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Super2: Macauley Jones takes maiden victory in Bathurst 250


Macauley Jones has taken his maiden Dunlop Super2 Series win in the Bathurst 250 at Mount Panorama.

The second generation racer took the lead in the pit stop sequence under safety car and held it while others duked it out for the remaining positions behind.

Jack Le Brocq nabbed second, while Andrew Jones completed a 1-3 finish for Brad Jones Racing on the podium.

Paul Dumbrell launched off the start, snatching the lead from pole-sitter Le Brocq through Turn 1, while Todd Hazelwood filtered into second place.

Dumbrell then had a moment at Turn 1 on lap 4, locking up under braking and running through the gravel trap on the outside of the corner, rejoining in eighth.

Hazelwood then assumed the lead, but had to deal with the pressure from Le Brocq behind, and fuel conservation as well.

Another strange incident for Dumbrell saw him run off the road again at Turn 1 with almost a mirror of his previous moment.

Jordan Boys, Matt Chada and Mason Barbara squabbled for 12th position, with Chada getting by Boys on lap 13 after the latter ran off the road at The Chase.

A lock up for Chada at the final corner a few moments later saw him beached in the gravel, causing a safety car.

Most teams reacted, pitting under safety car, but it was Dumbrell who lead the field back to green after opting not to stop.

Le Brocq and Hazelwood swapped positions in the pit-stops, but Macauley Jones was the bigger mover, jumping his way up to second place after an ultra-quick stop.

Dumbrell pitted on lap 23 along with Fullwood who came in for a splash of fuel, but the safety car was deployed a few seconds later when Chada stopped on the exit of Forest’s Elbow.

Jones held the lead, but once again; Le Brocq and Hazelwood swapped positions with the former retaking second place.

Hazelwood locked a brake while attempting a pass on Le Brocq at The Chase, the latter skipping across the grass as Andrew Jones seized the opportunity to move into second.

By the time Le Brocq found a way through on Andrew, Macauley Jones had checked out at the front of the field by the tune of 6-seconds.

Le Brocq pushed hard towards the end of the race, but Macauley crossed the line 4-seconds out front after a time certain finished which shortened the race by 2-laps.

Hazelwood finished in fourth position, while Will Brown took fifth and the Kurt Kostecki/Jake Kostecki pairing sixth.

Dumbrell recovered to seventh after a dismal 41-lap race, being spun by Fullwood on lap 33 at Turn 1 on top of his other mishaps.

Nathan Morcom, Barbera and Boys rounded out the top 10.

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