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Dumbrell surges to the top

Thursday 8 October 2015 11:30
By: Samantha McLaughlin

Paul Dumbrell has narrowly edged Chris Pither for the fastest time in first practice at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The pair frequently swapped places at the top of the time sheet during the second half of the session, before the two-time V8 Supercars Dunlop Series Champion secured the fastest time with a 2min08.14.

Pither trailed by 0.37secs, ahead of Brad Jones Racing’s Andrew Jones in third, who held the top spot in the sessions first few minutes. 

Series leader Cameron Waters was unusually further down the order in fifth fastest, while Ant Pedersen and Todd Hazelwood were sixth and seventh quickest by the end of the 40-minute session.

Despite coming home inside the top ten, Garry Jacobson’s run was hindered by an engine issue that forced him to retire from the session early.

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Test day a boost for McAdam

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Eggleston Motorsport’s hopes that new recruit Liam McAdam can make a solid debut in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 have been boosted by a successful test at Winton this week.

The 2014 title winning squad announced earlier this week that McAdam – who pilots its V8 Touring Car entry – will join the team’s Dunlop Series program at the season’s final two rounds and in 2016, driving its recently acquired fourth car.

The call-up will see the 18-year-old make his Dunlop Series debut at the most high-pressure race on the calendar at the Bathurst mini-enduro: a single, 250 kilometre haul around Mount Panorama, incorporating pit stops for four tyres and fuel.

To acclimatise to his ex-Triple Eight Commodore VEII before the mini-enduro, McAdam completed a team test at Winton on Wednesday, clocking upwards of 60 laps around the Victorian circuit.

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Another test on cards for Chahda

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Matt Chahda Motorsport is preparing to have another test day before the mini-enduro at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, after a troubled test yesterday at Winton Motor Raceway saw Chahda fail to turn one lap.

The Cavalier Homes Falcon was plagued with a fuel pressure issue at its scheduled test yesterday, forcing Chahda to lose a large chunk of valuable testing time.

With the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series approaching its penultimate round at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – and 300 points on offer for the single, 250 kilometre race around Mount Panorama – Chahda is desperate to rid Car 18 of its issues at another test before the critical mini-enduro.

“From the get-go yesterday we had fuel pressure issues … and we didn’t end up getting it completely sorted out in time to have a good test,” Chahda told v8supercars.com.au.

“We were really well set up for the test yesterday, but that...


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D'Alberto doubles up

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Former V8 Supercars full-timer Tony D’Alberto will be on double duties at next month’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, taking the chance to jump in a Dunlop Series Supercar with Josh Kean.

The two contested the 250km mini-enduro together last year and finished 12th, and both were pleased to continue the pairing, which gives D’Alberto extra miles around Mount Panorama before racing the 1000 with Tim Slade and Supercheap Auto Racing on the Sunday.

D’Alberto has been involved with Kean since 2013 when he handed over a Walkinshaw Racing V8 Supercar to the young driver, and this year gets to sample a different Dunlop Series car after Kean’s move to Brad Jones Racing in the off-season.

Both drivers are out at Winton Motor Raceway today completing a pre-Bathurst test – as six other Dunlop Series teams have elected to do – before the category’s longest race of the year in which a co-driver is...


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The Jones Alliance

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Andrew Jones will debut a bright and bold new livery at the final two rounds of the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series, with Alliance Truck Parts coming on board as naming-rights sponsor for the #8 Brad Jones Racing Commodore.

Part of the Freightliner family, Alliance Truck Parts supplies a wide range of new and remanufactured all-makes parts and accessories at sharp prices to keep trucks and trailers on the road.

The truck parts supplier company featured on Jones’ car during his 2014 Bathurst assault, and will increase its exposure on its return to the Mountain this year with this new, eye-catching livery.

“We think Alliance Truck Parts customers will really get a kick out of seeing the #8 car in this fantastic livery,” said Freightliner Australia Aftersales Manager, Greg Lovrich.

“We had a great experience through our involvement with Freightliner Racing in the V8 Supercars Championship,...


