A bitter sweet ending to the 2014 Dunlop Series campaign for Eggleston Motorsport
Having tied up the 2014 championship at the penultimate round of the Dunlop Series at Bathurst in October, Eggleston Motorsport had a round they would rather forget at the final event of the series in Sydney.
The start of the weekend went to plan with all three EMS holdens featuring in the Top 10 in combined practice, slotting them all in the fastest 50% of the field for qualifying one on Saturday morning.
With a number of red flag periods, PD left his run until late in the session and pulled off a very impressive lap to score his second pole position of the season. Pedersen clocked the 8th fastest time with Jacobson finishing in 14th, an unfamiliar starting position for the fast Victorian driver.
Race 1 was held on Saturday afternoon under threatening skies. PD claimed a lights to flag victory ahead of Cam Waters, while Pedersen who showed excellent speed recovered back to 10th after being put in the wall by Walsh (who consequently received a drive through penalty for the daring move). Jacobsons bad luck continued after he made a questionable move on another competitor which was deemed not acceptable by race control, forcing him to take a tour through pit lane. Jacobson eventually finished 21st.
Qualifying two was held early on Sunday morning ahead of the final race of the season. PD was unable to replicate his form from the saturday session and would clock the 3rd fastest time. Pole went to Cameron Waters who set an incredible lap time to take the top spot. Pedersen lowered his personal best by a substantial margin and set the 6th fastest time. Jacobson improved and would start Race 2 in 10th position.
The final race of the season was one the team would much rather forget. Heading into turn 1 on the first lap, PD was hit from behind and sent into a spin and into the tyre wall. As the entire field filtered through he was hit hard in the right rear of the car causing substantial race ending damage to the series champion. Pedersen was the next casualty on lap 3, Walsh made another daring move, this time on Douglas, sending him hard into the tyre wall and rebounding back onto the track into the direct path of Pedersen who had the side of his car ripped off and more rear end damage.
Jacobson was the lone EMS holden left on track and following the safety car restart he had contact which pushed him into a wall damaging his right hand wheels. He pitted for new wheels and tyres and returned to the track only to return a number of laps later with loose body work.
Unfortunately Jacobsons bad luck continued when he was deemed to still be weaving after the safety car had turned its lights out and was dealt a pit lane penalty for his troubles. At the rear of the field Jacobson attempted to pass as many cars as he could before the shortened race concluded but fell one lap short with the #54 coming to a hault on the last lap as a result of the race long damage.
With all three cars taken out of the race due to damage from other competitors, it was definitely a race to forget, but a day to remember as Paul Dumbrell and Eggleston Motorsport were officially crowned as the 2014 Dunlop Series Champions!