Rookie takes debut V8 Utes victory

Chris Pither crosses the line for his victory. His weekend was rewarded with eventual round victory

Chris Pither crosses the line for his victory. His weekend was rewarded with eventual round victory

New Zealander Chris Pither may have won last weekend’s Yokohama V8 Utes round, but it was rookie driver Rhys McNally who stole the headlines at the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

The young West Australian won the second race of the weekend, giving him his first win in the competitive class.

“I’m just wrapped with my weekend, I’ve always wanted to pull off a win and to actually do it feels amazing,” McNally said.

“We had a few crew at the Gold Coast from NRW and it’s great to have such a great weekend for them. Without their support I wouldn’t be here. I can’t wait to get to Sydney.”

Pither won the first race on Saturday before McNally won Race 2 and series leader Grant Johnson took out Race 3. Pither was deemed the overall winner.

Johnson’s race win and second overall for the round extended his series lead to 86 points over Jack Elsegood.

With just one round of the series remaining at the Sydney Telstra 500, Johnson is in the best position to win his second title, adding to his success in 2007.

Victory in the final race came after Pither made a slight mistake, allowing Johnson through to the lead and a probable series win.

“I waited for Pither to make a mistake and I took my chance,” he said.

“I’m happy to put more points on the board, which is my main objective at the moment, I happy with second for the round.”

Nulon Oil driver David Sieders drove well to claim third for the round while reigning champion Elsegood was fourth.

The V8 Utes will be back on track at the Sydney Telstra 500 for Round 8 of the 2010 Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor All in 2-4 December.

Pos Name Points
1 Grant Johnson 852
2 Jack Elsegood 766
3 Andrew Fisher 734
4 David Sieders 730
5 Chris Pither 685
6 Gary MacDonald 610
7 Gary Baxter 602
8 Jeremy Gray 568
9 Kim Jane 520
10 Rhys McNally 516
11 Ben Dunn 499
12 Gary Carson 488
13 Craig Dontas 464
14 Charlie Kovacs 431
15 Ryal Harris 418
16 Charles O\’Brien 402
17 Ben Kavich 357
18 Brad Patton 351
19 Nandi Kiss 320
20 Scott Jennings 308
21 Robert Jarvis 301
22 Peter Burnitt 301
23 George Elliot 286
24 Steve Hodges 277
25 Paul Williams 257
26 Jason Gomersall 241
27 Greg Willis 215
28 Warren Millett 194
29 Yanis Derums 154
30 Steve McFadden 135
31 Kurt Wimmer 106
32 Rohan Barry 90
33 Adam Bressington 74
34 Noel Edge 70
35 Rick Gill 69
36 Tim Blanchard 66
37 Allan Letcher 48
38 Graham Edwards 45
39 Denis Cribbin 39
40 James Brock 34
41 Colin Dunn 33
42 Lauren Gray 30
43 Layton Crambrook 27
44 Brendon Tucker 25
45 Grant Lubdey 21
46 Pedro Marusic 19
47 Andrew Schultz 17
48 Paul Morris 13

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