Harris claims Utes series lead with Race 3 win

Ryal Harris takes the lead at the start of Race 3

Ryal Harris takes the lead at the start of Race 3

Ryal Harris held his nerve to secure victory in the final V8 Utes encounter at Barbagallo Raceway to deny Adam Marjoram a maiden win.

A strong start from the Gold Coast driver set up the victory as he won the drag race with polesitter Rhys McNally on the run to the first corner.

Harris spent the majority of the race looking in his mirrors defending from a hard charging Marjoram searching for his breakthrough win.

Despite coming under constant pressure, the former two-time V8 Utes champion hung on to take the chequered flag, although he did have a brief heart in the mouth moment while lapping Warwick Spooner on the final lap.

“I’m really happy and although I don’t entirely agree with the new points system it definitely made the final race interesting, any one of six people could have won and I’m glad it was me,” said Harris.

Marjoram trailed Harris by 0.2s at the flags as the Western Australian secure his maiden Utes podium in front of his home crowd.

The Erebus driver managed to force his way by a struggling McNally and a fast starting Gerard McLeod, who eventually came home in fourth after losing out to George Miedecke on the final lap.

“I couldn’t be happier, to finally get a podium and to do it here in front of a home crowd and all of the Auto One crew it’s just awesome,” said Marjoram.

“I’m so happy right now, Erebus have done such a great job on the car and I know I’m one to watch out for now.”

McNally was hit with a 10 second penalty for kerb striking which dropped him to 11th position.

Harris now leads the championship standings by 28 points from Marjoram with Miedecke jumping up to third.

Result: V8 Utes Race 3, Barbagallo

1 Holiday For Life Ryal Harris (QLD) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:12.6762
2 Auto One / Erebus Motorsport Adam Marjoram (WA) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:12.8715
3 iSeek Racing / ees.com George Miedecke (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:13.9423
4 RYCO 24-7 / Transco MFG Gerard McLeod (VIC) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:14.2416
5 Mango Credit David Sieders (NSW) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:14.5829
6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford (QLD) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:15.1013
7 All Purpose Pest Control Grant Johnson (WA) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:15.2756
8 Bob Jane T-Marts / Altenzo Per Kim Jane (VIC) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:15.6604
9 Just Car Insurance / Kitten Racing Craig Dontas (SA) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:16.6529
10 Slideways / Go Karting Austral Cam Wilson (QLD) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:18.1404
11 Stratco Racing Rhys McNally (WA) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:21.2750
12 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:25.6603
13 JMG Racing Jeremy Gray (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:26.4237
14 Cetnaj Electrical Supplies Peter Burnitt (QLD) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:30.4314
15 Skyreack / Shamick Racing Leigh Nicolaou (VIC) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:36.7735
16 Gulf Western Oil / Aussie Stop Richard Mork (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:37.9990
17 Western General Body Works Danny Buzadzic (VIC) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:40.0756
18 Rentco Racing Kris Walton (QLD) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:40.9662
19 RED Express / AirRoad Charlie Kovacs (SA) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:40.9851
20 Australian Conveyor Racing Noel Edge (SA) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:50.3854
21 Ward Demolition Racing Peter Ward (NZL) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:52.7352
22 OAKLANDS BUILT Bruce Oaklands (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 14 16:53.8218
23 Team Kleen Racing / Kleen Group Andrew Nickolls (NSW) Holden Commodore VE 14 16:54.5108
24 Team Kleen Racing / Kleen Group Warrick Spooner (VIC) Holden Commodore VE 13 16:24.2616
25 Peters Motorsport Mason Barbera (QLD) Ford Falcon FG 13 16:39.3987
26 Sieders Racing Team Jordan Skinner (SA) Ford Falcon FG 13 16:55.2447
DNF Team Kleen Racing / Kleen Group Adam Beechey (TAS) Holden Commodore VE 13 15:13.3468

 Championship Standings 

Position Driver
1 Ryal Harris 291
2 Adam Marjoram 263
3 George Miedecke 256
4 Rhys McNally 244
5 Ryan Hansford 225
6 Kris Walton 223
7 David Sieders 215
8 Kim Jane 199
9 Jeremy Gray 190
10 Gerard McLeod 185
11 Craig Dontas 172
12 Leigh Nicolaou 165
13 Andrew Fisher 162
14 Richard Mork 145
15 Adam Beechey 130
16 Jordan Skinner 122
17 Grant Johnson 121
18 Peter Burnitt 110
19 Cam Wilson 108
20 Nathan Pretty 108
21 Danny Buzadzic 106
22 Mason Barbera 101
23 Noel Edge 88
24 Andrew Nickolls 88
25 Bruce Oaklands 75
26 Nandi Kiss 68
27 Troy Dontas 68
28 Charlie Kovacs 65
29 Peter Ward 64
30 Warrick Spooner 44
31 Rick Gill 28
32 Geoff Fane 0

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