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Dumbrell defeats Waters after spirited battle

Saturday 28th February, 2015 - 12:51pm

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Paul Dumbrell scored the race and round victories

Paul Dumbrell scored the race and round victories

Paul Dumbrell has won the opening round of the Dunlop Series on the streets of Adelaide after coming out on top in a titanic Race 2 tussle with Cameron Waters.

Squaring off on the front-row, Dumbrell beat pole-sitter Waters to the first corner, before giving up the lead five laps in with a lock-up at Turn 14.

Dumbrell then retook the top spot for good three laps later, brushing the wall at Turn 8 as he built enough momentum to dive to the inside at the following hairpin.

Waters initially kept up the pressure before a series of left-front lock-ups saw the Ford driver fall away from the pace.

Both front-runners had to manage their use of the Senna Chicane kerbing during the race after quickly clocking up their three warnings for triggering the Turn 2 sensor.

A heavy crash for James Golding in the chicane brought out the Safety Car with five laps remaining, with the subsequent lengthy clean-up ensuring the race finished under yellows.

Dumbrell, who finished second to Waters in Friday’s opening heat, was awarded the round win courtesy of taking the higher place in the second race.

Aaren Russell and Andrew Jones took third and fourth respectively, having both made their way around eventual fifth place finisher Ant Pedersen.

Garry Jacobson, Jack Le Brocq, Todd Hazelwood, Taz Douglas and Shae Davies completed the top 10, with Douglas having charged through from 18th on the grid.

Third placed starter Chris Pither struggled for speed on his way to 12th, trailing home the second Brad Jones Racing Holden of Macauley Jones.

Bryce Fullwood joined Golding on the retirements list after mid-race contact with the Turn 8 wall damaged the front-end of the 16-year-old’s Holden.

Dan Day was also in the wars to end up last of the finishers with two spins; the first of which came courtesy of a tap from Paul Morris on the opening lap.

Renee Gracie also endured a spin on her way to 20th, finishing two places behind fellow debutant Chelsea Angelo.

The Dunlop Series continues at Barbagallo on May 1-3.

Result: Dunlop Series Race 2, Clipsal 500 Adelaide

1
Eggleston Motorsport
Paul Dumbrell
Holden Commodore VE2
29:32.33
01:22.81
2
TEAM ENZED PRA
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG
29:32.60
01:23.03
3
Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go
Aaren Russell
Ford Falcon FG
29:32.96
01:23.90
4
Brad Jones Racing
Andrew Jones
Holden Commodore VE2
29:33.38
01:23.50
5
Eggleston Motorsport
Ant Pedersen
Holden Commodore VE2
29:33.53
01:23.72
6
Eggleston Motorsport
Garry Jacobson
Holden Commodore VE2
29:33.91
01:23.40
7
MW Motorsport
Jack Le Brocq
Ford Falcon FG
29:34.26
01:23.76
8
Matt Stone Racing
Todd Hazelwood
Ford Falcon FG
29:34.60
01:24.03
9
THR Developments
Taz Douglas
Holden Commodore VE2
29:35.53
01:23.89
10
Davbridge Constructions
Shae Davies
Ford Falcon FG
29:35.97
01:23.98
11
Brad Jones Racing
Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore VE2
29:36.54
01:24.67
12
Ice Break Racing
Chris Pither
Ford Falcon FG
29:37.35
01:23.55
13
Hayman Reese
Jesse Dixon
Ford Falcon FG
29:37.84
01:24.53
14
United Racing
Paul Morris
Ford Falcon FG
29:39.48
01:23.93
15
Warrin Mining Volvo CE
Adam Wallis
Holden Commodore VE2
29:39.96
01:25.49
16
Wynns Racing
Josh Kean
Holden Commodore VE2
29:40.71
01:24.15
17
Challenger
Matthew Chadha
Holden Commodore VE2
29:41.43
01:25.61
18
Wilson Security/THR
Chelsea Angelo
Holden Commodore VE2
29:42.08
01:25.99
19
Matt Hansen Racing
Matt Hansen
Holden Commodore VE2
29:42.41
01:26.08
20
Fujitsu Racing
Renee Gracie
Ford Falcon FG
29:44.88
01:25.10
21
Battery World Racing
Aaron McGill
Holden Commodore VE2
29:45.21
01:25.77
22
Jamie Sharp Racing
Jamie Sharp
Holden Commodore VE2
29:47.44
01:26.53
23
Super Black Racing
Simon Evans
Ford Falcon FG
29:47.78
01:24.47
24
Arcoplate / Storage King
Kurt Kostecki
Holden Commodore VE2
29:47.94
01:25.84
25
Street Fighter Performance Up
Dan Day
Ford Falcon FG
29:45.71
01:24.57
DNF
Gippsland Body Builders GRM
James Golding
Holden Commodore VE2
20:03.93
01:24.20
DNF
Bryce Fullwood Racing
Bryce Fullwood
Holden Commodore VE
05:56.84
01:24.87

Dunlop Series standings after Round 1

1
Paul Dumbrell
288
2
Cameron Waters
288
3
Aaren Russell
231
4
Ant Pedersen
231
5
Garry Jacobson
213
6
Andrew Jones
210
7
Chris Pither
198
8
Jack Le Brocq
192
9
Todd Hazelwood
174
10
Shae Davies
156
11
Macauley Jones
138
12
Jesse Dixon
138
13
Taz Douglas
135
14
Adam Wallis
117
15
Matthew Chadha
117
16
Aaron McGill
102
17
Paul Morris
99
18
Dan Day
99
19
Chelsea Angelo
90
20
Simon Evans
90
21
Renee Gracie
87
22
Jamie Sharp
72
23
Matt Hansen
48
24
James Golding
48
25
Bryce Fullwood
45
26
Kurt Kostecki
38
27
Josh Kean
32
28
Brett Hobson
0

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