Night job gets car over line

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

WORK­ING through the night to cre­ate a “fun­da­men­tally changed” car has helped Paul Dum­brell undo Cameron Wa­ters’ V8 Su­per­cars Dun­lop Se­ries dom­i­nance.

The Eg­gle­ston Motorsport driver over­turned a fifth­placed fin­ish in the Townsville 400 race one on Satur­day by mak­ing a “back- to- ba­sics” ap­proach with the car overnight to find the speed needed to get him back to the top.

The 32- year- old has been less than sat­is­fied with his car in the past three rounds, but his team are fi­nally find­ing the right mix to tackle Wa­ters.

It was the de­fend­ing cham­pion’s first race win since the sea­son opener in Ade­laide and ended a pur­ple patch of form with Wa­ters win­ning eight races in nine starts.

“We fun­da­men­tally changed a few things in the car overnight with the setup and a few other things,” Dum­brell said. “We were com­fort­able enough that the car felt strong ( yesterday) morn­ing and the race pace was cer­tainly a lot bet­ter.

“My fastest lap in the race was prob­a­bly a sec­ond and a half quicker than my fastest lap ( on Satur­day) so fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent.”

Wa­ters said he wasn’t able to find the right changes to suit the track and help him back up af­ter a win in race one on Satur­day. With 145 points sep­a­rat­ing the fron­trun­ners in the cham­pi­onship, Wa­ters said he couldn’t get com­pla­cent.

“I’m al­ways think­ing cham­pi­onship, but you’ve al­ways got to fin­ish,” he said.

Dum­brell fin­ished strongly to win the cham­pi­onship last year and was hop­ing for the same in 2015.

“We’re get­ting the car closer to where we want it to be,” he said.

“We’ve had one win since the start of the year, so the rac­ing is def­i­nitely still in Cam’s do­main, but hope­fully we can have a bit of close rac­ing up the front the next few rounds.”

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