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International Sports Car ace set for Dunlop Series test

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Australian Sports Car ace John Martin will test a THR Developments V8 Supercar tomorrow ahead of a possible break into V8 Supercars racing.

The 31-year-old is one of Australia’s most successful racing exports, having competed in the LMP2 category of the World Endurance Championship, as well as British F3 and Formula Renault 3.5.

After his success in Europe, the Blackburn-native has returned home to carve out a career in Australia, with his sights firmly set on V8 Supercars.

Martin told v8supercars.com.au he was in talks with a number of teams last year about a potential enduro drive, but those conversations were stalled by his lack of mileage at the circuits on the V8 Supercars calendar – particularly Mount Panorama.

To familiarise himself with the tracks, Martin joined the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup grid in 2015, but will adapt his internationally honed skills to the #45 Dunlop...


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Kostecki Brothers take first step towards main game

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Brothers Kurt and Jake Kostecki have locked in two Triple Eight Commodores to race in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series in 2016.

Racing and learning the 'new gen' cars are the first step to the ultimate dream – competing full-time in the V8 Supercars Championship. 

Next year is the first teams can run the 'car of the future' specification chassis, and Kostecki Brothers Racing is the first Dunlop Series team to secure the new gen models for 2016. 

The brothers believe upgrading their cars to what is driven in the main game is the best possible preparation for a future co-drive or opportunity in the V8 Supercars Championship. 

“The good thing about new generation cars entering the series is that drivers will be able to get some valuable experience in these cars to then try and go for an enduro drive eventually,” Kurt told v8supercars.com.au.

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Hazelwood "cheesed off" with driving standards

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Todd Hazelwood has voiced his disappointment in his competitors’ driving standards at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, after the iSeek Communications pilot was hung out to dry during Sunday’s two races.

The 19-year-old had a strong showing on Saturday – finishing where he qualified in sixth – but his chances at improving his results on Sunday were squashed when he was first pipped in race two.

The pilot of the #35 Matt Stone Racing Falcon started Sunday’s first 19-lapper in sixth, making his way up to fourth by lap six after capitalising on the battle unfolding in front of him between Paul Dumbrell and Chris Pither.

But his luck soon ran out when he was shuffled back to seventh after contact with the battling cars in the closing laps of the race.

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Hazelwood "cheesed off" with driving standards

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Todd Hazelwood has voiced his disappointment in his competitors’ driving standards at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, after the iSeek Communications pilot was hung out to dry during Sunday’s two races.

The 19-year-old had a strong showing on Saturday – finishing where he qualified in sixth – but his chances at improving his results on Sunday were squashed when he was first pipped in race two.

The pilot of the #35 Matt Stone Racing Falcon started Sunday’s first 19-lapper in sixth, making his way up to fourth by lap six after capitalising on the battle unfolding in front of him between Paul Dumbrell and Chris Pither.

But his luck soon ran out when he was shuffled back to seventh after contact with the battling cars in the closing laps of the race.

Amid his bad luck on Sunday, he was thrown a lifeline for the final race, starting third on the grid after a number of the front...


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Waters shuts down critics

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Cameron Waters has today shut down criticism his Prodrive Falcon is the reason for his domination of the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series, after the young gun recovered from a harsh penalty to finish third in the final race at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

Following his race two win this morning, the 20-year-old was dealt a 10 grid spot penalty after the stewards deemed he had accelerated before the green flag during the safety car restart. 

But starting from 11th on the grid the following race proved to not be a heavy hindrance for the Team ENZED pilot, having made up two spots within the first lap and making his way up to fourth by the race’s midpoint.

In the closing laps the PRA racer began drawing in a second-placed Dumbrell, but third place was all Waters could salvage – his worst race result of the year, having not finished lower than second this season to-date.

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Pither breaks through in final race

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Chris Pither has broken through for his maiden win of the 2015 season, claiming the final V8 Supercars Dunlop Series race at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

The kiwi drove to victory from pole position after he was promoted to the first grid spot when race two winner Cameron Waters was relegated 10 grid spots for a driving infringement in the previous race.

