Walton and Fisher share V8 Utes spoils

Kris Walton

Kris Walton

Kris Walton and Andrew Fisher enjoyed visits to the top step of the podium following two eventful V8 Utes Racing Series contests at Sandown.

Polesitter Walton bogged down at the start of Race 1 allowing Kim Jane to assume the lead which he held until the Safety Car was deployed on lap 4.

The race was neutralised when side-to-side contact between Leigh Nicolaou and Mason Barbera saw the latter fire into the back straight barriers at high speed.

As the field reacted to the circumstances, Walton managed to sneak by Jane before reaching the next marshals post where the Safety Car boards were displayed.

Due to the severity of the Barbera incident, the race ended under the Safety Car after seven laps with Walton taking the victory from Jane and Nathan Pretty.

Barbera was transferred to the nearby the Prince Alfred Hospital with suspected fractured ribs.

The Queenslander, who briefly lost consciousness in the crash, will spend the night in hospital for assessment.

Adam Marjoram finished fourth in the incident packed race which saw the Erebus Motorsport Academy driver push Craig Dontas into a spin on the opening lap.

Adam Beechey was fifth ahead of Ryal Harris, Andrew Fisher, Gerard McLeod and George Miedecke.

Debutant Ben Grice finished 11th from 23rd on the grid, while fellow rookie Todd Halewood trundled home a lowly 23rd after mid race contact.

It proved to be a difficult day for title hopeful David Sieders as he was involved in contact at Turn 9 that saw drop down the order before recovering to 14th position.

McLeod led Miedecke for the majority of the reverse grid second race until lap 11 when the latter locked his brakes and hit the rear of the race leader at Turn 9.

The contact allowed Fisher through to the lead from third position to score victory from McLeod who swiftly recovered from the contact.

Harris came through to claim third ahead of Pretty, Miedecke, Marjoram and Dontas.

Race 1 winner Walton and been involved in a battle with Marjoram before he speared off the road at Turn 6 and subsequently retired with a broken radiator.

Fisher will start from pole position in Sunday’s third race which is due to begin at 1145 (local time).

Result: V8 Utes Racing Series Race 1, Sandown

1 Rentco Racing Kris Walton (Qld) Ford Falcon FG 7 11:48.3564
2 BobJaneT-Marts/AlfenzoTyres/Sh Kim Jane (Vic) Holden Commodore VE 7 11:49.4373
3 Burbank Racing Nathan Pretty (Vic) Holden Commodore VE 7 11:49.7949
4 Auto One / Erebus Motorsport Adam Marjoram (WA) Holden Commodore VE 7 11:50.2275
5 Team Kleen Racing /Kleen Group Adam Beechey (Tas) Holden Commodore VE 7 11:51.2262
6 Holiday For Life Ryal Harris (Qld) Ford Falcon FG 7 11:52.0250
7 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 7 11:52.3360
8 RYCO 24-7 / ABC Towing Gerard McLeod (Vic) Holden Commodore VE 7 11:54.8206
9 iSeek Racing / ees George Miedecke (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 7 11:55.6138
10 Slideways/ GoKarting Australia Cam Wilson (Qld) Ford  Falcon FG 7 11:56.2238
11 GlenmoreParkPlumbing/HindeTran Ben Grice (Qld) Holden Commodore VE 7 11:56.8381
12 Western General Body Works Danny Buzadzic (Vic) Ford Falcon FG 7 11:57.5548
13 RED Express / AirRoad Charlie Kovacs (SA) Holden Commodore VE 7 11:57.9339
14 JustCar Insurance/KittenRacing Craig Dontas (SA) Holden Commodore VE 7 11:59.1822
15 Cetnaj Electrical Supplies Peter Burnitt (Qld) Ford Falcon FG 7 12:05.9855
16 Nandi Kiss Racing Nandi Kiss (NSW) Holden Commodore VE 7 12:08.4306
17 Australian Conveyor Racing Noel Edge (SA) Ford Falcon FG 7 12:09.3199
18 Gulf Western Oil / EFI Spares Richard Mork (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 7 12:09.7223
19 Mango Credit David Sieders (NSW) Holden Commodore VE 7 12:10.6837
20 JMG Racing Jeremy Gray (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 7 12:11.9123
21 OAKLANDS BUILT Bruce Oaklands (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 7 12:16.7358
22 Skyreack / Shamick Racing Leigh Nicolaou (Vic) Holden Commodore VE 7 12:30.5967
23 All Purpose Pest Control Todd Hazelwood (SA) Ford Falcon FG 6 12:41.7119
DNF Peters Motorsport Mason Barbera (Qld) Ford Falcon FG 5  8:23.0203
DNF Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford (Qld) Ford Falcon FG

Result: V8 Utes Racing Series Race 2, Sandown

1 Jesus Racing Andrew Fisher (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 12 16:47.9015
2 RYCO 24-7 / ABC Towing Gerard McLeod (Vic) Holden Commodore VE 12 16:48.8050
3 Holiday For Life Ryal Harris (Qld) Ford Falcon FG 12 16:49.9480
4 Burbank Racing Nathan Pretty (Vic) Holden Commodore VE 12 16:50.2587
5 iSeek Racing / ees George Miedecke (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 12 16:50.6392
6 Auto One / Erebus Motorsport Adam Marjoram (WA) Holden Commodore VE 12 16:51.1764
7 JustCar Insurance/KittenRacing Craig Dontas (SA) Holden Commodore VE 12 16:53.3821
8 Team Kleen Racing /Kleen Group Adam Beechey (Tas) Holden Commodore VE 12 16:53.8985
9 Slideways/ GoKarting Australia Cam Wilson (Qld) Ford  Falcon FG 12 16:54.4400
10 Mango Credit David Sieders (NSW) Holden Commodore VE 12 16:54.9453
11 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford (Qld) Ford Falcon FG 12 16:58.0181
12 BobJaneT-Marts/AlfenzoTyres/Sh Kim Jane (Vic) Holden Commodore VE 12 17:01.8940
13 GlenmoreParkPlumbing/HindeTran Ben Grice (Qld) Holden Commodore VE 12 17:03.0156
14 JMG Racing Jeremy Gray (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 12 17:04.7258
15 Skyreack / Shamick Racing Leigh Nicolaou (Vic) Holden Commodore VE 12 17:06.1027
16 Cetnaj Electrical Supplies Peter Burnitt (Qld) Ford Falcon FG 12 17:07.2851
17 Western General Body Works Danny Buzadzic (Vic) Ford Falcon FG 12 17:20.5487
18 Gulf Western Oil / EFI Spares Richard Mork (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 12 17:27.1919
19 Nandi Kiss Racing Nandi Kiss (NSW) Holden Commodore VE 12 17:28.2624
20 Australian Conveyor Racing Noel Edge (SA) Ford Falcon FG 12 17:28.3634
21 OAKLANDS BUILT Bruce Oaklands (NSW) Ford Falcon FG 12 17:35.4776
22 RED Express / AirRoad Charlie Kovacs (SA) Holden Commodore VE 12 18:05.4987
DNF Rentco Racing Kris Walton (Qld) Ford Falcon FG  4  5:37.9839
DNF All Purpose Pest Control Todd Hazelwood (SA) Ford Falcon FG  3  4:22.0703

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