Harris takes out chaotic Utes opener

Tom Howard

Saturday 25th October, 2014 - 12:45pm

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Ryal Harris took out the opening Australian V8 Utes race of the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600

Ryal Harris took out the opening Australian V8 Utes race of the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600

Reigning Australian V8 Utes champion Ryal Harris used his local knowledge to his advantage as he claimed victory in a chaotic race on the Gold Coast streets which ended behind the Safety Car.

The Gold Coast resident was forced to work hard for his win after having to come through a thrilling battle with polesiter Jesse Dixon.

Harris surged into the lead after four laps but he was unable to race to the flag as a nasty crash involving Philip Woodbury, Benn Wilson and Cam Wilson saw the race end under the Safety Car.

Poleman Dixon took the lead on the run down to the first corner with Harris close behind. Title hopeful Dave Sieders slotted into third ahead of Ryan Hansford and championship leader Kris Walton.

The battle at the front proved to be intense with Dixon and Harris enjoying a hard fought scrap for the lead which was only settled in the latter’s favour after the fourth lap.

However, the race was brought to a dramatic conclusion on lap six when Benn Wilson clouted the wall at Turn 2. The impact forced the Ute back into the middle of the race track and into the path of Woodbury, who had nowhere to go.

The crash caused heavy damage to both Utes with Benn Wilson and Woodbury taken to the medical centre. The pair were subsequently cleared of any injury.

Cam Wilson also made contact with the wall as he tried to avoid the incident and has been ruled out of the remainder of the weekend along with Woodbury.

It was a fairly decent hit, Benn went into turn one and the steering broke on him and he bounced into the wall and bounced straight back at me, so the car was up on two wheels as I turned into the corner, then landed back on the wheels and straight into him,” said Woodbury.

“I’m feeling a bit sore and sorry at the moment, it was a short Gold Coast weekend.”

In the end, Harris took the victory from Dixon with Sieders claiming the final podium position in third, while title rival Walton was fifth behind Hansford.

The Australian V8 Ute Racing Series continues on Sunday with two 12 lap races.

VIDEO: Philip Woodbury on-board footage of race ending crash

V8 Utes Race 1 Result, Gold Coast

1 All Purpose Pest Racing  Ryal Harris (QLD) Ford  FG 7 11:32.5982
2 Hayman Reese Racing  Jesse Dixon (VIC) Holden  VE 7 11:34.1600
3 Sieders Racing Team  David Sieders (NSW) Ford FG 7 11:35.1803
4 Multispares  Ryan Hansford (QLD) Ford FG 7 11:36.4010
5 Rentco Transport Equipment Ren  Kris Walton (QLD) Ford FG 7 11:37.5992
6 iSeek Racing/Wake Up  George Miedecke (NSW) Holden VE 7 11:39.0570
7 Auto One  Adam Marjoram (WA) Holden VE 7 11:39.5562
8 STRATCO Racing  Rhys McNally (WA) Holden  VE 7 11:40.8538
9 GoPro Racing  Nathan Pretty (VIC) Holden  VE 7 11:41.6714
10 Jesus Racing Team  Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford FG 7 11:42.9546
11 JMG Racing/IXL  Jeremy Gray (NSW) Ford FG 7 11:44.8847
12 Onsite Racing  Rohan Barry (QLD) Ford FG 7 11:44.9847
13 Thirsty Camel Bottleshops  Craig Dontas (SA) Holden  VE 7 11:47.3859
14 Norris Motor Group/Isuzu  Wayne Wakefield (QLD) Ford FG 7 11:54.2664
15 Cetnaj Electrical Supplies  Peter Burnitt (QLD) Ford FG 7 11:55.5136
16 Skyreach  Leigh Nicolaou (VIC) Holden  VE 7 11:58.4365
17 Western General Body Works  Danny Buzadzic (VIC) Ford FG 7 12:00.4791
18 Wil-tow Assist  Stephen Wilson (QLD) Holden  VE 7 12:01.4409
19 Just Car Insurance  Elliot Barbour (VIC) Holden  VE 7 12:01.9755
20 Oaklands Construction Group  Bruce Oaklands (NSW) Ford FG 7 12:02.7957
21 Slideway/Go Karting Brisbane  Cam Wilson (QLD) Ford FG 7 12:03.6452
22 Australian Conveyor Racing  Noel Edge (SA) Ford  FG 7 12:04.7448
23 Big Rig Tyres/Track Buddy/Perm  Colin Bradley (QLD) Holden  VE 7 12:05.8763
24 Team Kleen Racing/Kleen Group  Henry Nickolls (NSW) Holden  VE 7 12:07.5653
25 Battery World  John Wood (VIC) Ford FG 6 12:11.5527
DNF Peters Motorsport  Benn Wilson (QLD) Holden  VE 5  7:33.2447
DNF Wallerawang Engineering  Philip Woodbury (NSW) Ford FG 5  7:34.7925
DNF Macmahon Mining  Gerard McLeod (VIC) Holden  VE
DNF SECUREcorp  Terry Nightingale (NSW) Ford FG
EXC Bob Jane T-Marts/Altenzo Tyres  Kim Jane (VIC) Holden  VE