EMS GOES BACK TO BACK AT BATHURST
Eggleston Motorsport driver Paul Dumbrell has claimed back to back wins in the Wilson Medic One 250km Enduro event at Bathurst. Sitting second in the title chase coming into the penultimate round, Dumbrell was able to claw back some vital points on main rival Cam Waters to sit 149 points behind the Championship leader going into the final round at the Sydney 500 in December. There is 300 points on offer at the grand finale (150 points per race).
Bathurst was also the first time EMS had run four cars, adding an extra Triple Eight built Holden to the fold for Kumho Series leader Liam McAdam in preparation for a full series campaign in 2016.
While experiencing a niggling electrical issue during Practice, Pedersen was able to record a strong qualifying position that would see him start the race from the second row in 4th place. Jacobson was only one row back, recording the 6th fastest time with Dunlop Series debutant Liam McAdam finishing qualifying in 15th position.
The 250km race kicked off on Saturday at 2pm and would feature a mandatory pit stop for fuel and tyres during the encounter. Various strategies came into play with a number of safety cars in the early part of the race mixing up the options of when to pit.
Dumbrell was in control for the majority of the 40 laps race, while Pedersen who was sitting 4th with a podium in sight suffered a right front tyre puncture coming into the Chase. A recovery effort to remove the stricken #38 called for another safety car, and once pulled clear of the sand Pedersen pitted again to change tyres. Unfortunately the car had sustained further damage in the incident and the call was made to retire the car a handful of laps later, seeing him drop down the championship order.
Jacobson was in the wrong place at the wrong time in a battle between Jones and Morris at the final turn which saw him pushed off the track and drop a few positions. Another off track excursion at the chase in the laps to follow put Jacobson back to 10th.
McAdam stalled off the line and dropped to near rear of field into turn 1, however recovered well to work his way up the field and stay clear of the drama ahead of him. Keeping his cool in the changing weather conditions towards the end of the race when rain started to fall, McAdam claimed an impressive 11th place on his Dunlop Series debut.
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Current Championship Standings (with one round to go)
#1 Paul Dumbrell – 2nd (1589)
#54 Garry Jacobson – 6th (1089)
#38 Ant Pedersen – 9th (855)
#88 Liam McAdam – 30th (199) Only contested one event