25.4100s
21118Jarrod HughesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+39.2928s
2288Cooper MurrayHolden Commodore ZBDS2DSQ
2355Rylan GrayFord Mustang GTDS2DNF
2422Mason KellyFord Mustang GTDS2DNF
2518Matt ChahdaHolden Commodore ZBDS2DNS
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