In his debut season, Erebus Academy driver Jobe Stewart was crowned the Super3 Champion in today’s chaotic opening race in Adelaide.
Meanwhile, the Super2 drivers had opposite results with Jordan Boys gained a whopping eight positions to finish P6, while some unfortunate positioning and a clash with the wall saw Jay Hanson finish P15.
Starting from pole position, Jobe was primed for the Championship win with the only requirement to clinch the title being a race completion. Meanwhile, Jay and Jordan, who started P10 and P14 respectively, were ready to work their way through the field.
When the lights went out, Jay managed to gain two positions to sit P8, while Jobe and Jordan held onto their original starting positions. The green running was short lived however, with an opening lap Safety Car called less than a minute in.
Two laps later, the racing resumed and while Jobe held onto P1, Jay and Jordan both gained a position each to sit P7 and P13 respectively.
Unfortunately, Jay’s gains didn’t stick with two unfortunate outside line positions making for easy passing for other drivers, resulting in three positions lost by lap 6. At the same time, Jordan was gradually working his way through the field and by lap 10 was six positions ahead of his qualifying position in P8.
Lap 12 continued to spell trouble for Jay as a spin and a collision with the wall at Turn 9 sent him to the back of the grid to now sit P15 where he would remain until the checkered flag was waved.
4 laps later, the last Safety Car of the race was called with a major crash right behind Jobe between Mason Kelly and Zane Morse. Yellow flag conditions continued for 4 more laps and with 3 and a half minutes remaining the final laps resumed.
Although Jobe was quick off the line on the restart, a slam from behind by Matt Chahda resulted in a gradual drop down the field to cross the line P4, though still managing to clinch the Super3 title in the process.
Meanwhile, Jordan managed to avoid the carnage throughout the race to finish P6, while his teammate Jay ended up P15 after a 15 second time penalty was applied post-race.
The three Image Racing drivers will return to the track tomorrow at 1.20PM for the season finale.