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NT Dunlop Series ace racing at Darwin

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V8 Supercars Dunlop Series young gun and Darwin teen Bryce Fullwood returns to home territory this weekend, contesting the Improved Production, Commodore Cup and HQ class at the SKYCITY Triple Crown Darwin.

The Territorian will swap his usual Dunlop Series V8 Supercar for a Commodore Cup car this weekend, putting the VH Holden through its paces around his home Hidden Valley circuit.

This weekend will be valuable seat time for Fullwood, with his maiden Dunlop Series campaign resuming in three weeks time at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.

At 17 years old, Fullwood is one of the youngest in the Dunlop Series field, having made the brave leap from go-karts to V8 Supercars this year.

But the accomplished karter has the support of experienced hand Paul Morris to guide him through, with the 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner fielding Fullwood’s entry out of his Paul Morris Motorsport stable this...


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NT Dunlop Series ace racing at Darwin

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V8 Supercars Dunlop Series young gun and Darwin teen Bryce Fullwood returns to home territory this weekend, contesting the Improved Production, Commodore Cup and HQ class at the SKYCITY Triple Crown Darwin.

The Territorian will swap his usual Dunlop Series V8 Supercar for a Commodore Cup car this weekend, putting the VH Holden through its paces around his home Hidden Valley circuit.

This weekend will be valuable seat time for Fullwood, with his maiden Dunlop Series campaign resuming in three weeks time at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.

At 17 years old, Fullwood is one of the youngest in the Dunlop Series field, having made the brave leap from go-karts to V8 Supercars this year.

But the accomplished karter has the support of experienced hand Paul Morris to guide him through, with the 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner fielding Fullwood’s entry out of his Paul Morris Motorsport stable this...


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Winton crash in the past for jet-setting Jones

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Macauley Jones has put his crash-marred run at Winton behind him, focusing on the upcoming round of the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 next month.

The twenty-year old future star failed to finish the first race at Winton last month, and though his team managed to get the PAYCE Commodore on-track to record two 16th place finishes and earn some points in the final two races, there was significant damage to the chassis.

While Jones was understandably disappointed by the accident – on par, if not more extensive than his first major crash at Homesbush last year – a trip to Germany for the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy helped put it all in perspective.

The academy is led by ex-Formula One driver Alex Wurz and World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid, and Jones is one of 12 participants, representing the Asia-Pacific region – a testament to his driving...


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Mentoring role for Morris

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With his 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 win his last assault on the legendary race, veteran racer Paul Morris has adopted a mentoring role while competing in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series this season.

Morris – who took a surprise maiden victory of the Bathurst 1000 last year alongside Chaz Mostert – has taken V8 Supercars rookies Renee Gracie and Bryce Fullwood under his wing, fielding their entries out of his Paul Morris Motorsport (PMM) stable this season.

The accomplished racer has a wealth of experience from competing in both the Dunlop Series and the V8 Supercars Championship over the past 15 years, positioning him perfectly to help foster and develop up-and-coming talent.

And he hopes his wisdom will benefit Gracie and Fullwood like it has for a number of drivers on the V8 Supercars grid today.

“I’ve always had young guys in my team – I had Fabian Coulthard, I worked with...


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Story backs young gun Hazelwood

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DJR Team Penske managing director Ryan Story has thrown his support behind V8 Supercars Dunlop Series talent Todd Hazelwood, acknowledging the South Australian teen as a star of the future.

As a fellow South Australian, Story has backed the Matt Stone Racing pilot who joined an elite list of drivers last year when he received the Mike Kable Young Gun Award in his debut season.

He currently sits sixth in the Dunlop Series standings and while he enjoys sponsorship from a number of market-leading companies ­­­– such as his major sponsor iSeek Communications – Hazelwood relies on his own fundraising efforts to top-up his budget to race in the second-tier V8 Supercars category.

Such fundraising efforts sees Hazelwood and his family cooking sausages at hardware stores across South Australia, and he will continue his crusade to raise funds by hosting the first ‘Todd Hazelwood Fundraising...


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CAMS: Macauley's a well-rounded athlete

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The Confederation of Australian Motorsport has praised Brad Jones Racing’s Macauley Jones as he completes the third workshop of the FIA Institute 2015 Young Driver Excellence Academy in Germany this week.

