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Winton encouraging for GMJ Motorsport

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GMJ Motorsport enjoyed an encouraging weekend in Round Two of the Dunlop Series at Winton, its three drivers showing improvements across an incident-filled practice, qualifying and the two 25 lap races.

Matt Hansen (Forpark Australia/Australian Custom Moulders Commodore) and Jim Pollicina (MoComm Falcon) both recovered well from setbacks in the races, while the experienced Geoff Emery (R & J Batteries Commodore) improved his position in each race, narrowly missing a top 10 finish in the final. 

In practice, all three drivers complained of a lack of grip, due to the sealant on the circuit surface disintegrating. The conditions improved for the second session, but the potential for improvement in lap times was affected by red flags. 

“There was no grip in the first session, and then in the second session the car felt really good, and we put new tyres on but then the red flag came out,”...

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Wheel frustration at Winton

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Novocastrian Motorsport’s Aaren Russell showed plenty of speed fighting back from the rear of the grid, but it was a wheel nut failure that dented hopes of a strong showing at Winton. 

In the second round of the Dunlop Series, Russell qualified in 14th and progressed through the field. 

However, while knocking on the door of the top 10, his right front wheel nut failed, with just seven laps around the 3km circuit remaining. 

“We had good race pace, so it was really frustrating for something so small to have such a big impact on us,” Russell said. 

“We’ve had a look at everything and we think it was an instantaneous failure, almost as though the nut has split in two, which is very unusual. We checked the locks that were holding it in place, and they still work, and there wasn’t any damage to the hub.” 

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Points tight after Walsh wins Winton

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Infant’s Friend’s Ash Walsh led home series leader Paul Dumbrell in the second race at the Winton 400, cementing his spot as a title contender.

After his showing at the Victorian event, round winner Walsh is just 22 points behind the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner, and says ‘so far, so good’ on his hunt for the 2014 title.

“The points have been really good for us this round… but a lot can happen,” Walsh said.

The win meant Walsh made the Infant’s Friend crew the first Queensland based team to win in the Dunlop Series at Winton.

“This one’s a bogey track for us,” he said. 

“Last year we struggled so much, the year before even more than that – we came here not expecting so much.

“We worked lot on setup over the weekend, so really glad to get one for the team.”

Though his lead is shrinking, Dumbrell didn’t seem worried about his standing in the series.

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GMJ looking to Townsville

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GMJ Motorsport focused on its next challenge, the Castrol Townsville 500, after what it considers stellar results at the recent Perth round of the Dunlop Series.

West Australian Matt Hansen recorded his best Dunlop Series race result, Jim Pollicina made gains over the weekend and Geoff Emery managed to recover after disappointment with his qualifying effort – so all three reflected positively on Perth and can’t wait to hit the streets of Northern Queensland.

“Townsville is one of my favourite tracks – I love it,” R & J Batteries Commodore driver Emery said of the upcoming Dunlop Series event.

“It’s good fun and exciting. There are plenty of walls everywhere, so you can’t mess up or you end up in the fence. That’s what makes it so exciting – it keeps you on your toes.”

Pollicina and engineer Dave Slater worked on driver development at Barbagallo Raceway, and the MoComm Falcon driver...

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Walsh takes points lead

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Infants Friend’s Ash Walsh has eclipsed Paul Dumbrell for the points lead in the Dunlop Series after the final race in Perth.

But it wasn’t the way the young gun wanted to acquire the lead with Dumbrell not starting the race, having to fly back to Melbourne on urgent business.

Walsh now holds a 104-point lead heading into the next event in Townsville.

Two second place finishes was enough to give Walsh the round win, over hometown hero Dean Fiore – running in the Dunlop Series for two rounds – and Andrew Heimgartner, who won the final race, which had a reverse top 10.

“I did not find out that PD (Paul Dumbrell) was not running and had prior business commitments – I was as surprised as everyone else,” Walsh said.

“It is not the way I wanted to take the Dunlop Series lead as we have had some really good battles on track and that is what you want to win. It has given me the points lead...

