Rullo takes breakthrough Super2 win in Perth
Alex Rullo has taken a first race win in the Dunlop Super2 Series at his home track of Barbagallo Raceway.
Rullo withstood early pressure from Paul Dumbrell, who soon ran off the road and dropped a bundle of positions, to take Race 1 of Round 3 as Dean Fiore made it an MW Motorsport one-two.
The former Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport driver headed the field away from pole position as Dumbrell moved across from the outside of Row 2 to file into second position.
Rullo came under pressure from the two-time Super2 series winner before Dumbrell dropped a wheel off exiting Turn 6 and had to defend second position from Fiore at the bottom of the back straight on Lap 8.
He made a bigger mistake the next time around, running the #88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore off the road at Turn 7 and falling to 14th.
That error gave the #62 Nissan Altima a 1.6s advantage over the #23 Nissan Altima at the front of the field, and Rullo gradually pulled away to record a 2.7s victory in a slightly shortened 26-lap race.
Fiore looked like he might drop a spot to Brodie Kostecki but hung on for what was also his best race result in Super2.
Brodie Kostecki (#57 Kostecki Brothers VF Commodore) had handed his position to then-faster team-mate Kurt Kostecki (#55 VF Commodore) on Lap 6, but the latter gave it back seven laps later when he dived down the inside of Fiore at Turn 7 and couldn’t pull up.
They assumed third and fourth respectively when Dumbrell ran off, and held those positions until the end for an all-West Australian top four in Perth.
Mason Barbera was a personal-best fifth in the #99 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore from Thomas Randle (#5 Tickford Racing FGX Falcon) and Chris Pither (#44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore), who gradually recovered ground which he lost on Lap 1.
Shae Davies (#67 Garry Rogers Motorsport FGX Falcon) finished eight and Macauley Jones (#14 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore) came from 16th on the grid to take ninth, while Jake Kostecki (#56 Kostecki Brothers VF Commodore) rounded out the top 10.
Dumbrell took the chequered flag in 14th, two positions behind fellow former series winner Garry Jacobson (#26 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) and four ahead of team-mate Will Brown (#38 VF Commodore).
Race 2 of three starts tomorrow at 1030 local time/1230 AEST with Randle the pole-sitter.
Results: Race 1
|1||62||Land Surveys / MWM||Alex Rullo||Nissan Altima||26||26:01.4079|
|2||23||Sitech-Trimble / MWM||Dean Fiore||Nissan Altima||26||26:04.0769|
|3||57||Arcoplate Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:04.3698|
|4||55||Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:06.7810|
|5||99||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:07.1031|
|6||5||Skye Sands||Thomas Randle||Ford Falcon FG/X||26||26:08.2987|
|7||44||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:08.6318|
|8||67||Paul Morris Motorsport||Shae Davies||Ford Falcon FG/X||26||26:14.4772|
|9||14||Payce||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:16.1975|
|10||56||Arcoplate Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:18.4338|
|11||16||Middy’s Electrical||Bryce Fullwood||Ford Falcon FG/X||26||26:19.4657|
|12||26||MEGA Fuels / MWM||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||26||26:20.1054|
|13||15||Auto One||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:20.9335|
|14||88||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:21.4339|
|15||8||BGD Architects||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:23.3671|
|16||21||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:24.0143|
|17||63||Eggleston Motorsport||Dominic Storey||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:25.7058|
|18||38||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:27.3006|
|19||54||Eggleston Motorsport||Nathan Morcom||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:32.6319|
|20||18||Auto One Albury||Matthew Chahda||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:34.4715|
|21||10||Grove Hire||Brenton Grove||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:35.5332|
|22||49||Dynamic Supplies||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||26||26:53.3242|
|23||98||Matt Stone Racing||Jaie Robson||Holden Commodore VF||26||27:00.0041|