TRIPLE Eight Race Engineering’s Declan Fraser hung on for victory in the EFS Hyundai Excel Cup enduro at Queensland Raceway.
In a field filled with plenty of recognisable names, Fraser combined with Bradi Owen to win the Sunday twilight affair, with the final margin after 57 laps just 0.427s to second-placed Nash Morris/Connor Roberts.
Max Geoghegan, grandson of the late five-time Australian Touring Car Champion Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan, rounded out the podium. The youngster also took out the first of three sprint races earlier in the weekend.
It’s been a big year for Fraser, who joined Triple Eight in the off-season following a promising rookie Super2 campaign with MW Motorsport.
Fraser sits atop the Super2 points heading into Round 4 this weekend at Sandown, having taken podiums at every event this season including a last-start win in Townsville.
He’s less than two months away from making his Repco Bathurst 1000 debut alongside seven-time Great Race winner Craig Lowndes in Triple Eight’s Supercheap Auto wildcard entry.
Among other noteworthy names at QR was Brodie Kostecki, who finished sixth in the enduro with Todd Wanless.
Paired with Brett Parrish, Erebus Academy teen Jaylyn Robotham was seventh. The Super2 regular shone the previous day, finishing runner-up in Race 2.
S5000 race winner Kaleb Ngatoa was ninth with Riley Beggs in the 57-lapper.
Third-generation drivers Aaron Seton and Jett Johnson wound up 13th and 18th respectively, two-time Bathurst 1000 starter Melinda Price was 31st (after placing ninth in Race 3), and the #52 shared by Kai Allen and Jarrod Hughes did not make the finish.
Fraser, Morris, Lowndes, Kostecki, Robotham, Seton and Allen will all feature at various points at the Sandown SuperSprint, starting Friday.