The 20-year-old – who contests the 2015 V8 Supercars Dunlop Series – earned selection to the academy after CAMS nominated him to contest the Asia Pacific regional qualifier last year, which he won.

He now represents the Asia Pacific region alongside 12 other regional event-winning drivers at the academy’s five workshop camps, which strive to develop young racing talent and promote the principles of safety, fairness and responsibilities on and off the track.

Jones left Australia last week for workshop number three, descending on Germany’s Sachsenring circuit for the three-day course led by ex-Formula One driver Alex Wurz and World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid, both academy...


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Russell grabs maiden podium

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Novocastrian Motorsport’s Aaren Russell claimed his first race and round podium finishes in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, during a breakthrough weekend at Queensland Raceway in Round 5 of the 2014 series.

Russell kept his head to finish a fine second in Saturday’s chaotic opening race, and eighth in Sunday’s reverse grid Race 2 was enough to secure third for the weekend and move up to 10th in the standings. The result was also the team’s first round podium in the category, while Russell’s previous-best race and round results were fourth and fifth at Townsville in 2013.

“It’s a weekend I’ll never forget; hopefully it’s the first of many podiums for the team and I,” Russell said.

“I didn’t really know what to do on the podium, but champagne has never tasted so good, and next time I’ll be better prepared!

“This result is really a credit to our entire team. We’re competing with a lot of...


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Le Brocq links with winning engineer for Bathurst

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Erebus Academy driver Jack Le Brocq has received a boost ahead of the highly anticipated Dunlop Series mini-enduro at Bathurst – he will pair with former Dunlop Series titile-winning engineer Nathan Leech for the 250km feature event.

Leech – who is Head of Design and Manufacture at Erebus Motorsport V8 and has worked at Erebus Motorsport, formerly Stone Brothers Racing, since 2000 – engineered Scott McLaughlin to his 2012 Dunlop Series win, before he progressed to take V8 Supercars by storm. 

Currently driving an ex-Stone Brothers Racing FG Falcon, owned and operated by Terry Wyhoon’s Image Racing, Le Brocq, with Leech, has ramped up his preparations for Bathurst with a test day last week at Winton.

“With the limited amount of time that Jack has had in a Supercar, he is coming along really well, and is outperforming a lot of drivers who have been driving Supercars for a while, so...


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Dumbrell muscles to the top

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Eggleston Motorsport’s Paul Dumbrell has snatched back the points lead, with just two events left on the Dunlop Series 2014 calendar.

Clean-sweeping the Coates Hire Ipswich 400, ‘PD’ trailed young gun Ash Walsh heading into the Queensland round, but now emerges with a 51 point advantage after leading the Infants Friend driver home by one second in Sunday’s inverted top 10 race.

He closed in on Saturday, trailing by eight – but the veteran has done the job and returned to the top after dropping to second after the Perth event.

“What a great weekend to bounce back,” Dumbrell said.

“I’ve had a few tough inconsistent weekends, but certainly not this weekend.

“Bathurst is a big 250km race, so there’s a long way to go in the Championship.”

Some drama on lap one saw Steven Johnson turned around early – but the race was tame compared to Saturday’s chaos-filled Dunlop Series race.

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Dumbrell triumphs in action-packed first race

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Paul Dumbrell has steered his Holden Commodore to secure victory during a chaotic first race at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

The Eggleston Motorsport driver edged Cameron Water’s Ford Performance Racing prepared Falcon for the jump, managing to hold on to the lead from start to finish, despite three safety cars shortening his lead margin.

The first safety car was deployed after Kristian Lindbom and Matt Hansen speared off the track in a multi-car incident, causing a grass fire on the circuit.

As racing commenced after the first restart, Waters made contact with Kiwi gun Chris Pither while collecting veteran Steven Johnson on the way through in a spectacular shunt, causing Pither’s Ice-Break Commodore to catch fire.

The incident is being investigated post-race, although Johnson made his mind up in an interview during the broadcast.

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Heimgartner in Championship Hunt

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Kiwi Andre Heimgarter sees himself as a serious contender for this year’s Dunlop Series title, after scoring back-to-back podiums at the Perth 400 and Castrol Townsville 500 – driven by TAFE Queensland. 

