Wood wins wild Race 2 as Mostert’s lead evaporates
Dale Wood has taken victory in the Dunlop Series’ reverse top 10 second race at Winton, which will go down as one of the class’s wildest encounters on record.
Wood trailed Andrew Jones to the finish line under yellow flag conditions but inherited the win when the latter was relegated to 16th thanks to a five-second time penalty for jumping the start.
The victory is Wood’s first since making his Dunlop Series debut in 2007.
Race 1 winner Nick Percat escaped several bouts of carnage in front of him to finish second ahead of Luke Youlden, George Miedecke and Drew Russell.
Starting from pole position, Geoff Emery had dominated the first half of the race before seeing his three second lead erased thanks to a Safety Car on Lap 7 of 12.
The yellows had flown thanks to a mistake from points leader Chaz Mostert, who left the road at the exit of Turn 6 while chasing second-placed Ashley Walsh, beaching his Ford Performance Racing Ford in the sand trap.
Walsh soon made his move on Emery at the restart, but both would leave the circuit while running side-by-side into the Turn 5 sweeper after the Ford received a tap from Jones.
Emery rejoined at Turn 8 with an extended lead over the now second-placed Jones and soon received a drive-through penalty for his actions.
A second lead-pack shuffle occurred later in the same lap involving Wood, Scott McLaughlin, Luke Youlden and Scott Pye that saw both McLaughlin and Pye lose several places.
Yet another incident soon after, this time involving Elliot Barbour – who had earlier stalled from second on the grid – and Brett Stewart at Turn 3 saw a second Safety Car called, freezing the positions to the chequered flag.
The results see Mostert’s and McLaughlin tied for the series lead with four races remaining. Percat is now just 56 points from the lead, with Pye a further 40 adrift in fourth.
The combined results from the first two Winton races will see Percat and Youlden share the front-row for Race 3, with Wood, Pye, McLaughlin, Walsh, Mostert, Miedecke, Jones and Drew Russell will filling third through 10th.
The race will kick-off at 1415 local time.
Result: Dunlop Series Race 2, Winton Motor Raceway
|1||GB Galvanizing/Wilson Tech||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VE||12||19:09.9743|
|2||Coates Hire Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VE2||12||19:10.3029|
|3||MW Motorsport||Luke Youlden||Ford Falcon FG||12||19:10.4967|
|4||Bob Jane T-Marts/Sitech/Sonic||George Miedecke||Ford Falcon BF||12||19:10.7461|
|5||Go Karts Go||Drew Russell||Ford Falcon BF||12||19:10.9721|
|6||Go Karts Go||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon BF||12||19:11.1556|
|7||Bob Jane T-Marts||Rodney Jane||Ford Falcon FG||12||19:11.5539|
|8||Simpro Racing||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon FG||12||19:11.8109|
|9||Wolfchester / Bahco||Glen Wood||Holden Commodore VE2||12||19:12.0807|
|10||Fujitsu Racing||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG||12||19:12.2334|
|11||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VE||12||19:12.2447|
|12||Warrin Mining/Volvo Const Equi||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||12||19:12.7737|
|13||Carrington Equipment Group||Michael Hector||Ford Falcon BF||12||19:13.9657|
|14||GSS Mining Rentals||Marcus Zukanovic||Holden Commodore VE||12||19:14.1753|
|15||R&J Batteries/EarthEx Logistic||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE||12||19:14.4837|
|16||Frauenfelder||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE||12||19:14.5349|
|17||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE||12||19:16.2307|
|18||Pacific Hoists||Nandi Kiss||Holden Commodore VE||12||19:19.4113|
|19||Ford Performance Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||11||19:13.3968|
|20||MW Motorsport||Elliot Barbour||Ford Falcon BF||11||19:19.4767|
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