Walsh takes maiden win as Stoner crashes out

Ash Walsh leads into Turn 1.

Ash Walsh leads into Turn 1.

Ash Walsh has fended off Matthew White Motorsport team-mates Chaz Mostert and Dale Wood to score a maiden Dunlop Series race victory on the streets of Adelaide.

The Matt Stone Racing Ford driver made the most of a chaotic start to take the lead from Wood and pole-sitter Mostert heading into the first corner.

An issue with the starting procedure had caused widespread confusion off the grid, with some drivers, including Mostert, momentarily backing off thinking that the start had been aborted.

Walsh spent much of the race with a near two-second margin over Wood, who was being harried by Mostert.

Mostert eventually found a way around his team-mate on Lap 15 of 20. Despite taking just two subsequent laps to close down Walsh, Mostert was unable to steal the win.

Ironically, Walsh’s cause had been helped by a yellow flag at Turn 9 for the crashed third MWM Ford of Morgan Haber.

The race’s star attraction, Casey Stoner, spent the second half of the season opener stranded inside his crashed Triple Eight Holden at the exit of Turn 4.

The former motorcycle ace had been running 15th when a sudden tyre deflation saw him clout the Turn 3 exit wall. The 27-year-old had gone off at the Turn 14 hairpin on the previous lap after a large front lock-up.

Stoner had run as high as 10th in the early laps after pulling off a clinical passing move into Turn 9 on Aaren Russell, who eventually finished a strong ninth.

Those to bank solid points included Andrew Jones, Kristian Lindbom, Drew Russell, George Miedecke and Daniel Gaunt, who filled fourth through eight.

Cameron Waters finished 10th after losing four places when a concertina incident at Turn 9 saw the Minda Holden spin.

The Dunlop Series competitors will return to the track for their second and final race of the weekend at 1235 local time tomorrow.

See below for the full Race 1 result

1 Infants Friend Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 27:59.4821 1:23.0730
2 Sherrin Rentals Chaz Mostert Ford Falson FG 27:59.7085 1:22.7994
3 GB Galvanizing Dale Wood Ford Falcon FG 28:00.5559 1:22.7462
4 Advam Racing Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 28:11.7007 1:23.2041
5 Evans Motorsport Group Kristian Lindbom Ford Falcon FG 28:11.9852 1:23.5904
6 Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon FG 28:19.6628 1:23.7386
7 I Seek George Miedecke Ford Falcon FG 28:21.0320 1:23.6390
8 Wilson Security Daniel Gaunt Holden Commodore VE2 28:21.6605 1:23.7412
9 CEG Rentals Aaren Russell Ford Falcon FG 28:22.0269 1:24.0165
10 Minda Motorsport Cameron Waters Holden Commodore VE2 28:30.3857 1:23.9533
11 R&J Batteries/NDD Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE2 28:30.9003 1:24.0667
12 Arvo Taz Douglas Ford Falcon FG 28:32.5873 1:24.0916
13 Rodney Jane Racing Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG 28:42.3159 1:24.5330
14 Finance Ezi Josh Hunter Ford Falocon FG 28:42.9908 1:24.4673
15 Finance Ezi Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG 28:43.7783 1:24.5159
16 Eggleston Motorsport Jay Verdnik Holden Commodore VE 28:47.4902 1:24.7502
17 Rodney Jane Racing Gary Jacobson Ford Falcon FG 28:48.0129 1:24.6212
18 Icebreak Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore VE2 28:57.3804 1:24.5777
19 Action Racing Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE 29:04.6341 1:25.2517
20 TBC Nick McBride Ford Falcon FG 29:06.7951 1:24.6024
21 Warrin Mining Adam Wallis Holden Commodore VE 29:12.1516 1:25.5650
22 Rockit&Blackchrome Sportswear Sam Walter Holden Commodore VE2 29:16.7438 1:25.0424
23 Pacific Hoists & Hitachi Chris Alajajian Holden Commodore VE 28:06.2111 1:25.7793
24 Resi Racing Aaron McGill Holden Commodore VE2 28:14.6986 1:25.6952
25 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 28:18.7642 1:27.3001
26 Poll Performance Jim Pollicina Holden Commodore VE 28:59.0842 1:28.2279
27 Gulf Western Oil Michael Hector Ford Falcon FG 28:39.5590 1:26.7908
DNF Garage Nineteen Aaron Tebb Holden Commodore VE2 27:36.9557 1:24.9943
DNF WM Motorsport Morgan Haber Ford Falcon FG 24:28.1351 1:24.6962
DNF Triple Eight Race Engineering Casey Stoner Holden Commodore VE2 15:52.0399 1:24.0453

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