The win saw Pither close his Queensland Raceway campaign fourth for the round – a result he was happy with after a difficult start to the weekend – while he becomes the third race winner this season.

“I’m absolutely rapt for the Ice Break Racing team and MW motorsport, they’ve done an awesome job” Pither said after his race victory.

“The car wasn’t great at the start of the weekend and we suffered in qualifying as a result.

“Obviously we got a little bit of help to move up the grid in that race but we had the speed to be...


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Waters' win under investigation

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Sunday 2 August 2015 10:22
By: V8 Supercars

Prodrive Racing Australia’s Cameron Waters has taken the chequered flag in race two at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, but his win is pending investigation after his safety car restart procedure during the 19-lapper. 

As the safety car left the circuit after James Golding and Jesse Dixon’s clash towards the end of the race, Waters began gapping a second-placed Andrew Jones before the last turn.

The restart is under investigation after the Prodrive Racing Australia young gun crossed the line with a 1.3 second margin to Jones, who secured second place on the first lap after getting the jump on Jack Le Brocq, who finished third. 

Paul Dumbrell took fourth place after an intense battle with Pither in the race’s opening laps, while Garry Jacobson and Todd Hazelwood finished sixth and seventh respectively.

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The battle of the rookies

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Jesse Dixon has labelled this afternoon’s 19-lapper as “one of the most intense races” he’s ever been in, after the series rookie was locked in an epic battle during the weekend opener.

Throughout the race’s final 13 laps, Dixon diced with fellow rookies Simon Evans and James Golding, and prevailed in the battle, taking the chequered flag in tenth, ahead of Golding in 11th and Evans in 12th.

While the battle was fierce, the pilot of the Hayman Reese Falcon applauded his competitors on the quality of the dual and told v8supercars.com.au it was rewarding to come out on top.

“It was one of the most intense races I’ve ever been in,” he said.

“They both had pace on me, but being faster than someone is one thing, trying to pass them is another.

“It’s a credit to those guys thought, they both raced incredibly clean, but I managed to position the car in the right spot to hold them off, which...


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Dunlop Series Stewards Summary: Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint

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Stewards Update #3 issued Saturday 1st August at 1730hrs

Matters from Race One;

There were no issues 

Stewards Update #2 issued Saturday 1st August at 1430hrs

Matters from Qualifying;

Following an investigation and admission by Matthew Chahda Car #18 to breaching Schedule B2 Rule 2.1 Careless Driving, blocking during the session, the Stewards imposed a Two (2) Grid Spot penalty on Car #18 for Race 1.

Following an investigation and admission by Aaron McGill Car #75 to breaching Rule 20.4.3 failed to ensure the timing transmitter was fully charged and operating, the Stewards excluded Car #75 from the session.

Following an investigation and admission by Aaron McGill Car #75 to breaching Division G Rule 1.6 Competitor Responsible for Safety – inappropriate securing of bodywork, the Stewards imposed a fine of $2,500 with $1,000 suspended until the 31/12/15.

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Waters strikes again

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Saturday 1 August 2015 16:07
By: V8 Supercars

Cameron Waters has completed another lights-to-flag victory at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, beating out Jack Le Brocq in the first race of the weekend.

The pilot of the Team ENZED Falcon secured the race lead by the first corner, holding the position for the entirety of the 19-lapper to claim his ninth win of the season and be awared another 150 points to his series campaign. 

Jack Le Brocq trailed Waters to the chequered flag in second, but managed to keep the pressure on the Prodrive Racing Australia racer throughout the race, trailing him home by 1.9 seconds. 

Paul Dumbrell finished where he started in third, while Andrew Jones held off a charging Chris Pither to finish the race in fourth, with Pither in fifth.  

Todd Hazelwood brought his iSeek Communications Falcon home in sixth, followed by Eggleston Motorsport duo Garry...


