POLL: Who will win the 2015 Dunlop Series?

Chris Pither moves from BJR to MMW. pic: Juliane Caruana

Chris Pither moves from BJR to MMW. pic: Juliane Caruana

Paul Dumbrell returns to defend his Dunlop Series crown

Paul Dumbrell returns to defend his Dunlop Series crown

Paul Dumbrell returns to the Dunlop Series this year, but there are no shortage of drivers aiming to stop the businessman-racer from taking back-to-back crowns.

Chief among them is Cameron Waters, who armed with a Prodrive Racing Australia Ford for a second season, enters the year with high expectations.

Cameron Waters has his eyes firmly on the Dunlop Series title this season. pic: Juliane Caruana

Cameron Waters has his eyes firmly on the Dunlop Series title this season. pic: Juliane Caruana

Waters finished second to Dumbrell in last year’s standings, with two wins and seven podiums tempered by three disastrous results, beginning with a crash in Adelaide’s season opener.

Fourth in last year’s standings, Chris Pither, also has the experience and the equipment to excel this season, having switched from Brad Jones Racing to one of MW Motorsport’s ex-Prodrive Fords.

Jack Le Brocq joins MWM from Image Racing. pic: Juliane Caruana

Jack Le Brocq joins MWM from Image Racing. pic: Juliane Caruana

Unlike Waters, who has a locked in seat with Pepsi Max Crew PRA, Pither is one of several looking to impress in the hope of securing a Pirtek Enduro Cup seat.

Others to watch will undoubtedly include Fellow Ford drivers Jack Le Brocq (MWM) and Todd Hazelwood (Matt Stone Racing).

The two rising stars return for second seasons in the category; the former moving from Image Racing and the later stepping up as lead driver at MSR following Ash Walsh’s graduation to the main series.

Dumbrell himself has nominated his Eggleston Motorsport team-mates Ant Pedersen and Garry Jacobson as potential race winners, with both benefiting from a full year’s experience with their ex-Triple Eight machinery.

Brad Jones Racing continues to field three cars in the second tier series, with its line-up including former title holder Andrew Jones and rising star Macauley Jones.

The son of team owner Brad, Macauley is expected to be among the front-runners after joining the field midway through 2014.

The four-car Paul Morris Motorsport meanwhile features arguably last year’s greatest improver, Aaren Russell, who scored a string of strong results following his car’s move to the team’s Queensland-based workshop.

CLICK HERE for the full Dunlop Series entry list for the 2015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

This week’s Pirtek Poll asks; Who do you think will win this year’s Dunlop Series?

Note: Pirtek Poll includes all drivers who have nominated to run the full season.

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