Dumbrell ignores radio hack at Bathurst
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His Bathurst 1000 co-driver Jamie Whincup may have found new ways to find trouble at Mount Panorama.
But Paul Dumbrell reckons he may have him beat.
The Holden driver warmed up for Sunday's Great Race by claiming the second tier Dunlop Series 250km race despite being distracted by someone who hacked into his car's radio frequency.
Dumbrell's team were unable to contact him during Saturday's Bathurst support category race after the person tapped into his radio.
"There was a guy jumping on the radio while I was at different places at the circuit," Dumbrell told Speedcafe.com.
"I have never experienced anything like it.
"It was not the most ideal situation."
Dumbrell believed it was a spectator on the mountain.
"It was really sketchy but he was just chatting to his mate in the campground," he said.
"It was really hard to deal with the problem as you are focusing and then the radio cuts in.
"You don't know if it is the team warning you about a crash ahead (or the spectator).
"Through the race I had to take the punt there wasn't a crash and it was just old mate wanting to chat to his mate to get him a cold lager."
Dumbrell will now concentrate on helping pole sitter Whincup reverse his own Bathurst fortunes and claim his fifth Great Race - but first since 2012.
Whincup is looking for a reversal of fortunes after his last two disastrous Bathurst campaigns.
Last year he sensationally ignored team orders to pit before passing a safety car, relegating him from second to the back of the field and finish 18th.
And in 2014 the Holden gun also defied a team directive and ran out of fuel on the 161st and final lap while leading.
But Whincup is now feeling lucky after top 10 qualifying on Saturday.
He somehow avoided slamming into The Dipper wall and had a brush against the concrete on the exit of Forrest's Elbow during his flying lap to emerge as the man to beat.
He clocked two minutes, 05.426 seconds to pip Volvo's Scott McLaughlin in the last run of the top 10 shootout.
Not that Whincup was getting ahead of himself.
"I don't want to kill the mood or anything, but in reality it's a lot of hype," Whincup said of claiming pole.
"It's all good stuff, but it doesn't mean anything, tomorrow's the big day.
"There's no points for qualifying on pole."
Whincup clocked the best time (2:06.77) of Sunday's 20 minute warm-up, 0.1 of a second ahead of Holden's Garth Tander.
It means Whincup's Holden team have been fastest in seven of the nine sessions ahead of the Great Race.
A good omen indeed.
The Great Race starts at 1110 AEST and will honour the 10th anniversary of "King of the Mountain" Peter Brock's death.