Ash Walsh fastest in opening Dunlop practice

Ash Walsh's MSR Ford in the Adelaide paddock

Ash Walsh’s MSR Ford in the Adelaide paddock

Ashley Walsh made the perfect start to his Dunlop Series campaign by topping Practice 1 in Adelaide.

The Matt Stone Racing Ford driver, who finished second in last year’s series, set the fastest two times of the 40 minute hit-out.

A 1:23.28s effort on his eighth of 10 flying laps during the session proved 0.25s clear of Andre Heimgartner in the MW Motorsport Ford.

Garry Jacobson was third quickest on debut for Eggleston Motorsport, outpacing team-mates Paul Dumbrell (sixth) and Ant Pedersen (10th).

Cameron Waters made a solid start to his season with Ford Performance Racing in fourth ahead of Paul Morris in the Sargent Security Falcon.

Morris was among several to make a trip down the Turn 4 escape road as the drivers tested the limits of the circuit.

Ryan Simpson saw the run-off on multiple occasions but kept the MW Motorsport Falcon off the barriers to end up 13th.

The session ran green for its duration despite Aaron Tebb parking his RSport Holden in the Turn 4 escape road with seven minutes remaining.

A second Dunlop Series session will take place later this afternoon.

See below for the full Practice 1 result 

1 Infants Friend Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 01:23.28
2 Finance Ezi Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG 01:23.52 00:00.25
3 Eggleston Motorsport/Wilson Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore VE2 01:23.55 00:00.28
4 TEAM ENZED FPR Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG 01:23.62 00:00.34
5 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Ford Falcon FG 01:23.76 00:00.48
6 Eggleston Motorsport/Wilson Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 01:23.78 00:00.50
7 Image Racing Taz Douglas Ford Falcon FG 01:23.92 00:00.64
8 R&J Batteries Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE2 01:24.09 00:00.82
9 Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon FG 01:24.21 00:00.94
10 Eggleston Motorsport/Wilson Ant Pedersen Holden Commodore VE2 01:24.22 00:00.95
11 Team Adavm Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 01:24.25 00:00.97
12 Image Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG 01:24.51 00:01.24
13 Parramatta Smash Repairs Ryan Simpson Ford Falcon FG 01:24.56 00:01.28
14 Action Racing Marcus Zukanovic Ford Falcon fg 01:24.72 00:01.45
15 Miraflores Estate/Haber Exc Morgan Haber Ford Falcon FG 01:25.15 00:01.87
16 Worlds Best Technology/Cast Josh Hunter Holden Commodore VE2 01:25.23 00:01.95
17 Matt Stone Racing Todd Hazelwood Ford Falcon FG 01:25.35 00:02.07
18 THR Motorsports/S.A. Racing Jay Verdnik Holden Commodore VE2 01:25.48 00:02.20
19 Pacific Hoists/Halda Race P Fredrik Lestrup Ford Falocon FG 01:25.77 00:02.49
20 Gulf Western Oil Michael Hector Ford Falcon FG 01:25.93 00:02.65
21 THR Motorsports/S.A. Racing Jordan Ormsby Holden Commodore VE2 01:26.01 00:02.73
22 Icebreak Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore VE2 01:26.29 00:03.02
23 Alphabet Josh Kean Holden Commodore VE2 01:26.30 00:03.02
24 Warrin Mining Volvo Constru Adam Wallis Holden Commodore VE2 01:26.47 00:03.20
25 Formula Tech/Interquip Raci Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE2 01:26.68 00:03.40
26 Volight Contracting Aaron Tebb Holden Commodore VE2 01:26.94 00:03.66
27 Poll Performance Jim Pollicina Ford Falcon FG 01:27.29 00:04.01
28 McGill Motorsport Aaron McGill Holden Commodore VE2 01:27.55 00:04.28
29 Forpark/Aust Custom Moulder Matt Hansen Holden Commodore VE2 01:28.10 00:04.82
30 Dreamland Bedding Dan Day Holden Commodore VE2 01:28.45 00:05.17


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