Harris edges Walton to make Utes history

Harris made Utes history with victory in Race 2 at Clipsal 500

Harris made Utes history with victory in Race 2 at Clipsal 500

Ryal Harris held off a hard charging Kris Walton to take a record victory in the second V8 Utes Racing Series contest of the Clipsal 500.

The winner of Friday’s opening race made no mistakes from pole position with the Ford driver assuming the lead from the start.

Harris led every moment of the 8 lap encounter but he was unable to relax after coming under immense pressure from Walton for the entire race.

The pair were engaged in a titanic scrap on the final lap with Walton trying everything to force his way through to the front.

In the end, Harris just hung on to take the chequered flag from Walton to claim his 33rd victory to break Grant Johnson’s all-time Utes race win tally.

Erebus Motorsport’s Adam Marjoram claiming the final podium spot in third.

“We have a good ute, we showed that last year so I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” said Harris.

“The only thing that concerns me is that Kris and I will be going at it all year, we have to deal with it as we go along, I can’t let friendship get involved too much, I just have to treat him like everyone else on the track.”

Craig Dontas came home in fourth position ahead of George Miedecke and Rhys McNally.

The race was not without incident with Cam Wilson collected by Gerard McLeod in the closing stages.

McLeod’s bonnet catch failed leaving the driver unsighted after contact with Wilson at Turn 7. The pair collided at the next corner which brought their races to a premature end.

McLeod and Wilson were both taken to the hospital, where the former had glass washed out of his eye and is under observation.

Wilson was cleared of a suspected broken foot although his Ute was sent to a local smash repairers who are working overtime to have it ready in time for him to race tomorrow.

The final V8 Utes Racing Series contest of the weekend is scheduled for 9am local on Sunday.

Result: V8 Utes Racing Series, Race 2

1 All Purpose Pest Racing Ryal Harris (QLD) Ford FG  8 12:59.2994
2 Rentco Transport Equipment Ren Kris Walton (QLD) Ford FG  8 13:00.1057
3 Auto One / Erebus Motorsport Adam Marjoram (WA) Holden VE  8 13:02.2620
4 Just Car Insurance / Kitten Craig Dontas (SA) Holden VE  8 13:03.9127
5 iSeek George Miedecke (NSW) Ford FG  8 13:04.2085
6 West Coast Racing Rhys McNally (WA) Holden VE  8 13:10.5355
7 Burbank Homes Nathan Pretty (VIC) Holden VE  8 13:11.4332
8 Bob Jane T-Marts / Altenzo Tyr Kim Jane (VIC) Holden VE  8 13:12.6444
9 JMG Racing Jeremy Gray (NSW) Ford FG  8 13:14.0046
10 Team Kleen Racing / Kleen Grou Adam Beechey (TAS) Holden VE  8 13:26.6518
11 Sieders Racing Jordan Skinner (SA) Ford FG  8 13:28.6713
12 Cetnaj Electrical Supplies Peter Burnitt (QLD) Ford FG  8 13:31.2175
13 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford (QLD) Ford FG  8 13:32.8027
14 Western General Body Works Danny Buzadzic (VIC) Ford FG  8 13:34.5206
15 Skyreach/Shamick Racing Leigh Nicolaou (VIC) Holden VE  8 13:40.5930
16 Adelaide Tools Troy Dontas (SA) Holden VE  8 13:41.2607
17 Marbo Smash Nandi Kiss Holden VE  8 13:43.7159
18 Gulf Western Oil/Aussie Stop L Richard Mork Ford FG  8 13:46.4551
19 Jesus Racing Team Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford FG  8 13:50.1377
20 Mango Credit David Sieders (NSW) Holden VE  8 14:05.2233
21 Tean Cleen Racing Geoff Fane (NSW) Holden VE  8 14:09.1783
22 Team Kleen Racing / Kleen Grou Andrew Nickolls (NSW) Holden VE  8 14:18.0654
23 OAKLANDS BUILT Bruce Oaklands (NSW) Ford FG  7 14:32.8543
DNF OPS Gateway/Ryco 24-7 Gerard McLeod (VIC) Holden VE  7 11:36.7092
DNF Slideway / Go Karting Brisbane Cameron Wilson (QLD) Ford FG  7 11:46.8850
DNF RED Express/AirRoad Charlie Kovacs (SA) Holden VE  6 10:19.6643
DNF Australian Conveyor Racing Noel Edge (SA) Ford FG  3  5:28.7434
DNF Peters Motorsport Mason Barbera (QLD) Ford FG

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