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Win Both Races - as Simple as That

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Jack Perkins clearly means business at this weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and has declared he plans is to win both Dunlop Series races.

Perkins set the fastest times in both practice sessions yesterday and says the plan moving forward is simple.

“Yesterday was obviously pretty good and hopefully we can back up with at least a front row today," the 27-year old said.

“We’ll be trying pretty hard to get pole and then obviously we want to win both races, it’s as simple as that."

While tyre quality is always a talking point during practice, the Eggleston Motorsport team confirmed the solid practice times were set on old tyres.

“We’ve had a really good day yesterday and it’s probably where we thought we deserved to be.

“In the first session we just ran around on old tyres, a lot of people thought we put new ones on but we definitely didn’t, then as the track got hotter it got...


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Perkins Again Fastest

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Thursday 10 October 2013 16:15
By: V8 Supercars

It was a case of deja vu in Practice Two of the Dunlop Series with Jack Perkins, Dale Wood and Steve Owen again clocking the top three times around the 6.213km Mount Panorama at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. 

Perkins, in the #54 Eggleston Motorsport Commodore, produced a 2min09.6779 lap time, just 0.0035 slower than his quickest time in P1.

Wood was only 0.1148secs behind him with a time of 2min09.7927. Together they have set a blistering pace today with no other car in any category yet matching their speed.

Co-drivers for the main game showed why they were the ones chosen to contest the 1000km race on Sunday, rounding out the top six positions.

Aaron Russell cause a red flag 11 minutes into the session, but when practice resumed there was a flurry of changes to the top three positions with Perkins, Wood and Owen setting...


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Perkins Tops First Practice Session

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Thursday 10 October 2013 11:00
By: V8 Supercars

The Dunlop Series has kicked off the on-track action at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and Jack Perkins has shown he means business this weekend by clocking the fastest time in the first practice session.

Perkins, who is co-driving with Scott McLaughlin in the main series for Fujitsu GRM and currently sits sixth overall on the Dunlop Series Championship table, was perched at the top of the timing board for most of the 40-minute session and produced the only lap time under 2min10.0 on his final run (2min09.6744).

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In true Bathurst style, the session wasn’t without drama with two red flags halting proceedings. Aaron Tebb in the #16 Rsport Engineering...


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Owen Ready For Double Duties

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Sherrin Racing's Steve Owen is primed for his busiest weekend of the season combining Dunlop Series duties with a bid for victory in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Owen will steer one of the most highly fancied cars in Sunday's race, linking up with Will Davison in the #6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Falcon.

Driving the FPR-built Sherrin Ford throughout the Dunlop Series has proven vital to Owen's pre-event preparation, and will form a key part of his Bathurst weekend.

"It's going to be a busy weekend jumping between the two cars, but any laps you can get around here is very valuable," said Owen, who finished on the Bathurst 1000 podium three years ago with Jamie Whincup.

"The Sherrin and Pepsi Fords are a lot more similar than people think in both feel and lap speed, so they really complement each other well.

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Lindbom 're-Energised' for Bathurst

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Wednesday 9 October 2013 16:00
By: V8 Supercars

An increase in funding from sponsor Urban Energy has enabled Kristian Lindbom to step back in to Evans Motorsport Group's Ozstaff Racing Falcon at Bathurst this weekend.

The V8 Supercars young gun had been one of the standouts through the opening rounds of the series but a funding shortfall forced him to the sidelines for the Winton round.

Lindbom had been planning to run a Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport owned Commodore at Mount Panorama but the last minute increase in sponsor funding has allowed Lindbom to resume his tenure in the ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon.

"I'm thankful to the team and to Urban Energy who have stepped in to help me make the grid at Bathurst," said Lindbom.

"We've all been working hard at sourcing the extra funding to get to these last two rounds and I'm overjoyed that we've been able to get a deal...


