The battle of the rookies

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 01/08/2015
  • By V8 Supercars

Jesse Dixon has labelled this afternoon's 19-lapper as "one of the most intense races" he's ever been in, after the series rookie was locked in an epic battle during the weekend opener.

Throughout the race's final 13 laps, Dixon diced with fellow rookies Simon Evans and James Golding, and prevailed in the battle, taking the chequered flag in tenth, ahead of Golding in 11th and Evans in 12th.

While the battle was fierce, the pilot of the Hayman Reese Falcon applauded his competitors on the quality of the dual and told v8supercars.com.au it was rewarding to come out on top.

"It was one of the most intense races I've ever been in," he said.

"They both had pace on me, but being faster than someone is one thing, trying to pass them is another.

"It's a credit to those guys thought, they both raced incredibly clean, but I managed to position the car in the right spot to hold them off, which was pretty rewarding.

"It was a fantastic battle... let's see if we can beat them again tomorrow."

Woo! Top 10 result in race 1 today. Had some solid racing with a couple of the guys out there. A few battle wounds on...

Posted by Jesse Dixon onSaturday, August 1, 2015

2015 is Dixon's first assault of the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series and after five rounds, the 23-year-old is just outside of the top ten in the series standings, sitting 13th.

With a best result of eighth at Winton, he said his approach to his debut season surrounds staying out of trouble and putting in the hard yards behind the scenes to see the improvements on track.

"When young guys enter the category, they want to be the next big thing and can often be too aggressive and make some big mistakes," Dixon said.

"I'm just really trying to drive smart and chip away at it, and one day we plan to be up the front.

"I study for hours each day, I look at footage and I look at data seeing what I can do differently.

"It's a big learning curve, but at the moment I just need a little bit of consistency and we need to keep trying to find those one percents. Hayman Reese Racing do a fantastic job to get the car right, but all the improvement is with me."

Dixon's campaign of the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint continues tomorrow with race two at 9.35am before race three at 12.40pm.

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