Local driver wins chaotic Adelaide Super2 finale

  • 2017 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 05/03/2017
  • By Courtney Callow

Local driver Todd Hazelwood broke through for a maiden Dunlop Super2 Series win in a final race that featured a chaotic start.

The Matt Stone Racing driver took the win after a late error from two-time series winner Paul Dumbrell, who led the race until the penultimate lap.

“We’ve been trying to beat PD all weekend so to finally have him make an error and get past is pretty sweet,” said Hazelwood.

“We’ve been in the series for four years and came close (to a win) so many times last year.

"It’s just nice to have a solid weekend, get some points and finally a win.”

Confusion reigned supreme at the start as the lights flickered, with some drivers reacting to the initial instance of the lights being extinguished while others stayed put.

The confusion led to Prodrive’s Josh Kean moving off his grid spot and attempting to squeeze through a gap in the field before clipping Kurt Kostecki’s slow moving Holden.

The Ford driver was sent hard into the concrete wall on the main straight, leaving a lengthy recovery period.

The field was sent back into its qualifying order under the safety car after seven laps under caution, with the race eventually being shortened from 19 to 13 laps.

Second was enough to give Dumbrell the round victory ahead of Hazelwood and Jack Le Brocq, who had trailed Dumbrell home in the final.

Brad Jones Racing team-mates Macauley Jones and Andrew Jones ended Race 3 in fourth and fifth respectively while Will Brown continued his impressive debut in sixth place.

Those to strike trouble in Race 3 included Shae Davies, who damaged the front of his Nissan by collecting the tyre bundle at the turn one chicane.

Pre-season title contender Richard Muscat’s weekend went from bad to worse after being forced to pit with a mechanical issue for the second consecutive race.

Jack Perkins lost two spots on the final lap to defending champion Garry Jacobson and Anton De Pasquale before some last corner carnage.

Davies was spun around after being hit from behind by de Pasquale who also had contact from Perkins.

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