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Weaving his Webb

Tekno Autosports team owner Jonathon Webb will return to the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series at the Coates Hire Sydney 500, linking with Image Racing.

The former Dunlop Series Champion will steer the team’s #10 Ford Falcon on the streets of Sydney Olympic Park next month – the same place where he wrapped up the series title 6 years ago.

His return to the category in the Hayman Reese entry comes after the seat was vacated by television personality Grant Denyer, who stepped in for Bathurst following Jesse Dixon’s departure.

With Denyer unable to contest the Grand Finale due to television commitments, Image Racing team owner Terry Wyhoon was keen to secure Webb for the drive, believing he can illustrate the true speed of the Image Racing Falcons.

“We’re very happy with where our cars are at and I like Jonathon, I rate him – he’s a pretty good driver,” Wyhoon told v8supercars.com.au.

“Jesse...


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Driving ambition

V8 Supercars hopefuls Ben Grice and Chelsea Angelo are optimistic a strong performance at next week’s evaluation day with Image Racing will earn them a spot on the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series grid in 2016.

Last month, Grice and Angelo were hand selected by Image Racing team owner Terry Wyhoon to showcase their talents at an evaluation day with his squad at Winton Motor Raceway.

The evaluation day was originally scheduled for November 4, but due to rain, Whyoon was forced to postpone until November 19.

With the test now only days away, the promising racers are in raptures over their upcoming assault of a V8 Supercar, having completed seat-fittings with the Victorian-based outfit last week.

But while they’re excited for the test, both drivers also see potential in converting the evaluation day into a seat next season.

For Angelo, it’s a chance to return to the Dunlop Series grid. The...


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In the driver's seat

The new additions to the 2016 V8 Supercars Dunlop Series calendar have been welcomed by the category’s driving fraternity, believing the new rounds will assist their pursuits for a co-drive in the V8 Supercars Championship.

The seven-round calendar was announced last week, revealing the Dunlop Series would return to Phillip Island and Sandown in 2016.

The new additions to the calendar replace Winton and Queensland Raceway next year, and see the category feature during five of the six V8 Supercars events broadcast live on Network 10 throughout the year.

With Sandown as the traditional kick-off to endurance season, many of the category’s burgeoning talents believe the laps they’ll clock in the Dunlop Series at Sandown will help secure a co-drive in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

iSeek Racing’s Todd Hazelwood is one of them, with the 2014 Mike Kable Young Gun yet to be given his break into the...


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Dunlop Series Confirmed for Clipsal 500

Friday 23 October 2015 16:37
By: V8 Supercars

The V8 Supercars Dunlop Series has been confirmed as one of the race categories for 2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide. 

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton welcomed the inclusion of the Dunlop Series as one of eight categories at the event.

“This is a great outcome for the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series for what will be the opening of the 2016 V8 Supercars Championship and one of the biggest events on our calendar," he said. 

Clipsal 500 Adelaide Director Mark Warren said the Dunlop Series joined V8 Supercars, Toyo Tires Stadium Super Trucks presented by Traxxas, Porsche Carrera Cup, Australian GT, Australian V8 Utes, Touring Car Masters and Aussie Racing Cars as categories for the event.

“The Dunlop Series has a long and proud history with the Clipsal 500 and we’re pleased to continue that association into next year’s event. 2016 is shaping up as one...


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Pither defies odds

Ice Break Racing’s Chris Pither defied the odds yesterday in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series mini-enduro, producing a stunning drive to finish third from the rear of the grid.

The flying kiwi was ruled out of qualifying on Friday after he fell victim to The Dipper in final practice, forcing him to start yesterday’s 40-lapper in 23rd.

Prior to the crash, Pither was showing strong signs of pace, having recorded the second and third quickest times in practice one and two respectively.

And thankfully for him, his MW Motorsport Falcon returned to form yesterday to pass 20 cars in the race after undergoing massive repairs overnight.

“We rolled [the car] out for the warm-up [yesterday] morning and it was exactly the same way that it was in practice prior to the accident,” Pither said.

“It was pretty important for the championship overall to be able to obviously get the car out there, but...


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Dumbrell goes back-to-back

Paul Dumbrell has converted his ARMOR ALL Pole Position to claim his second consecutive victory of the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series mini-enduro.

The two-time Dunlop Series Champion secured the jump at the race start, moving into the lead by XBOX Hell Corner ahead of Cam Waters.

He held the lead until pitting under safety car on lap 17, but soon re-took his place at the front of the field as rain started to fall on Mount Panorama. 

Despite the precipitation, Dumbrell braved the conditions and continued to push car 1, setting the race lap record on lap 29 with a 2min06.73.

“It was pretty gnarly out there, but dried out,” Dumbrell said of the conditions.

“Great to have the number one car back in number one.”

Series leader Cameron Waters took the chequered flag in second after a fierce battle with Ice Break Racing’s Chris Pither.

