After struggling with set-up in practice, White was unlucky to just miss out on a top-ten starting position, but his battle for 10th with Adam Marjoram stole the limelight at the end of race 1; with White prevailing in the Erebus Dunlop Super Dealer Holden to take tenth.
Clearly buoyed by his race pace, White was confident of a strong showing in race 2, which saw the Dunlop Super Dealer Holden start on the front row of the grid as part of the V8 Ute Series lottery system.
Stephen started race 2 in second and – true to form – after a superb start made the front by turn one and was never headed. By race’s end White was 1 second in front of Kris Walton and well ahead of the regular series superstars of Nathan Pretty, Ryan Hansford and David Sieders.
Stephen White gives his thoughts after the win:
White’s win comes after contesting just four rounds into his debut season in V8 Utes; and has confounded many seasoned competitors (and pundits) who spend a good six months coming up to speed in the category as they learn the equipment. With a near-win in Darwin already on his CV, it was only a matter of time before the Dunlop Super Dealer Team began fighting consistently at the pointy end of the field.
Stephen spoke with us at the beginning of the year about new sponsors Dunlop Super Dealers and Century Batteries and what he expected entering such a hard-fought category. Having won in everything from Formula Ford, Formula Holden and FOrmula Renault in Europe, Stephen new that adapting to a heavier and less responsive machinery would always be a tough ask. Whilst coy on the subject of potential wins, Stephen clearly had the bit between his teeth:
The next round of the V8 Utes Series is at Sandown from 14-15 of September.
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