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McBride to Take Bathurst in his Stride

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Tony D'Alberto Racing’s Nick McBride has every reason to be confident heading into the penultimate round of the Dunlop Series at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The 22-year old comes off his best Dunlop Series result since joining the series, having recorded eighth for the round and his first career top 10 finish at the last event, the Winton 360.

McBride’s prior racing experience has been in open wheel categories such as British Formula Ford, Formula 3 as well as the Formula Renault Winter Series, and admits the transition to tin-top racing has been a steep learning curve – but experience is changing that.

“I found it really hard at first because it was a massive change to what I’ve been used to,” said McBride.

“V8 Supercars move around a lot and although they have a lot of horsepower, there’s not as much grip as the open wheelers I’ve raced.

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Doulgas Primed for Longer Two Race Format

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Image Racing driver Taz Douglas is in favour of the two-race Dunlop Series format ahead of the penultimate round at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Bathurst and the Dunlop Series final at the Sydney 500 feature two 35-minute races, rather than three shorter races the Series has had in recent events.

According to Douglas, the two-race format is better preparation for those looking to progress to the V8 Supercars main series in the future.

“I definitely prefer two longer races,” Douglas said. “It moves the Dunlop Series closer to the main series.

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“Having two longer races gives you a feel for tyre degradation at the end of a stint when it really makes a difference.

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New Biante Livery for Jones at Bathurst

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Andrew Jones' Dunlop Series Holden Commodore VEII, prepared by Brad Jones Racing, will be sponsored by Biante for a one-off livery change for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Jones, who is currently placed third in the Dunlop Series (and is also co-driving with Jason Bright in the #8 Team BOC Commodore during the PIRTEK Enduro Cup), is excited by his new look.

“I think it is a ripper looking livery!” Jones exclaimed. “Our Dunlop Series car has become known for our alternating sponsor program and the Biante livery is something different to what we have done before, which makes it more unique.

“Biante and BJR have been tremendous partners for many years – back to the Audi days – so to be able to represent them in this way is tremendous.

“We have had a couple of third placed round results so far this year and as a group, we would like this to keep improving and to be able to move up on to...


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Swedish Lestrup Prepares for V8 Supercar Test

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Fredrik Lestrup will head to Australia for a V8 Supercar test next week. The Swedish GT and Endurance driver has secured a test with Dunlop Series team Pacific Hoists Hitachi, driving a Holden V8 Supercar at Wakefield Park outside Sydney. 

The test is the first step in evaluating an expansion of his career to include the Australian touring car scene.

“I’ve followed Australian motorsport and the V8 Supercar championship with a great interest for several years now and I’ve always wanted to get a taste of what these cars are like to drive,” Lestrup said. 

“I got in touch with Nandi Kiss this year about a test in his Dunlop Series car and we established a good rapport from the start. Getting the chance to go to Australia and test a proper V8 Supercar is a dream come true and a chance to get a first taste of what these cars are like to drive. 

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Day Steps Up Into Dunlop Series

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Thursday 5 September 2013 16:39
By: V8 Touring Cars

South Australian teenager Dan Day is the latest V8 Touring Car Series driver to confirm a move into the Dunlop Series for 2014.

The 19-year old and his family team have secured the ex-Nick Percat Coates Hire Commodore from Walkinshaw Racing for next year.

Day’s team will collect the ex-Percat car – which won the Bathurst and Winton rounds of the 2012 Dunlop Series – in mid-December.

The deal means the end of Day’s time in V8 Touring Cars with Saloon Car racer Simon Tabinor purchasing the team’s ex-Brad Jones Racing BF Falcon with the intent to debut in it at the Sandown season finale in November.

“The V8 Touring Car Series has been great and we’re not leaving for any other reason than timing,” said team manager Sean Day.

“There’s the potential that at the start of 2016 the current cars won’t be eligible in DVS, so we’d rather...


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Russells Remain Top 10 Despite Winton Setbacks

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Both Novocastrian Motorsport drivers and brothers Drew and Aaren Russell are pleased to remain in the top 10 of the Dunlop Series Championship, despite what they felt to be a challenging weekend at Winton Raceway. 

