Wood wins wild Race 2 as Mostert’s lead evaporates

Sunday 18th November, 2012


Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©

Dale Wood at Winton

Dale Wood at Winton

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

1GB Galvanizing/Wilson TechDale WoodHolden Commodore VE1219:09.9743
2Coates Hire RacingNick PercatHolden Commodore VE21219:10.3029
3MW MotorsportLuke YouldenFord Falcon FG1219:10.4967
4Bob Jane T-Marts/Sitech/SonicGeorge MiedeckeFord Falcon BF1219:10.7461
5Go Karts GoDrew RussellFord Falcon BF1219:10.9721
6Go Karts GoAaren RussellFord Falcon BF1219:11.1556
7Bob Jane T-MartsRodney JaneFord Falcon FG1219:11.5539
8Simpro RacingAshley WalshFord Falcon FG1219:11.8109
9Wolfchester / BahcoGlen WoodHolden Commodore VE21219:12.0807
10Fujitsu RacingScott McLaughlinFord Falcon FG1219:12.2334
11Triple Eight Race EngineeringScott PyeHolden Commodore VE1219:12.2447
12Warrin Mining/Volvo Const EquiAdam WallisHolden Commodore VE1219:12.7737
13Carrington Equipment GroupMichael HectorFord Falcon BF1219:13.9657
14GSS Mining RentalsMarcus ZukanovicHolden Commodore VE1219:14.1753
15R&J Batteries/EarthEx LogisticGeoff EmeryHolden Commodore VE1219:14.4837
16FrauenfelderAndrew JonesHolden Commodore VE1219:14.5349
17Formula Tech/Interquip RacingBrett StewartHolden Commodore VE1219:16.2307
18Pacific HoistsNandi KissHolden Commodore VE1219:19.4113
19Ford Performance RacingChaz MostertFord Falcon FG1119:13.3968
20MW MotorsportElliot BarbourFord Falcon BF1119:19.4767

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Winton Race Guide

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