McConville wins as carnage reigns in Winton Ute race
Cameron McConville has secured victory in Race 1 of the Auto One V8 Ute Series at Winton Motor Raceway.
McConville sped his Bundaberg Rum SS Commodore to an all the way in the 10 lap event that was re-run after the original attempt to conduct the race was postponed.
The original race was halted after a multiple car crash on the opening lap took out Jason Gomersall, Ben Kavich, Warren Millet, Hayley Swanson and Noel Edge.
Gomersall’s car was spun after contact with Warren Millet and Ben Kavich with the iseek car left stranded mid track and being struck heavily by the hapless Noel Edge.
Hayley Swanson also wound up in the wreck with contact to the stricken car of Ben Kavich. The impact to his driver’s door knocked Jason Gomersall’s briefly unconscious but was talking with crash officials shortly after.
“I don’t recall much about the crash itself,” Gomersall’s admitted later,
“I know I got turned around by somebody and the next thing I’m talking with crash officials. It must have been a pretty big hit because the car is a write off. I’m fine right now but I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sore tomorrow.”
Officials deemed the event a ‘no race’ and rescheduled it for after the V8 Supercar race later this afternoon.
In the restart, McConville cruised to victory by 2.2 seconds over a starring debut from Jason Bargwanna, driving the Auto One Wildcard #100 SS Holden and David Sieders coming home in third in the Sieders Racing FG Falcon.
The top six had a distinctly V8 Supercars flavour with three of those positions filled by drivers with Supercar pedigree – Nathan Pretty hustling the #56 Monster Energy SS to fifth at the fall of the chequers.
Kris Walton brought his Rentco FG Falcon home in sixth ahead of Sean Carter, Andrew Fisher, Kim Jane and Jack Elsegood.
Races 2 and 3 will be held tomorrow.