Paul Dumbrell has finally broken his duck after over 10 years of trying and 250 race starts, taking his maiden V8 Supercars race victory in an incident-packed opening leg Dumbrell finally took his maiden V8 Supercars winof the Norton 360 Challenge at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway.

The Bottle-O driver was himself the cause of much of the action, triggering an opening lap accident with Garth Tander that saw the race red-flagged and Tander’s badly-damaged Holden unable to make the delayed restart.

Dumbrell started the mess when he fluffed his getaway from the front row and then ran very wide at the Turn 1 left-hander, bouncing over the infield to rejoin at Turn 3 and right into Tander’s path, where the TOLL racing driver punctured his front tyre on (of all things) Dumbrell’s exhaust pipe.

Travelling along the back straight, Tander’s front tyres let go on the entry to the high-speed left-hander, spearing the driver head-on into the tyre barriers at considerable speed.

With time lost due to having to repair the barriers, officials shortened the length of the restarted race (which Tander was unable to take part in) due to the time constraints left in the day.

The restarted race saw Dumbrell make another poor getaway and trail behind pole-sitter Jamie Whincup, and he shadowed the Vodafone driver until the pit stops, where a slower stop for Whincup was enough to see Dumbrell assume the effective lead.

When race-leader Greg Murphy fell back with poor fuel consumption, Dumbrell assumed the lead again and held off a four-car chasing pack that included Whincup, Mark Winterbottom, James Courtney and Russell Ingall until the chequered flag was unfurled.

Lee Holdsworth, Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, Shane van Gisbergen and Will Davison completed the top ten classified finishers.

Strong results from the principal championship contenders saw Courtney’s championship lead fractionally trimmed to a 32-point margin over Whincup, with Winterbottom (191 behind) and Lowndes (287) the only other drivers still mathematically in contention for the crown.

 

Race 1 Final Classification (39 laps):

  Driver   Team Result
1. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team 39:19:6126
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone + 0.2150
3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Ford Performance Racing + 0.7011
4. James Courtney Ford Jim Beam Racing + 1.0008
5. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto Racing + 1.6049
6. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing / GRM + 9.4535
7. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s Racing + 11.1740
8. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone + 11.5091
9. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools Racing + 12.3040
10. Will Davison Holden TOLL Holden Racing Team + 15.8896
11. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s Racing + 20.9014
12. Steven Richards Ford Ford Performance Racing + 21.4448
13. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing + 21.9170
14. Jason Bright Holden Trading Post Racing + 22.7221
15. Alex Davison Ford IRWIN Racing + 23.4040
16. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / GRM + 23.6367
17. Jason Bargwanna Holden ROCK Racing + 25.9700
18. Tim Slade Ford Wilson Security Racing + 27.7944
19. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing + 28.3725
20. Jonathon Webb Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 28.6708
21. Andrew Jones Holden Team BOC + 38.1266
22. Andrew Thompson Holden Bundaberg Red Racing + 39.4064
23. Greg Murphy Holden Castrol Edge Racing + 42.9151
24. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing + 43.0777
25. Tony D’Alberto Holden Centaur Racing + 1:03.5650
26. Tony Ricciardello Holden Stratco Racing + 1:05.3665
27. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil Racing + 1:07.2427
28. Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg Red Racing + 8 laps
  Not Classified      
NS Garth Tander Holden TOLL Holden Racing Team Did Not Start

[Original image via V8 Supercars official website]

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