After a season on the sidelines, Dale Brede's debut for Team BOC saw the young Canberran finish twice on the podium at Mallala.

In race one, Brede suffered a tyre failure and limped to last place. However, Brede benefited from this, as race two was the 'reverse grid' sprint that mirrors the finishing positions of race one, except that first place starts from the back of the grid, and last place starts from pole, with all other positions between also switched.

Brede easily won race two, with solid track knowledge and state-of-the-art machinery, though he was somewhat overshadowed by Dean Canto, who started in last place and finished third.

"By about half way through the second race, I'd built up quite a big lead and was just doing what I needed to. When then had a safety car that brought the field back together. After that I was never really troubled although the race did finish under another safety car." said Brede

After what seemed to be a gift of a win in race two, Brede shone in the final sprint as he carved from twelfth to second position.

"I really felt comfortable in the last race and as I said to Brad [Jones, Team Principal), it's not hard to get a decent result in a good car. This Team BOC Falcon is the best race car I've ever driven."

Brede's performance at Mallala has him ready to pair up with former BTCC champion John Cleland for an assault on Bathurst and Sandown.

"After today I really can't wait. John is one of the greats and I'm looking forward to learning from him. I know we both feel that we have a real chance of some decent results."

Brede and Cleland will drive together at the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 on September 11th and the Super Cheap Auto 1000 on October 9, where will bring you the latest news, results, features and photos from Mt Panorama, Bathurst.



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