Nathan Pretty wins season opening V8 Ute race
Milwaukee Racing driver Nathan Pretty has won the opening race of the 2013 Auto One Australian V8 Ute Racing Series – protected by Armor All.
After securing pole in this morning’s qualifying session, Pretty jagged the holeshot and from there was never touched in what was a typically argy bardgy battle of V8 Ute racing.
2012 Australian V8 Ute Racing Champion Ryal Harris battled strong in a tightly contested, last lap showdown to secure second place over David Seiders.
Queensland’s Kris Walton secured fourth, with yesterday’s practice pace setter Gary Baxter enjoying a top-five finish on what was his 300th race in the V8 Ute category.
The opening race of the season kicked off in a surprisingly clean fashion but lap four saw mayhem when Kim Jane got sideways at turn one spearing his #27 Commodore into the concrete wall at Centre Chicane.
“There’s a fair bit of damage. We’re going to work our hardest to have it ready for tomorrow but at this stage we don’t know if we’ll make Race 2 until we assess the damage,” said Jane.
While Jane walked away unscathed, the race was yellow flagged as recovery crews spent three laps removing the stricken ute from the track before things could resume with a quick, two-lap sprint to the finish.
The restart saw Troy Dontas in all sorts as he locked things up heading into Centre Chicane and careered into the concrete wall.
The Clipsal 500 event enjoyed another very successful day with attendance figures of over 67,000 once again surpassing last year’s numbers.
Race 2 of the Australian V8 Ute Series kicks off tomorrow at 10.25am local Adelaide time.
See below for Race 1 results
|1||Milwaukee Racing||Nathan Pretty (VIC)||Holden||15:03.0278|
|2||Tapout Energy||Ryal Harris (QLD)||Ford||15:03.7832|
|3||Sieders Racing Team||David Sieders (NSW)||Ford||15:03.8277|
|4||Rentco Racing||Kris Walton (QLD)||Ford||15:04.0910|
|5||Sage Automation/Roof Seal||Gary Baxter (SA)||Holden||15:05.0498|
|6||STRATCO Racing||Rhys McNally (WA)||Holden||15:06.1747|
|7||Sieders Racing/Guide Dogs Vic||Elliot Barbour (VIC)||Ford||15:06.6875|
|8||Fuchs/Hustler Mowers||Jack Elsegood (NSW)||Ford||15:07.0058|
|9||Jesus Racing Team||Andrew Fisher (NSW)||Ford||15:07.5496|
|10||Hawkins transport/HT Racing||Ryan Hansford (QLD)||Ford||15:07.9825|
|11||Hayman Reese Towbars||Jesse Dixon (QLD)||Holden||15:08.6535|
|12||Williams Race Tech||Tony Longhurst (QLD)||Holden||15:09.1264|
|13||Sieders Racing Team||Charlie O’Brien (NZ)||Ford||15:10.6111|
|14||Macmahon Mining||Gerard McLeod (VIC)||Holden||15:11.0231|
|15||Go Karting Gold Coast||Cam Wilson (QLD)||Ford||15:12.1215|
|16||JMG Racing||Jeremy Gray (NSW)||Ford||15:13.2418|
|17||Ramjet Cold Air Induction/Rips||Phonsy Mullan (VIC)||Holden||15:14.2055|
|18||Accuweigh/Jaypak Cartons||Rhett Noonan (WA)||Ford||15:14.3179|
|19||Bacardi Oak Heart||Wayne Wakefield (QLD)||Ford||15:14.5416|
|20||Red Express Deliveries||Charlie Kovacs Jr (SA)||Holden||15:15.5334|
|21||HTA/Isuzu Utes/ISEEK||Grant Bromley (QLD)||Ford||15:17.2506|
|22||LCE Qld Pty Ltd||Peter Burnitt (QLD)||Ford||15:17.6277|
|23||EZEATM||Todd Zani (WA)||Holden||15:18.5521|
|24||Western General Body Works||Danny Buzadzic (VIC)||Ford||15:20.3788|
|25||Australian Conveyor Racing||Noel Edge (SA)||Ford||15:21.0283|
|26||212 Motorsport||Matthew Nolan (QLD)||Holden||15:24.7926|
|27||Octane Events||Richard Bloomfield (WA)||Holden||15:28.8004|
|28||Dunlop Super Dealer Racing||Stephen White (VIC)||Holden||16:03.0454|
|29||Thirsty Camel Racing||Craig Dontas (SA)||Holden||16:28.9482|
|DNF||Brecknock Insurance Brokers||Troy Dontas (SA)||Holden||13:41.8305|
|DNF||Bob Jane T-Marts||Kim Jane (VIC)||Holden||5:00.5538|
|DNF||Auto One Racing||Adam Marjoram (WA)||Holden|