20 March 2022 | General

Owen Kelly wins Turtle Wax Trans Am Series Race 2 at Phillip Island

Owen Kelly has taken his second win of the weekend following a tight battle between Tim Brook and Nathan Herne in Race 2 of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series at Phillip Island.

It was a textbook start for polesitter Kelly as Turtle Wax Trans Am Series leader Brook followed, with a gap being established back to third.

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This followed an off at Turn 1 for the All American Driveline and Auto Parts Ford Mustang of Ben Grice after contact from Team Valvoline GRM’s Nathan Herne. This sent Grice through the inside of the field and he managed to pull up in the middle of Southern Loop, avoiding contact from the rest of the field.

Herne maintained third behind the two leaders, while GRM teammate Lochie Dalton moved into fourth ahead of Nash Morris and Brett Holdsworth.

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The gap between Kelly and Brook continued to be under a second, while Herne was sporting damage on his Mustang, but that wasn’t slowing him down as he caught the two leaders forcing the Monochrome Wall Racing entry to go defensive.

As the battle for victory heated up, a powering steering belt broke entering Lukey Heights for Morris and a great recovery enabled the Supercheap Auto Mustang to return to pit lane for the problem to be attended to.

Western Australian Brock Boley also had trouble when he spun into the sand trap at Siberia, but was able to extricate himself out.

Meanwhile, Herne was able to take second from Brook, however the positions were reversed when the Monochrome Wall Racing Mustang slid down the inside at the final corner to secure runner up slot to Kelly.

GRM rookie Dalton finished fourth from the Hogan Prestige Cars Dodge Challenger of Nic Carroll, Ashley Seward Motorsport’s Holdsworth, Turtle Wax Trans Am Series rookie Cody Burcher, Jon McCorkindale driving the Dial Before You Dig Mustang, Edan Thornburrow and Kyle Gurton completed the top 10 after being caught up in the Turn 1 incident.

This afternoon’s final Turtle Wax Trans Am Series race is at 2:55pm AEDT live and uninterrupted on Stan Sport.