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Waters holds off Dumbrell in Dunlop opener

Friday 27th February, 2015 - 7:02pm

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Cameron Waters took the opening race win of the season

Cameron Waters took the opening race win of the season

Cameron Waters held off a charging Paul Dumbrell to convert pole into victory in Race 1 of the Dunlop Series on the streets of Adelaide.

The Prodrive Ford driver was not headed during the 16 laps, charging away from fellow front-row man Chris Pither off the start.

Lining up seventh after a five-place grid penalty for a yellow flag infringement in qualifying, Dumbrell cut his way through the pack during the early laps.

The reigning series winner took second from Pither on lap eight, by which point Waters was four seconds clear.

Dumbrell chipped a second from the margin over the next five circuits before a heavy crash from Brett Hobson brought out a lengthy Safety Car.

Hobson escaped injury in the crash which saw his Rsport Holden run almost head-on into the Turn 3 exit wall after breaking the car’s steering on the kerbs in the chicane.

Waters proved good enough to hold out his rival in a one-lap dash to the flag, with the race called four laps early due to time constraints.

Pither banked solid points in third ahead of Ant Pedersen, who made a clean pass on Eggleston team-mate Garry Jacobson to secure fourth.

Aaren Russell, Jack Le Brocq and Andrew Jones completed the top six, with Jones charging from the back of the field after all three BJR Holdens were excluded from qualifying for breaching brake rotor regulations.

Taz Douglas held third in the early stages before receiving a black flag for not having the THR Holden’s window net fitted. He returned to finish 18th.

Josh Kean and Matt Hansen both failed to finish after tangling at Turn 9; a corner which later saw James Golding earn a drive-through for spinning the luckless Hobson.

Race 2 for the Dunlop Series will kick-off at 1140 tomorrow, with the grid set from the results of the opening heat.

Result: Dunlop Series Race 1, Clipsal 500 Adelaide

1
TEAM ENZED PRA
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG
16
26:59.53
2
Eggleston Motorsport
Paul Dumbrell
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:00.27
3
Ice Break Racing
Chris Pither
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:01.67
4
Eggleston Motorsport
Ant Pedersen
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:02.60
5
Eggleston Motorsport
Garry Jacobson
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:03.15
6
Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go
Aaren Russell
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:03.53
7
MW Motorsport
Jack Le Brocq
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:05.01
8
Brad Jones Racing
Andrew Jones
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:05.37
9
Matt Stone Racing
Todd Hazelwood
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:05.85
10
Davbridge Constructions
Shae Davies
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:06.49
11
Hayman Reese
Jesse Dixon
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:06.84
12
Street Fighter Performance Upg
Dan Day
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:08.66
13
Brad Jones Racing
Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:10.13
14
RevTrans WA / Penrite
Matthew Chadha
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:10.69
15
Battery World Racing
Aaron McGill
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:10.95
16
Warrin Mining Volvo CE
Adam Wallis
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:11.47
17
Super Black Racing
Simon Evans
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:12.33
18
THR Developments
Taz Douglas
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:12.52
19
Gippsland Body Builders GRM
James Golding
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:12.74
20
Bryce Fullwood Racing
Bryce Fullwood
Holden Commodore VE
16
27:13.31
21
Fujitsu Racing
Renee Gracie
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:14.93
22
Wilson Security/THR
Chelsea Angelo
Holden Commodore VE2
16
27:15.18
23
United Racing
Paul Morris
Ford Falcon FG
16
27:42.94
24
Jamie Sharp Racing
Jamie Sharp
Holden Commodore VE2
16
28:14.94
25
Arcoplate / Storage King
Kurt Kostecki
Holden Commodore VE2
14
27:16.14
DNF
Challenger / Schweppes Aust
Brett Hobson
Holden Commodore VE2
11
16:09.32
DNF
Matt Hansen Racing
Matt Hansen
Holden Commodore VE2
9
13:22.95
DNF
Wynns Racing
Josh Kean
Holden Commodore VE2
2
03:07.84

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