Walsh takes Dunlop lead in Dumbrell’s absence

Sunday 18th May, 2014 - 3:08pm

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Ashley Walsh

Ashley Walsh

Second place in Race 2 of the weekend was enough to give Ashley Walsh the Dunlop Series round win and points lead at Barbagallo.

Saturday winner and erstwhile points leader Paul Dumbrell did not start the second encounter after being called to a business conference.

Dumbrell’s racing commitments are secondary to his position as CEO at Automotive Brands; having stepped down from full-time driving to concentrate on his business career at the end of 2011.

Walsh now holds a healthy 104 point lead over his rival with four rounds of the season remaining.

The reverse top 10 grid Race 2 was dominated by Andre Heimgartner, who led every lap after beating pole-sitter Paul Morris to the first corner.

Heimgartner’s only true threat had been Cameron Waters, who was closing on the Finance Ezi Ford mid-race when he was forced to retire with a driveline failure.

Heimgartner eventually took the flag three seconds clear of Walsh, who fought through from ninth on the grid.

The second career win secured Heimgartner third for the round behind Walsh and Dean Fiore.

Fiore ran as high as second before succumbing to Walsh in the closing stages.

Both had fought their was through Paul Morris and Todd Hazelwood, with the pair taking fourth and fifth respectively after a race-long battle.

Andrew Jones carved through from the back of the grid to finish seventh ahead of Chris Pither, Aaren Russell, Ant Pedersen and Morgan Haber.

Another to charge was Jack Le Brocq, who finished 16th after being spun to the back in a touch with Pither during the early stages.

The Dunlop Series will continue at the Townsville 400 in July.

See below for the full Race 2 result

1 Finance Ezi / MWM Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG 38 38:00.29
2 Infants Friend Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 38 38:03.49
3 Titan Ford/East Coast Traffic Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 38 38:05.30
4 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Ford Falcon FG 38 38:05.40
5 Matt Stone Racing Todd Hazelwood Ford Falcon FG 38 38:05.63
6 Team Freightliner Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 38 38:05.84
7 Icebreak Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore VE2 38 38:06.67
8 Novocastrian Motorsport Aaren Russell Ford Falcon FG 38 38:16.78
9 Eggleston Motorsport Ant Pedersen Holden Commodore VE2 38 38:19.01
10 Haber Excavations/Miraflores Morgan Haber Ford Falcon FG 38 38:19.28
11 Action Racing Marcus Zukanovic Ford Falcon FG 38 38:20.27
12 R&J Batteries Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE2 38 38:23.87
13 Pacific Hoists/Race Pilot Fredrik Lestrup Holden Commodore VE2 38 38:33.11
14 Forpark/Aust Custom Moulders Matt Hansen Holden Commodore VE2 38 38:34.73
15 Eggleston Motorsport Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore VE2 38 38:35.09
16 Image Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG 38 38:48.22
17 Street Fighter Dan Day Holden Commodore VE2 38 38:48.39
18 Gulf Western Oil Michael Hector Ford Falcon FG 38 38:59.69
19 Rev Trans WA/Real Estate Expre Ben Porter Holden Commodore VE2 38 39:02.12
20 Vili’s Josh Kean Holden Commodore VE2 37 38:06.43
21 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE2 37 38:10.01
22 Mocomm Communication Jim Pollicina Ford Falcon FG 37 38:30.23
23 Warrin Mining/Volvo Constructi Adam Wallis Holden Commodore VE2 37 38:37.20
24 McGill Motorsport Aaron McGill Holden Commodore VE2 37 39:08.69
DNF TEAM ENZED FPR Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG 17 16:49.74

See below for the round result

1 Ashley Walsh 276
2 Dean Fiore 258
3 Andre Heimgartner 234
4 Todd Hazelwood 222
5 Chris Pither 216
6 Paul Morris 198
7 Ant Pedersen 174
8 Aaren Russell 159
9 Jack Le Brocq 159
10 Paul Dumbrell 150
11 Andrew Jones 138
12 Marcus Zukanovic 138
13 Garry Jacobson 132
14 Geoff Emery 126
15 Fredrik Lestrup 126
16 Matt Hansen 126
17 Morgan Haber 111
18 Josh Kean 99
19 Cameron Waters 96
20 Dan Day 93
21 Michael Hector 93
22 Brett Stewart 93
23 Jim Pollicina 84
24 Aaron McGill 81
25 Ben Porter 48
26 Adam Wallis 36

See below for the updated championship standings

1 Ashley Walsh 782
2 Paul Dumbrell 678
3 Andre Heimgartner 594
4 Chris Pither 585
5 Paul Morris 585
6 Andrew Jones 554
7 Cameron Waters 543
8 Garry Jacobson 515
9 Todd Hazelwood 510
10 Ant Pedersen 486
11 Geoff Emery 399
12 Aaren Russell 393
13 Morgan Haber 336
14 Taz Douglas 335
15 Marcus Zukanovic 327
16 Matt Hansen 315
17 Fredrik Lestrup 270
18 Jack Le Brocq 267
19 Brett Stewart 267
20 Dean Fiore 258
21 Michael Hector 255
22 Dan Day 246
23 Aaron McGill 231
24 Steve Owen 228
25 Jordan Ormsby 207
26 Jim Pollicina 186
27 Josh Kean 156
28 Jay Verdnik 108
29 Ryan Simpson 90
30 Adam Wallis 87
31 Aaron Tebb 78
32 Garth Walden 75
33 Shane Price 63
34 Ben Porter 48
35 Tim Macrow 39
36 Josh Hunter 33