Sitting third in the standings - 131 points adrift of series leader Ash Walsh - the young kiwi said there’s no reason why he can’t clinch the 2014 Dunlop Series title.

“I can’t see see why we won’t be in the mix at the end of the year,” said Heimgartner. 

“If we keep up the pace and consistency we’ve had the last two rounds then we have a shot of winning but it will take a bit of luck. 

“Walsh has outstanding race pace but if I focus on my own race I have a chance.”  

The 19-year-old secured his first podium with third place at the Perth 400, while he went one better on the streets of Townsville, taking second place behind fellow New Zealander Chris Pither.

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Tecalemit Australia partners Hazelwood for Bathurst

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Tuesday 9 September 2014 16:17
By: Todd Hazelwood Racing

V8 Supercars Dunlop Development Series regular Todd Hazelwood is proud to announce that Tecalemit Australia will be his major sponsor for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. 

The vehicle hoists and lubrication equipment brand are excited to be supporting the 18-year-old for his debut in a V8 Supercar at the Mount Panorama circuit in October.

“All of the staff here at Tecalemit Australia are very excited and proud to be the naming rights partner for Todd Hazelwood Racing at the mighty Bathurst event,” National Sales and Marketing manager of Tecalemit Dean Rothapfel said.

“We are strong supporters of Todd and his family, and we trust Todd will perform well on-and-off the track to ensure our Tecalemit brand will receive great recognition and exposure throughout the event.

“We can’t wait to be involved with Todd and the team – and...


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Stewards Summary: Dunlop Series, Coates Hire Ipswich 400

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Sunday 3 August 2014 12:03
By: CAMS

Update 1

Race One

 #56 Cameron Waters
Facts: Contact between Cars #26 and #42 in Turn 4 
Offence: Breach of Regulation of the V8 Supercars Sporting Regulations Schedule B2.1 Careless driving 
Decision: Deduction of 25 Series Points Reason Admission to the Breach.

#03 Josh Kean 
Facts: Contact between Cars #3 and #75 in Turn 4
Offence: Breach of Regulation of the V8 Supercars Sporting Regulations Schedule B2.1 Careless driving
Decision: Deduction of 25 Series Points Reason Admission to the Breach.

#27 Tim Blanchard
Facts: Failed to comply with the Regulations Offence Breach of Regulation of the V8 Supercars Sporting Regulations D11.2.15 Failing to proceed through pit lane when more than two laps down
Decision: Post Race Time Penalty of 30 seconds added to Race Time
Reason: Admission to the Breach

#51 Jim Pollicina
Facts: Contact between Cars #51 and #60 in...


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Pither disappointed after Waters, Johnson incident

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Chris Pither was left to rue the incident he was involved in with Cameron Waters and Steven Johnson, after it denied the Ice-Break Racing driver the chance for a podium finish at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

Off the back of his maiden race and round win in Townsville, Pither had qualified third ahead of the Dunlop Series’ 29 lap haul around Queensland Raceway – his best qualifying result in the series.

The Kiwi gun managed to slip into second place on the opening lap before the first safety car of the chaotic Saturday race was deployed.

On the race restart, Waters’ ENZED Falcon made contact with Pither and Johnson at turn four, which broke an oil cooler on Pither’s Commodore and ignited a fire in the engine bay.

Despite no extensive damage to the V8 Supercar’s wiring, Pither was left disappointed by what could have been another podium finish for the 27-year-old, which cost Waters a...


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Walsh relegated to back due to weigh bridge infringement

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Saturday 2 August 2014 14:58
By: V8 Supercars

Dunlop Series leader Ash Walsh will start race one from the rear of the grid, after being excluded from this morning’s qualifying session due to a weigh bridge infringement.

Stewards found the Matt Stone Racing driver was in breach of parc ferme rules after failing to drive his Infants Friend Falcon to the weigh bridge post-qualifying.

Usually mechanics have the onus of presenting the car to the scales, however the rule was changed by officials for the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

The Ipswich native was due to kick off his assault on the ‘paperclip’ in fourth position, but will now begin the race from 30th on the grid.