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Many contenders in Dunlop Series

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Just 81 points separates first and third in the Dunlop Series – but if the last round at Winton is anything to go by, there are a number of emerging contenders in the field.

All eyes will be on Paul Dumbrell, Ash Walsh and Cameron Waters at the top of the table at Barbagallo Raceway this weekend – particularly with Walsh quickest overall, and Dumbrell topping the timesheets in the first session yesterday.

But there are others in the field continuing to develop their driving skills and aiming to finish at the pointy end in Perth.

Queenslander Morgan Haber made a dominant stand with a career best qualifying result of third at last event Winton – showing the 20-year old has plenty of pace in just his second year in the series. Yesterday he was eighth in the second practice session. 

According to Haber, he’s finally converting the car’s potential into strong pace during qualifying and is...

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Walsh: I?m quicker than leader Dumbrell

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2013 Dunlop Series runner-up Ash Walsh is looking to overturn the series leader at this weekend’s Perth 400, claiming he and third placed Cameron Waters are faster than Paul Dumbrell.

Former main game V8 Supercars favourite Dumbrell has a 22-point lead over Walsh after two rounds. He also holds one of the most coveted co-driver seats, pairing with Jamie Whincup in his Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore again in this year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup, after winning the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 2012, and finishing runners-up last year.

“I’m not worried by Dumbrell’s lead,” Walsh told v8supercars.com.au.

“Cameron’s got a lot of speed at the moment. And although he leads the Championship, I don’t think Dumbrell is as quick as Cam or I…

“There is up to 20 points between the top three on a weekend so a 22-point Championship lead at this point of the series is nothing.”

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Jones to compete in Team Freightliner Commodore

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Thursday 8 May 2014 15:05
By: Brad Jones Racing

Andrew Jones will compete in the ‘Team Freightliner’ #20 VEII Commodore for Round Three of the Dunlop Series at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway from May 16-18.

The team will sport a new livery that highlights Freightliner’s 25th anniversary in Australia.

Team principal Kim Jones is pleased to welcome Freightliner to the Dunlop Series team – an extension of a new truck supply partnership in 2014.

“It’s great to have such an iconic international company support our Dunlop Series team, as part of their 25th anniversary in Australia,” Jones said.

Freightliner Trucks Australia senior manager Rod West said the new partnership was working well.

“Freightliner’s partnership with Brad Jones Racing is new to 2014 but already we have received strong engagement from our dealer network and customers,” he said.

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Emery armed with confidence and car speed

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Friday 4 April 2014 5:09
By: V8 Supercars

Returning to the scene of his maiden Dunlop Series race win, Geoff Emery is confident he can record another solid result at this weekend's Winton 400. 

The Melbournian told v8supercars.com.au he heads to his test track with a better understanding of his Holden Commodore and a wealth of confidence.

“I’ve always had a good run at Winton and I think this year’s my best chance yet,” Emery said.

“We showed our car has good race pace at Adelaide in coming from last to 11th in the second race and I’m hoping to bring that speed to Winton. We have a strong car so I think we can be close to the pointy end next weekend. 

“It took me about a year to learn the car but I’ve learnt so much in the last 12 months and with that comes confidence.”

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Stewards' Summary: Dunlop Series, Winton

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Steward Update #4, (Final) issued 1900hrs Sunday 6th April, 2014

Matters arising from Race 2:

Following an investigation and an admission by Andrew Jones Car #20, in that he had driven in a careless manner contact to Car #27 Steve Owen, the Stewards imposed the deduction of 25 Series Points.

Following an investigation and an admission by Josh Kean Car #3, in that the Team had breached Regulation B9.1.2 in not exiting Pit Lane in the correct order, the Stewards imposed a $500 fine.

Further Other Matters arising from the Meeting:

Following an investigation and an admission by Fredrik Lestrup Car #44, that he had breached Regulation E1.8.2 in allowing his Car to leave the Race Track surface, the Stewards imposed a $5,000 fine with $4,000 being suspended until the 31/12/14.

Steward Update #3, issued 1300hrs Sunday 6th April, 2014

Further Matters arising from Race 1:

Following an...

