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Super2, S5000 title battles go down to the wire

KEY titles are still to be decided heading into the final day of the season at the VALO Adelaide 500.

While Shane van Gisbergen and Triple Eight sealed the deal at the penultimate round of the Repco Supercars Championship, the Dunlop Super2 Series battle has gone a little further down to the wire.

Declan Fraser is in the box seat to deliver back-to-back second-tier crowns for Triple Eight, which will pull out of the series in 2023.

Fraser has stepped up superbly under pressure in Adelaide, taking pole position for both races and going on to win the Saturday encounter.

That’s put him 105 points clear of Zak Best with just 150 remaining; Matt Payne the only other driver still in mathematical contention at 33 adrift of Best.

The equation is now simple for Fraser: finish the last race of the season today and the title is his.

That might be easier said than done based on yesterday though, in what was a typically chaotic Super2 affair.

Fittingly, Fraser and Best will share the front row for the 1:25pm start (local time/1:55pm AEDT).

It’s a much tighter fight in the S5000 Tasman Series.

Nathan Herne’s lead has been slashed to one point after a disastrous day that saw Joey Mawson charge back into contention.

Joey Mawson. Pic: Australian Racing Group

Herne, who won the first four races of the mini-series, was a victim of a start procedure mishap by officials whereby the race got underway when it was formation lap time.

The field was eventually directed to circulate back to the grid but not before Mark Rosser was tangled in a Turn 7 incident – the ensuing delay cruelly causing Herne’s gearbox to overheat before he gave the concrete a nudge and spiralled down the order (11th at the flag).

Mawson took full advantage, winning from Cooper Webster and Blake Purdie while Giancarlo Fisichella brushed the Turn 8 wall, leading to a suspension failure the next lap.

The 12-lap finale, starting 10:10am local time (10:40am AEDT), will pay 50 points to the winner.

Yesterday, Ryan Hansford put the Touring Car Masters title beyond doubt with a fourth-place finish as Steven Johnson chalked up yet another win in the #33 Ford Mustang.

Other categories in action today include GT World Challenge Australia and Aussie Racing Cars.

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