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Solid results for Kiwis Wood, Payne at Perth

Updated: May 21

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Ryan Wood finished fourth and eight at Wanneroo Raceway. PHOTO: WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED

New Zealand drivers Ryan Wood and Matt Payne have registered top-10 finishes in both races at the latest round of the Supercars Championship.

Wood finished fourth and eight, and Payne eighth and ninth in Races 9 and 10 of the season  over the weekend at the Perth SuperSprint at Wanneroo Raceway.

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For Walkinshaw Andretti United rookie Wood, the results were his third and fourth top-10s, with the fourth-placing in Perth matching his career-best from the first race of the Taupo Super400 last month.

The 20-year-old, who remains 16th in the Championship after not finishing his first two races of the season, qualified second for Race 9 and fourth for Race 10, but was later docked three places on the grid for being judged to have impeded Mark Winterbottom during qualifying.

Payne, in his second full-time season with Grove Racing, remained fifth in the Championship after his sixth and seventh top-10s from 10 races in 2024. He trails leader Will Brown by 391 points, with the top-three of Brown, Broc Feeney and Chaz Mostert separating themselves from the pack.

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Matt Payne remains fifth in the Supercars Championship after 10 races. PHOTO: GROVE RACING

The other Kiwi drivers in the top-10 heading to Western Australia, Andre Heimgartner and Richie Stanaway, dropped multiple positions after disappointing weekends.

Stanaway finished 24th and 12th to fall to ninth overall, while Heimgartner, who won in Taupo five weeks ago, finished 13th and 15th to drop to 11th.

Jaxon Evans, the fifth New Zealander on the Supercars grid, crossed in 18th in both races in Perth, moving up to 20th.

The next Supercars round is the Darwin Triple Crown on June 15-16.


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