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Wood doubles up in crash-affected Super2 qualifying

RYAN Wood has completed a sweep of the two Dunlop Series qualifying sessions on Friday at the Adelaide 500.

With Saturday’s pole already in the bag, a 20-minute all-in hitout decided the grid for Sunday’s Race 2.

That came in contrast to the standard protocol of running Super2 and Super3 separately in qualifying, but a decision was made for the classes to share the track given some sprinkles of rain about and cloudy skies above.

The field, reduced to 23 following Brad Vaughan’s crash earlier today, wasted little time in getting on-track in case conditions deteriorated.

What eventuated was a thrilling four-way exchange for the Sunday pole position between Wood, Walkinshaw Andretti United teammate Zach Bates, and title rivals Zak Best and Kai Allen.

Best set the initial mark at 1:20.5477s before dipping into the ‘19s’ the next time around.

Series leader Best remarkably went faster again on his next two laps, but it was a WAU one-two by the mid-point of the session.

Wood had bettered Best, only for Bates to seize the advantage with a 1:19.7301s on his final flyer before pitting.

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There was more time to find with Cooper Murray looking like going to the top before locking up into Turn 9.

Others pounced, with Allen, Wood, Bates and Best each shooting to the top, before Wood landed the knockout blow: a 1:19.2800s – notably faster than the best lap recorded by the Repco Supercars Championship field earlier today.

That also secured Wood the Super2 pole trophy for the season.

There would be no further opportunities for others to respond, due to Callum Walker spinning and Nash Morris crashing while taking avoiding action.

The red flag came out with 2:35 on the clock and the session never resumed.

The order wound up Wood, Best, Bates and Allen, with the rest of the top 10 reading: Cameron Crick, Jay Hanson, Aaron Love, Aaron Seton, Murray and Matt Chahda.

Jobe Stewart again was best of the Super3 class, in 15th outright.

RESULTS: Qualifying for Race 2, Dunlop Series, Adelaide

12Ryan WoodHolden Commodore ZBDS21m19.2800s
217Zak BestFord Mustang GTDS2+0.0289s
325Zach BatesHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.099s
426Kai AllenHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.1867s
538Cameron CrickHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.2471s
649Jay HansonHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.2729s
778Jordan LoveFord Mustang GTDS2+0.451s
830Aaron SetonHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.4657s
988Cooper MurrayHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.4899s
1018Matt ChahdaHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.6884s
1127Aaron CameronFord Mustang GTDS2+0.7015s
1211Zane MorseFord Mustang GTDS2+0.7225s
1354Jordyn SinniHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.7255s
1499Jordan BoysHolden Commodore ZBDS2+0.8986s
15999Jobe StewartHolden Commodore VFDS3+0.9366s
1667Nash MorrisHolden Commodore ZBDS2+1.0425s
1743Lachlan DaltonHolden Commodore ZBDS2+1.1137s
1855Rylan GrayFord Falcon FG XDS3+1.1618s
1992Cameron McLeodNissan AltimaDS3+1.2372s
2022Mason KellyNissan AltimaDS3+2.2068s
21117Jett JohnsonNissan AltimaDS3+2.6315s
2233Callum WalkerHolden Commodore ZBDS2+2.7044s
236Elly MorrowFord Mustang GTDS2+3.5594s
245Brad VaughanFord Mustang GTDS2NTR
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