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Owen to start from pole

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Saturday 5 April 2014 10:23
By: V8 Supercars

Steve Owen has topped qualifying ahead of this afternoon’s Dunlop Series race.

Owen, who was a last minute addition to the MW Motorsport #27 Falcon for this event, recorded a 1min22.969 lap around 3km Winton Raceway, holding off closest rival Cameron Waters by just 0.13sec.

Waters and his ENZED FPR Falcon topped both practice sessions yesterday and will start on the front row for the 25-lap race, alongside the East Coast Traffic Control FG.

Morgan Haber ran third, with Andrew Jones, Ant Pedersen, Ash Walsh, series leader and Clipsal 500 round winner Paul Dumbrell, Andre Heimgartner, Chris Pither and Paul Morris qualifying inside the top 10.

Garry Jacobson was quickest in the first half on Dunlop Series cars – this year’s format sees the qualifying session split in two, so all cars have a good chance of recording a fast lap. But he was...

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Two from two for Waters

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Friday 4 April 2014 19:05
By: V8 Supercars

ENZED FPR driver Cameron Waters topped both Dunlop Series practice sessions at the Winton 400 today.

The young gun held off series leader Eggleston Motorsport’s Paul Dumbrell by 0.1921sec with his 1min24.7456 lap in the 40-minute final run around the 3km circuit.

"Today could not have gone any better,” Waters said.  

“To top both practice sessions is a perfect start and I am feeling very confident about the rest of the weekend.

“We made very few changes to the car and although we didn't do a huge amount of laps we got through our program as we needed to.

“I'm looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow and making amends for the last race in Adelaide."

Waters was on-track for a win at the season opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, but a late race incident with Ash Walsh was costly.

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Pither: Victorian teams the ones to beat

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Chris Pither has identified Victorian-based Dunlop Series teams as the biggest challengers at this weekend’s Winton 400.

The series is headed for its second round after the season opening Clipsal 500, and with Winton Raceway the test track for more than half the Dunlop Series teams, the New Zealander says test experience will count for a lot. 

“Everyone who tests at Winton will be out to make the most of their home event,” said Pither.

“To do well this weekend, you will need to have the car right and drive it well. Even the smallest of issues can affect your qualifying times or race positions.”

Since the Dunlop Series first visited Winton in 2001, every round winner and pole sitter has used the regional Victorian track for testing with the exception of Steve Owen setting the pace in 2008 and Grant Denyer claiming victory in 2009, becoming the last winning driver not to test at the...

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Russell's new look for 'second home round'

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Aaren Russell's Go Karts Go Falcon will sport a revised livery for the weekend's Dunlop Series event at Winton Motor Raceway, with updated black and orange to remain on the car this season.  

While the circuit in northern Victoria is approximately 800km from Novocastrian Motorsport’s native Newcastle, the squad has strong ties to the area. With family members hailing from nearby Springhurst, the team will enjoy extra support from locals who venture to the circuit. 

“Winton’s really a second home round for us, with the family that we have living in Springhurst, which is just over half an hour from the track,” Russell said.

“We’ve enjoyed meeting residents from the town over the years and they really get behind us. It’s fantastic to have that support and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone again this weekend.”

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Waters wants qualifying consistency

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Monday 31 March 2014 15:00
By: V8 Supercars

Team ENZED FPR’s Cameron Waters is focusing on the big picture when the Dunlop Series heads to the Winton 400 this Friday. 

Following a disappointing end to the opening round at the Clipsal 500, Waters says he’s targeting consistent qualifying results and is hoping to earn as many points as possible to make up lost ground on series leader Paul Dumbrell. 

Waters started the year on a high after claiming his maiden Dunlop Series ARMOR ALL Pole Position ahead of race one and went onto finish second.

The 19-year old then qualified second for race two but contact with Ash Walsh in a battle for the lead saw Waters drop to 22nd place as a result of damage to his Falcon.

According to Waters, the incident was a result of lapped traffic.

“It shouldn’t have happened to begin with,” Waters said.

