International Motorsport Ford driver Jonny Reid has taken a lights-to-flag victory in the opening race of the third round of the 2012 V8 SuperTourers Series at Manfeild.
Reid held the inside line into the first corner to maintain the top spot from fellow front-row starter Paul Manuell.
Third place qualifier Greg Murphy moved to second on the opening lap but proved unable to do anything about Reid.
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John McIntyre eventually beat Murphy into second place – the JMR Ford having climbed from sixth on the grid to second within the first half of the 20 lap contest.
While Reid’s margin grew to more than 3s midrace, McIntyre pushed hard until the end, eventually cutting the gap to just 1.1s.
Ant Pedersen was on the charge, with the Hampton Downs race winner gaining eight places following a difficult qualifying session to take fourth.
Eddie Bell, Craig Baird, Andy Knight, Steven Richards, Paul Manuell and Kayne Scott rounded out the top 10.
Andy Booth was the race’s only retirement, with the Woodstock Holden pulling off on the back straight after spending the first eight laps at the back of the 14 car field. The team later discovered that a flailing windscreen wiper mechanism had tripped the car’s ‘kill switch’.
The track remained largely dry for the entire 20 laps, despite light sprinkles of rain that saw several drivers run with their windscreen wipers on.
Several puddles on the circuit ensured tricky conditions for the drivers regardless, with Reid and Manuell both spinning on the way to the grid.
A further two races will be held at the Manfeild circuit tomorrow.
See below for the full Race 1 result
|1||Jonny Reid||Ford Falcon FG||20||23:33.928|
|2||John McIntyre||Ford Falcon FG||20||23:35.055|
|3||Greg Murphy||Holden Commodore VE||20||23:37.076|
|4||Ant Pedersen||Ford Falcon FG||20||23:50.337|
|5||Eddie Bell||Ford Falcon FG||20||23:51.515|
|6||Craig Baird||Ford Falcon FG||20||23:56.884|
|7||Andy Knight||Ford Falcon FG||20||24:00.696|
|8||Steven Richards||Ford Falcon FG||20||24:02.987|
|9||Paul Manuell||Holden Commodore VE||20||24:03.354|
|10||Kayne Scott||Holden Commodore VE||20||24:04.361|
|11||Colin Corkery||Ford Falcon FG||20||24:17.368|
|12||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VE||20||24:43.245|
|13||Richard Moore||Holden Commodore VE||20||24:44.574|
|DNF||Andy Booth||Holden Commodore VE||8||10:00.318|