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Dumbrell goes back-to-back

Paul Dumbrell has converted his ARMOR ALL Pole Position to claim his second consecutive victory of the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series mini-enduro.

The two-time Dunlop Series Champion secured the jump at the race start, moving into the lead by XBOX Hell Corner ahead of Cam Waters.

He held the lead until pitting under safety car on lap 17, but soon re-took his place at the front of the field as rain started to fall on Mount Panorama. 

Despite the precipitation, Dumbrell braved the conditions and continued to push car 1, setting the race lap record on lap 29 with a 2min06.73.

“It was pretty gnarly out there, but dried out,” Dumbrell said of the conditions.

“Great to have the number one car back in number one.”

Series leader Cameron Waters took the chequered flag in second after a fierce battle with Ice Break Racing’s Chris Pither.

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Dumbrell on the front

Paul Dumbrell is doing everything he can to keep his championship hopes alive, having again proved he is the one to beat at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Dumbrell sealed ARMOR ALL Pole Position for today's 41-lapper during qualifying yesterday – 0.25secs quicker than series leader and second fastest Cam Waters.

With 300 points up for grabs today – and Dumbrell only adrift from Waters by 173 points – the two-time Dunlop Series Champion is eager to reproduce last year’s victorious result at Bathurst to take the title fight down to the wire.

“Overall, we’re happy we got pole,” Dumbrell told v8supercars.com.au.

“We have a long race tomorrow, so we’ll just make sure we stay out in front.

“We won this race last year as well, and it’s going to be tough.”

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Waters gets on with the job

Saturday 10 October 2015 10:24
By: Samantha McLaughlin

Cameron Waters is getting on with the job, topping the warm-up session ahead of the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series mini-enduro this afternoon.  

After an horrific day yesterday that saw his V8 Supercars campaign of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 come to an end, Waters managed to take his ENZED Falcon to the top of the time sheets with a 2min08.48.

Garry Jacobson was second quickest in the warm-up, ahead of Eggleston Motorsport teammate Ant Pedersen in third.

After his Ice Break Racing Falcon underwent substantial repairs overnight, Chris Pither was back on track, ending the session fourth fastest.

Andrew Jones was also on track after his massive crash during qualifying yesterday, caused by an over-zealous attempt for ARMOR ALL Pole Position. 

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Pither out for qualifying

Friday 9 October 2015 14:45
By: Samantha McLaughlin

Ice Break Racing’s Chris Pither has been ruled out for qualifying this afternoon after his shunt in practice this morning.

MW Motorsport team-owner Matt White confirmed to v8supercars.com.au the #42 entry will miss the chance to qualify for the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series mini-enduro, after his kiwi driver fell victim to The Dipper in the last few seconds of final practice. 

Pither lost control on the entry to the awkward left-hander and collected the wall, leaving the Ford Falcon with substantial damage to the diff housing.

The 28-year-old was obviously disappointed – made worse by the potential the car had, which won’t be reached in qualifying, having to sit on the sidelines. 

“The Ice Break Falcon felt pretty good, we had our practice greens on and were trying to set a couple of laps,” Pither explained.

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Dumbrell seals pole

Paul Dumbrell has sealed ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series mini-enduro in an shortened qualifying session at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The two-time Dunlop Series Champion recorded a 2min07.06 on only his fourth lap in the 40-minute session, edging Cameron Waters by 0.25secs.

Waters was on song to steal the first grid spot from Dumbrell on his final flyer, but a lock up on the entry to the elbow cost the series leader his chance at pole.

The Prodrive Racing Australia young gun settled for second, while Jack Le Brocq and Ant Pedersen were third and fourth respectively.

Todd Hazelwood will start the 41-lapper from fifth on the grid, ahead of Garry Jacobson, Macauley Jones, Aaren Russell and Josh Kean.

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Jones admits fault

Andrew Jones had admitted a driver error while vying for ARMOR ALL Pole Position caused his nasty crash in qualifying this afternoon at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Jones’ qualifying effort ended prematurely when the Alliance Commodore was sent straight into the tyre bundles at the esses as the Brad Jones Racing pilot was clocking a flying lap.

His Holden suffered heavy front-end damage as a result of the impact; with Jones admitting the accident was caused by driver error as he pushed for pole position.

“Totally my fault,” Jones told v8supercars.com.au on the crash.

“The mistake came off the back of that I wanted to get pole.

“We all want to get pole, and like always, it takes a lot of commitment to do that around this place.

“I got a good amount of limiter on the run to the edge of Skyline, but as I braked and turned the car, the rear stepped out.

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High spirits for Jacobson

Eggleston Motorsport’s Garry Jacobson expects to be inside the top three come qualifying this afternoon despite suffering gearbox dramas yesterday.

The Shepparton-native was running inside the top ten during the mid-stages of yesterday’s first practice when smoke began to barrel from the rear of Car 54.

