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Walsh Lands First Blow in Dunlop Series Practice

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Thursday 27 February 2014 18:29
By: V8 Supercars

Ash Walsh has topped both opening sessions at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in his Dunlop Series Ford Falcon FG.

The Infants Friend driver – who finished second in last year’s series – drew first blood on day one with a 1min22.1784 lap around the 3.78km street track, just 0.17 seconds ahead of ENZED FPR’s Cameron Waters.

Paul Dumbrell, racing for Eggleston Motorsport/Wilson Security, was third in his Triple Eight built Holden Commodore.

With a revised format this season, the Dunlop Series V8 Supercars will be on-track in two groups for qualifying tomorrow.

The lower 50 per cent will run in the first 15-minute session – which begins at 11am local time – and the top half in the second session.

Walsh won the first race at the Clipsal 500 last year, and placed third behind Chaz Mostert and Dale Wood – who have both progressed to the main...

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Heimgartner Ready to step up with MW Motorsport

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Rising V8 Supercars star Andre Heimgartner will take the next step in his career this weekend when he joins reigning champions MW Motorsport for the start of the 2014 Dunlop Series.

The 18-year old joins MWM following a promising rookie year in the second-tier class driving a Triple Eight-built, Finance Ezi-supported, Falcon. 

Heimgartner continues with backing from Finance Ezi this year and enjoyed his first taste of MWM's ex-Ford Performance Racing equipment at a test day at Winton Motor Raceway last Monday. 

Impressed with his new driver, team principal Matthew White says he's looking forward to working with the talented New Zealander throughout the season.

"I'd like to think that the Finance Ezi Falcon can be in the top five this season," said White ahead of the season-opener in Adelaide.

"Andre has shown speed in a number of different classes now and we were very impressed with...

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ADVAM Supports Jones at Clipsal

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Tuesday 25 February 2014 16:48
By: Brad Jones Racing

Andrew Jones will kick off his Dunlop Series challenge in Adelaide with the support of ADVAM.

“It’s great to once again have support from ADVAM as part of the Dunlop Series program,” Jones said.

“The commercial support we receive is invaluable and without it I can’t go racing.”

ADVAM CEO Jose DaSilva is pleased to once again support Jones.

“ADVAM as a local Adelaide company is extremely proud to be part of the Clipsal 500, through our support of Andrew jones in the Dunlop Series,” he said.

“The Dunlop series is an important part of the ongoing success of v8 supercars and we look forward to strong results this weekend.”

Jones had a competitive campaign last year, finishing third overall and says the goal for 2014 is to improve on that.

“The aim is for more podiums this year and a better championship finish,” he said.


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Simpson Joins MW Motorsport for Dunlop Series Debut

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Friday 21 February 2014 10:32
By: Matt White Motorsport

Reigning Dunlop Series Champion Team MW Motorsport has secured the talents of Ryan Simpson for the opening round of the 2014 season at the Clipsal 500.

Simpson has earned his first chance in the Dunlop Series after proving a dominant performer in the third-tier Kumho V8 Touring Car Series last year.

The 26-year-old won nine consecutive Kumho V8 races after joining the series at its third round.

The winning streak was finally ended at the Sandown finale by MW Motorsport owner and part-time driver Matthew White, who had enjoyed the chance to see Simpson's talents up close. 

"I think that Ryan's talents have been a little bit wasted in the Kumho Series to be honest, he absolutely obliterated it last year," White said.

"It was a unique chance for me to see his talents on track last year in that series and I'm looking forward to...

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Newest Dunlop Series Team Unveils 2014 Drivers

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The newest team in the Dunlop Series, GMJ Motorsport, today unveiled its driver lineup for the 2014 season.

Experienced racers Geoff Emery, Matt Hansen and Jim Pollicina have been confirmed at Melbourne-based operation, with the team title derived from the first letter of each driver’s name.

The squad will operate out of the Dandenong facility previously used by Greg Murphy Racing.

All drivers enter next weekend’s season-opening Clipsal 500 with proven packages. Emery retains the ex-Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VEII Commodore he used last year, while Hansen has also acquired a T8 Commodore – the one driven by Scott Pye to second in the 2012 standings.

