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Vaughan bounces back to snatch pole, Allen 13th

BRAD Vaughan has rebounded from a Saturday disaster to grab pole position for the Sunday Dunlop Series race.

Mason Kelly was another success story, qualifying fifth after an overnight rebuild of his #22 Mustang, while there was a rare blip on the radar for defending champion Kai Allen.

Qualifying was split into two groups once more based off combined practice times, but only 11 of the bottom dozen made it out on track for the first 15-minute segment.

That was because stalwart Matt Chahda was sidelined with an engine issue.

“Had an engine drama in yesterday’s race on the last lap, just had a cylinder let go,” he said.

“We weren’t able to fix it, weren’t able to get our hands on the spare engine, so we’re unfortunately having to sit it out. It’s pretty heartbreaking for everyone.”

Leading the way before Friday’s top 13 ventured out was Max Vidau on a 55.2180s which put him 0.0002s clear of Cameron McLeod.

Cody Gillis was unable to repeat his Saturday heroics, placing just sixth of the initial 11, behind Cody Burcher who was best of the Super3 bunch.

With temperatures rising, the fancied second gaggle of drivers struggled to make their mark.

Vaughan, who was stuck on the Race 1 grid yesterday due to a starter motor problem, finally knocked Vidau off provisional pole, and then improved to 55.0959s to stave off fellow front-row starter Zach Bates.

That might create a sense of déjà vu, Vaughan and Bates having collided towards the front of the Super2 field last year in Perth.

Behind the Tickford Racing and Walkinshaw Andretti United prodigies were Vidau and McLeod, whose times remained good enough for third and fourth overall.

Kelly narrowly outqualified teammate Aaron Cameron, making for a top six on the grid who will all be gunning for a maiden Super2 race win.

Saturday polesitter Cooper Murray was seventh, while Allen was just 13th after a scrappy session.

That puts Allen’s perfect record (three-from-three) in grave danger.

This afternoon’s Dunlop Series race will start at 2:15pm local time (4:15pm AEST).

RESULTS: 2024 Dunlop Series, Round 2, Qualifying for Race 2

15Bradley VaughanFord Mustang GTDS20m55.0959s
225Zach BatesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.0360s
317Max VidauFord Mustang GTDS2+0.1221s
492Cameron McLeodHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.1223s
522Mason KellyFord Mustang GTDS2+0.1463s
627Aaron CameronFord Mustang GTDS2+0.1765s
788Cooper MurrayHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.1878s
854Jordyn SinniHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.2142s
919Elliott ClearyHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.2289s
106Lochie DaltonFord Mustang GTDS2+0.3740s
11118Jarrod HughesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.3865s
1299Jobe StewartHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.3994s
131Kai AllenHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.4266s
1420Reuben GoodallHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.4397s
1555Rylan GrayFord Mustang GTDS2+0.4542s
162Campbell LoganHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.4641s
1715Cody BurcherNissan Altima L33DS3+0.4860s
1838Cameron CrickHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.5183s
199Cody GillisHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.5284s
2011Ryan GilroyFord Mustang GTDS2+0.6206s
21138Jett JohnsonFord Mustang GTDS2+0.6980s
223Thomas MaxwellNissan Altima L33DS3+0.7359s
2333Callum WalkerHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.9678s
244Tony AuddinoHolden Commodore VFDS3+2.0796s
2518Matt ChahdaHolden Commodore ZBDS2DNS
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