Jacobson continued to push on, but was forced to abort his quick lap and come into the pits for his EMS crew to diagnose the smoke source: a loose gearbox fitting that was spilling fluid.

Despite the issue, the pilot of the Challenger Commodore still salvaged seventh fastest and is in high spirits for his form for the rest of the weekend.

“[Yesterday] didn’t go to plan, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the weekend is out the window,” Jacobson told v8supercars.com.au.

“I felt that something wasn’t quite right with the car, but I was still able to achieve the speed.

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Waters goes back-to-back

Fresh off his blistering V8 Supercars practice time, Cameron Waters has lead the way in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series' final practice this morning.

The current series leader broke into “the sevens” with his blistering lap of a 2min07.0013 and seemed content with his pace, stepping out of his car with minutes still left in the session. 

But the final practice ended on a low for third fastest Chris Pither, who smashed into the wall at the dipper as he tried to better his time in the final few minutes.

The fast kiwi’s MW Motorsport crew have their work cut out for them as they try to repair the rear of the Ice Break Racing Falcon before qualifying this afternoon at 3.00pm.

Meanwhile, Andrew Jones was third quickest in the 40-minute session – 0.25secs adrift of Waters.

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Waters dissatisfied with practice pace

Having only been beaten three times in 2015, Cameron Waters produced an uncharacteristic result in first practice this morning at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Prodrive Racing Australia ace found himself half a second off the pace, trailing Paul Dumbrell, Chris Pither and Andrew Jones to finish the opening practice fourth quickest.

It’s unusual territory for the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series’ best qualifier and has brought to light the areas that will need to be addressed for Waters to take it to his rivals during the points-bearing mini-enduro.

“The only thing we can take away from practice this morning is that we didn’t come away with a straight car,” Waters told v8supercars.com.au.

“I wasn’t happy with the car at all. It was a bit different to what I was expecting… we’ve got a few things to change overnight and make sure we have a good race car for Saturday.

“The team are...


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Waters dissatisfied with practice pace

Having only been beaten three times in 2015, Cameron Waters produced an uncharacteristic result in first practice this morning at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Prodrive Racing Australia ace found himself half a second off the pace, trailing Paul Dumbrell, Chris Pither and Andrew Jones to finish the opening practice fourth quickest.

It’s unusual territory for the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series’ best qualifier and has brought to light the areas that will need to be addressed for Waters to take it to his rivals during the points-bearing mini-enduro.

“The only thing we can take away from practice this morning is that we didn’t come away with a straight car,” Waters told v8supercars.com.au.

“I wasn’t happy with the car at all. It was a bit different to what I was expecting… we’ve got a few things to change overnight and make sure we have a good race car for Saturday.

“The team are...


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Podium in sights

Buoyed by his pre-Bathurst test, iSeek Racing’s Todd Hazelwood is hopeful he can clinch his first V8 Supercars Dunlop Series podium finish at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a solid run at a team test in the lead-up to Bathurst, with his Matt Stone Racing squad running through set-up programs and making adjustments to the #35 for the penultimate race of the season.

Although the recipient of the 2014 Mike Kable Young Gun Award is a consistent front-runner in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series, he is yet to step on the podium for a race or round this season.  

But this weekend, Hazelwood believes he’s on form to finally crack the top three at Mount Panorama and improve his current standing of fifth in the series points.

“Two weeks back the team at MSR and I tested at Queensland Raceway,” Hazelwood said.

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Morris to hang up helmet

Reigning Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris has hinted he may hang up his helmet at the end of this weekend.

The 2014 Bathurst Champions were presented winners plaques today in the city of Bathurst and alongside young superstar Chaz Mostert, Morris announced this weekend’s Dunlop Series race would be his last.

While this week’s laps may be his last in a V8 Supercar, Morris is still adamant he wants a strong showing at Mount Panorama. 

“I want to, for sure. That’s why we come here,” he told v8supercars.com.au.

“I think we’ve probably got a good chance in that race. There’s a little bit of strategy involved. Fuel and tyres. A few things.

“It would be good to finish on the podium. It’ll be lovely.”

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Who's next?

Image Racing team-owner Terry Whyoon is screening for the next lot of V8 Supercars talent to come through the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series by utilising his evaluation day next month.

The Victoria-based squad is committed to fostering burgeoning V8 Supercars talent, having fielded emerging drivers Dan Day and Jesse Dixon in the Dunlop Series this season.

For their 2016 campaign, the team is focussed on giving another young gun their shot, and has selected Chelsea Angelo and Ben Grice to showcase their talents at an evaluation day for a potential drive next season.

“I just wanted to give a couple of young people – a lot of kids who have just rang – the opportunity to come up and have a feel of a V8 Supercar,” he told v8supercars.com.au.

“These people haven’t got support at the moment, as far as sponsorship or anything, so it’s always nice for them to have a dabble.”

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