After running a Tasman Motorsport Commodore last season, Pollicina has switched to the blue oval – he will drive an ex-Ford Performance Racing FG Falcon.

Of the three drivers, Emery is the most experienced in the...

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Kiwi Pedersen Completes Eggleston Motorsport Driver Line-up

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New Zealander Ant Pedersen has signed with Eggleston Motorsport for the 2014 Dunlop Series.

Last season’s NZ V8 SuperTourer Series runner-up joins 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Dumbrell and second-year V8 driver Garry Jacobson in the team’s three-car line-up for this year’s Dunlop Series.

Pedersen, 25, hails from Hamilton in New Zealand and is no stranger to racing in the Dunlop Series or in Australia.

He competed in the first three rounds of the Dunlop Series in 2010 (including a podium finish in the opening round in Adelaide) and made a one-off start for Eggleston Motorsport last year at Winton.

He also competed in the Bathurst round of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in 2012 and was a wildcard entrant in the Phillip Island and Bathurst V8 Supercar endurance races in 2010.

Pedersen joins Eggelston Motorsport full-time after a season-long tussle with Greg Murphy in the...

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ENZED Backs FPR's Dunlop Series Entry

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ENZED, one of Australia’s leading mobile hose and fittings services, has stepped up its support of Cameron Waters to become the naming rights sponsor of Waters’ Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar in the 2014 Dunlop Series.

Waters’ #56 FG Falcon will be entered under Team ENZED FPR and wear a striking livery incorporating ENZED’s corporate colours of black, white, red and gold and the familiar ENZED cornerband and hose motif. Long-time supporter Linde Material Handling will continue its association with Waters as a prominent secondary sponsor.

The announcement marks ENZED’s first naming rights sponsorship of a V8 Supercar in the modern era, and continues its long history in Australian motorsport, which began in 1986 with sponsorship of touring car legend Larry Perkins.

This year has the potential to be career-defining for Waters as he joins FPR – one of the greatest teams in...

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Re-stocked Russell Ready for 2014 Dunlop Series

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Following his strongest season in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series in 2013, Aaren Russell will spearhead Novocastrian Motorsport's 2014 campaign, aboard the team's upgraded, Triple Eight-built Falcon.

The 22-year old enjoyed a breakout 2013, finishing ninth in the standings and recording personal best round results, with sixth in Adelaide's season opener eclipsed mid-year by fifth in Townsville.

With older brother Drew stepping out of the category in 2014, Russell switches to the Triple Eight-built FG Falcon his brother took to seventh in the standings.

The car has received extensive upgrades through the multiple V8 Supercar Championship-winning team ahead of the seven-round series, which commences at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 27 to March 2.

"It's been a busy few months, but after deciding fairly early on that this was the direction we were going to head in, I think it's...

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Last Chance to See Casey Stoner

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For Casey Stoner fans, this is the final weekend you will get to see him in a V8 Supercar.

The MotoGP superstar, who stepped into the Dunlop Series this season, will contest his final races with the category across the Sydney NRMA Motoring & Services 500.

Stoner has decided to have a break from motorsport next year to spend more time with his family. So take the opportunity to see him on-track today and tomorrow, and find out whether he can achieve his season best result at the Sydney street circuit.

Despite understanding it would be a tough learning curve getting behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar, Stoner has been frustrated running in the mid-pack and has taken some time on race weekends to learn the various circuits.

His best race result was fifth at Queensland Raceway earlier in the season, though he counts racing at Bathurst as a major highlight.

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Walsh Renews with Matt Stone Racing

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Dunlop Series 2013 runner up Ash Walsh has renewed links with the Matt Stone Racing Team for 2014.

It will be Walsh’s third full year in the V8 Supercars Development Series on top of a number of starts in 2011.

Capitalising on the continuity of 2013, Walsh was pleased national pharmaceutical company Infants’ Friend would continue the successful association launched last season.

The 26-year old Ipswich based driver will again run the #87 ex-Stone Brothers Racing FG Falcon for Matt Stone Racing. He believes the scenario gives him the best opportunity yet to win the Dunlop Series Championship. 

