Dumbrell victorious in Dunlop Series enduro

Paul Dumbrell during Dunlop Series qualifying

Paul Dumbrell during Dunlop Series qualifying

Paul Dumbrell produced a faultless drive to complete a lights-to-flag victory in the 250km Dunlop Series feature race at Mount Panorama.

Held under dark skies, the Eggleston Holden driver was rarely threatened as he controlled the race throughout, surviving three safety car periods and a late rain shower on his way to victory.

Series leader Cameron Waters managed to secure second after coming through a titanic scrap with the impressive Chris Pither, who charged from the rear of the grid, in third.

Waters had shadowed the charging Dumbrell before he became locked in a squabble with Pither for second spot in the final third of the race.

Pither, who rose through the field courtesy of smart two-stop strategy, barged past Waters on the run to The Chase, but slippery conditions provided by a late rain shower saw the positions reversed by the flag.

Andrew Jones confirmed his strong pace throughout the weekend as he brought the repaired #8 Brad Jones Racing Holden home in fourth.

Jones also made use of a two stop strategy to rise up through the field.

Todd Hazelwood enjoyed a solid drive throughout to come home in fifth ahead of Paul Morris and Garry Rogers Motorsport’s James Golding.

Macauley Jones secured eighth, Jack Le Brocq, who ran as high as third in the early laps, finished ninth, with Garry Jacobson rounding out the top 10.

Liam McAdam impressed on his Dunlop Series debut to come home in 11th position in his Eggleston Motorsport Commodore.

The race was halted after five laps when Shae Davies made contact with Grant Denyer, forcing the the latter into the gravel trap at Hell Corner.

Matt Chahda was unable to avoid the incident resulting in him beaching his car in the gravel trap.

Denyer rejoined the race but he suffered a left rear puncture which required an early stop. He would eventually reach the chequered flag in 13th position.

Chahda caused the second Safety Car when his car stopped on Conrod Straight, while an off for Ant Pederson at The Chase saw the full course yellows deployed for a third time.

Josh Kean’s race ended prematurely when he suffered damage to his Brad Jones Racing Commodore after a second brush with the wall at McPhillamy Park.

Dumbrell’s victory ensures the Dunlop Series title fight will go down to the wire at Sydney Olympic Park.

Result: Dunlop Series 250km Enduro, Mount Panorama 

1 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 40 01:36:21.1863
2 Team ENZED PRA Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG 40 01:36:26.7031
3 Icebreak Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG 40 01:36:30.9552
4 Alliance Truck Parts Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 40 01:36:43.6160
5 iSeek Racing Todd Hazelwood Ford Falcon FG 40 01:36:44.6749
6 Paul Morris Motorsport Paul Morris Ford Falcon FG 40 01:36:52.0125
7 Gippsland Body Building GRM James Golding Holden Commodore VE2 40 01:36:52.5946
8 PAYCE Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VE2 40 01:36:53.3064
9 R&J Batteries Jack Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG 40 01:36:53.7531
10 Eggleston Motorsport Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore VE2 40 01:36:55.2362
11 Eggleston Motorsport Liam McAdam Holden Commodore VE2 40 01:37:10.5951
12 Super Black Racing Simon Evans Ford Falcon FG 40 01:37:27.8972
13 Hayman Reese Racing Grant Denyer Ford Falcon FG 40 01:37:34.7316
14 Street Fighter Performance Upg Dan Day Ford Falcon FG 40 01:37:37.8210
15 Pacific Hoists / Simplex Phil Woodbury Holden Commodore VE2 40 01:37:43.4068
16 Davbridge Constructions Shae Davies Ford Falcon FG 39 01:36:25.4915
17 Battery World Racing A.McGill/M.Caine Holden Commodore VE2 39 01:36:38.7317
18 Middy’s Data & Electrical Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore VE 39 01:36:46.4292
19 Fujitsu Racing Renee Gracie Ford Falcon FG 39 01:37:21.6739
20 Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go A.Russell/D.Russell Ford Falcon FG 38 01:37:25.7011
DNF Eggleston Motorsport Ant Pedersen Holden Commodore VE2 29 01:16:24.8516
DNF Cavalier Homes / EMA Matthew Chahda Ford Falcon FG 14    35:44.8415
DNF Alphabet / Wynns Josh Kean Holden Commodore VE2 10    25:22.7795

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