Walsh fights back with Race 2 victory

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Sunday 6th July, 2014 - 2:22pm

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Ash Walsh took the Race 2 victory

Ash Walsh took the Race 2 victory

Ashley Walsh bounced back from a frustrating Saturday to dominate the second and final Dunlop Series race of the weekend in Townsville.

The Matt Stone Racing Ford driver beat pole-sitter Cameron Waters to the first corner and was not headed for the duration.

Waters also dropped behind Paul Dumbrell thanks to his slow start, but regained the position when the Holden driver touched the Turn 2 wall while trying to pass Walsh for the lead.

Waters could not do anything about Walsh, however, who extended his series lead over Dumbrell back out to 47 points after winning by almost seven seconds.

“I was really determined to come out today and get the race win after yesterday’s result,” said Walsh, who had to contend with an early Safety Car restart on his way to victory.

“The race hinged on the start and I was able to get Cam by Turn 2.

“From there it was all about building the gap and focusing on the lap times and tyre wear.”

Dumbrell eventually finished fourth after also losing track position to Andre Heimgartner with his early mistake.

“I thought I couldn’t dare be the bloke who takes Ash Walsh for the third time in three or four races,” quipped Dumbrell post-race.

Fifth in Race 2 for Saturday winner Chris Pither was enough to secure the Kiwi a maiden round victory.

“It’s a pretty special moment,” said Pither.

“I think we’ve made some pretty steady progress all season. I think I’ve stepped up a notch as to how I went last year.”

Heimgartner and Dumbrell completed the weekend podium, with the consistent Dean Fiore – who was sixth in Race 2 – beating Walsh and Waters into fourth overall.

See below for full Race 2 results

1

Infants Friend

 Ashley Walsh

 Ford Falcon FG

38:36.4724

1:14.6820

2

TEAM ENZED FPR

 Cameron Waters

 Ford Falcon FG

38:39.0016

1:14.7165

3

Finance Ezi/MW Motorsport

 Andre Heimgartner

 Ford Falcon FG

38:40.4327

1:14.9942

4

Eggleston Motorsport

 Paul Dumbrell

 Holden Commodore VE2

38:44.1768

1:14.9409

5

Icebreak Racing

 Chris Pither

 Holden Commodore VE2

38:49.1148

1:15.1200

6

R&T Pumps/MW Motorsport

 Dean Fiore

 Ford Falcon FG

38:50.8267

1:15.1304

7

Eggleston Motorsport

 Ant Pedersen

 Holden Commodore VE2

38:54.6870

1:15.4761

8

Image Racing

 Jack Le Brocq

 Ford Falcon FG

39:02.2309

1:15.6808

9

United Racing

 Paul Morris

 Ford Falcon FG

39:02.8716

1:15.9663

10

Haber Xcavations/MW Motorsport

 Morgan Haber

 Ford Falcon FG

39:12.4931

1:15.6593

11

Eggleston Motorsport

 Garry Jacobson

 Holden Commodore VE2

39:21.2219

1:15.9412

12

R&J Batteries

 Geoff Emery

 Holden Commodore VE2

39:21.8883

1:16.1181

13

Thomas Steel Fabrication

 Todd Hazelwood

 Ford Falcon FG

39:22.3409

1:16.1041

14

Street Fighter

 Dan Day

 Holden Commodore VE2

39:26.7242

1:16.4647

15

Forpark/Aust Custom Moulders

 Matt Hansen

 Holden Commodore VE2

39:31.3433

1:16.7877

16

Pacific Hoists/Halda Race Pilo

 Fredrik Lestrup

 Holden Commodore VE2

39:32.7636

1:16.3611

17

Wilson Security Racing

 Steven Johnson

 Ford Falcon FG

39:35.3247

1:16.3814

18

Rev Trans WA/Evolution Custom

 Paul McKinnon

 Holden Commodore VE2

39:41.7614

1:17.0794

19

Formula Tech/Interquip Racing

 Brett Stewart

 Holden Commodore VE2

39:42.1676

1:17.1434

20

Warrin Mining/Volvo Construction

 Adam Wallis

 Holden Commodore VE2

39:53.2548

1:17.6260

21

Think Holden

 Macauley Jones

 Holden Commodore VE2

38:46.7498

1:15.7554

22

Voight Contracting

 Aaron Tebb

 Holden Commodore VE2

38:53.8560

1:17.0464

23

McGill Motorsport

 Aaron McGill

 Holden Commodore VE2

38:57.3872

1:17.8769

24

Go Karts Go/North Side Fire

 Aaren Russell

 Ford Falcon FG

39:14.9590

1:16.2667

25

Gulf Western Oil

 Michael Hector

 Ford Falcon FG

38:52.9503

1:18.0370

DNF

A.L.B. Distributors

 Andrew Jones

 Holden Commodore VE2

22:27.4429

1:15.5801

DNF

Wynn’s/Vili’s

 Josh Kean

 Holden Commodore VE2

18:50.2910

1:16.6703

DNF

Action Racing

 Marcus Zukanovic

 Ford Falcon FG

12:22.3032

1:16.0850

DNF

Mocomm Communication

 Jim Pollicina

 Ford Falcon FG

 4:08.1775

1:17.4243

Updated Dunlop Series standings after Round 4

1 Ashley Walsh 983
2 Paul Dumbrell 936
3 Andre Heimgartner 852
4 Chris Pither 821
5 Cameron Waters 723
6 Paul Morris 669
7 Todd Hazelwood 666
8 Ant Pedersen 666
9 Garry Jacobson 647
10 Geoff Emery 564
11 Andrew Jones 554
12 Aaren Russell 546
13 Dean Fiore 462
14 Matt Hansen 447
15 Jack Le Brocq 396
16 Marcus Zukanovic 396
17 Fredrik Lestrup 393
18 Morgan Haber 389
19 Brett Stewart 378
20 Michael Hector 339
21 Taz Douglas 335
22 Dan Day 309
23 Aaron McGill 303
24 Jim Pollicina 243
25 Steve Owen 228
26 Jordan Ormsby 207
27 Josh Kean 201
28 Adam Wallis 180
29 Steven Johnson 165
30 Aaron Tebb 150
31 Macauley Jones 120
32 Jay Verdnik 108
33 Ryan Simpson 90
34 Garth Walden 75
35 Shane Price 63
36 Paul McKinnon 51
37 Ben Porter 48
38 Tim Macrow 39
39 Josh Hunter 33