“We are really happy that the Infants’ Friend team reviewed the results of 2013 and are coming with us again in 2014,” Walsh said.

“They worked the sponsorship very hard with retail and trade promotions and it has paid off.

“The Dunlop Series this year will be super competitive so to be able to...

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New Car and Aspirations for Zukanovic

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Friday 6 December 2013 9:00
By: V8 Supercars

Marcus Zukanovic will hit the streets of Homebush for this weekend’s Sydney NRMA Motoring & Services 500 driving a Ford Falcon Dunlop Series car for the first time.

Zukanovic recently purchased the ex-Evans Motorsport Falcon campaigned this year by Kristian Lindbom and Daniel Gaunt. The car, FPR-807, was previously driven by David Reynolds in the latter part of 2012.

Having driven the 2008 Russell Ingall Commodore throughout 2013, Zukanovic felt he needed to upgrade for a serious crack at the Dunlop Series in 2014 with his eyes fixed on a PIRTEK Enduro Cup drive as well.

“I think I’ve still got more left in me as a driver,” said Zukanovic.

“All of the front running cars at the moment are either FPR, Triple Eight or Stone Brothers built cars so I realised I had to go to a more competitive car to have a chance next year.”

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Edwards: Dunlop Series Important for FPR

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Ford Performance Racing team boss Tim Edwards says the team will most likely re-enter the Dunlop Series next season.

Edwards emphasised that participating in the second tier V8 Supercars category was important for the team’s succession plan. And it’s not just about finding future drivers – engineers, mechanics, the whole crew needs to be the right fit to win V8 Supercar races.

“It’s great grooming,” Edwards said of the Dunlop Series.

“We’ve got two or three drivers on the radar at the moment and we’re just working out what we do next year but we’ll almost certainly be in the DVS again next year.

“I need to be finding my next Chaz Mostert – whoever that may be, and get them up to speed – and engineers, mechanics and sponsors. The Development Series is there for just that. 

"And it’s not just about finding the next Chaz Mostert, it’s about finding the next James Small [engineer for...

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Positive Format Changes for Dunlop Series in 2014

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Next year, all Dunlop Series rounds will consist of two 40-minute races.

According to V8 Supercars General Manager – Motorsport Damien White, the change will help bring the series, which has expanded in size significantly over the past few years, more in line with the V8 Supercars Championship.

“In line with the consistency of race formats announced for the Championship next year, these changes to the Dunlop Series also deliver consistency across all rounds, ensuring the fans know what they’re going to see,” White said.

In 2009 the feeder category – entered by many up-and-coming drivers, and being a source for co-drivers for the Championship endurance races – had an 18 car average over the season. This year, over 31 cars have registered for more than five rounds in the seven round Series.

Adapting to the increasing field, all qualifying sessions next season will be split, like at the...

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Championship Commodores Part of Future Plan

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Eggleston Motorsport has acquired two V8 Supercars Championship winning Commodores to create a development program for young drivers, according to team manager Rachael Wagg.

Wagg said there had been significant interest from drivers hoping to contest the Dunlop Series with the team – Jack Perkins is the highest placed, sitting fourth in the series points.

So the Melbourne-based team has secured the pair of ex-Toll HSV Dealer Team Walkinshaw Racing-built Commodore VZs driven by Rick Kelly and Garth Tander, when each won their Championship titles, to campaign a V8 Touring Car program, which will be run alongside the multi-car Dunlop Series program.

“We’ve had overwhelming interest from drivers in our Dunlop Series campaign this year so we have decided to expand the business into the increasingly popular V8 Touring Car Series,” Wagg said.

“The Dunlop Series is incredibly competitive...

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Grand Finale to Decide Dunlop Series Winner

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The Championship is not over – the Dunlop Series will go down to the final round at the Sydney 500.

GB Galvanising/Wilson Security driver Dale Wood leads Infants Friend’s Ash Walsh by 228 points – so with 300 on offer over the two races at the 500, the young gun is still in for a shot.

Interestingly, the two competitors are teammates of sorts in today’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, both racing for Dick Johnson Racing, Wood with Chaz Mostert and Walsh with Tim Blanchard.

