Paul Dumbrell

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Paul Dumbrell
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Paul Dumbrell at the 2010 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1982-09-01) 1 September 1982 (age 34)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
V8 Supercar Record
Car number 88
Current team Triple Eight Race Engineering
Series championships 0
Races 285
Race wins 5
Podium finishes 9
Pole positions 4
2015 Championship position 41st (410 pts)

Paul Dumbrell (born 1 September 1982 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), is an Australian business executive and racing driver.

Racing history[edit]

Junior career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

Full-time V8 Supercars career[edit]

Castrol Perkins Motorsport[edit]

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.[4] 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[edit]

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[edit]

The Holden VE Commodore of Paul Dumbrell at Queensland Raceway 2008.

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.

Walkinshaw Racing[edit]

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[edit]

The Ford FG Falcon of Paul Dumbrell at the 2010 Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

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 [5] and followed this up with his first Championship race win [6] and first Championship pole position [7] 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.[8]

Endurance co-driver[edit]

Triple Eight Race Engineering[edit]

Jamie Whincup's 2012 car in which Dumbrell would later co-drive to victory at the 2012 Bathurst 1000

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.[9] 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.[10] Dumbrell's increasing business commitments were cited by him as a reason for his full-time V8 Supercar retirement in 2011.[8] 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.[10] 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 an AU$275 million deal.[11] 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.[11]

Career results[edit]

Dumbrell is contesting the 2016 Dunlop Series in a Holden VE Commodore for Eggleston Motorsport
Season Series Position Car Team
1999 Australian Drivers' Championship 6th Reynard 94D Holden Badia Court
2000 Australian Drivers' Championship 6th Reynard 93D Holden K Mart Racing
2001 Konica V8Supercar Series 2nd Holden VT Commodore Gibson Motor Sport
2001 Shell Championship Series 59th Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2002 Konica V8Supercar Series 1st Holden VX Commodore International Race Cars Australia
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 37th Holden VX Commodore Castrol Perkins Motorsport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 29th Holden VX Commodore Castrol Perkins Motorsport
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 24th Holden VX Commodore
Holden VY Commodore
Castrol Perkins Motorsport
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 20th Holden VY Commodore
Holden VZ Commodore
Castrol Perkins Motorsport
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 12th Holden VZ Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 23rd Holden VE Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 21st Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 15th Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 9th Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 24th Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 29th Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 30th Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 26th Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 1st Holden VE Commodore Eggleston Motorsport
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 41st Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
2015 V8 Supercars Dunlop Series 2nd Holden VE Commodore Eggleston Motorsport

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year No. Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1999 96 John Faulkner Racing Holden VS Commodore Australia Matthew White DNF 11
2000 55 Rod Nash Racing Holden VT Commodore Australia Rod Nash DNF 13
2001 35 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VX Commodore Australia Leanne Ferrier DNF 41
2002 11 Perkins Engineering Holden VX Commodore Australia Larry Perkins 5th 161
2003 8 Perkins Engineering Holden VX Commodore Australia Tomas Mezera 14th 155
2004 8 Perkins Engineering Holden VY Commodore Australia Tony Longhurst DNF 129
2005 24 Perkins Engineering Holden VZ Commodore New Zealand Steven Richards DNF 28
2006 7 Perkins Engineering Holden VZ Commodore New Zealand Steven Richards 5th 161
2007 20 Paul Weel Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Paul Weel 12th 161
2008 16 HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore Australia Rick Kelly
Australia David Reynolds
20th 127
2009 22 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore New Zealand Craig Baird 21st 153
2010 55 Rod Nash Racing Ford FG Falcon Australia Dean Canto 14th 161
2011 55 Rod Nash Racing Ford FG Falcon Australia Dean Canto DNF 144
2012 1 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore Australia Jamie Whincup 1st 161
2013 1 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Australia Jamie Whincup 2nd 161
2014 1 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Australia Jamie Whincup 5th 161
2015 1 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Australia Jamie Whincup 18th 161
2016 88 Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Australia Jamie Whincup 11th 161

‡ Kelly replaced Reynolds in the #16 post-qualifying after a severe accident for Rick's original car.

* Events highlighted in green denote designated co-driver role


  1. ^ 1998 Bathurst 3 Hour results
  2. ^ 1999 Bathurst 1000 results
  3. ^ 2002 Bathurst 1000 results
  4. ^ 2005 Symmons Plains V8 Results
  5. ^ 2010 Symmons Plains V8 Supercar Race 2 results
  6. ^ 2010 V8 Supercars Race 23 results
  7. ^ 2010 V8 Supercar race 24 Qualifying
  8. ^ a b "Dumbrell confirms full-time retirement". SpeedCafe. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Paul Dumbrell". Great Expectations. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Urban, Rebecca (29 June 2012). "Dumbrell switches lanes with $53m deal". The Australian. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  11. ^ a b 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. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Garth Tander
Nick Percat
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Jamie Whincup)
Succeeded by
Mark Winterbottom
Steven Richards
Preceded by
Simon Wills
Winner of the V8 Supercar Development Series
Succeeded by
Mark Winterbottom
Preceded by
Dale Wood
Winner of the V8 Supercar Development Series
Succeeded by
Cameron Waters