“The lapped cars caused the whole thing. If they had...

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Russell puts Points on the Board in Adelaide

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Novocastrian Motorsport’s Aaren Russell narrowly missed a Top 10 result in the opening round of the 2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, on the streets of Adelaide as part of the Clipsal 500.

In his first weekend aboard the team’s Triple Eight-built FG Falcon, Russell finished both races to sit 13th for the weekend, banking solid points to kick off the seven-round series.

“It probably won’t go down as one our favourite weekends, but it definitely could’ve been worse and I learnt a lot about the new car, and how it works compared to my 2013 machine. That will put us in good stead for the remainder of the year," Russell said. 

After taking ninth and 11th in the two practice sessions, Russell comfortably secured a spot in the Top 50 per cent qualifying group among the competitive, 30-car field, with the new 2014 format seeing the introduction of a separate qualifying session for each...

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Dumbrell Wins First Round Back Thanks to Late Pass

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Eggleston Motorsport/Wilson Security’s Paul Dumbrell has secured the round win at his first event back in the Dunlop Series.

After a late-race incident in the final race of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide between leaders Ash Walsh and Cameron Waters, Dumbrell drove through for the race win with five laps to go, leaving yesterday’s top two stranded.

Dumbrell – who hoped his win wouldn’t be aligned with Steven Bradbury – was pleased with his debut in the Series, in which he last competed in 2002.

“People have said you have come in and you are going to win all the races,” the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner said.

“The level of the Championship this year and even the last three or four years I think is a testament to the category.

“I think three of the guys got picked up from the Dunlop Series and are now in the main series so I think the quality, the speed and the capability of...

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Dumbrell Returns to Dunlop Series

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In an effort to stay race fit, Paul Dumbrell will have his first real hit-out in the Dunlop Series today at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

While it is a return to the category he raced years ago, he’s under no illusions it will be an easy task.

“I fully expect it to be a full dog fight through the year,” Dumbrell told v8supercars.com.au.

“There’s some guys with experience and young guys coming in that have got a great pedigree – it’s going to be a very interesting year for sure.”

The 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner and PIRTEK Enduro Cup co-driver for Jamie Whincup will run a Triple Eight Commodore with Eggleston Motorsport in the second tier category this year.

And while it may be easy to assume the experienced V8 Supercar racer could run away with the Championship, he is not so sure.

“We’re going to go out and put our best foot forward every single race,” Dumbrell said.

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Walsh Wins Race One

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Ash Walsh has laid down the challenge to the rest of the Dunlop Series field at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

The Infants Friend driver finished runner up in the category last year – and Dale Wood, the man who took the title, has stepped up into V8 Supercars. Does that mean Walsh is in line for the trophy this year, after winning race one in Adelaide?

Starting on the front row alongside ARMOR ALL pole man Cameron Waters, he took the lead off the start-line and held onto it over the 27 laps.

While there were fears of carnage at the challenging street circuit, the cars made it through the start, with Walsh and Waters leading Andre Heimgartner, Taz Douglas and Chris Pither.

ENZED backed FPR driver Waters broke the lap record, set last year, numerous times, but it wasn’t enough to take the win from Walsh. The new lap record now stands at 1min22.4929.

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Wilson Security Supports Eggleston Motorsport

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Friday 28 February 2014 9:48
By: Eggleston Motorsport

Wilson Security has signed on as a major backer for the three car Eggleston Motorsport assault at the opening round of the Dunlop Series at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. 

The company will feature prominent branding on the bonnets of all three Holdens piloted by New Zealander Ant Pedersen (#38), Garry Jacobson (#54) and Paul Dumbrell (#88).

Team co-owner Rachael Wagg is ecstatic to have such a supportive and reputable company on board for the opening round of the season.

"We have been lucky enough to work with Wilson Security previously and we are thrilled that we have been able to get their support for Clipsal," Wagg said. 

"The cars look sensational in identical liveries and even better with the Wilson Security branding, and we hope to put their name up the front of the field this weekend. 

"They are such a well known company in...

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