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Dumbrell wins chaotic Dunlop Series opener

Tom Howard

Saturday 2nd August, 2014 - 4:19pm

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Paul Dumbrell boosted his title hopes with victory in chaotic Queensland Raceway opener

Paul Dumbrell boosted his title hopes with victory in a chaotic Queensland Raceway Dunlop Series opener

Eggleston Motorsport’s Paul Dumbrell produced a lights-to-flag victory in a highly eventful Dunlop Series encounter at Queensland Raceway.

The Red Bull Racing enduro driver managed to get the jump on polesitter Cameron Waters at the start and despite three Safety Car periods, he held on to complete an impressive victory in a time shortened race.

Aaren Russell came home in second while Andrew Jones claimed the final spot on the podium in third.

But the drive of the day belonged to championship leader Ash Walsh, as he avoided carnage to finish fifth from the back of the grid after being excluded from qualifying due to a weigh bridge infringement.

Dumbrell leapt into the lead from the start as he slipped ahead of polesitter Waters on the run down to Turn 1 while Pither slotted into third. The Ice Break Racing Holden moved into second before the end of the lap.

While the field managed to navigate through the opening corner without any issues, Tim Blanchard and Andre Heimgartner made contact at Turn 2 which saw the pair run deep onto the grass.

However, the Safety Car was deployed just seconds later when Matt Hansen and Kristian Lindbom became involved in a multi car incident. A grass fire then broke out as a result of the crash.

Racing resumed shortly after but the field were unable to complete a racing lap before the Safety Car was required again.

This time Waters tagged second placed Pither at Turn 4 which sparked another multi car pile up. Steven Johnson had nowhere to go and piled into the front of Pither’s car which caused further chaos.

The crash played into the hands of Ipswich local Walsh as he avoided the carnage to move up to 10th position.

Racing eventually resumed after 11 laps with Dumbrell making the most of the restart to open up a eight tenths of a second lead.

Walsh continued to move up the order as he quickly found a way around Paul Morris and Marcus Zukanovic to slot into seventh position.

Meanwhile, at the front Russell found himself in second with a comfortable margin to Andrew Jones in third.

Dumbrell managed to build a 3s lead before he saw his advantage wiped out again when the Safety Car was deployed for a third time when Brett Hobson stopped on the circuit at Turn 4.

In the end, Dumbrell made no mistake on the final restart and he calmly led the field to the chequered flag to close in on Walsh in the championship.

Russell guided his Ford Falcon to second with Jones in third.

Garry Jacobson was fourth ahead of Walsh who passed Jack Le Brocq and Ant Pedersen in the final two laps to finish fifth.

Paul Morris came home in seventh ahead of Marcus Zukanovic while Morgan Haber secured pole position for Sunday’s race in 10th position.

Dunlop Series Queensland Raceway Race 1 Result 

1

  Eggleston Motorsport

Paul Dumbrell

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:20.7995

1:10.9293R

2

  Go Karts Go/North Side Fire

Aaren Russell

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:22.7416

1:11.9042

3

  A.L.B. Distributors

Andrew Jones

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:23.5140

1:12.0255

4

  Eggleston Motorsport

Garry Jacobson

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:24.1605

1:12.2094

5

  Infants Friend

Ashley Walsh

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:24.5824

1:11.7262

6

  Image Racing

Jack Le Brocq

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:25.3173

1:12.2302

7

  Eggleston Motorsport

Ant Pedersen

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:25.6996

1:12.1772

8

  United Racing

Paul Morris

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:26.1653

1:12.4286

9

  Action Racing

Marcus Zukanovic

 Ford Falcon fg

 38:26.8064

1:12.5109

10

  Haber Xcavations/MW Motorsport

Morgan Haber

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:28.2086

1:12.1436

11

  Think Holden

Macauley Jones

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:31.5597

1:12.7180

12

  Formula Tech/Interquip Racing

Brett Stewart

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:31.6766

1:13.1876

13

  Wynn’s/Vili’s

Josh Kean

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:32.0937

1:13.0483

14

  McGill Motorsport

Aaron McGill

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:35.6987

1:13.8488

15

  Rev Trans WA/Evolution Custom

Phil Woodbury

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:35.8456

1:13.6394

16

  Forpark/Aust Custom Moulders

Matt Hansen

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:33.0705

1:13.1643

17

  Street Figher

Dan Day

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:33.6621

1:13.1403

18

  Mocomm Communications

Jim Pollicina

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:34.0265

1:13.4643

19

  TEAM ENZED FPR

Cameron Waters

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:38.2632

1:12.9991

20

  Cool Drive Distribution/MWM

Tim Blanchard

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:28.7352

1:11.9843

21

  Voight Contracting

Aaron Tebb

 Holden Commodore VE2

 38:36.3305

1:14.0956

22

  Gulf Western Oil

Michael Hector

 Ford Falcon FG

 38:40.7621

1:14.4941

DNF

  Matt Stone Racing

Todd Hazelwood

 Ford Falcon FG

 34:12.4375

1:12.2465

DNF

  Pacific Hoists/Halda Race Pilo

Brett Hobson

 Holden Commodore VE2

 27:28.6276

1:13.2134

DNF

  Icebreak Racing

Chris Pither

 Holden Commodore VE2

  8:54.1115

1:15.2016

DNF

  Wilson Security Racing

Steven Johnson

 Ford Falcon FG

  8:54.7288

1:15.8317

DNF

  R&J Batteries

Geoff Emery

 Holden Commodore VE2

  1:28.7890

1:28.7890

DNF

  Dragon Motor Racing

Kristian Lindbom

 Holden Commodore VE2

DNF

  Finance Ezi/MW Motorsport

Andre Heimgartner

 Ford Falcon FG

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