Walton sets new Utes lap record to secure pole
Kris Walton set a new Sandown lap record as he emerged from a closely contested V8 Utes Racing Series top 10 shootout with pole position.
The Rentco Racing Ford driver posted a 1:21.3051 effort to secure the pole by 0.2s from Kim Jane’s Holden Commodore.
Walton, who finished second in the opening qualifying session, had held the previous category lap record at the Melbourne circuit.
“The Rentco Ford is great, it came good at Townsville but the Commodores had it over us there, so it’s good to come here and get a pole again,” said Walton.
“This is where it started for me and I just love this place.”
One of the stories of the session belonged to Utes debutant Todd Hazelwood as he secured third spot on the grid.
The Dunlop Series regular had topped the first qualifying session before ending the top 10 shootout 0.4s shy of Walton.
“We went a tenth quicker in the shootout, I’m still really stoked with my result, to never drive on a new tyre and it’s my first time in the category, I’m rapt,” said Hazelwood.
Nathan Pretty will join Hazelwood on the second row in fourth ahead of championship contender Adam Marjoram and South Australia’s Craig Dontas.
Adam Beechey, George Miedecke, Ryal Harris and Cam Wilson completed the top 10.
Utes rookie Ben Grice endured a challenging day on his category debut as he was hit with a formal reprimand for a breach of race management communications.
The son of Australian touring car legend Allan Grice headed to the pit exit prior to instructions which has seen him issued with a $500 suspended fine until the end of the year.
The opening V8 Utes race of the weekend is scheduled to start at 1110 (local time) on Saturday morning.
Result: V8 Utes Racing Series Qualifying, Sandown
|1||Rentco Racing||Kris Walton (Qld)||Ford Falcon FG||T10||1:21.3051|
|2||BobJaneT-Marts/AlfenzoTyres||Kim Jane (Vic)||Holden Commodore VE||T10||1:21.5855||00.2804|
|3||All Purpose Pest Control||Todd Hazelwood (SA)||Ford Falcon FG||T10||1:21.7575||00.4524|
|4||Burbank Racing||Nathan Pretty (Vic)||Holden Commodore VE||T10||1:21.7868||00.4817|
|5||Auto One / Erebus Motorsport||Adam Marjoram (WA)||Holden Commodore VE||T10||1:21.9530||00.6479|
|6||JustCar Insurance/KittenRacing||Craig Dontas (SA)||Holden Commodore VE||T10||1:22.0680||00.7629|
|7||Team Kleen Racing /Kleen Group||Adam Beechey (Tas)||Holden Commodore VE||T10||1:22.2953||00.9902|
|8||iSeek Racing / ees||George Miedecke (NSW)||Ford Falcon FG||T10||1:22.3389||01.0338|
|9||Holiday For Life||Ryal Harris (Qld)||Ford Falcon FG||T10||1:22.4397||01.1346|
|10||Slideways/ GoKarting Australia||Cam Wilson (Qld)||Ford Falcon FG||T10||1:22.7556||01.4505|
|11||Jesus Racing||Andrew Fisher (NSW)||Ford Falcon FG||Q||1:22.4394||01.1343|
|12||JMG Racing||Jeremy Gray (NSW)||Ford Falcon FG||Q||1:22.5254||01.2203|
|13||Multispares Racing||Ryan Hansford (Qld)||Ford Falcon FG||Q||1:22.5946||01.2895|
|14||Mango Credit||David Sieders (NSW)||Holden Commodore VE||Q||1:22.6116||01.3065|
|15||Peters Motorsport||Mason Barbera (Qld)||Ford Falcon FG||Q||1:23.1989||01.8938|
|16||RYCO 24-7 / ABC Towing||Gerard McLeod (Vic)||Holden Commodore VE||Q||1:23.6596||02.3545|
|17||Cetnaj Electrical Supplies||Peter Burnitt (Qld)||Ford Falcon FG||Q||1:23.8642||02.5591|
|18||Skyreack / Shamick Racing||Leigh Nicolaou (Vic)||Holden Commodore VE||Q||1:23.9116||02.6065|
|19||Western General Body Works||Danny Buzadzic (Vic)||Ford Falcon FG||Q||1:24.1923||02.8872|
|20||Gulf Western Oil / EFI Spares||Richard Mork (NSW)||Ford Falcon FG||Q||1:24.3392||03.0341|
|21||RED Express / AirRoad||Charlie Kovacs (SA)||Holden Commodore VE||Q||1:24.6869||03.3818|
|22||OAKLANDS BUILT||Bruce Oaklands (NSW)||Ford Falcon FG||Q||1:27.1317||05.8266|
|23||GlenmoreParkPlumbing/HindeTran||Ben Grice (Qld)||Holden Commodore VE||Q||6:33.8376||12.5325|
|24||Australian Conveyor Racing||Noel Edge (SA)||Ford Falcon FG|