Dumbrell claims pole as Jones suffers shunt
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.
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|