Dumbrell claims pole as Jones suffers shunt

Paul Dumbrell

Paul Dumbrell

Paul Dumbrell secured pole position for Saturday’s Dunlop Series 250km feature race in a red flag strewn qualifying session.

The Eggleston Motorsport driver fired in a 2:07.06 on his fourth lap which proved enough to hold on to pole position from a charging Cameron Waters.

Waters’ Prodrive Racing Australia Falcon finished the session just 0.2s adrift of last year’s Dunlop Series winner.

Matt White Motorsport’s Jack Le Brocq produced an impressive lap to secure third ahead of Ant Pedersen in the repaired Eggleston Commodore, with Matt Stone Racing’s Todd Hazelwood in fifth.

The session was brought to a halt on two occasions with the second red flag period caused by a huge crash for Andrew Jones at The Esses.

The Brad Jones Racing driver lost control over the crest which resulted in a heavy front impact with the tyre barriers.

The remains of Andrew Jones' car

The remains of Andrew Jones’ car

Luckily Jones, who was lying fourth at the time, was able to walk away from the several damaged Commodore, which the team hope to repair for the race.

“Maybe it looks worse than it was,” said Andrew Jones.

“I feel for everyone at the team because we wanted pole and I through we were close to that.

“I was pretty committed but I just lost the rear and I couldn’t correct it, hopefully we can get out for tomorrow.”

An off for Aaron McGill at The Chase brought the red flags out early in the session without posting a time.

Garry Jacobson, Macauley Jones, Aaren Russell, Josh Kean and Andrew Jones completed the top 10.

Meanwhile, Chris Pither will be forced to start from the rear of the grid after being forced to sit out qualifying due to the damage suffered in a crash at The Dipper during Practice 2.

The Matt White Motorsport Falcon damaged the differential housing and suspension.

“It is definitely disappointing to miss qualifying as the Ice Break Racing car had pace,” said Pither.

“I was just trying a bit too hard and and got caught out by some dirt and dust at The Dipper.

“The car has got good pace but starting from the back will be tough but fun. Hopefully we can make up some positions.”

Result: Dunlop Series Qualifying, Mount Panorama  

1 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 2:07.0625
2 Team ENZED PRA Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG 2:07.3134 00.2509
3 R&J Batteries Jack Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG 2:07.5165 00.4540
4 Eggleston Motorsport Ant Pedersen Holden Commodore VE2 2:08.3443 01.2818
5 iSeek Racing Todd Hazelwood Ford Falcon FG 2:08.5424 01.4799
6 Eggleston Motorsport Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore VE2 2:08.6466 01.5841
7 PAYCE Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VE2 2:08.7247 01.6622
8 Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon FG 2:08.7730 01.7105
9 Alphabet / Wynns Josh Kean Holden Commodore VE2 2:08.8989 01.8364
10 Alliance Truck Parts Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 2:08.9215 01.8590
11 Gippsland Body Building GRM James Golding Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.2139 02.1514
12 Paul Morris Motorsport Paul Morris Ford Falcon FG 2:09.2700 02.2075
13 Super Black Racing Simon Evans Ford Falcon FG 2:09.5591 02.4966
14 Davbridge Constructions Shae Davies Ford Falcon FG 2:09.5619 02.4994
15 Eggleston Motorsport Liam McAdam Holden Commodore VE2 2:09.8755 02.8130
16 Hayman Reese Racing Grant Denyer Ford Falcon FG 2:10.6232 03.5607
17 Middy’s Data & Electrical Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore VE 2:10.7308 03.6683
18 Street Fighter Performance Upg Dan Day Ford Falcon FG 2:10.7764 03.7139
19 Cavalier Homes / EMA Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG 2:11.1239 04.0614
20 Fujitsu Racing Renee Gracie Ford Falcon FG 2:11.7758 04.7133
21 Pacific Hoists / Simplex Phil Woodbury Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.8944 06.8319
22 Battery World Racing Aaron McGill Holden Commodore VE2

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