Paul Dumbrell swept to victory on his return to the Dunlop Series after a dramatic clash between Cameron Waters and Ashley Walsh in Race 2.
Pole-sitter Walsh lost the lead to Waters off the start, but refused to let his rival get away.
Closing the gap through mid-race traffic, Walsh attempted to take the lead when Waters ran wide at Turn 4 on Lap 23 of 27, only to fail to leave room for the FPR Falcon on the exit.
The resulting contact between the pair damaged Waters’ front-right suspension and sent Walsh into a spin.
Dumbrell moved through to the lead before cruising home to the race and round wins four seconds ahead of second-placed Taz Douglas.
“It’s not the way you want to win the race and we certainly didn’t have the quickest car,” said Dumbrell, who had last won in the second-tier series during his most recent outing at Mallala in 2002.
“We were third quickest and that’s where we finished yesterday. There’s a bit of work to do but it was good fun.”
Andrew Jones led home Dumbrell’s Eggleston team-mates Ant Pedersen and Garry Jacobson in third.
Walsh secured third for the round with sixth in the Race 2 while Waters limped home 22nd.
Walsh later said that he had thought he’d left enough room for Waters when the cars made contact.
“We were catching some backmarkers and I knew Cam was a little vulnerable,” he said.
“He made a bit of a mistake, I went up the inside and I thought I’d cleared him and we touched wheels on the exit and you saw the result.”
The Dunlop Series will continue at Winton in April.
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Eggleston MS/Wilson Security||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VE2||26||36:15.59|
|2||Image Racing||Taz Douglas||Ford Falcon FG||26||36:21.27|
|3||Team Advam||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE2||26||36:25.39|
|4||Eggleston MS/Wilson Security||Ant Pedersen||Holden Commodore VE2||26||36:27.72|
|5||Eggleston MS/Wilson Security||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore VE2||26||36:33.52|
|6||Infants Friend||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon FG||26||36:34.49|
|7||Finance Ezi||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG||26||36:34.97|
|8||Icebreak Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VE2||26||36:37.03|
|9||Matt Stone Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Ford Falcon FG||26||36:40.32|
|10||Sargent Security Racing||Paul Morris||Ford Falcon FG||26||36:41.01|
|11||R&J Batteries||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE2||26||36:53.26|
|12||Miraflores Estate/Haber Excava||Morgan Haber||Ford Falcon FG||26||36:55.75|
|13||Go Karts Go||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon FG||26||36:56.83|
|14||THR Motorsports/S.A. Racing||Jay Verdnik||Holden Commodore VE2||26||36:58.37|
|15||McGill Motorsport||Aaron McGill||Holden Commodore VE2||26||37:23.87|
|16||THR Motorsports/S.A. Racing||Jordan Ormsby||Holden Commodore VE2||26||37:29.98|
|17||Gulf Western Oil||Michael Hector||Ford Falcon FG||26||37:32.55|
|18||Dreamland Bedding||Dan Day||Holden Commodore VE2||25||36:16.45|
|19||Forpark/Aust Custom Moulders||Matt Hansen||Holden Commodore VE2||25||36:17.69|
|20||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE2||25||36:19.33|
|21||Poll Performance||Jim Pollicina||Ford Falcon FG||25||37:06.22|
|22||TEAM ENZED FPR||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG||25||37:42.10|
|23||Parramatta Smash Repairs||Ryan Simpson||Ford Falcon FG||24||36:28.21|
|24||Worlds Best Technology/Castrol||Josh Hunter||Holden Commodore VE2||24||36:55.12|
|DNF||Pacific Hoists/Halda Race Pilo||Fredrik Lestrup||Ford Falocon FG||25||37:22.14|
|DNF||Image Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Falcon FG||24||33:53.77|
|DNF||Warrin Mining Volvo Constructi||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE2||21||30:17.03|
|DNF||Action Racing||Marcus Zukanovic||Ford Falcon fg||19||27:01.59|
|DNF||Voight Contracting||Aaron Tebb||Holden Commodore VE2||3||04:32.52|
See below for total meeting points
|28||Jack Le Brocq||0|