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Waters storms to another pole

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Saturday 1 August 2015 11:18
By: V8 Supercars

Cameron Waters has pipped Jack le Brocq in qualifying this morning, securing ARMOR ALL Pole Position for this afternoon’s race at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

The Prodrive Racing Australia pilot jumped to the top spot within his first two laps, holding the position for the duration of group two’s qualifying as he continued to lower his time.

His time of a 1min10.69 set on his seventh flyer secured him pole position, with Le Brocq trailing the Team Enzed racer by 0.15secs. 

Le Brocq will start alongside Waters on the front row ahead of Paul Dumbrell in third and Chris Pither in fourth.

Andrew Jones was the fastest of the Brad Jones Racing stable in the session, rounding out the top five and followed by Todd Hazelwood, Garry Jacobson and Ant Pedersen.

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Morris "barbecued" at Ipswich

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Friday 31 July 2015 17:10
By: V8 Supercars

2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Champion Paul Morris was “barbecued” as the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series’ final practice came to a fiery end at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

The Dude’s #67 Falcon was up in smoke after the chequered flag when a drive shaft broke on the entry to the last turn, taking out the oil line and creating an oil fire in the car.

Morris was visibly shaken when he escaped from the car, telling v8supercars.com.au his face was slightly singed in the blaze.

https://twitter.com/v8supercars/status/626983285638303744 

.@pmdude67 is out of the car and okay after a nasty fire broke out at the rear of his @DunlopSeries entry #V8SC pic.twitter.com/YLsx3DEWp3

— V8Supercars Official (@v8supercars) July 31, 2015

“I’m a little bit burnt, a bit barbecued … it wasn’t nice,” Morris told v8supercars.com.au.

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Waters fastest, Morris up in smoke

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Friday 31 July 2015 15:32
By: V8 Supercars

As Cameron Waters edged the field again in final practice, Paul Morris endured a fiery start to the weekend when his car burst into flames in the dying stages of the 40-minute session.

V8supercars.com.au understands the #67 entry blew a tail shaft at the last turn, which subsequently burst the oil line and sent the Falcon up in smoke.

‘The Dude’ immediately made his way into pit lane where he was met by crews trying to extinguish the flames. He is currently being attended to at the medical centre. 

Oil residue was spilt over the track as a result of the incident, which caught out Brad Jones Racing’s Andrew Jones and Macauley Jones on their way to pit lane, getting stuck in the gravel trap at turn six. 

Meanwhile, Waters fast time of a 1min10.69 saw him claim the top spot for the second time today, beating out Jack le Brocq by .6...


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Woodbury returns to Dunlop Series

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Friday 31 July 2015 12:30
By: V8 Supercars

Phil Woodbury will pilot Kurt Kostecki’s #4 Commodore this weekend at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, after the 16-year-old was forced to step down to focus on his studies.

The youngest ever V8 Supercar Dunlop Series driver made the difficult decision to end his series campaign after four rounds in the category, sacrificing his drive to returning RSport Race Engineering driver Woodbury.

The driver change poses as a fantastic opportunity for Woodbury to get some race miles before Bathurst, with the team revealing he was originally part of their driver line-up for the mini-enduro. 

“Phil had always been part of our plans for Bathurst and jumped at the opportunity to get some valuable race miles in the car prior to the October event,” said RSport Team Manager Mark Robertson.

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Waters sets opening practice pace

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Friday 31 July 2015 10:12
By: V8 Supercars

Prodrive Racing Australia’s Cameron Waters has set the benchmark ahead of this weekend’s racing, clocking the fastest time in first practice this morning at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

The current series leader topped the time sheets late in the session, setting the quickest time during the 30-minute practice with a 1min12.67.

Ice Break Racing’s Chris Pither trailed Waters by .22secs, settling for second fastest after holding the top spot for the majority of the session.

Todd Hazelwood was third fastest, ahead of MW Motorsport’s Jack Le Brocq and two-time V8 Supercars Dunlop Series Champion Paul Dumbrell.

Series rookie and Paul Morris Motorsport pilot Bryce Fullwood was inside the top ten as he made his V8 Supercar debut at Queensland Raceway, taking the chequered flag sixth fastest.

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