Mallala supercar raceday

Simon Wills pulled out a barnstorming performance to clinch the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series at Mallala Motorsport Park today with three brilliant victories. Wills headed championship rival Paul Dumbrell in the opening race and repeated the...

Simon Wills pulled out a barnstorming performance to clinch the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series at Mallala Motorsport Park today with three brilliant victories.

Wills headed championship rival Paul Dumbrell in the opening race and repeated the dose in race two as Dumbrell headed to the pits with a broken steering rack after a turn one clash.

Dumbrell's retirement made life easier for Wills in the final race, but the two-time Formula Holden Australian Driver's Champion wanted to go out on a winning note.

After losing the start to Owen Kelly, Wills chased down the Tasmanian and passed him going into the Southern Hairpin after a handful of laps and raced away with the title. Dumbrell fought back to finish 5th in the final race but this was not enough to hold on to the championship lead.

"I am really delighted to take the championship and even more thrilled to win three out of three," Dumbrell said.

"There was a lot of pressure with the title on the line, but things have gone perfectly. It was also great to win the title at Mallala because my team is based here in South Australia and this is basically our home track."

Kelly finished second on the day ahead of fellow Holden driver, Dale Brede.

RACE ONE 1. - Simon Wills (Holden) - 19:49.9280 2. - Paul Dumbrell (Holden) - 19:52.3108 3. - Dale Brede (Holden) - 19:55.5179 4. - Owen Kelly (Holden) - 20:01.6693 5. - David Parsons (Holden) - 20:10.0682 6. - Michael Simpson (Ford) - 20:12.2591 7. - Craig Harris (Ford) - 20:18.9333 8. - Adam Wallis (Ford) - 20:19.4870 9. - Leanne Ferrier (Holden) - 20:19.7441 10. - Eddie Albelnica (Holden) - 20:29.2003

RACE TWO 1. - Simon Wills (Holden) - 21:02.9150 2. - Owen Kelly (Holden) - 21:11.5562 3. - Adam Wallis (Ford) - 21:21.8117 4. - Craig Harris (Ford) - 21:25.2616 5. - David Parsons (Holden) - 21:26.1400 6. - Michael Simpson (Ford) - 21:31.9946 7. - Terry Wyhoon (Holden) - 21:33.7870 8. - Tim Rowse (Holden) - 21:34.8086 9. - Garry Holt (Ford) - 21:35.7094 10. - Dale Brede (Holden) - 21:46.1158

RACE THREE 1. - Simon Wills (Holden) - 19:57.1338 2. - Owen Kelly (Holden) - 20:03.5316 3. - Leanne Ferrier (Holden) - 20:10.0979 4 - Dale Brede (Holden) - 20:12.2429 5. - Paul Dumbrell (Holden) - 20:15.3381 6 - David Parsons (Holden) - 20:25.6110 7. - Eddie Abelnica (Holden) - 20:31.3642 8. - Michael Simpson (Ford) - 20:32.1290 9. - Adam Wallis (Ford) - 20:33.0664 10. - Daniel Miller (Holden) - 20:33.5595

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Series Supercars
Drivers Simon Wills , Dale Brede , Paul Dumbrell , Owen Kelly , Garry Holt , Adam Wallis , Terry Wyhoon , Mike Simpson