Harris: Race wins the key to Utes title

Ryal Harris on the Armor All Gold Coast street circuit last weekend

Ryal Harris on the Armor All Gold Coast street circuit last weekend

Auto One V8 Utes Series front-runner Ryal Harris says that winning races will be the only way to take this year’s title.

Harris currently sits second in the popular V8 Utes ladder, just eight points behind the ever-consistent Chris Pither.

The eight point gap, though, might be extended to 18 if an appeal against a Race 2 accident is turned down.

Harris dominated proceedings at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 last weekend, narrowing the title gap to Pither and ensuring the final two rounds at Sandown and Sydney will be closely fought.

After qualifying on pole and taking all three wins – including the reverse grid heat, Harris says that his success on the Surfers streets has put him on the front foot – but he’ll need to keep winning.

“Taking maximum points is always my goal, but it’s so hard to do it in V8 Utes with the second race reverse grid,” Harris said.

“But we’re on a roll now. It’s a great feeling when you can run at the front in every qualifying session and every race.

“We need to keep the momentum going at Sandown and Homebush to have a chance of winning the series, though. Chris has been incredibly consistent as well as quick, so unless he has a bad round it will be a struggle to overcome our zero result in the second race at Townsville.”

The next event on the V8 Utes calendar is at Sandown International Raceway on November 18-20.

See below for V8 Utes points after six of eight rounds.

Pos Name Car Team Points
1 Chris Pither 42 Ice Break Racing 728
2 Ryal Harris 58 VIP Petfoods 710
3 David Sieders 8 Australia Industrial Supplies Racing 681
4 Nathan Pretty 56 Monster Energy 664
5 Grant Johnson 1 Core Staff/Holiday Inn 663
6 Kim Jane 27 Bob Jane T-Mart 575
7 Jack Elsegood 11 Coopers Clear Racing 572
8 Cameron McConville 61 Bundaberg Racing 568
9 Ryan Hansford 6 Truckline Racing 559
10 Craig Dontas 22 Thirsty Camel Racing 539
11 Gary Baxter 3 Sage Automation/ Roof Seal 515
12 Charlie O\’Brien 15 Rentco 510
13 Andrew Fisher 9 Jesus Racing 491
14 Rhys McNally 26 Stratco Racing 414
15 Brad Patton 14 VIP Petfoods 388
16 Ben Kavich 23 Workhorse Truck Collision Repairs 385
17 Ben Dunn 99 Red Ass Mexican Food/ BP Botany 384
18 Jeremy Gray 7 Tinkler Motorsports 333
19 Nandi Kiss 24 Eagle Pro Racing 313
20 Warren Millett 88 Wake-Up Backpackers Racing 293
21 George Elliot 55 Vittoria Coffee/DIC Australia 254
22 Peter Burnitt 4 CNW Electrical/Kanga Racing 239
23 Greg Willis 44 Only Juice Racing 236
24 Graham Edwards 30 Fightweb.com.au 200
25 Gary Carson 13 GO! Channel 193
26 Jason Gomersall 37 iseek Racing 189
27 Jake McNally 92 West Coast Racing 176
28 Rick Gill 51 Rick Gill Motorcycles 170
29 Brendan Cook 25 Transquip Hire/ECR Group 148
30 Allan Letcher 21 Revolution Roofing 118
31 Dean Canto 10 Auto One Wildcard 98
32 Noel Edge 2 SEW – Eurodrive Racing 97
33 Tim Blanchard 18 Auto One Wildcard 94
34 Marcus Marshall 77 Auto One Wildcard 89
35 Marcus Zukanovic 71 Auto One Wildcard 70
36 Stephen White 19 Stephen White Racing 67
37 Yanis Derums 66 Mangomedia 58
38 Nathan Callaghan 29 Calmack Smash Repairs 53
39 Rohan Barry 97 Sieders Racing 53
40 David Besnard 84 Auto One Wildcard 52
41 Garry Hills 76 Williams Race Tech 47
42 Kosi Kalaitzidis 5 Priority Engineering Services 46
43 Sean Carter 28 No Limit Energy Drink 34
44 Charlie Kovacs 69 Red Express Racing 27
45 Denis Cribbin 33 Cribbin Blencowe Estate Agents 27
46 Tim Boyle 48 Giddyup horsey production racing 26
47 Nathan Tinkler 33 Tinkler Motorsports 20

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