Dumbrell goes lights to flag in Super2 Race 1

Paul Dumbrell

Paul Dumbrell has taken an all-the-way win in an incident-littered Race 1 of Round 2 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at Symmons Plains.

Dumbrell made the best start from the front row and drove on to a fairly comfortable victory despite a mid-race Safety Car, while pole-sitter Chris Pither recovered one of the two positions he lost when the lights went out to finish second.

Series contender Garry Jacobson finished 21st after being taken out by Shae Davies before the latter spectacularly spun off the back straight in a second incident.

Dumbrell took a clear lead to the first corner as Jack Smith (#21 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore) beat Pither (#44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore) out of the opening corners.

The trio exchanged fastest laps in the early stages before Dumbrell began to build a gap in the #88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore.

Behind, Kurt Kostecki (#55 Kostecki Brothers VF Commodore) passed Jacobson to move into fifth position, behind cousin and team-mate Brodie Kostecki (#57 VF Commodore), as they ran up the back straight on Lap 3.

Worse was to come for Jacobson on Lap 6 when Davies locked up at the hairpin and hit the rear end of the #26 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima, causing the 2016 series winner steering damage.

Almost as soon as he got around the corner, Davies had a coming-together with Adam Marjoram (#15 Image Racing VF Commodore).

The contact sent the #67 Paul Morris Motorsport FGX Falcon spinning into the ditch and even swiping the fence which guards the marshal’s post located on the outside of Turn 3.

Davies drove back to pit lane and immediately to the paddock, before a similar error for Jake Kostecki ultimately triggered a Safety Car on Lap 11.

Jake Kostecki had suffered an even bigger lock-up and slammed into the side of Tyler Greenbury (#13 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore) at the hairpin, proceeding little further before pulling on the side of the back straight in the #56 Kostecki Brothers VF Commodore.

Dumbrell took a slightly defensive approach at the Lap 17 restart but gradually eased away until taking the chequered flag in a time-certain finish after 24 laps.

Pither finished second while third for Smith was in fact his first top 10 in Super2.

Kurt Kostecki held out Brodie Kostecki to remain fourth, while Macauley Jones (#14 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore) drove from 11th on the grid to sixth, having passed Dean Fiore on the penultimate lap.

Fiore crossed the line in seventh but was issued a five-second penalty for a driving infringement, having twice driven his #23 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima into the side of Marjoram.

He appeared to redress the first contact, which occurred at the hairpin, by fanning the throttle entering the back straight only to give Marjoram a nudge at the other end.

Marjoram therefore took seventh, from Nathan Morcom (#54 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore), Will Brown (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore), and Thomas Randle (#5 Tickford Racing FGX Falcon).

Alex Rullo (#62 Nissan Altima) finished 12th, three positions ahead Fiore, and their team-mate Jacobson three laps down in 21st.

Dominic Storey (#63 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) was last of those on the lead lap in 20th after he was spat out into the outfield exiting the hairpin on Lap 1, having tangled with Jake Kostecki.

Race 2 of three starts tomorrow at 0910 local time/AEST when Pither will again be on pole.

Results: Race 1 Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 88 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 24 26:26.8289
2 44 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Chris Pither Holden Commodore VF 24 26:27.8179
3 21 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore VF 24 26:29.0406
4 57 Arcoplate Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 24 26:32.5798
5 55 Arcoplate Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 24 26:35.4502
6 14 Payce Macauley Jones Holden Commodore VF 24 26:35.7861
7 15 Auto One Racing Adam Marjoram Holden Commodore VF 24 26:37.0653
8 54 Eggleston Motorsport Nathan Morcom Holden Commodore VF 24 26:37.3623
9 38 Eggleston Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore VF 24 26:37.7607
10 5 Skye Sands Thomas Randle Ford Falcon FG/X 24 26:38.7947
11 99 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Mason Barbera Holden Commodore VF 24 26:39.0886
12 62 Land Surveys / MWM Alex Rullo Nissan Altima 24 26:39.3726
13 49 Dynamic Supplies Jordan Boys Holden Commodore VF 24 26:40.0907
14 8 BGD Architects Zane Goddard Holden Commodore VF 24 26:40.4455
15 23 Sitech-Trimble / MWM Dean Fiore Nissan Altima 24 26:41.6223
16 18 Auto One Albury Matthew Chahda Holden Commodore VF 24 26:42.4464
17 16 Middy’s Electrical Bryce Fullwood Ford Falcon FG/X 24 26:43.1572
18 10 Grove Hire Brenton Grove Holden Commodore VF 24 26:43.6271
19 13 Green Unicorn Racing Tyler Greenbury Holden Commodore VF 24 26:44.2518
20 63 Eggleston Motorsport Dominic Storey Holden Commodore VF 24 26:44.9319
21 26 MEGA Fuels / MWM Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 21 27:02.6754
DNF 56 Arcoplate Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 9 8:18.5497
DNF 67 Paul Morris Motorsport Shae Davies Ford Falcon FG/X 5 4:33.2837

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