The Bathurst round winner Steve Owen also features in the 1000km race – but unfortunately, doesn’t feature in the Dunlop Series Championship race, having entered the series after the first round, replacing Mostert when he received the call up to the main series, and recorded DNFs at the recent Winton round. 

“I think these guys are too on top of their game for me to make up a whole round,” Owen said of his chances...

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Owen Wins Round, Wood Leads Points

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Saturday 12 October 2013 16:33
By: V8 Supercars

Steve Owen has won the final race and round of the Dunlop Series at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. And Casey Stoner, who was running in fourth, ended his day hitting the wall and limping his Triple Eight Race Engineering Commodore home. 

It was a Ford one-two with Sherrin Rentals’ Owen home ahead of series points leader GB Galvanising/Wilson Security's Dale Wood, and Eggleston Motorsport’s Jack Perkins.

The three finished where they started the race – but it wasn’t without incident.

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By lap two the former Moto GP Champion was into fifth. But contact between Morgan Haber and Aaron Russell on lap six saw both in the sand at turn one, ending both their days, and...

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OWEN: Tyre Management Key to Winning

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Steve Owen, winner of the Dunlop Series’ Race One at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, says good tyre management was the key to him finishing on the top step of the podium.

“Yesterday’s race turned out pretty well and I couldn’t be happier," Owen said. "We had a lot of speed so once I got a gap I just looked after the tyres in case a safety car came out.

“Obviously it did so we had enough pace at the end.”

The safety car was called when two separate incidents occurred on lap 10. The #16 Voight Contracting car stopped at the top of the mountain, while the #43 Blackchrome Sports and Workwear car came off the track at turn 23 and was buried in the gravel. 

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“The other guys were racing pretty hard and probably didn’t have a lot left with their tyres, so I was able to hang on.

“The car was great and I’ve done a lot of laps in FPR cars this weekend.  I...

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Stewards Summary: Dunlop Series, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

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UPDATE 2, 0700hrs Saturday 12th October 2013

Matters arising from Race 1:

The Stewards imposed a PLP on Car #67 Paul Morris for a careless re-entry to the track.

Following an investigation and an admission by Action Racing Car #71 had breached D20.2.1, having a camera fitted without the CTM approval, the Stewards imposed a fine of $5,000 with $4,500 suspended until the 31st December 2013.

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Following an investigation and an admission by Aaron McGill Car #75 had breached B3.2.3, failure to ensure a fully functioning camera, the Stewards imposed a fine of $5,000 with $4,500 suspended until the 31st December 2013.

The IO is investigating the following matters;

  • Contact between Car #43 Sam Walter and Car #28 Morgan Haber at...

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Owen Wins Race One at Bathurst

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Steve Owen has claimed the first race win of the Dunlop V8 Supercars Series at Bathurst, holding off other race favourites Dale Wood and Jack Perkins.

Race One of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 wasn’t short of action with the drama unfolding from the green light. 

Ash Walsh was slow off the grid and with cars narrowly avoiding him, he pulled to the side to escape incident – but in doing so he lost a number places. 

A number of cars towards the back of the grid stalled at the start causing chaos. At turn one the mayhem continued when car #28 of Morgan Haber spun off the track and others jostled for position.

Wood got the jump at the start, but Owen took control of the race and didn’t look back as headed the first run up Mount Panorama.

Eggleston Motorsport's Perkins was hot on the heels of Wood's GB Galvanising/Wilson Security Falcon and made a move at the Caltex Chase on the...

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Owen Qualifies on Pole

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Friday 11 October 2013 10:10
By: V8 Supercars

Steve Owen has qualified on ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the first of two Dunlop Series races this weekend at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, clocking a time of 2min08.5816.

Dale Wood has locked out the front row and pace setters from yesterday’s practice session, Jack Perkins, Ash Walsh and Taz Douglas, round out the top five.

There were some breathtaking moments during the 30-minute qualifying session and some struggled to keep their cars on the track. 

Michael Hector caused a red flag 13 minutes into the session when he lost control of his #60 Gulf Western Oil Falcon at the bottom of Conrod Straight and finished up buried in the sand trap.

Perkins took a detour through the dirt when a massive lock-up into the Caltex Chase forced him to abandon his lap.

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