Wood wins as disaster strikes Stoner again
Dale Wood extended his lead in the Dunlop Series by holding out a determined Jack Perkins in Race 1 of the weekend at Queensland Raceway.
The MW Motorsport Ford driver made the most of his career first pole position, beating fellow front-row starter Perkins to the first corner.
Perkins kept Wood in his sights for the entire 14 lap journey, setting the fastest lap of the race in the closing stages before crossing the line just 0.4s adrift.
Steve Owen, Ashley Walsh, Daniel Gaunt and Taz Douglas completed the top six after a stagnant race at the front.
Andrew Jones charged through from 15th on the grid to finish seventh ahead of Nick McBride, Drew Russell and Andre Heimgartner.
Sixth-place starter Casey Stoner saw his race fall apart on just the second lap; the Red Bull-Pirtek Holden tipped into a spin by Geoff Emery.
Falling to 29th, Stoner recovered to 17th by the flag, lapping within 0.1s of Perkins’ fastest time in the process.
Another in trouble early was series contender Kristian Lindbom, who found himself nudged wide by Stoner at the first corner.
The Evans Motorsport Ford suffered front-end damage during subsequent contact with Andre Heimgartner at Turn 2, eventually consigning Lindbom to the pitlane.
Morgan Haber and Josh Hunter were also on the retirements list after a multi-car incident at the end of the opening lap.
The collision was triggered when Hunter spun Gary Jacobson at Turn 6, resulting in a concertina that also involved George Miedecke and a luckless Haber.
Miedecke and Jacobson escaped the drama to finish 14th and 19th respectively. The latter was one place ahead of his team-mate Rodney Jane, who had been spun out of 13th place by Cameron Waters in the early stages.
Race 2 for the Dunlop Series will take place on Sunday morning and feature a reverse top 10 grid.
See below for the full Race 1 result
|1||GB Galvanizing/MWM||Dale Wood||Ford Falcon FG||16:51.16||01:11.58|
|2||Eggleston Motorsport||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VE||16:51.56||01:11.53*|
|3||Sherrin Rentals/MWM||Steve Owen||Ford Falson FG||16:53.66||01:11.60|
|4||Infants Friend||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon FG||16:54.77||01:11.80|
|5||Marque Management||Daniel Gaunt||Holden Commodore VE2||16:55.47||01:11.55|
|6||Image Racing/Arvo||Taz Douglas||Ford Falcon FG||16:56.31||01:11.74|
|7||Advam Racing||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE2||16:58.17||01:11.59|
|8||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Nick McBride||Ford Falcon FG||16:59.21||01:11.65|
|9||Go Karts Go||Drew Russell||Ford Falcon FG||17:00.60||01:11.59|
|10||Finance Ezi Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG||17:03.63||01:11.87|
|11||Icebreak Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VE2||17:04.41||01:12.16|
|12||Sargent Security Racing||Paul Morris||Holden Commodore VE2||17:07.81||01:11.78|
|13||CEG Rentals/Go Karts Go||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon FG||17:09.24||01:12.00|
|14||I Seek||George Miedecke||Ford Falcon FG||17:13.34||01:12.20|
|15||Action Racing||Marcus Zukanovic||Holden Commodore VE||17:15.19||01:12.61|
|16||Blackchrome Sports & Workwear||Sam Walter||Holden Commodore VE2||17:15.53||01:12.47|
|17||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Casey Stoner||Holden Commodore VE2||17:19.20||01:11.58|
|18||Gulf Western Oil||Michael Hector||Ford Falcon FG||17:22.59||01:12.95|
|19||Rodney Jane Racing/Sonic||Gary Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG||17:23.41||01:11.90|
|20||Rodney Jane Racing/Sonic||Rodney Jane||Ford Falcon FG||17:26.50||01:12.54|
|21||Poll Performance||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||17:28.39||01:12.72|
|22||Rev Trans WA||Aaron Tebb||Holden Commodore VE2||17:29.10||01:13.43|
|23||Resi Home Loans||Aaron McGill||Holden Commodore VE2||17:29.71||01:13.05|
|24||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE||17:34.21||01:13.37|
|25||Warrin Mining Volvo Constructi||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||17:37.27||01:13.09|
|26||Linde Material Handling/Enzed||Cameron Waters||Holden Commodore VE2||17:37.56||01:12.06|
|27||Pacific Hoists – Hitachi||Nandi Kiss||Holden Commodore VE||17:41.19||01:13.81|
|28||R&J Batteries/NDD||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE2||17:35.58||01:11.93|
|DNF||Ozstaff Racing||Kristian Lindbom||Ford Falcon FG||05:23.02||01:17.00|
|DNF||MiraFlores Estate/MWM||Morgan Haber||Ford Falcon FG||01:30.95||01:30.95|
|DNF||Finance Ezi Racing||Josh Hunter||Ford Falocon FG||01:41.25||01:41.25|