Dumbrell secures Dunlop Series title after claiming inaugural Wilson MedicOne Enduro at Bathurst
After a faultless display, Paul Dumbrell has won the inaugural Wilson MedicOne Enduro at Bathurst and sealed the championship title after rival Ash Walsh crashed out.
Fastest in every session across the weekend, Dumbrell also set the fastest race lap time of any V8 Supercar at the mountain during the event.
Team mates Ant Pedersen and Garry Jacobson featured in the top 9 during practuce and qualifying across the 3 day event and were both on for a very solid top 5-8 result until late race issues brought both undone. Pedersen received contact that damaged a rear tyre forcing him to pit, while Jacobson was the victim of a last corner dive on the last lap that put him into the sand and unable to get out unaided.
The Wilson MedicOne enduro was the first round that the Dunlop Series had enforced a mandatory fuel and tyre stop. Dunlop Series teams were paired with a main series team who were responsible to provide five staff to operate the refuelling of the car, plus act as the car controller and air jack operator.
Running three cars with only one pit bay meant that the team was only able to pit one car at a time as ‘stacking’ in pit lane was not permitted. This rule meant it was safest to run at least one car on an alternate strategy. Pedersen and his engineer John Russell had the task of pitting at the start of the race as opposed to the middle like the rest of the field. While Pedersen still had to pit again later in the race to make it home, the strategy worked perfectly with both pit stops falling under safety car meaning Pedersen did not loose track time and came out in a competitive top 7 position. Unfortunately the late race damage meant he went a lap down and finished 18th. Jacobson and Dumbrell pitted only a couple of laps apart and ran on a similar race plan. While Dumbrell came out of the pits behind Cam Waters who had pitted under the safety car, with fresher tyres he was able to mow down the FPR driver in a handful of laps. Jacobson worked his way up to 6th and was making a pass for 5th on the final corner of the final lap, only to be hit and turned around and see his race end in the sand.
Despite finishing well down the order, Pedersen remains in 7th overall in the championship and the leading Rookie. Jacobsons DNF pushed him down to 11th overall.
With 300 points on offer at the final round of the Dunlop Series will be held at the NRMA Sydney 500 on December 5-7, anything could happen!
Practice 1: #88 Dumbrell 1st / #38 Pedersen 6th / #54 Jacobson 9th
Practice 2: #88 Dumbrell 1st / #54 Jacobson 3rd / #38 Pedersen 7th
Qualifying: #88 Dumbrell 1st / #54 Jacobson 6th / #38 Pedersen 7th
Race: #88 Dumbrell 1st / #38 Pedersen 18th / #54 Jacobson DNF