Drew's results were highlighted by finishing second in Race Two at the event in his Go Karts Go Ford, though he felt the team had more to learn, particularly with the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 next on the calendar. 

“Realistically, this has been our worst weekend of the year pace wise, we certainly weren’t strong,” he said.  

“But we stayed out of trouble, moved forward in all of the races, and to take fifth for round, I’m pretty happy with that.”

Friday practice saw the strong 34 car field complete 20 laps between no less than ten red flag periods, young Aaren into the mud in the CEG Rentals Falcon.

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We Have the Pace, the Rest Will Come, Eventually

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Heading into the Winton round of the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, Image Racing’s Taz Douglas admitted that to be any kind of title threat he’d need to qualify on the front two rows.

“Once you’re back in the pack, you’re no chance to make it to the front, especially around a circuit like Winton which provides very few overtaking opportunities,” he explained. “Once you’re at or near the front, the rest plays out for itself..” or at least it should.

Quick in practice, the ex-Shane Van Gisbergen ARVO Falcon was quick in the opening group of qualifying, in fact so quick that he held the top spot at the end of the session. With the second group holding the points leaders, Douglas was dropped back from the front row, but retained a second row start for Saturday’s opening 12-lapper.

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McBride and TDR Pleased with Career Best

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Nick McBride is starting to make his presence felt in the Dunlop Series after scoring his career best finish at Winton Motor Raceway over the weekend.

The Victorian, driving for Tony D’Alberto Racing in the Dunlop development series, is in his rookie year of V8 Supercars after spending the past few seasons competing in international open-wheel racing.

After making steady progress in the opening rounds of the competitive category, Winton was a breakout meeting for McBride, who finished with two top 10 results and taking eighth overall – his best results in his short stint in the class.

It was also McBride’s highest haul of points from a race weekend this year and elevated him into 16th place in the series chase. Click here for full Championship points. 

“The last two rounds have turned around for us,” McBride said.

“I qualified eighth at the last round at Queensland Raceway, but...


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Perkins Wins Race, Wood Takes Round, Waters Flies

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Sunday 25 August 2013 15:37
By: V8 Supercars

It was a carbon copy of the start from the earlier V8 Supercars race. ARMOR ALL Pole Position sitter Dale Wood was slow off the line, Jack Perkins alongside getting the jump.

And four cars into turn one did not go, as Cameron Waters and Geoff Emery fired off the track. Waters launched into the air, mud and water flying, before rejoining after turn two, but managed to finish in 11th.

This time the action played into Casey Stoner’s hands – a great start meant the former MotoGP Champion went from 30th on the grid to 18th and eventually finished 16th at the end of the 12-lap race.

Perkins led from start to finish, Wood holding second and Andrew Jones – who set the fastest lap of the race, a 1min25.3568sec – was third.

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Clean Race Sees Emery Take Win

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Sunday 25 August 2013 11:00
By: V8 Supercars

Geoff Emery has won the second race of the Winton round of the Dunlop Series, ahead of Drew Russell and Luke Youlden.

The race was a reverse top 10, meaning Youlden started on ARMOR ALL Pole Position, but a poor start saw him lose several positions off the starting line.

It was ultimately a clean run for the series, all 12 laps of the race running without Safety Car intervention, though Paul Morris flexed his muscles to edge past Nick McBride early on.

Casey Stoner started on the last row of the 34 car grid after more hard luck yesterday, but managed a good run to eventually finish 22nd.  

Championship leader Dale Wood started 10th and edged his way through the top of the field to finish fifth, giving him pole for this afternoon’s final Dunlop Series race. Jack Perkins – who scored pole for yesterday’s race and will pair up with...


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Wood Drives Away From Chaos

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Saturday 24 August 2013 16:06
By: V8 Supercars

An opening lap mishap has seen an exciting Dunlop Series race unfold at the Winton 360.

