Zane Morse – Podium Promise Delivered In Townsville
Racing in the second tier of the Supercars Championship, Morse had already shown glimpses of his potential pace aboard his new Ford Mustang over the open two rounds of the series in Newcastle and Perth but had yet to secure a representative race result.
Now comfortable in the car, the Morse brought everything together to secure a career-best qualifying and race result in Sunday’s final race of the weekend on the tricky Townsville street circuit.
The Townsville weekend started strong for Morse, who ended Friday’s running fourth fastest after the two practice sessions.
A pace that the young driver hoped to continue in Saturday’s qualifying for the first race of the weekend at the tight concrete-lined street circuit.
Morse set a quick time early in the qualifying session on old rubber; however, unfortunately, a crash involving two fellow competitors brought out the red flag. Ultimately ending the qualifying session before Morse had the chance to complete his competitive lap on fresh Dunlop tyres—leaving him to start Race 1 from ninth on the grid.
Building on his experience making his way through the field from earlier in the year, Morse fought his way up from ninth on the grid, putting in a determined drive to fight for fourth in the final laps of the race. Unable to get by, he had to settle for fifth at the chequered flag.
A clean run in Sunday’s qualifying session for the second race of the weekend allowed Morse to show what he was really capable of, ending the session fourth fastest for a second-row start for the afternoon’s race.
Something that he would take full advantage of, launching his way immediately into third on the opening lap of the race.
After fending off challenges in the opening laps, Morse turned his attention forward, gapping the rest of the field and chasing down the race leaders, also setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Unfortunately for Morse, a late race appearance of the Safety Car cut short his run at the leaders, but he would cross the line in third place to secure his first podium result in the Dunlop Super2 Series.
“It was a good race to round out the weekend,” said Morse at the end of the weekend.
“I made a few mistakes early, which meant it took me longer to catch the front two.”
“And had a couple of hits from behind as well., but we pulled through nicely to secure an amazing result for the team.”
“We’ll need to keep up this awesome pace for the rest of the season now.”
Zane would like to thank his amazing sponsors, including Turps Tippers, Above All Roof Maintenance, Brema Group, TradeMutt, Enhance Healthcare, En Garde Fencing and Gates, Wagga Paint Distributors, Yarra Valley Sheds, Specialized Towing, Diecast Visions, InSyde Media and OBJ’s Sports bar.
After Townsville, Morse now sits eighth in the Dunlop Super2 Series standings with three rounds remaining.
The Dunlop Super2 Series will continue at Sandown in September.