Dale Wood hoping chassis change brings Townsville luck

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Wednesday 4th July, 2012 - 12:12pm

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Dale Wood and Geoff Emery's Commodores preparing to leave GMR's workshop

Dale Wood and Geoff Emery’s Commodores preparing to leave GMR’s workshop

Dale Wood is hoping a chassis change will lead to better luck in Round 3 of the Dunlop Series at Twonsville this weekend.

Wood, who will team-up with Tony D’Alberto in the #3 Team Hiflex Ford Falcon in the V8 Supercars Championship’s endurance races, will step into Greg Murphy Racing’s ex-Steve Owen series winning Commodore, with continued backing from GB Galvanizing, Hi-Tec Oils and Wilson Technology.

GMR heads to Townsville with a reduced line-up following Marcus Zukanovic’s decision to return to running his own car. GMR will now prepare just two cars for Wood and team-mate Geoff Emery.

Wood, currently 19th in the series after a difficult opening two rounds, is optimistic of a strong result.

“The car ran pretty well at Townsville last year (in the hands of Daniel Jilesen) and we have a proven set-up. Out of the gate, it should work pretty well,” Wood told Speedcafe.com.

Dale Wood on his motorbike, riding to victory in a recent Endurocross event

Dale Wood on his motorbike, riding to victory in a recent Endurocross event

“I’d really like to be pushing near the top four or five, but it’s tough, and far tougher than I’ve found in the past few years. But I’m not complaining about that at all – the increased competitiveness of the Dunlop Series means you have to step up and do the best you can and not make any mistakes.”

In between Dunlop rounds, Woods competed in an Endurocross motorcycle event, winning the two-hour race at Flowerdale in Victoria.

Wood led home a strong field of 120 entrants and says that physically, it is one of the best preparations he could undertake.

“I used to do heaps of it, and I love it, but the risk factor is a little high for me to be doing it too often,” Wood said.

“It’s one of the best training exercises you can do. It’s very physical and really tests you.”

In other Dunlop Series news,Paul Morris returns to the series, driving a PMM-prepared Commodore VE with backing from Berocca Performance.

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s previous story.

Ford Performance Racing’s Chaz Mostert currently leads the Dunlop Series ahead of Fujitsu Racing’s Scott McLaughlin and Triple Eight driver Scott Pye.

See below for the full entry list ahead of the Dunlop Series at Townsville.

# Team Driver Car
16 Dreamtime Racing David Russell VE
20 Kitten Racing Andrew Jones VE
24 Pacific Hoists Nandi Kiss VE
27 Jaylec Automotive Electrical Tim Blanchard FG
28 Global Welding Supplies Luke Youlden BF
45 GB Galvanizing Dale Wood VE
48 R & J Batteries Geoff Emery VE
56 Ford Performance Racing Chaz Mostert FG
58 Go Karts Go Drew Russell BF
59 Go Karts Go Aaren Russell BF
60 Carrington Equipment Group Michael Hector BF
67 Berocca Performance Paul Morris VE
71 ABC Towing Marcus Zukanovic VE
73 Formula Tech Performance Brett Stewart VE
75 Solo Resource Recovery Aaron McGill BF
77 Dreamtime Racing Cameron Waters VE
80 Triple Eight Race Engineering Scott Pye VE
86 Drill Pro Daniel Jilesen VE
87 Simpro Racing Ash Walsh BF
93 Fujitsu Racing Scott McLaughlin VE
98 Minda Motorsport Elliot Barbour VE
222 Coates Hire Racing Nick Percat VE
777 Bob Jane T Marts Rodney Jane FG
999 Bob Jane T Marts George Miedecke BF

 

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Sucrogen Townsville 400 Race Guide

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