Waters wins; Pedersen top Kiwi

Cameron Waters has blitzed the Dunlop Series field in race one today, beating Garry Jacobson to the flag at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.   Ant Pedersen was the top Kiwi driver finishing in fourth with Chris Pither 11th and Simon Evans finishing 13th after starting from the back of the field.


After getting the jump at the start of the race, Waters completed a lights-to-flag victory, crossing the line with a 6.9 second lead to Jacobson.

The second-place finish for Jacobson is his best career finish to date in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series, after the Eggleston Motorsport pilot started the race third on the grid.

He jumped the start and was dealt a five second penalty that was added to his overall race time, but Jacobson managed to defy the penalty and hold on to his second place finish.

He slipped into second after a massive lock-up at turn one saw Jack Le Brocq surrender the position in the opening laps of the race and finish the 21-lapper in third.

Ant Pedersen finished the race in fourth ahead of teammate and reigning Dunlop Series champ Paul Dumbrell in fifth.

While Dumbrell was heavily pressured by Todd Hazelwood for his fifth position in the closing stages of the race, he managed to hold the young gun off, with Hazelwood finishing right behind him in sixth position.

Shae Davies and Aaren Russell were seventh and eighth respectively, while Macauley Jones impressively made up five spots to finish inside the top ten in ninth position.

Paul Morris rounded out the top ten.

After starting the race from the rear of the grid due to being dealt a penalty from qualifying, Chris Pither made his way through the field to finish just outside the top ten in 11th, ahead of teammate Simon Evans in 13th after he was also dealt the same penalty.

An epic battle between Josh Kean and Taz Douglas saw the latter come out on top, finishing 15th after dicing with Kean in the last few laps of the race.

James Golding suffered a DNF after an issue with the left front of his Garry Rogers Motorsport-prepared Commodore, while Renee Gracie suffered the same fate after contact with Aaron McGill on lap four.

McGill was also forced out of the race due to the contact, which saw Gracie deducted of 25 championship points as a result of the contact.

After his dominance in race one Waters holds on to the series lead, with Paul Dumbrell trailing the young gun in the points by 118 points.

The Dunlop Series return to Reid Park tomorrow to qualify for race one at 9.15am.


Race 1 Results (Top 15)

1 Cameron Waters TEAM ENZED PRA
2 Garry Jacobson Eggleston Motorsport
3 Jack Le Brocq Thomas Steel
4 Ant Pedersen Eggleston Motorsport
5 Paul Dumbrell Eggleston Motorsport
6 Todd Hazelwood iseek Racing
7 Shae Davies Davbridge Constructions
8 Aaren Russell Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go
9 Macauley Jones PAYCE
10 Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsports
11 Chris Pither Icebreak Racing
12 Jesse Dixon Hayman Reese Racing
13 Simon Evans Super Black Racing
14 Taz Douglas THR Developments/SA Racing
15 Josh Kean Alphabet / Wynns

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!


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