The relegation poses as another hindrance to Walsh’s title campaign, who leads the series by a close 47 points to Eggleston Motorsport’s Paul Dumbrell.

150 points are on offer for today’s 29 lap race.

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Waters secures pole and resumes championship campaign

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Saturday 2 August 2014 13:17
By: V8 Supercars

Cameron Waters has resumed his championship campaign, securing pole position ahead of the Dunlop Series’ two 29 lap races at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

The Mildura native recorded a 1min 10.35 around the ‘paperclip’ in his ENZED Falcon - only 0.0138secs ahead of title contender Paul Dumbrell.

Waters’ fast first and third sectors couldn’t be matched by Townsville round winner Chris Pither, who will begin the first race on the second row of the grid in third, alongside series leader Ash Walsh in fourth position.

Accomplished driver Steven Johnson will kick off his assault on Queensland Raceway in fifth, followed by Andre Heimgartner and Tim Blanchard, who returns to the series this weekend with MW Motorsport.

Gary Jacobson, Aaren Russell and Andrew Jones rounded out the top ten.

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Lindbom: A lot has changed in the Dunlop Series

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Dragon Racing’s Kristian Lindbom is aware of the challenge he faces returning to the Dunlop Series at this weekend’s Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

Twenty-four year old Lindbom hasn’t raced in the Series since last year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and believes things are quite difference now.

“A lot has changed in my short time out of the Series,” said Lindbom.

“To do well, everything needs to be 100 per cent. You need to have a good car and the right people around you to compete with the front runners.

“I haven’t raced since Bathurst so I know my driving won’t be perfect so I’m probably not after race wins, but I would like to see myself inside the top five.

“It will be pretty tough only having two practice sessions in the car before qualifying but having the right people around the car will make up for that.”

This weekend, Lindbom and the Dragon Racing #13 car have the mechanical...


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Back-to-back provisional poles in Practice for Walsh

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Ash Walsh has completed back-to-back provisional poles in the two practice sessions for the Dunlop Series at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400. 

The hometown hero topped the time sheets in both 40 minute sessions, with the series leader clocking the fastest time of the day in the latter with a 1min10.993. 

After setting the pace for the series during its practice day, Walsh said he was confident the Infants Friend Falcon can maintain its lead heading into qualifying and race one tomorrow. 

“We sort of tried a setup in the first practice that we never tried here before, knowing we still had a little bit to find and we tuned it up over the sessions and I was really happy with where it ended up,” he told v8supercars.com.au. 

“There are a few things we can make better and I think the track conditions are going to be a little bit different in the morning, being a lot cooler. 

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Waters comes back fighting

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Sunday 6 July 2014 10:26
By: V8 Supercars

Cameron Waters has redeemed himself after yesterday’s penalty, taking ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the Dunlop Series second race at the Castrol Townsville 500 - Driven by TAFE Queensland.

The 19-year old set a benchmark of 1min13.75 after a quick last sector sent the ENZED Falcon to the top of the time sheets.

Waters lived up to his promises, telling v8supercars.com.au yesterday he was confident in the #56’s qualifying pace off the back of Saturday’s racing incident.

Ashley Walsh will line up next to Waters on the front row of the grid, who was adrift by a tight 0.02sec – recreating yesterday’s grid formation that led to both drivers loosing their respective positions at the last corner of the final lap.

Andre Heimgartner’s Finace Ezi Ford will start the 29 lap race in third, followed by series challenger Paul Dumbrell and Saturday race...


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Next Gen Jones Set to Debut

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Albury's Macauley Jones is set to make his Dunlop Series debut at the Castrol Townsville 500 Driven by TAFE Queensland this weekend.

Jones, son of former V8 Supercars driver and current team owner Brad Jones, raced in Formula Ford for the past two years, following a successful stint in karting.

The Dunlop Series VEII Commodore will be run out of the Brad Jones Racing stable and feature sponsorship from Holden.

While stressing that it will be a challenging debut for Macauley, Brad Jones says it's all about building for the future.

"Macca's only had a day of testing but we think it's better to get him into a car sooner rather than later," he said.

"To make your debut on the streets circuit of Townsville is going to be tough but he needs to get a few events under his belt before Bathurst. He's been successful in everything he's done in motor sport and I don't see this being any...


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