Championship leader Dale Wood got a huge jump off the start as chaos ensued behind. Several cars, including Taz Douglas, Adam Wallis and Andre Heimgartner were involved in the incident, which Chris Pither was handed a penalty for.

But it was Casey Stoner who came off worst as his Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore had to be towed back to pit lane.

Casey Stoner's Commodore after the opening lap incident

Late in the race others found the mud, but Wood kept control and steered home to take the win and a nice haul of points toward his Championship.

In behind were pole sitter Jack Perkins and yesterday’s quickest Andrew Jones.

The second race will be a reverse grid for the top 10 – meaning Luke Youlden (10th and Geoff Emery (ninth) will begin on the front row.

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Perkins Backs up Win With Pole

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Today’s Dunlop Series qualifying was divided into two halves to accommodate the large field participating in the Winton 360 this weekend. Fresh off his win at the last round, Jack Perkins clinched ARMOR ALL Pole Position after running in the second half.

Seventeen cars contested the 20-minute first half, for the lower 50 percent of the field, and Taz Douglas led the way, still holding the fastest time when the chequered flag dropped.

Andre Heimgartner, Daniel Gaunt, Rodney Jane and Casey Stoner finished the half as the top five.

But once the second part of the session commenced, many were pushed down the order.

Championship leader Dale Wood jumped into second with just his second lap, but was ultimately derailed, first by Steve Owen and finally by Perkins.

Perkins was the first driver in the ‘23s’, a 1min23.7669 clinching his front row start.

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Stewards Summary DVS: Winton 360

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UPDATE 1, 0900hrs Saturday 24th August 2013

Other Matters arising from Race 3 at the Previous Round, Ipswich:

Following an investigation and an admission by Image Racing had breached D3.5.3 in that a Team Member had crossed the Fast Lane prior to the last car, the Stewards imposed a $500 fine.

Following an investigation and an admission by Team Maurice Pickering had breached D3.5.3 in that a Team Member had crossed the Fast Lane prior to the last car, the Stewards imposed a $500 fine.

Following an investigation and an admission by Car #10 Taz Douglas had driven in a careless manner, contact to Car #87 Ash Walsh at Turn 2 in Race 3, the Stewards imposed the penalty of a deduction of 25 Series points.

Following an investigation and an admission by Car #51 Jim Pollicina had driven in a careless manner, contact to Car #30 Nick McBride at Turn 3 in Race 3, the Stewards imposed the...


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Jones Quickest for Friday

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Friday 23 August 2013 14:04
By: V8 Supercars

Andrew Jones has topped both sessions of practice for the Dunlop Series at the Winton 360.

Jones – who also had a hit-out in Jason Bright’s Team BOC Commodore during main game practice and led the field for a time – came home just 0.0664sec ahead of Dunlop Championship leader Dale Wood, with last race winner Jack Perkins in third.

The day’s running has been interrupted by red flags, with wet weather at Winton.

Earlier this morning, it was Steve Owen and Chris Pither who rounded out the top three. Jones was the only driver in the ‘36s’ with a 1min36.4496, which shows the effect the weather has had, as his second session best time was a 1min30.0154sec.

All five drivers will participate as co-drivers in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, beginning next event at the Wilson Security Sandown 500.

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Russell: Top Five on the Cards

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Drew Russell believes a top five finish is on the cards for his Go Karts Go Falcon, if he is able to qualify well at the Winton 360 this weekend.

The Dunlop Series Novocastrian Motorsport driver – who debuted at the circuit in 2007 – feels it is essential to start up the front.

V8 Supercars has implemented a new format for Dunlop Series qualifying at the Winton 360, with the field split into two halves to accommodate the large number of competitors running this weekend.

The sessions will run back to back on Saturday, with the lower 50 percent from combined practice running for the first 20 minutes, and the upper 50 percent five minutes later for 20 minutes.

“The main thing I want to improve on at Winton is definitely qualifying,” Russell said ahead of the event.

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