Paul Dumbrell at the 2010 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
1 September 1982 |
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|V8 Supercar Record|
|Current team||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|2015 Championship position||41st (410 pts)|
- 1 Racing history
- 2 Business
- 3 Career results
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Son of former racing driver Garry Dumbrell, Paul Dumbrell started racing in karts in 1996 and by the end of 1997 Dumbrell was looking to further his racing. He was educated at Xavier College in Kew, Melbourne and resides in Melbourne, Australia. He competed in the Australian Sprint Kart National Championships in April 1998 and then attended the Jim Russell International School of Racing in England. During the course, Dumbrell had his first experience in a racing car, a Formula Vauxhall. At age 15 he was the youngest in the class and even though he was the fastest graduate from the school, he was ineligible for the final race, for which drivers had to be 16.
On returning to Australia he looked to do a couple of races in Formula Ford but broke his hip when hit by a car while training on his mountain bike. This injury prevented him from racing for 8 weeks and put an end to any chance of running a Formula Ford. At the end of 1998 he entered his first production car race, the GT Production three-hour at Bathurst in a Subaru WRX, but his race ended with mechanical failure. For the 1999 season he drove a Formula Holden in the Australian Drivers' Championship, and had his first race in the V8 Supercar Championship Series in August 1999 at Symmons Plains, in Tasmania.
After a full year's experience in a Formula Holden, Dumbrell had the chance to test a Formula 3000 car with Mark Webber for Paul Stoddart's Arrows Team, driving 20 laps in the car at Donington Park. When he returned to Australia he took up a permanent driving spot in the Konica V8 Supercar Development Series. 2001 saw Dumbrell consistently at the front, and he won the Series in 2002.
Dumbrell made his first Bathurst 1000 start at 17 years and 74 days, and was the youngest ever driver to drive a V8 Supercar. He raced a Wynns/Falkuner Racing #96 Holden VS Commodore with Matthew White, qualifying the car in 33rd position but retiring on lap 15 after he hit the wall at McPhillamy Park.
2002 saw Dumbrell picked up by Castrol Perkins Racing's Team Owner Larry Perkins as his co-driver in the Castrol Perkins Holden VX Commodore at both the Queensland 500 and Bathurst 1000. At Bathurst that year, Perkins and Dumbrell finished a surprise fifth position overall.
Full-time V8 Supercars career
Castrol Perkins Motorsport
Dumbrell's fifth placing at Bathurst in 2002 helped him secure a 2-year deal with Castrol Perkins Motorsport for 2003 and 2004. In 2005, Dumbrell achieved his best-ever round V8 Supercar Championship Series result at Symmons Plains, Tasmania - the venue of his first ever V8 Supercar start - ending the round in fifth place. 2005 also saw his best ever Championship placing, finishing in 20th, after placing 29th in 2003 and 24th in 2004.
2006 saw Paul driving the number 11 Holden VZ Commodore to 12th place, his best ever V8 Supercar Championship Series placing. He finished 5th at Bathurst and was within reach of a podium finish until slowed by mechanical problems.
Supercheap Auto Racing
For the 2007 season, Dumbrell moved from Jack Daniels Racing to Supercheap Auto Racing, replacing Greg Murphy. He had a poor season due to the unreliability of the cars, and the only highlight was a 6th placing with Paul Weel at the Sandown 500.
HSV Dealer Team
In 2008, Dumbrell joined the HSV Dealer Team to drive the #16 Autobarn Holden Commodore, as teammate to 2006 V8 Supercar Champion, Rick Kelly. It was a difficult season for the team and Dumbrell finished 21st in the championship.
In 2009 Dumbrell stayed under the Walkinshaw umbrella with the newly formed Walkinshaw Racing, the team which replaced the newly-defunct HSV Dealer Team. He drove an Autobarn-sponsored Holden VE Commodore.
Rod Nash Racing
For the 2010 V8 Supercar season, Dumbrell signed with Rod Nash Racing to drive their No. 55, "The Bottle-O" sponsored, Ford Performance Racing prepared Ford FG Falcon in a deal encompassing 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. This marked his first experience of racing a Ford, having competed in Holdens throughout his V8 Supercar career.
Dumbrell recorded his first V8 Supercar Championship podium finish at the 2010 Falken Tasmania Challenge  and followed this up with his first Championship race win  and first Championship pole position  at the next event, the 2010 Norton 360 Sandown Challenge. On 8 August 2011, Dumbrell announced he will retire from full-time driving at the end of the 2011 season.
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Despite his retirement from full-time racing, Dumbrell returned in a limited basis from 2012 onwards as a co-driver for the two-driver endurance races in V8 Supercars, the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and since 2013, the Gold Coast 600. Dumbrell drives alongside six-time series champion Jamie Whincup for Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Dumbrell and Whincup's partnership was almost immediately successful, winning the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. In 2013, they won the 2013 Wilson Security Sandown 500. In 2014, Dumbrell and Whincup won the Enduro Cup as the highest scoring driver combination across the three endurance events, which included winning for a second year running at Sandown in the 2014 Wilson Security Sandown 500.
In 2014, Dumbrell entered the Dunlop V8 Supercar Development Series once again, and won the championship for a second time.
For much of his career, Dumbrell has balanced racing and business. He previously owned a Boost Juice franchise as early as 2002, and was a founding partner of a media company. He also progressed up the ranks of the family business, the Automotive Brands Group – owners of brands such as Autobarn and Autopro – eventually becoming chief executive officer in 2009. Dumbrell's increasing business commitments were cited by him as a reason for his full-time V8 Supercar retirement in 2011. Automotive Brands was sold to Metcash in 2012 with Dumbrell remaining in charge of the automotive business at Metcash, and taking a place on their executive team. Coincidentally Metcash also owned The Bottle-O, a previous sponsor of Dumbrell at Rod Nash Racing. In 2015, the business was again sold, to Burson Group, in a AU$275 million deal. Dumbrell once again remained in charge of the division, and at the announcement of the deal, Burson CEO Darryl Abotomey indicated that there was no reason Dumbrell couldn't continue as an endurance co-driver in the V8 Supercars series alongside his business commitments.
- http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?15/11/1998.MOUN.R3 1998 Bathurst 3 Hour results
- http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?14/11/1999.MOUN.R6 1999 Bathurst 1000 results
- http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?13/10/2002.MOUN.R8 2002 Bathurst 1000 results
- http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?13/11/2005.SYMM.V8S.M 2005 Symmons Plains V8 Results
- http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?14/11/2010.SYMM.R15 2010 Symmons Plains V8 Supercar Race 2 results
- http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?21/11/2010.SAN.R4 2010 V8 Supercars Race 23 results
- http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?21/11/2010.SAN.Q7 2010 V8 Supercar race 24 Qualifying
- "Dumbrell confirms full-time retirement". SpeedCafe. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Paul Dumbrell". Great Expectations. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- Urban, Rebecca (29 June 2012). "Dumbrell switches lanes with $53m deal". The Australian. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- Evans, Simon (16 June 2015). "V8 Supercar driver and CEO to stay full speed ahead in Metcash buyout". The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney). Retrieved 19 September 2015.
|Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Jamie Whincup)
|Winner of the V8 Supercar Development Series
|Winner of the V8 Supercar Development Series